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Joomla! Templates (Joomla! Press)by Angie Radtke
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Master All Facets of Joomla! Site Customization with Templates
Now, for the first time, there’s a complete, authorized guide to template design, development, and customization with Joomla!. Packed with examples, this clear, concise, practical text covers everything from beginning-level skills to power techniques–even creating new HTML5-native mobile views, today’s most exciting new Joomla! capability.
Joomla!® Templates will be invaluable for every professional web designer and developer who uses Joomla!, for advanced nonprofessional users, and for less experienced users who want to customize their own sites instead of paying others to do it. This title’s concise, easy-to-use coverage includes
Joomla! users who want to customize their own websites need to understand templates: that's why thousands of them have asked for template help at Joomla! web site. Now, for the first time, there's an authorized and definitive guide to all facets of designing, developing, and customizing Joomla! templates. Internationally respected Joomla! template developer and trainer Angie Radtke guides users through everything they need to know to quickly create sites that meet their clients' precise visual requirements. Clear, concise, practical, and packed with visual examples, Joomla! Templates covers everything from beginning-level skills to "power" techniques. Building on previous work that has earned multiple reader raves at Amazon.com, she covers all this, and more: * Understanding how Joomla! templates are structured and how they behave * Quickly changing a Joomla! site's look and feel * Working with XML files, template parameters, and language files * Designing standard output individually * Adapting and modifying output with the System Template * Modifying Standard Templates * Integrating new site features * Fine-tuning templates and creating installable ZIP archives * Using powerful new features built into Joomla! 2.5, including mobile views for HTML5 native apps * Mastering advanced techniques involving custom modules, template parameters and layout overrides
About the Author
Angie Radtke is a member of Joomla!’s design and accessibility team. An accomplished web designer, she developed the Beez 2.0 and Beez 5 templates for barrier-free design that are now included in the Joomla! package. Her consultancy, Der Auftritt, specializes in creating targeted communication solutions for web and print. Through her work, she has repeatedly proven that appealing designs, accessibility, and content management systems can work together seamlessly. Radtke’s web design for the German Foundation Against Global Hunger and Poverty has been nominated for the DMMV’s Multimedia Award for Barrier-Free Web Design.
Table of Contents
1. The Basis: the Content and Visual Concept
2. Barrier Freedom: What Is It, Actually?
3. CSS and HTML: Getting the Basic Structure into Shape
4. PHP and Joomla!
7. Let’s Get Down to Details: a First Look at the Templates
8. The Structure Makes it Possible
9. The index.php: the Heart of the Matter
10. The XML File and the Template Parameters
11. The Language Files
12. Modules Dynamics in the Presentation
13. Designing Standard Output Individually
14. The System Template: Adapting and Modifying Output
15. What Else is Important?
16. The Standard Templates and their Features
17. Practical Implementation
18. Step by Step to a New Layout
19. Integrating Your Own Features
20. Final Tasks: Fine Tuning and Creating an Installable Zip Archive
21. Creating Mobile Views with HTML Native Apps
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