Tips & Tutorials

Joomla Tips & Tutorials

There have been numerous on-going discussions to favor which are the best templates for Joomla, themes for Wordpress or Drupal. However, there are none related on how to demo those great templates/themes in their best shape.

As one of the top Joomla template providers in the industry for the last 7 years, JoomlArt.com has changed the demo site presentation at least 5 times: starting from a very simple demo toolbar without any fancy animations, graphics to an extreme sophisticated toolbar including cool animation, screenshots and intro texts.

From the recent experience, we have had the urge for a simple generic design, which would compliment with the rest of our current design and make it a global top bar across the site. We were actually inspired by the way Google updated its top bar and even Mashable had a similar simple one as well in which helped us to update our demo toolbar like what it is now.

The premise and principles of Quickstart installations are applicable to our Joomla, Magento and Drupal templates and themes alike. For the purposes of this article, Joomla is used as the CMS example.

As a JoomlArt Moderator and Support Team Member, I frequently see questions and issues within the Community Forum and Support Tickets from Members with regard to some having difficulty to successfully perform a QUICKSTART INSTALLATION. Many users simply want to either replicate a virtual clone of a template's demo showcase, or have just certain aspects of their site to look/function "just like the demo."

This is a guest post by Tom Crawford, an independent web designer, developer and consultant since 2005. He is an active Developer member since 2007 and is currently official JoomlArt Moderator/Support member.

There are many available tools to help make web development projects – such as modifying and customizing your JoomlArt Template based websites - quicker and more productive. Aside from a handy text editor like Notepad++ or WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver, you can find plenty of FREE tools and utilities that can greatly increase development speed, reduce testing time, and improve quality of the output.

The tools described below are a variety of utilities, optimizers, and testing tools aimed towards helping developers create websites more efficiently.

This is a real good freebie provided by our friends from OSTraining.com. They agreed to let us show you the following video tutorial which explains how to properly style modules. This video is just one unit belonging to the very comprehensive "Joomla Template Class" series accessible only for OSTraning members.

If you are interested we will show you the full section 5, which contains:

Section 5: Advanced Template Design Principles

  • Module Styles
  • Advanced Joomla CSS
  • Template Parameters
  • Template Overrides

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