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Joomla! 1.5: Styling with CSS
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Joomla! 1.5: Styling with CSS

with Jen Kramer

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(Music playing.) Hi! I am Jen Kramer McKibben. I am a Senior Interface Developer at 4Web, Inc. I have been building sites with Joomla! since it first came out and with Joomla! 1.5 since its first release candidate. Welcome to Joomla! Advanced CSS. The title says advanced, so you have to know a few things to get the most out of this course. You should know Joomla! essentials and some understanding of hand-coded HTML and CSS. If you don't, check out those titles on lynda.com and you will be ready for everything this course has to offer when you get back.

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2h 29m Intermediate Jan 09, 2009

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Joomla! 1.5: Styling with CSS shows how those familiar with Joomla! and with hand-coded HTML and CSS can take the next step in creating a dynamic website with a unique look and feel. Jen Kramer McKibben goes deep into the functionality of this open-source content management system, exploring topics like putting more style into modules, editing CSS on the fly using the Firefox Web Developer toolbar, creating horizontal and vertical menu layouts, and including images in those menus. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the Firefox Web Developer toolbar
  • Styling Joomla! modules
  • Styling a multi-page article
  • Creating horizontal and vertical menus
  • Incorporating images in menus
  • Styling banner ads
Subjects:
Developer Web CMS Web Development
Software:
Joomla!
Author:
Jen Kramer

Welcome

(Music playing.) Hi! I am Jen Kramer McKibben. I am a Senior Interface Developer at 4Web, Inc. I have been building sites with Joomla! since it first came out and with Joomla! 1.5 since its first release candidate. Welcome to Joomla! Advanced CSS. The title says advanced, so you have to know a few things to get the most out of this course. You should know Joomla! essentials and some understanding of hand-coded HTML and CSS. If you don't, check out those titles on lynda.com and you will be ready for everything this course has to offer when you get back.

In this title, I will introduce you to an easy way to edit your CSS on the fly using the Firefox Web Developer toolbar. We'll look at more Joomla! modules and interesting ways of styling them including making your search box look pretty and styling a multi-page article. We'll get into HTML and menus and styling your menus horizontally and vertically. We'll even include images in our menus and style links individually and when we're done, your site won't look like every other Joomla! site out there.

You will have a look and feel that's uniquely yours. So let's get started with Joomla! Advanced CSS.

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Q: I’m having trouble understanding the role of the Start Level/End Level function in developing a menu, as described in the  “Styling Menus Vertically” video.  What is the key to understanding this function?
A: The Start Level and End Level are the way a menu is segmented, to show all or part of that menu.

By default, the Start Level and End Level are set to 0. This means that the entire menu will show.

If you would like to have just the top level navigation show (perhaps for a top menu bar), but none of the secondary, tertiary, or deeper navigation, set Start Level to 0 and End Level to 1.

If you would like to have just the secondary navigation show (i.e. you're in the "about" portion of the site and you'd like to have the about secondary navigation show on the left side of the page), set the Start Level to 1 and the End Level to 2. If you'd like to show all of the navigation (secondary, tertiary, and any deeper navigation), set the Start Level to 1 and the End Level to 0 (i.e. infinite).

The only tricky part about setting the Start and End Levels is that zero means different things in different locations.

For the Start Level, zero means the very beginning of the navigation. Engineers start counting with zero, while we are normally taught to start counting with 1, so this may be the cause of some confusion.  This means that 1 actually corresponds to the second level, 2 to the third level, and so forth.

For the End Level, zero indicates "infinity", or however far out the navigation goes.
 
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