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Angie Radtke is a member of the Joomla! 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.
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
- Using Joomla! templates to customize any website to your exact requirements
- Learning how Joomla! templates are structured and how they behave
- Quickly changing a Joomla! site’s look and feel
- Making sure your templates fully support accessibility and standards
- Getting your basic template structure into shape with CSS and HTML
- Designing responsive Joomla! templates and sites
- Analyzing HTML, CSS, and accessibility
- Integrating template components, including index.php, the XML file, template parameters, and language files
- Adapting and modifying output via the system template
- Mastering advanced template customization
Link to author site: http://joomlatemplatebook.com
A link from Joomla! Templates can be found here: joomla.org.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you develop Joomla templates, you need this book,
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This review is from: Joomla! Templates (Joomla! Press) (Kindle Edition)Finally, a book on Joomla templates written by a member of the official Joomla project, Angie Radtke.
If you have used Joomla, you already know Angie's work. She designed and developed the Beeze templates that come installed with every Joomla distribution since Joomla 1.5.
This book does a great job looking under the hood of Joomla's template architecture. She goes over how to tweak templates with CSS, how to use template overrides, a chapter covering MooTools basics, and how to modify the Beeze templates that come with Joomla. If you already develop Joomla templates, you need to buy this book because it will greatly expand your skill-set.
I have been developing custom Joomla templates since 2007 and this book taught me several new tricks, like how MooTools works, create better error pages and best ways to modify the CSS used in Joomla error messages, etc.
What the book doesn't do is provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beginner to Intermediate,
This review is from: Joomla! Templates (Joomla! Press) (Paperback)This book is definitely a step up from any of the beginner tutorials and blogs you'll find on the internet. While the internet tutorials give you a good start and you can build a decent template with them, this book provides key insights you will need to take your templates from decent to great. The author starts with some background chapters to make sure you have the foundation that you will need, and then finally gets into the more advanced template creation later. I have good Joomla experience, so I skimmed some parts, but was pleased to find a few things that I will start including in my templates. Overall, I would recommend this book as a good resource for Joomla 2.5 web designers, website owners, and programmers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Agonizing - a definite "skip",
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This review is from: Joomla! Templates (Joomla! Press) (Paperback)Agonizing.
This book is about Joomla templates, right? It says so right on the cover. So, out of 278 pages of real "stuff" (excluding introduction, index, appendix), why are the first 90 pages devoted to everything but Templates?
Author Angie Radtke has great qualifications, but if I wanted to know her opinion about website accessibility, color balance, PHP basics, CSS and HTML basics, the aesthetics of font selection, and general website design advice, I'd have bought a book about, oh say, "Website Design."
Here are some things I just don't need to be told in a book about Joomla templates:
- "In many cases the choice of colors is determined in advance by the corporate design of the client."
- "People who are blind tend to have well-developed acoustic as well as tactile senses..."
- "Firebug is one of the most glorious inventions for template designers."
With that said, the other 180 pages of the book do a pretty good job of... Read more
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Table of Contents
About the Author xxiii
Chapter 1: The Basis: Designing the Content and Visual Concept 1
It All Starts with the Structure 1
Recognizing User Expectations 2
Page Layout–Visually Structuring Content 3
The Graphical Layout–Visual Appearance Matters 7
Fixed and Fluid Layouts 16
Chapter 2: Accessibility–What Is It? 19
The Legal Basis 20
Visual Impairment 21
Motor Disabilities 29
Learning Disabilities 31
Chapter 3: CSS and HTML–Getting the Basic Structure into Shape 35
A Few Words about the History 35
Which Version of HTML Should I Use? 36
The Basic HTML Structure 38
A Brief Introduction to CSS 38
Using Multiple Classes Together 44
Positioning and Box Model 47
CSS Hacks and Browser Problems 52
CSS Tuning 54
CSS3–A Brief Overview 55
Vendor Prefixes 55
Overview of the Three Most Useful CSS Statements 56
Chapter 4: Responsive Web Design 59
But How Does It Work? 59
CSS3 Media Queries 60
Adapting Graphics and Videos 61
Using HTML5 Apps 62
Chapter 5: PHP and Joomla! 63
Integrating PHP 63
Conditions: if Statements 66
For Pros: Accessing Objects and Their Values 68
Chapter 6: MooTools 71
Why MooTools? 72
MooTools Quick Start–Dollar Functions and Events 73
The MooTools Core in Action 74
The Class System 76
The MooTools Principle 79
Related Links 81
Chapter 7: Tools 83
HTML Validator and CSS Validator 83
Web Developer Toolbar 84
Helpful Tools for Accessibility 86
Accessibility Extensions for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox 87
Chapter 8: Now for the Details: A First Look at Templates 91
beez_20 and beez5 91
The Template Manager: Styles 92
The Template Manager: Templates 94
Installing Templates 99
Chapter 9: The Underlying Structure 101
The Heart of the Matter, the index.php 102
The css Folder 102
The images Folder 103
The html Folder 103
The language Folder 103
template_thumbnail.png and template_preview.png 104
The fonts Folder 105
The index.html 105
Chapter 10: The index.php: The Heart of the Matter 107
The Document Head 107
And Off We Go: The Body 114
Chapter 11: The XML File and the Template Parameters 117
templateDetails.xml: General Information 117
Template Parameters: config 124
Chapter 12: The Language Files 135
How Joomla! Translates Constants to Multiple Languages 135
Adding Your Own Languages 136
Joomla! Conventions for Using Language Strings 137
Language Files in index.php Using the Examples of Skip Links 137
Chapter 13: Modules–Dynamics within the Presentation 139
Integrating the Module Flexibly into the Layout 149
The Module Class Suffix 151
The Menu Module 155
Chapter 14: Designing Default Output Individually 161
Inspecting the Default Output 161
The Page Class Suffix 162
Template Overrides 165
Chapter 15: The System Template: Adapting and Modifying Output 173
System Notices 173
Replacing System Graphics 179
component.php and How to Do Magic with It 179
Chapter 16: Advanced Template Customization Tricks 185
When the Reading Direction Changes: Right-to-Left Languages 185
PHP Browser Switch 187
PHP Tricks 189
Chapter 17: The Default Templates and Their Features 193
beez_20 and beez5 Templates 193
Atomic Template 207
Chapter 18: Practical Implementation 211
Concept of the Beez Templates 212
Chapter 19: Step by Step to a New Layout 217
Step 1: Positioning the Navigation 218
Step 2: Filling the Center Column with Content 218
Step 3: Adjusting the Number of Articles 223
Step 4: Visually Designing the Header 223
Step 5: Integrating the Module Position for the Header Picture 235
Step 6: Adapting the Footer 239
Step 7: Adapting the Minimum Height of Content 240
Step 8: The First Tests 241
Step 9: Customizing Typography 245
Step 10: Formatting Module Headings 246
Step 11: Assigning the Background Image to the Homepage Article 249
Step 12: Final Tests 253
Chapter 20: Integrating Custom Features 259
The Header Image–A Background Image? 259
Using HTML5 Effectively 265
Chapter 21: Final Tasks: Fine-Tuning and Creating an Installable Zip Archive 273
Adapting the XML File 277
Creating a Zip Archive 278
Useful Links 279
Helpful Functions 282
CSS Classes Used and Their Elements 283
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