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Creating Templates with Artisteer

By : Jakub Sanecki
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Creating Templates with Artisteer

By: Jakub Sanecki

Overview of this book

Designing good looking, professional quality web templates or building your own website are rather complicated tasks, demanding a lot of technical and graphical expertise. Artisteer has changed this situation, enabling you to do it by yourself, without the need to learn skills such as HTML, web-programming languages, or drawing."Creating stunning Templates with Artisteer" is a practical, step-by-step guide that will show you how you can prepare an elegant, professional looking website, on your own, using features of Artisteer. It also describes the process of designing templates for various popular CMS platforms like WordPress or Joomla!, by giving you practical hints, showing how to install those templates and how to import the content into CMS. "Creating stunning Templates with Artisteer" leads you through the process of designing a website, including all standard layout elements, from header to the footer, including menus and special boxes. You will learn how to prepare the templates, store them and export them in the form of ready-to-use HTML pages or packages that can be installed in various CMS platforms such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, or DotNetNuke. The last part of the book shows you some tips and tricks that allow you to extend standard themes generated by Artisteer for enriching the website with image gallery, combining two menus, and more.You will learn how to create a professional quality website or CMS template on your own, with the use of Artisteer with minimal technical difficulties.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)


Before we can begin with creating a template, we have to define what exactly is a template.

A template is a set of common elements of the website. And you may then ask, what is a website? A website is a set of logically connected web pages, concerning one particular subject. When we talk about a company website, the subject will be the company. In case of a private website, the subject will be the person who the website is about, and so on.

You could, of course, design all the subpages individually with a different design for each of them. While this is possible, such a solution would have several serious disadvantages. They are listed as follows:

  • If the pages don't have a consistent design and layout, visitors may get the impression that they have been redirected to another website and may feel lost

  • If each page has a different, individual menu, located in different places, navigating between the pages would be difficult, and the visitor would have to focus on how to navigate instead...