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Joomla Basics Part3

Joomla Basics Part3



A presentation to the JoomlaChicago User Group on Joomla Basics focusing on templates and extensions.

A presentation to the JoomlaChicago User Group on Joomla Basics focusing on templates and extensions.



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    • Presented by: Nick Martinelli April 8 th . 2009 Joomla 101: Basics Part III Templates and Extensions
    • Introduction
      • Templates
        • What’s a template
        • Installing, config, module positions
      • Components, Modules, Plug-ins
        • Extensions defined
        • Installing + config + linking
    • Templates
      • A template is the design of your site
      • With a template you can change the look and feel of your website
      • Templates show defined areas in which components and modules will be rendered
      • Templates are easy to build and customize and provide or are readily available online from template clubs
    • Templates continued…
        • Consists of index.php, templateDetails.xml, css, images, and potentially other elements
        • Template is where module positions are defined and rendered in joomla.
        • Show module positions on your site: http:// mysite.com/index.php?tp =1
      • Template Help
      • http://docs.joomla.org/New_features_introduced_in_Joomla!_1.5_templates
    • Template Postions
    • Components
      • A component is the largest and most complex of the extensions
      • They are like mini applications that load in the main body of the page.
      • There are two parts in a component - an administrator part and a frontend site part.
      • Examples: com_content, My Blog, VirtueMart,
    • Modules
      • Modules are more lightweight and flexible extensions
      • Sometimes modules are linked to components such as the “latest news” module which links to the com_content and displays links to the newest content items.
      • Modules are mostly found as the “boxes” that are arranged around a component, for example: the login module.
      • Modules are assigned on a page based on menu items.
      • They don't have to be related to anything and can be just static HTML or text.
      • Examples: latest news, polls, weather, ads, banners
    • Plug-ins
      • One of the most advanced extensions for joomla
      • Is a section of code that runs when a pre-defined event happens in Joomla
      • Plug-ins were also known as mambots in Joomla 1.0.
      • Examples: Image galleries, video players, page break, email cloaking
    • Get help from these great books
    • Questions?
      • Your Questions?
    • Extension of the Month
      • Joomla 1.5.10 Security Patch
      • This release contains:
        • 66 bug fixes
        • one low-level security fix
        • one moderate-level security fix
      • Go to joomla.org for more details and to download