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Templating with Joomla! 3 and Bootstrap

with Jen Kramer

Video: Welcome

Build a custom Joomla! 3 template that automatically tailors and sizes content for a wide range of displays, from desktops to mobile devices, leveraging Bootstrap, which ships with Joomla! 3.
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  1. 4m 35s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 36s
    3. Course prerequisites
      2m 6s
  2. 12m 9s
    1. Installing the starting state exercise files
      6m 17s
    2. Exploring template changes in Joomla! 3
      2m 11s
    3. Discussing CSS and LESS
      3m 41s
  3. 33m 13s
    1. Reviewing the graphic designs
      3m 0s
    2. Understanding Joomla! template file structures
      5m 22s
    3. Configuring a Dreamweaver site and populating it with Bootstrap CSS
      9m 48s
    4. Building the grid
      10m 11s
    5. Adding the Google font
      2m 50s
    6. Adding a custom style sheet
      2m 2s
  4. 36m 58s
    1. Understanding the index.php file
      4m 48s
    2. Converting from index.html to index.php
      7m 41s
    3. Using the module and component insertion code
      7m 26s
    4. Creating a template thumbnail and preview
      2m 51s
    5. Creating a favicon
      2m 17s
    6. Understanding the XML file
      3m 54s
    7. Creating a new XML file
      5m 40s
    8. Creating the ZIP package install
      2m 21s
  5. 19m 48s
    1. Installing the package file
      4m 5s
    2. Fixing typical installation problems
      5m 51s
    3. Assigning modules to the correct positions
      6m 7s
    4. Fixing image paths
      3m 45s
  6. 24m 29s
    1. Using the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar
      6m 14s
    2. Using Firebug
      2m 49s
    3. Using ColorZilla
      2m 42s
    4. Dreamweaver CS6 and Joomla!: Setup
      7m 21s
    5. Dreamweaver CS6 and Joomla!: Workflows
      5m 23s
  7. 1h 20m
    1. CSS workflows
      6m 1s
    2. Fixing the path to custom.css
      2m 16s
    3. Styling the header
      5m 21s
    4. Incorporating Bootstrap markup in the navigation HTML
      6m 48s
    5. Creating and styling a dropdown menu
      6m 14s
    6. Styling the navigation bar
      9m 35s
    7. Styling the navigation text
      6m 47s
    8. Styling the navigation indicator
      2m 48s
    9. Styling the navigation dropdowns
      6m 45s
    10. Styling the main content area
      9m 8s
    11. Styling the testimonials
      7m 50s
    12. Styling the breadcrumbs
      1m 32s
    13. Styling the search button
      5m 31s
    14. Styling the footer
      4m 16s
  8. 33m 48s
    1. Styling the tablet and phone menu button
      5m 55s
    2. Styling the navigation bar for tablets and phones
      8m 13s
    3. Including the mobile logo
      6m 49s
    4. Styling the head of the mobile design
      4m 36s
    5. Styling the body and footer of the mobile design
      8m 15s
  9. 31m 22s
    1. Assigning "optional regions" in a Joomla! template
      5m 22s
    2. Incorporating multiple layouts in a single Joomla! template
      6m 37s
    3. Working with template overrides
      9m 55s
    4. Layout overrides: Modules
      9m 28s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. What is a template style?
      5m 38s
    2. Editing the XML file
      6m 57s
    3. Making changes to index.php for the logo upload
      5m 44s
    4. Making changes to index.php for the header background color
      4m 48s
    5. Configuring the styles
      5m 46s
  11. 1m 55s
    1. Next steps
      1m 55s

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Templating with Joomla! 3 and Bootstrap
Video Duration: 0s 5h 8m Intermediate


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In this course, Jen Kramer shows how to build a custom Joomla! template that automatically tailors and sizes content for a wide range of displays, from desktops to mobile devices. This course covers using Joomla! 3 with its built-in Bootstrap framework, and a start-to-finish development strategy that covers everything from converting the wireframe to HTML, to styling the headers and footers. Jen also shows how to incorporate Dreamweaver and the Firefox developer tools into your workflow, and accommodate multiple layouts and color variations in a single template.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing the graphic designs
  • Creating HTML based on the Bootstrap framework
  • Converting the HTML to a Joomla! template
  • Installing the custom Joomla! template
  • Using Firebug and the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar
  • Styling the navigation bars
  • Creating a dropdown menu
  • Modifying the template for tablets and phones
  • Working with advanced template features, like overrides


I'm Jen Kramer. Welcome to Templating with Joomla! 3 and Bootstrap. In addition to having worked with Joomla! before, I'll assume you already have a good background in hand-coded HTML and CSS. You don't need to know PHP, but you should be able to copy and paste PHP where needed. You'll learn about Joomla three's integration with the Bootstrap framework. We'll make a powerful template that's flexible, and adapts easily to desktops, tablets, and phones.

I'll show you how to make some content device specific. And I'll show you how to set up Bootstrap's menu bar, which collapses at lower screen resolutions. I'll also throw in a few tools and tips about working with CSS and Joomla. So lets get started with Templating with Joomla 3 and Bootstrap. Hi!

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Q: After following along with the exercise files, all has gone well until I installed JCE. When I did this my control panel on the backend came up with the following "strict standards" error:

( ! ) Strict standards: Non-static method WFEditor::getInstance() should
not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in
C:\wamp\www\administrator\components\com_jce\models\model.php on line 112

Please advise. I looked for a way of uninstalling JCE and could not find one. The exercise site seems to work quite well otherwise, although I can't change the profile of JCE as instructed because of similar messages throughout the JCE profile.
A: Anytime you receive an error about "strict standards" when work with WAMP (any additional messaging doesn't matter), please apply the following fix. This fix is also described in the Joomla! 3 Essential Training Chapter 11 video, "Turning off WAMP error reporting."

Because the error reporting is an issue with WAMP and not Joomla!, this fix works for Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, 2.5, and 3.0, as well as later versions of Joomla.

1. In WAMP, find the icon in the system tray and click it.

2. Choose PHP - php.ini from the list.

3. Search the php.ini file for the following line:

error_reporting = {there will be some kind of value in this place}

4. Change whatever value is there on that line to the following:

error_reporting = E_ERROR

5. Save and close php.ini, then go back to the WAMP menu and choose "stop
all services", followed by "start all services" to reboot Apache.

6. You should no longer see errors. If errors are still present, then do
the following:

a. follow steps 1 and 2 above

b. Search the php.ini file for the following line:

display_errors = off

Change this to

display_errors = on

c. Follow step 5 above.
Q: Why is Joomla not installing on my Windows computer with WAMP?
A: In current versions of WAMP, there is a bug in PHP 5.4.x that may prevent Joomla! from installing.
Downgrade your version of PHP from 5.4.x to 5.3.x. To do this, click on the WAMP icon in the system tray (the green W). Go to PHP - Version - and choose a version of 5.3 that's available in your installation. Click on the WAMP icon again and choose Restart All Services. You should be able to install Joomla! now.
Q: The exercise files do not seem to work with the latest version of WampServer. What do I do?
A: Please refer to David Gassner's course Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL, specifically video #4, "Changing softwareversions with WampServer add-ons," in Chapter 3, "Installing WampServer on Windows." This will show you how to adjust the version of PHP in WampServer so Joomla will run correctly.
Per the Joomla documentation at, the minimum version of PHP to run Joomla is 5.3.10, and preferred is 5.4+. WampServer might be shipping with PHP 5.5.12. You can certainly downgrade this to a different PHP version using the instructions in David's video.





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