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The visual display of Content Management Systems like Joomla is powered by Templates. Joomla Templates are Extensions that are comprised of related PHP, CSS and JavaScript files that work together to present images, Articles and other media to an end user or administrator.

While the basic functionality of a Template is somewhat similar across developers, the look and feel can be dramatically different. Templates are used to display and access the content in the CMS, but the visual aspects are entirely up to the designer.

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Free Joomla 2.5 Templates

Free Joomla 2.5 TemplatesFree Joomla templates are not difficult to come by. Quality free Joomla templates are another story. In this post we feature 12 of the best free Joomla 2.5 templates.

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Using Form Fields in Joomla Templates

Joomla template developers can include parameters that allow the site owner to change certain functionality from a simple interface within Administrator. This post explores this feature called Form Fields and gives you an overview of how you can include these with your own Joomla templates. 

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Joomla Template Module Styling

As we teach in The Basics, modules can have different styles. The style of a module can be updated quickly and easily through the Module Class Suffix field as long as your template provider has included some extra styling options. If you’re the one designing the template, or if you just want to add your own styles to an existing template, here’s how it’s done.

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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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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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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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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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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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Joomla Mobile Options

A well developed website should work well on all devices. However the mobile platform presents specific challenges such as bandwidth and browser size. One option is to build a dedicated mobile version of your website, but you would then need to update your content on two sites. Here are two alternative solutions for mobile-friendly Joomla sites.
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