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#1 Bellz

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:07 PM

Howdy !

I try to make an new homepage with all my Metallica stuff.
I start to learn Joomla.
I search a good template for my site. I try it on my own, but i donīt know how to start that. :crazy:
Maybe here is somebody who can create such an Template for Joomla??!!!

Please contact me if u would or could do that !

Bellz :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 05:00 PM

i join you in learning joomla :sarcastic_hand:
i suck at css for it

#3 Bellz

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:34 PM

:sarcastic_hand:

How does it work with the template?
Did u have one?

#4 frantik2k3

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:37 PM

The best thing I can recommend is to download a template that is as close to what you want that you can find. Not only close in terms of layout, colors, but also positioning of the modules options. Then from there, make a copy of it and begin to customize it from there.

That is what I do, unless I know for sure that the design that my customer wants to have is easy enough to make a template from scratch for.

#5 damage jackal

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:38 PM

im pretty much satisfied with defaul template, i think. actually, i want to understand/learn joomla first. dont know where to start tho

problems i come across are: when i remove top modules it says "top module empty"; another one is that i dont want my page look in a4 format heh, i want the body extended to 100%

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:20 PM

Well the best place to start is understanding how the templates work to display the information you want. In order for your modules (which you set in the admin area) to be displayed you need to not only enable them but also have a placement spot designated on the template file.

Most templates are loaded up with PHP If statements. If you can follow that logic you will most likely be all set. Yes, some PHP scripting knowledge is needed, but it is not tough.

Check out my latest Joomla site, still in development... http://www.nhcustomcable.com/joomla/

In there you can see how the page width of the main body content changes from page to page (ie some pages have a left column that shows, some pages have a right column that shows and some pages are a full width).

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:28 PM

problems i come across are: when i remove top modules it says "top module empty";

Most likely the reason why you see "top module empty" is because the template you are using has some code in it that is something like this...

If topmodule is empty then write "top module empty" else show topmodule

Something like that is making the "top module empty" text show.

#8 damage jackal

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:12 PM

couldnt fine such bit i have div with class=error>Top module empty

btw, very good site, very clean, like the nav :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 01:42 AM

btw, very good site, very clean, like the nav :sarcastic_hand:

Thanks. My customer wanted something professional, plain, clear and clean. The template is so simple that I created it from scratch, without having to use another template as a guide.

Some other Joomla-driven websites that I did for my customers include...

http://www.melodiouscreations.com
http://www.laundrylist.org
http://joomla.siteventures.com (still in development)
http://www.nhtroubadour.com/joomla/ (still in development, custom template coming soon this week)

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 05:20 PM

they look great man! esp laundrylist - i like the menus' look very much :sarcastic_hand:

how you changed the links in joomla to not display index.php?option=com_content etc?

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 09:41 PM

how you changed the links in joomla to not display index.php?option=com_content etc?

That is called "SEF URLs" which of course stands for Search Engine Friendly URLs. To enable it you log into your admin area and go to the Global Configuration. Then under the Site tab is a section called SEO Settings. What you want is to set Search Engine Friendly URLs to Yes. You may also need to set Use Apache mod_rewrite to Yes. Lastly you may need to rename your htaccess.txt to .htaccess and upload that to your Joomla root folder.




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