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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)

Preface

Designing good-looking, professional-quality web templates or building your own website is a complicated task. Artisteer has changed this situation, enabling anyone to do it by themselves, without the need to learn things such as HTML, web-programming languages, or drawing. Creating Templates with Artisteer is a practical, step-by-step guide that will show you how to prepare an elegant, professional-looking website on your own, using the features of Artisteer.

This book is great for enthusiasts, Artisteer users, and individuals who want to create professional-looking websites without paying for professional services, expensive tools, and also to speed up the work and automate time-consuming tasks.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Meet the Artisteer, helps you to learn what Artisteer exactly is and how it can be useful for you. We will familiarize you with the interface and some basic functions of the application. You will also prepare your very first template.

Chapter 2, The Template Step-by-Step, covers the typical process of designing with Artisteer, explaining all the typical elements of the template one by one. At the end of this chapter, you will be able to prepare your simple website all alone.

Chapter 3, CMS Templates, discusses advantages of using a content management system (CMS) over a static website, and how to use Artisteer for designing templates for such solutions. We will convert our example project into Joomla! and WordPress installable packages, and also import the content from Artisteer into CMS.

Chapter 4, Tips and Tricks, shows you some additional effects you can enrich your project with by slightly modifying the source code generated by the program.

What you need for this book

In order to appreciate this book completely, we recommend you to have Version 4 of Artisteer, which can be downloaded from http://www.artisteer.com/, and Notepad++, which can be downloaded from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/.

Who this book is for

This book is addressed to anyone wanting to build their private or company website on their own, without learning technical stuff such as HTML, CSS, or programming, and for professionals considering including Artisteer into their toolkit. It's also addressed to all the less-advanced Artisteer users, looking for a printed guide.

Conventions

In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text are shown as follows: "Edit the template.css file once again and append the following code at the end:"

A block of code is set as follows:

.customart-nostyle.MySpecialModule
{
  margin-top: 0;
  border: none;
}

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, in menus or dialog boxes for example, appear in the text like this: "Choose the Colors & Fonts tab on the ribbon.".

Note

Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.

Tip

Tips and tricks appear like this.

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