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Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook

By : Richard Carter, Chris Davenport
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Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook

By: Richard Carter, Chris Davenport

Overview of this book

Templates in Joomla! provide a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want either using a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. Although it sounds like an easy task to build and maintain templates, it can be challenging to get beyond the basics and customize templates to meet your needs perfectly.Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook consists of a series of self-contained step-by-step recipes that cover everything from common tasks such as changing your site's logo or favicon and altering color schemes, to custom error pages and template overrides. It starts off with the basics of template design and then digs deep into more complex concepts. It will help you make your site more attractive and user-friendly. You will integrate your site with various social media such as Twitter and YouTube; make your site mobile-friendly with the help of recipes for creating and customizing mobile spreadsheets; and use miscellaneous tricks and tips to get the most out of your website. You get all of this in a simple recipe format that guides you quickly through the steps and explains how it all happened.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Securing the administrator URL

One quite useful change you can make to your Joomla! administrator panel is to obscure the administrator login panel from view.

Getting ready

You need an extension called jSecure Authentication for this recipe, which you can download from the Joomla! extensions directory at


The extension is free to download, but you need to register a user account to access the file.

How to do it...

  1. 1. Install the extension through the Extensions | Install/Uninstall option in your Joomla! administrator panel. In particular, you'll need to ensure that the \tmp and \plugins\system directories have the necessary permissions set to allow Joomla! to copy files to and from them. Next, you need to navigate to Extensions | Plugin Manager.

  1. 2. Enable the plugin, which can be found in the list of plugins under the name System - jSecure Authentication:

  1. 3. Once installed and configured, log out of your...