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Joomla 1.0 Templates

February 25, 2011

Joomla templates are actually available all over the web. Just make sure that whatever template you decide to use works with the version of Joomla that you have. At the current time, themes are available for both the Joomla 1.0.X and Joomla 1.5.X.

There are two different formats of this software guides. They are back end templates and front end templates. The back end templates will help you to define the layout and style of the side of the website that you, the webmaster, administrator and/or editor will see. The front end templates define the layout and style that any visitor to the website will see.

You can acquire some of these guides in three different ways. You can either acquire them by purchase, you can write your own or you can acquire them for free. There are actually a lot of different websites that are available for both commercial templates or free templates and websites that contain both. All you have to do is search for them.

This program is an open source software, which means that anyone can write extensions of the software and they will work with the initial core components. Because of this reason there are quite a large number of extensions like modules, themes, plugins available to work with the core functionality of the this version. You can even write your own, but knowledge is HTML and CSS is a must, unless you have that special software where you can just plug in the information and the rest is done for you.

This version of these 1.0 themes come in every shape, form, color, and style that you can imagine. I’m sure that if you look long enough, you will find that special theme that you have been looking for. Whether through purchase or free acquisition, you can download any one that you want off of the many websites that are available on the internet that are dedicated to offering the public Joomla 1.0 guides. Again, just make sure that the template that you choose is a 1.0 version and not a 1.5 version. Don’t get confused between the two different versions of some of these themes.

If you still can’t find that perfect theme that will give your website the look, feel, and style that is desired, consider either writing your own or hiring a designer to write one for you. The thing about acquiring a template through the web is that nine chances out of ten, the layout and style is probably already in use on at least one more website if not thousands. If you want your site to have a different feel and look than all the others and you want a truly unique website, then this is the route to take. I would only advise you to write your own if you have the proper software that will help you; otherwise, you can get confused and mixed up as all the files and extensions for Joomla have to be designed and written a certain way to get them to work. If you have experience with HTML and CSS and know a little about compressed files and extensions, there is a good chance that you could write your own version of the template.
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CMS Web Design – Joomla CMS – Web Designer Getting Started

February 18, 2011

Joomla! is a content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model-view-controller (MVC) Web Application Development framework. The system includes features such as page caching to improve performance, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, website searching, and language internationalization. It is written in the PHP programming language and uses the MySQL database system to store information. Joomla is the result of a fork of Mambo. Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Joomla is free software.

This is the Wikipedia definition of Joomla, not bad, but also maybe not so clear. In layman’s terms, CMS provides you or your clients with a very easy to use and manage system of adding, editing and creating content. That, is CMS in it’s most basic form. Great for your client as it means they don’t need to pay someone $60 an hour to manage their sites content anymore, they can do it themselves. Might seem like a disadvantage at first, until you realize it’s an amazing sales tool!

From a web design standpoint Joomla is an amazing piece of work. One of the greatest features of Joomla is the ability to provide your clients with thousands of free plugins, modules and components for their sites. These things all extend the basic functionality of Joomla, allowing you to create anything from a small business website to a fully functioning corporate website with an integrated backend. The majority of these can be downloaded for free, offering your clients feature rich and interactive tools for their site bound to keep their customers engaged and coming back for more. Others do have a fee but are often times more reliable as well as more feature rich.

Web Design has never been so easy! Not only are you able to develop amazing websites, Joolma extensions also allow you to do some great things when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This way, you can add on an extra service for Marketing Related work as opposed to just Web Design. Are you sold yet, and want to know where to get started? Stay tuned for the next article that will help you get on your way!
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More From the Beginner’s Guide to Joomla

February 16, 2011

In the last article we began looking at Joomla and, more specifically, the handy “Beginner’s Guide to Joomla” that the makers of this content management system provides at their web site. Hopefully by this time you have taken the time to sit down and really ask yourself what you want out of your own web site, as this is always the first step. Without this foundation, your web site may become a scattered assortment of pages that have no rhyme or reason.

Per the “Beginners Guide to Joomla” recommendations, an extremely helpful thing to do after you have figured out what you want out of your web site is to check out the Joomla v1.5 Quick Start Guide. Much time was spent in creating this helpful 49 page guide, and it is full of guidance, screenshots, and everything you need to get started. Once you install the program, the guide then teaches you how to configure extensions and work with components, modules, and plugins. The guide is an asset to beginning your web site, especially if you have never used Joomla’s system before.

For each component that you wish to configure, there will be both an administrator side of it and a site element. As the Joomla site states, “Components are the major portion of your page because a component is driven by a menu item and every menu item runs a component.” Next, you have your modules. The login component of your web site is a module, as well as the footer. Modules can be integrated into the components of your site, or they can stand alone. Plugins handle the events on your site. “When an event is triggered, plugins that are registered with the application to handle that event execute.”

Site administration is a crucial component to understand, as you will need it when you find it necessary to backup and restore your database. You just never know when these instances will arise, so it is best to know how to handle them prior to even getting your web site going.

One tip that Joomla cautions against is adding anything and everything to your site at the onset of starting out just because it “looks cool.” Here is what Joomla specifically says about this: “It’s best to maximize the use of the core code before you add extensions to your site. With each extension that you install, you complicate your site administration requirements and slow your site down. Upgrades are also more complicated. Extensions are great but make certain you really need them, first.”

This is an important tip because you really do not want to complicate your web site from the beginning. This undue frustration can be eliminated simply by taking some precautions and determining what it is you really need. The extensions are there for you to utilize. However, just like every web site is different, what you will actually need for yours will be different, too. Keep this in mind as you move ahead.

These tips, and many others, can be found at Joomla’s web site. Countless guides are available so you do not have to go through setting up your web site blindly. Simply taking some extra time to learn a bit about this content management program will save you time in the end.
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Advantages of Joomla CMS Templates for your Website

February 9, 2011

CMS is friendly software used for managing the content of web design projects. You can also use CMS for keeping your documents and sharing them with your colleagues. For instance some information of your company is stored by means of CMS. So, each of your colleagues can add, change or update the content of your company’s web site, its images and audio files. Here and now we see that CMS is acknowledged to be a necessary tool for managing web site content.

CMS helps to separate design of web site from its content. It means designer develops a web site and gives it to its owner or manager who can fill a certain design with different content. If necessary the content of web site, its images and graphics can be easily edited without intervention into design of web site. All changes become visible as soon as you make them. (Don’t forget to reload page after making changes). Even if you are not an expert of HTML coding, you can easily manage the content of your web site yourself.

There is a wide range of CMS’s available for use. Some of them are free like Joomla, WebGUI, Bricolage, Mambo and some of them are commercial ones like Bitrix, Drupal, etc. Joomla notably stands out from the other CMS’s thanks to its quality and usability.

Joomla and Mambo CMS have been developed by the same professionals of web design industry. So, they possess a lot of common features. For example similar code, system requirements, etc. At the same time new releases of Joomla will differ from Mambo. Having compared Joomla and Mambo CMS’s you can notice that Joomla has more options, better security issues, regular updates, additional Built-in-Applications, etc.

CMS has one more feature that is important to mention. It can be used like a basement for web templates. So, more and more web developers decide on CMS while creating their templates. Taking into consideration that Joomla is a comfortable, well-coded and easy-manageable CMS it was chosen to be the basement of Joomla Templates. These templates have been launched by the biggest and most reliably templates’ provider Template Monster and they become very popular among those people who wish to build an outstanding web site.

So, more and more sites are operating on Joomla nowadays. Joomla Templates are easy to use and they give you a chance to manage the content of your web site without going into details of the source code. A user friendly admin panel enables anyone to edit texts, pictures, product images, etc. If you wish to have Joomla like a splendid foundation for your online project, you can choose any example of Joomla Templates offered by Template Monster.
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Create a Joomla Hidden Page – A How to Guide

February 9, 2011

There are many reasons why you would want to create a hidden page in Joomla but unfortunately within the Joomla administration there are no simple ways of figuring it out. Learn why you may want to create a hidden page in Joomla and how to easily create links to those pages.

The main reason you may wish to create a hidden page in Joomla is for subscriber thank you pages that work alongside your mailing list provider software. When you set up your mailing list, whether it is with Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse or any other mailing list provider, you will want to customize certain pages with the look and feel of your website rather that using the mailing list default pages. This will give your mailing list sign up process a more professional and streamline look and feel to it.

Another reason may be that you are holding a special event just for your subscribers or are offering extra discounts for your joint venture partners and want to create a hidden page that your normal website visitors cannot find. Having a hidden page, so long as you don’t link to it from any other source apart from in an email, will mean that the search engines won’t pick up the hidden page either.

No matter what the reason, creating a hidden page in Joomla is very simple to set up.

The first thing you need to do when creating your hidden page is to create a new article in your Joomla Article Manager. Put whatever information you want those who land on your page to see and once you are finished, save it. Once you have saved it and your screen should now be showing a list of all the articles you have written. Find your newly written article and check the article id number which will appear on the far right hand side column under the column heading ID. Take a note of this number.

Next you need to go to your menu manager and create a new menu called “hidden”. It is easier to set it up like this so that you can keep track of all your hidden pages. Once you have set up your hidden menu, you need to link the article you have just written to a new menu item within this newly created hidden menu. After attaching the article to a menu item, take down the id number of the menu item as you will need this later. It will appear on the far right hand column under the column heading ItemID.

Finally, the piece of code that you need to help your visitors find this page is:

youdomain.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=xx&Itemid=yy

Replace the xx of the article&id with the id number of the article you have written (ID) and replace the yy of the Itemid with the menu id number (ItemID). It is always a good idea to test that it has worked by placing the completed code into your browser.

Remember to keep this piece of code in a safe place for the next time you want to create a hidden page.
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Installing Joomla Templates – It’s Really Quite Easy

February 4, 2011

You have just downloaded a few beautiful Joomla templates and realized that you have no idea how to go about installing these templates. The website you downloaded them from isn’t clear on this; it seems to assume that you already know how to install them. It is really not difficult at all. There are two ways to install a Joomla template, and we shall start with the easier method.

The first method requires you to log on to the Joomla administrative interface. This method assumes that you are using Joomla 1.5 and that your template comes in a zipped file, which is the standard. There is no need to unzip the template file. After logging in to the administrative interface, bring your mouse over to the main menu and hover over the word “Extensions”. A menu will display and you should then click on “Install/Uninstall”.

You will then be shown the Extension Manager page. Click on the button called “Choose File” and browse to the location where the template zipped file is. Then click on “Upload File & Install”. You will then see “Install Template Success”, and you can then proceed to the Template Manager to select and use your new template.

The second method requires that you use an FTP program, and that the template is unzipped beforehand. After you unzip the template file, you will notice that a folder containing the files used by your template has been created. Run your FTP program and connect to your Joomla site. Navigate to the “templates” folder on the site and upload the folder that was created when you unzipped the template file. This may take a while, and after it has completed, proceed to Template Manager to select this new template.

It’s really very easy to change how your entire web site looks under Joomla. With just a click in Template Manager, you will be able to change the entire look and feel of your site.
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