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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.
One last little piece of polish we can add to this website is a favicon. A favicon is the small icon that you see over here in the tab for the backend of our website. It's the little Joomla! icon. It also will show up in our Bookmarks, this little icon here next to this bookmark for the Joomla! website. But if you'll notice for the Bliss No. 5 set, we don't have a favicon associated with this particular web page. You can create a favicon in any image processing program. It needs to be a 16 x 16 pixel image of whatever you like and then you can upload this to your Joomla! site, which I'll show you how to do in just a minute.
I've decided to use this No. 5 circle with the white letters as my favicon and I've created that image. When creating your favicon, be particularly careful of that it's called favicon.ico. It can't be called favicon.gif or favicon.png or favicon.jpeg. The favicon.ico is actually a browser standard and of course, that also makes it one of Joomla!'s standards. It must be named that all lowercase letters in order to work in your Joomla! site.
Now, I am going to open up my exercise files to Chapter 5 to 05_02. Here is my favicon.ico file. Now, I need to copy this favicon.ico file into the appropriate template folder. Favicons are associated with specific templates on your website. So, every template can have a different favicon if you wish. I am now going to go to C.
wamp, www, my ChocolateBliss folder, into templates and into my inside folder. I am going to drag over my favicon right into here and now I am going to go back to my web page and refresh. And you'll see the favicon appears up here in the bar at the top of the page as well as in the tab associated with this page. If we bookmark this page, it will also show up in our Bookmarks.
So favicons are fun, they are very quick to put together and they add just an another little level of personalization for your Joomla! website. Try this on your next website that you put together.
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