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Joomla! 1.5: Creating and Editing Custom Templates
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Joomla! 1.5: Creating and Editing Custom Templates

with Jen Kramer

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(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Jen Kramer McKibben. I'm a senior interface developer at 4Web, Inc. I've been building sites with Joomla! since it first came out and with Joomla! 1.5 since its first release candidate. Welcome to Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates. Custom templates are the key to getting your website to stand out and Joomla! is making it even easier than ever for you to get a dynamic and interactive site up quickly, as well as making simple edits easy for your clients.

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Joomla! 1.5: Creating and Editing Custom Templates
2h 11m Intermediate Dec 02, 2008

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Custom templates are the key to making a Joomla!-driven website stand out. In Joomla! 1.5 Creating and Editing Custom Templates, Jen Kramer McKibben offers instruction and insight to help Joomla! users create eye-popping websites. Jen starts with the basics, like how to add the Joomla! template codes to a static HTML layout, install the template package, and clean up styling after installation. She also shows how to make multiple layouts within the same Joomla! template, configure menus and submenus, and more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Converting HTML comps to Joomla! templates
  • Troubleshooting installation problems
  • Creating XML and index files
  • Placing random images
  • Configuring menus and submenus
  • Changing the favicon
Subjects:
Web CMS Web Development
Software:
Joomla!
Author:
Jen Kramer

Welcome

(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Jen Kramer McKibben. I'm a senior interface developer at 4Web, Inc. I've been building sites with Joomla! since it first came out and with Joomla! 1.5 since its first release candidate. Welcome to Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates. Custom templates are the key to getting your website to stand out and Joomla! is making it even easier than ever for you to get a dynamic and interactive site up quickly, as well as making simple edits easy for your clients.

You'll want 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'll be ready for everything this course has to offer when you get back. Starting from the basics like adding the Joomla! template codes to your static HTML layout, I'll take you through installing the template package and cleaning up styling after installation. I'll give you a solution for making multiple layouts within the same Joomla! template and get you all excited about configuring menus and submenus. There's a lot in here and all of it's going to help your website stand out. So let's get started with Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates.

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Q: When creating and uploading custom templates as described in Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates , the following error occurs:

XML Parsing Error at 1:1. Error 4: Empty document
JInstaller::install: File '/tmp/install_4bd887e090339/css/default.css' does not exist.


What is causing this error?
A: Check through the errors described in the “Fixing typical installation problems” video (e.g. files included in the install package that are not listed in the XML file; the XML file lists files that are not in the install package; XML is badly formed). Also check for permissions issues with your server.
In all likelihood, if this message appears, there is an error with the XML file, possibly a typo or a misnamed file. Make sure the CSS file is called default.css and is located in the CSS folder. Also, make sure everything is spelled correctly.
 
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