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Styling a footer

From: Joomla! 1.5: Creating and Editing Custom Templates

Video: Styling a footer

Our website is coming along really well and the site is looking great, but we still have one final problem and that's the footer of this web page, which is not quite what we want it to be. What we have going on at the bottom of this web page are two modules. We have a module for the copyright and a module for the privacy policy and terms and conditions. As I mentioned earlier, the copyright itself could have just been text that we included in the template, but I have put it in a module so that it's easier for non-technically oriented people to go in later and update the date. What we need to do now is make sure that this copyright date is over on the left plus the privacy policy and the terms and conditions are in a horizontal orientation over to the right.

Styling a footer

Our website is coming along really well and the site is looking great, but we still have one final problem and that's the footer of this web page, which is not quite what we want it to be. What we have going on at the bottom of this web page are two modules. We have a module for the copyright and a module for the privacy policy and terms and conditions. As I mentioned earlier, the copyright itself could have just been text that we included in the template, but I have put it in a module so that it's easier for non-technically oriented people to go in later and update the date. What we need to do now is make sure that this copyright date is over on the left plus the privacy policy and the terms and conditions are in a horizontal orientation over to the right.

So, we are going to write some code to do that. First of all, let's start by viewing the HTML. And down at the bottom of the page, you will see that we have a div. Within the div id footer, we have div class called moduletableleft, and that's just the words copyright 2008 Bliss No. 5 Chocolate. Then we have a div with a class of moduletableright which contains the list that is our navigation bar, which just includes the privacy policy and the terms and conditions. We need to float these moduletableleft and the moduletableright next to each other and then do the rest of the styling. So, once again, we are going to go into CSS > Edit CSS, and over to the Default tab. All the way down at the bottom of the styles sheet is where our footer styles list. What I am going to do is I am going to float my moduletableleft and my moduletableright, both to the left next to each other.

So let's write a style for that. # footer div.moduletableleft, # footer div.moduletableright. And we are going to float left. So you can see that those two items are now floated left, next to each other. For the moduletableleft, that's the copyright statement, I am going to give it a bit of the margin on the left hand side to move it over from the left a little bit, instead of being squashed up against the side. So footer div.moduletableleft. Now, we will have a bit of a margin there. That will move it over a little bit more.

Now let's style the menu for the privacy policy and the terms and conditions. So for the unordered list itself, we want to set the list style type to none. That will turn off the bullets and then we want to just make sure that it has no margin and padding. Next, we are going to float the li elements next to each other so that we will have a horizontally orientated navigation bar. So for then the footer or the lis, we would like them to float left. So now everything is all run in to each other, so we will need a little bit of padding.

The padding on the left, we will set it to 2 em. That will give us a nice space between the copyright statement as well as between privacy policy and terms and conditions. I am also going to set the padding on this for the bottom to zero. That will change nothing in Firefox. Once again this get around an Internet Explorer problem. Finally we just need to assign the link color and maybe a hover state. So footer a link, footer a visited. That will look very pale and blend in with the background. But once that background footer image shows up again, which is that much darker teal, those links will pop out a little bit. And finally, a hover state. We will make that white. And if all goes well, that should be the look for our footer of the web page. It's very hard to tell because the background images aren't showing up here in Firefox.

So before we decide that this is completely done, let's copy and paste in the styles into our Joomla! style sheet and do a double check to make sure this is what we really want. So once again Ctrl or Command+A, Ctrl or Command+C to copy, back to the Joomla! website, Edit CSS, default.CSS edit, and Ctrl+A, Ctrl+V, and save. And let's go back to the website and refresh and we scroll to the bottom.

That is looking really good now and our hover state is working as well, when we hover over our links. The styling in this footer works very well for this website because the privacy policy and the terms and conditions are visually different than the copyright statement. Copyright statement is not clickable but of course the privacy policy and the terms and conditions are clickable. And that's pretty clearly differentiated between the look of these two items. They are also not using terribly bright colors on this web page because we don't really want to feature the footer. It's just some additional information for the website which is why it's at the bottom of the page to start with. Not many people are going to be interested in looking at the privacy policy or the terms and conditions. But we do want to make them available. So they are best suited to the bottom of the web page as opposed to the top, in the main navigation which most visitors will be interested in.

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