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Joomla! 3 Template Essentials [Kindle Edition]

Pawel Frankowski
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In Detail

Joomla! is a free and open source content management framework for publishing web content. A Joomla! template is a multifaceted Joomla! extension which is responsible for the layout, design, and structure of a Joomla! powered website. Modern Joomla! 3 frameworks use the responsive layout based on Twitter's Bootstrap framework and its collection of utility classes to provide a great degree of flexibility for responsive web design.

This practical, hands-on guide will walk you through clear, step-by-step instructions to help you build your very own custom Joomla! template. Find out what steps you need to take to sell your template and learn some extra tips and tricks to make your templates stand out and improve the overall look of your website.

This example-oriented tutorial will show you how to quickly and painlessly create websites on your own and give them a professional look. You will begin by developing an understanding of how Joomla! templates work, how to install new ones, and how to configure them. You will also master the Joomla! template framework, which can be used as a foundation for creating your own templates. Having gained this insight, you will then begin building your own template from scratch. Advanced styling tricks and tips that will give your websites a unique look are also covered. Finally, you will learn how to modify an existing template to meet your own needs and prepare your Joomla! template for sale.

Approach

Using this hands-on, step-by step tutorial filled with practical examples, the readers will be able to create beautiful templates and themes for your websites that will make them stand out from others.

Who this book is for

This book is written for all of you who wish to create your own unique templates for Joomla! 3.x. This book can be used by Joomla! administrators or visual designers (with no programming experience) or those of you who are used to working with common web developer tools like HTML/CSS editors for coding purposes. You would need basic knowledge of Joomla! and some knowledge of CSS and HTML.

About the Author

Pawel Frankowski

Pawel Frankowski is the author of nine books, including Joomla! Manual for users, Social networking, construction, administration and moderation, and Corporate Web site Ideas, strategy, implementation. Pawel also writes articles for his personal blog and for several computer magazines. He also helps Polish users in the Polish Joomla! Community Forum. He is a frequent speaker at IT conferences and Joomla! Polish Day. Pawel has been building sites since 2005, from corporate web sites to small personal sites, most of them using Joomla!. Currently, he is developing the GavickPro Knowledge database and helping clients to solve their problems.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8320 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (18 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEGSKZ0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent chapter on web design 25 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Frankowski gives a very nice summary of how to make new templates within joomla. [Oh, I will refrain from appending the exclamation mark at the end of the name.] But first a reader might want to read chapter 3. It has a potentially useful description of trends with web pages. This overview is a plus for the text. You can see the author's assessment of such often divisive topics as the use and future use of Flash. It has been owned and championed by Adobe. But in 2012 Adobe finally agreed to discontinue it for mobile devices and migrate to HTML5. Something greatly desired by other developers who have long decried the limitations of Flash.

But more than that, chapter 3 succintly explains ideas like responsive web design, one page parallax effects and using large photos as backgrounds. It also talks up flat design. Personally this seems a backward step to me, away from the 3 dimensional shading look of bevels and suchlike, which I have been used to for 30 years. However you may well prefer flat design; many certainly seem to. Overall, you should carefully and slowly go through this chapter. An excellent top level view of your field, which I assume to be web design.

The chapter also has recommendations on using wireframes. A popular design approach used in rapid prototyping of a website.

The actual templating within joomla is where the book drills down into specifics of code. Mostly in HTML and incorporating XML and PHP. The attraction is how easy it might be to go beyond existing templates you can find for joomla. It leverages what you might already be familiar with in the layout modularity of joomla. Seems easier than making templates in WordPress, which is a major competitor.

I want to point out that the book has value as more than just a joomla text.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for. 28 July 2014
By Ben
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Haven't read the whole book yet, just dipped in in a few different places, but I have to say it all feels a bit amateur. The paragraph about permissions and chmod in Chapter 1 does not fill me with confidence. There is still quite a lot of information in here but not what I was expecting. If you are hoping for tutorials on how to write a template from scratch and add advanced options you may be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a bunch of design tips, not technical (usable) stuff 6 Mar 2014
By Alberto Triviño - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was not at all what I expected. It advertises as "...practical, hands-on guide that will walk you through clear, step-by-step instructions to help you build your very own custom Joomla! template...", but in the end it is just a bunch of pep talks put together and random bits of code. It doesn't explain in a clear way what the differences between templates for Joomla! 2.5 and 3.x are, it doesn't show how to create a template from scratch, and even though it focuses heavily on frameworks, it doesn't tell you how to modify a framework master template so that you can make it your own and install several of them on the same site.

Other related books have a project-oriented approach that takes you from step 1 to completion thoughout the book, but not this one. When you reach the end, you'll be like "wait, is it over? I thought this was just an introduction."

It is a huge miss not to talk about how Twitter Bootstrap changed Joomla! templating and how to take advantage of it. In the end, I think everyone who buys this book is just looking for an answer to that, not advice on how to sell templates.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative book 30 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Powerful tool for those like me that just jump in to the CMS pool, can't get easier than this. I have no prior knowledge of html or css but with this book tweaking code it's real simple, it doesn't get in to the complicated jargon. I love my copy and I will be using it for a while, love open source. If this is your first time around joomla! this is your book. I didn't give it 5 stars "cause I think there is always room for improvement, but great book!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent chapter on web design 25 Jan 2014
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Frankowski gives a very nice summary of how to make new templates within joomla. [Oh, I will refrain from appending the exclamation mark at the end of the name.] But first a reader might want to read chapter 3. It has a potentially useful description of trends with web pages. This overview is a plus for the text. You can see the author's assessment of such often divisive topics as the use and future use of Flash. It has been owned and championed by Adobe. But in 2012 Adobe finally agreed to discontinue it for mobile devices and migrate to HTML5. Something greatly desired by other developers who have long decried the limitations of Flash.

But more than that, chapter 3 succintly explains ideas like responsive web design, one page parallax effects and using large photos as backgrounds. It also talks up flat design. Personally this seems a backward step to me, away from the 3 dimensional shading look of bevels and suchlike, which I have been used to for 30 years. However you may well prefer flat design; many certainly seem to. Overall, you should carefully and slowly go through this chapter. An excellent top level view of your field, which I assume to be web design.

The chapter also has recommendations on using wireframes. A popular design approach used in rapid prototyping of a website.

The actual templating within joomla is where the book drills down into specifics of code. Mostly in HTML and incorporating XML and PHP. The attraction is how easy it might be to go beyond existing templates you can find for joomla. It leverages what you might already be familiar with in the layout modularity of joomla. Seems easier than making templates in WordPress, which is a major competitor.

The book has value as more than just a joomla text.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money 17 Mar 2014
By Cynthia Bethea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am familiar with Joomla, HTML and CSS. There was nothing in this book that went beyond what I'd learned already from free videos on YouTube. I was looking for guidelines on both building templates from scratch and using frameworks. While there is a little info on frameworks, it was all very basic. And a whole section on selling your template? Why?
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