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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)

The common parts of a website

It's time to try to distinguish the common parts of the website. We will divide them into elements and attributes.

Elements are those parts of a site that exist independently. I mean that you could replace them and those changes would not affect the rest of the site. An example of an element is a footer or a menu. You could change the look of the footer (color, font, or border) but it wouldn't affect the menu or any other element.

An attribute is something that affects the whole site (all elements). An example of an attribute is page width. If you decide to make your website wider or narrower, you will probably have to redesign all of the elements to fit into the new space. Think of the footer mentioned previously. The footer is usually as wide as the whole page. If you make the site wider, you have to make the footer wider too.


The list of elements may vary for particular websites, but in general we can distinguish them.


A header is a container...