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Joomla Template Design

Written by joomfreak // Monday, 28 October 2013 10:10
Joomla Template Design

Joomla is different. It holds all the content within several MySQL database tables. What you'll be designing is the shell, which will eventually hold content when it is called from the database by a web user selecting a link on the site. At the same time, the layout and CSS you create for the template will be automatically applied across many pages (perhaps thousands) depending on how big the site is. This can be quite liberating and overwhelming, or frustrating at the same time.


If you're reading this article , chances are you currently have or work with a Joomla powered site or are ready to embark on a new Joomla powered project. Joomla already comes with two built-in templates, and there are many free and commercial templates out there in a wide range of themes and styles to choose from. The benefit of using pre-existing templates (especially purchasing a commercial template) is that they're built to handle Joomla's range of uses and content displays. They've also been packaged and set up for easy installation and application to your project (often two clicks or less!). This means that with a little web surfing and under $100, you can have your Joomla powered site up and running with a stylish look in no time at all. If you want to buy a book related to Joomla Template Design, so you can visit on http://www.gobookee.org for buy books related to Joomla Template Design.

The drawback to using a pre-made template is that you limit your site's custom look to something that several other people may have downloaded or purchased for their site. Moreover, if your site has a third-party extension for specialized content, it may not look quite right with the pre-existing template. Also, if your site requires specific branding, you may find it next to impossible to find an existing pre-made template that will fit the project's branding requirements. Thus, you'll need to either create a fresh design from scratch or dig in and modify an existing template (which has a user license that allows modification).

Whether you're working with a pre-existing template or creating a new one from the ground up, Joomla template design will give you the know-how to effectively  understand how templates work within the Joomla CMS enabling you to have full  control over your site's design and branding, no matter which route you take to  get there.

If you are designing for the Joomla CMS for the earliest time, you will require to understand that designing a template for a Content Management System such as Joomla is quite different from designing a web page. You may be comfortable with creating a design layout in Photoshop or your favorite graphic editor and then using your editor's export feature to generate the image slices and HTML markup required to render the web page. Likewise, you may be more comfortable working with a WYSIWYG editor such as Dreamweaver so that you can clearly see your page layout as you create the CSS and format content for it.

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