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Joomla template considerations

This week we’re back to our series on creating your own Joomla templates. Remember, you don’t have to be planning to start your own template business to benefit from some deeper knowledge of template building. Maintaining and modifying your templates will also become much easier when you have a better command of this skill.

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John Higgins
Richard, thanks for all the info, I bought joomla pro and I am into it full time. I have built web sites with "site sell" and word... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:32
Shauna Charley
Hi Richard, thanks for your free tutorials. I'm very new to Joomla! and web design. I'm challenging myself to learn as much as I c... Read More
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How to get web development leads

This is part 2 in our series on how to become a professional Joomla developer. Web developers need to focus on two main tasks; delivering the product (i.e. building the website) and making sales. The part most developers dread is sales but this doesn't need to be the case. What if you had a method that you could activate every time you needed work? Not cold calling (yuck!), not advertising but a simple method that you can use THIS WEEKEND.

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Preston
Thanks for the timely tip. I have been in sales for more than 20 years and your valued comments have reminded me how easy it is to... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:08
Brendan Foy
Agree 100% with Preston about how easy it is to forget the basics. I always use a clipboard and the hand shake, a smile and appea... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2011 11:38
Bud Manz
Hi Richard, Thanks for the awesome article. I appreciate it! I guess I never went "door to door" in my area, but I always take ... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2011 14:12
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How to Create a Basic Joomla Template

Creating, modifying and just generally dealing with Joomla templates is not as daunting a task as you might think. There are some jobs that should be left to the professionals, but understanding how templates work and how they are structured can help tremendously in troubleshooting your own sites. It can also save you a good deal of money if you find yourself needing to hire programmers to solve even your basic Joomla template problems.

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Peter Gleeson
I'm definitely interested in building my own templates and this article is a good starting point. Thanks Richard
Sunday, 08 July 2012 17:29
Barry
tried this in three different browsers and can't read the code in enter this code into the document
Friday, 08 February 2013 03:06
Robert Wilson
Barry, Thanks for pointing out the glitch. Should be all fixed now.
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How to earn $4000 a month as a part-time web developer

2011-10-20 web-wireframeToday we start a series of articles on how to become a professional web developer using the skills you already have. If you're already a web developer, don't despair as you're bound to pick-up some gems along the way. Plus we'll be alternating each week between this series and our template series until the end of the year.

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frith
Hi Richard Your tutorials and extra support has been brilliant! Thanks heaps. Frith
Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:41
Julia Woodman
Looking forward to this as would love to be able to this so thanks
Saturday, 22 October 2011 01:18
Fred Holtslag
Thanks for "turning on some lights" in my not-to-speedy brain! I'm part-way through the dev tutorials, and really like your appro... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2011 10:54
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Joomla Templates - What Are Your Options?

All Joomla websites are displayed using a series of files that make up a template. This post explains the options that are available when choosing a template from free, to commercial to doing it yourself.

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frith
Hi Richard what do you think is the best option for template development; 1. Dreamweaver 2. buying a commercial template 3. Artis... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:47
Richard Pearce
Depends on the project - depends on your budget - depends on your skills. Commercial templates are a good choice for beginners. Ar... Read More
Friday, 21 October 2011 06:26
frith
Thx for the advice.
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Joomla editor tips

Our top 7 tips when working with the Joomla editor

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Robert Wilson
Hi Karen, If you shift-return and then re-select all of your text and click the justify button, does that not fix your issue? ... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 02:41
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Interview with Joomlabamboo

Today I'm speaking with Anthony Olsen, a fellow Australian and Joomla enthusiast. Anthony has been working with Joomla since 2006 and is the lead designer at Joomlabamboo, who develop some of the finest templates around. Let's discover more about the typical life of a template developer and learn how Joomla has changed over the years. And if you're new to Joomla or if your site could use a facelift, be sure to check out the special offer Anthony has prepared for you.

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Joomla language files

How to change the text that appears with many common Joomla functions.

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K2 templates

This week's newsletter will explain how you can get a custom K2 template working for your Joomla website. It's a bit more involved in terms of file manipulation, but we'll look at it from a very general point of view, give you some tips and explain why we think this is a really nice feature. You will need either good knowledge of and access to cPanel or a good command of FTP. You will also need to know a bit about CSS, and remember that you can always get professional help when you need it.

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How to create Joomla sliders

This week we’ll take a look at a new slider building extension from Offlajn. It's a pretty nice toy to play with, and while we haven't had it for long enough to become complete experts yet, the benefits are pretty clear if you're wanting to include dynamic content on your website.

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