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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)

Advanced techniques

In this section, we will go through the more advanced functionality in Artisteer that enables you to extend the number of template positions generated by default. But before we start, we will learn how to display the available positions and their names in Joomla!. You will need this information to use additional positions efficiently.

Displaying positions in a Joomla! template

To check the position of a Joomla! Template, do the following:

  1. Log in to the Joomla! administrative panel.

  2. Navigate to Extension | Template Manager from the menu.

  3. Click on the Options button on the toolbar.

  4. Enable the Preview Module Positions option.

  5. Click on Save & Close.

With this function enabled, go to your page, using the address that is in the format http://address-of-your-site/index.php?tp=1.

You should see your home page, but its name will be displayed in every template position:

Special address displays positions' names and locations in Joomla!

Additional template position in the header

This functionality...