Creating CSS templates in Joomla

June 22nd, 2009 | Posted under BounceWeb Company, Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Creating CSS templates in Joomla

Hi all,

In the world of Content Management Systems, it is no more a difficult task to build a website. With CMS like Joomla, you could probably create a brand new site of yours within a day. Joomla comes with a lot of in-built features, and what makes is so popular is the fact that you can add third-party features to the core Joomla component in the form of extensions.

Apart from extensions, Joomla users can choose from different templates for their websites. Templates are just like dresses that are pre-made and can be used on any content. However, making templates for Joomla websites are more challenging! Generally Cascaded Style Sheets (CSS) is purely used for the purpose. So, how do we create a CSS template for Joomla? Read on to know more.

The templates are stored in the “template” directory of the Joomla installation package. So, if you are creating a new template, make sure that you create a folder under the “template” directory. In most cases, the name of the folder is the name of your template as well! Now, Joomla templates require a few files to be created.

a. index.php – This happens to be the main section of the complete Joomla template. It will specify the module positions and also the location of your css files.

b. templateDetails.xml – This XML file contains data about the complete template. This helps the Joomla application to extract information about the template.

c. css folder – This folder contains all the css files required for the template. In the most basic template, you will find a single file named .css

These files can be created on any text editor and then uploaded to the control panel of your web host! However, besides knowing CSS, one must also know certain aspects of Joomla, PHP and XML to create the above files.

1. The index.php file will contain certain tags that are specific to Joomla only. For example, will display the main content in any web page created in Joomla, thus all styles associated with the main content can be applied on it.

2. The XML file will contain a lot of information like the version that is suited to the template, the name, author, description, list of files present in the template directory, and the positions enabled in the template. These information should be filled up in order to be recognized by the core Joomla components.

3. The basic design of the page will be contained in the CSS files of the css folder. The design that you want to provide to the template must be coded in a clear way and also should conform to the W3C standards.

More than anything else, imagination is what makes a great template. Joomla, being an efficient tool for developers too, keeps the content section separated from the design section, thereby making it easy for designers to concentrate on their creativity to come up with great templates.

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Three Advantages of Hosting Your Site with Joomla

May 2nd, 2009 | Posted under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Three Advantages of Hosting Your Site with Joomla

As of now there are lots of different options available for you if you are looking out to host you business online. Among all the options that are available, Joomla Web hosting is one of the options and this Joomla Web hosting is popular due to various reasons. If you know the advantages that are available with this Joomla Web hosting, you will come to know why this Joomla Web hosting is popular.

Here are some of the very important advantages that are associated with Joomla Web hosting.

1. Most of the people will not have the experience with HTML when they want to build their own site. With only a little effort from your side, you will be able to build the site very easily when you choose to host your site at Joomla. With Joomla, it helps anyone to build the site online some of the simpler ways.

2. It is not just like hosting with other hosting packages that are available as hosting with Joomla. It is easy and free to download. Along with this, you will get whatever help you need to figure out on how to use the new hosting that you have created. You can figure out any answers to the questions that you will have with the online support and resources the Joomla Web hosting provides you with.

3. Hosting your site at Joomla Web Hosting will not require you to have any technical skills or any kind of knowledge regarding the site building. This Joomla Web hosting has good rapport and good track record that they do have good support system in the place so that it will help you wherever you will require. If you want to get any kind of help for your site, you can just call them or else mail them.

These are just some of t he important advantage regarding the Joomla Web hosting, but there are even more advantages about the Joomla Web hosting. It is better to know the details and the service provided by the web hosting service provider that you want to choose and also do some research before selecting.


Top 5 Joolma Tips

April 16th, 2009 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Top 5 Joolma Tips

Joolma is a popular licensed Content Management System (CMS) that uses features such as page caching, blogs, web searching and printable pages to facilitate web publishing. Use of Joolma and other similar applications is what has led to the World Wide Web being such a versatile technology that has proven to be very resourceful indeed. Understanding how Joolma works is important in unlocking its awesome potential. For top class websites and applications one could hardly ask for a better tool.

The best advice that can be given about applying Joolma is to first of all understand the open source programming technology on which Joolma is based upon. A general understanding of programming and internet technology would put one in good stead. The good news is that information on these technologies is readily available in books, scientific magazines and the internet and is also easy to understand and apply.

Since Joolma is an open source tool a web designer should not restrict themselves in any way in applying it to different uses. The capabilities availed in Joolma Afford programmers and designers a wide field to play in and so they should not pull any punches in applying their imaginations to creative web designs. The best way to achieve this is to organize the priorities of the website and then satisfy them one after the other. This can be done by identifying key users first and assigning them roles.

Joolma Being a CMS technology, managing of web content is among its topmost priorities. To ensure easy content management a designer apply such tips as reducing the number of  items which appear on the web sites front page. This will allow for faster loading time and ease navigation of the site thus increasing overall efficiency.
Plug inns should be used sparingly as well as they use considerable storage space.

Regular debugging and checking of the design work is advisable in validating the work to rid it of redundancies. Anomalies may arise during the design phase of the site which may go unnoticed and which may sabotage the website later on. Running the website through filtering tools available in the Joolma package will expose faults and issue recommendations for improving efficiency. The regular debugging operations will also reveal extensions that execute unnecessary queries which slows down the running of the entire application.

For optimum performance of the application the designer should see to it that necessary storage space is available to support the application. It is a good idea for one to therefore add an extra database module. Available in the market are database modules which optimize the use of existing database capabilities thus creating room for more data and faster access and overall component performance. The modules check the status of tables and perform repairs to tables and organizations that may have become corrupted providing a breath of fresh air to the website.

Support information for Joolma is available easily on the myriad of blogs and internet sites dedicated to internet technology.

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Automatically fill your website with Joomla and RSS

March 11th, 2009 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Ever heard of the phrase: biting off more than you can chew? Well it’s a very natural habit of people to think that they are some sort of superhuman beings that can do just about anything in little time. This certainly applies to people who are thinking about starting their own website with daily content.

Oh wow, daily content, really? So how are you going to do that, just by yourself? “Yes, it’s no biggie, just one article a day, how much work can that be?” At first, these people seem to be right, and they manage to come up with one article a day. But then it gets really old really fast. When the newness wears off, things that started out as fun, become work really quickly. And when that work doesn’t pay, because you started it for fun, one article a day can suddenly be a huge task, which ultimately results in a website that has one year old content.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t build a website if you like to inform people about a certain topic, but you should think about if it’s really necessary for you to create all that content. You’ve probably heard of RSS, the system that helps people spread their content easily. We’ve also told you a lot about Joomla. But did you know that you can combine the two? At www.joomla.org you can download a component called feed2post. Its not free, you’ll have to pay 25 buckaroos for it, but trust me, it’s totally, utterly worth it.

You install it the Joomla Administrator area, and simply define what RSS feed you want to use (if you want to find nice ones check out http://www.google.com/reader to search for cool feeds.) You enter those feeds into the Feed2Post component, decide what feed needs to go in what category, and you’re done. Your website will be filled with other people’s content (don’t forget to link to them, you don’t want to steal and end up next to O.J. in prison.) and if you feel like it, you can add your own. It’s easy, and it keeps your website from becoming the stressful thing you call your job (you have your real job for that).


5 Best template sites

March 11th, 2009 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

If you’re not much of a builder, but also not much of a designer, you’re in luck. Because not only can you download and install a CMS like Joomla or WordPress, you can also download a very nice template for it, so that you can have a functional website that also looks good. Sometimes they’re free; sometimes you have to pay over a hundred dollars. Keep in mind that paid ones are not better by default; they’re just made by more commercial people. You can find templates on the following sites.

OSSkins
www.osskins.com
OSSkins is a very large website that has templates for open-source platforms like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. You can buy some of them for a fixed price, others require a membership. And if you don’t want to pay, just click the free section, they’re also very nice.

RocketTheme
www.rockettheme.com
These guys are in one word: brilliant. I have to admit, you pay a lot for it, you have to get a subscription, but these guys don’t just design templates, they design little miracles. And don’t worry about uploading and configuring a template. Just download a complete Joomla package including the template, and install the whole thing at once.

ThemeLayout
www.themelayout.com
A very good looking website with a very clear interface. The themes that are meant for WordPress and Joomla look very nice and very professional, but sadly they know how to charge you for it. You can get them cheap through a subscription, but if you want to buy it exclusively, you pay between 600 and 1200 dollars.

MamboHut
www.mambohut.com
Don’t let the name confuse you. Yes they have templates for Mambo, but they also have a lot of templates for Joomla. And whey I say a lot, I mean a LOT. Also nice is the fact that they have a lot of administrator templates that will make the admin part a little nicer. One of the oldest template sites around.

Template Monster
www.templatemonster.com
Without a doubt the biggest template website out there. They have templates for just about any kind of open-source platform, and they have a great way of presenting them. It’s a very commercial site though, so prepare to grab your wallet.


5 best open source CMS systems

March 4th, 2009 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

There are a lot of open source content management systems out there that will really help you build a good website. The problem is that they all have different qualities, and if you don’t know what to choose, you might just make the wrong decision. Although it’s not like you’re spending a lot of money on the software, it’s open-source. You will spend a lot of time on it though and it would be a shame to discover that you have made a mistake when your site is almost done. Let me help you on the way.

Joomla
www.joomla.org

Joomla is a CMS that you’ve heard me talk about a couple of times in these articles. Not because I’m a fan of Joomla (because I don’t like the idea of the whole world being run by one CMS, way too vulnerable), but because it’s so incredibly powerful and easy to use. There are a lot of good extensions, some cost money, some don’t. Joomla will surely make you a good website if you’re going to have a lot of content and you want to do more with it than just display it.

Mambo
www.mambo-foundation.org

Mambo can be considered Joomla’s bigger brother. Well actually, maybe more of a father. A group of developers who didn’t like the way things were going at Mambo headquarters, left, and started their own CMS, called Joomla. Both are still being developed and are very much alike, however Joomla has a bigger user base.

WordPress
www.wordpress.org

This is another very powerful CMS that you’ve heard me talking about. It is very often mistaken with a simple blogging tool, because it’s also a blogging service. Yes, you can use it as a blogging platform, but it’s way more powerful, if you know how to configure it well. Lot’s of extensions, some free, some not.

Typo3
www.typo3.com

Probably the most flexible and powerful open-source content management system there is. Nice, but the problem is that it’s also a lot harder to install and a lot harder to configure. If you know what you’re doing, it’s a very nice CMS. But if you need an open-source CMS because you have no programming skills, steer far from it.

PHP-Nuke
www.phpnuke.org

A brilliant CMS if your focus is going to be on news delivery. It’s very easy to install, very easy to use, but not the easiest CMS to customize. If you’re happy with a nice template and standard functionality, go for this one, it will make you happy.


The 5 best Joomla resource sites

February 26th, 2009 | Posted under The Internet | No Comments »

Installing Joomla is nice, and you can go a long way with it. But it gets even better if you start installing new components and modules to make your website even better. For example, you could install a social networking component like Community Builder, or a photo gallery and a frontpage slideshow. You just need to find the right extension, and luckily there are a lot of sites to help you do that.

Joomla Extensions Directory

http://extensions.joomla.org/

Of course, a very good way to get good extensions is through the website of Joomla. They have a separate section for extensions, and they are categorized really well. The best thing is that you can see right away if it’s going to cost you money or not.

Joomla Ratings

www.joomlaratings.com

A very nice website with a great collection of components and modules, although not as much as the official site. However on this website the emphasis is put on the ratings of the components so that it becomes pretty clear which components are popular, and which ones aren’t.

Joomla Collection

www.joomlacollection.com

First prize in a beauty pageant is not something this website should be expecting, but that’s not what it’s about. It has a clear index of components, modules and plug-ins, and it divides them in three main categories: All, new and popular. And those are the things we’re interested in.

One Stop Joomla

www.onestopjoomla.com

Also a website that could be prettier, but it has a very large list of categories, to make you find the extension that you are looking for much easier. Next to the extensions it also has a large forum and support section, for people who can’t figure out how to get things to work.

IJoomla

www.ijoomla.com

A bit of an outsider, because it’s not an independent site, but actually a store for components, modules and plug-ins. However, the stuff they sell is so easy and works so brilliantly I can’t not mention it. You have to try iJooma Magazine or iJoomla News Portal.


How to install Joomla

February 26th, 2009 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Remember when someone invented the paper bag, and how that changed the world? Probably not, it might have been before your lifetime. Anyway, Joomla is about that brilliant. Not that it will hold a serving of fries, but it sure did change the world of content management systems. Let’s say you’re a creative guy and you want to build a website. You know HTML, but having a website in plain HTML is very 1998, any decent website has a content management system (CMS) to support it. Great, but you don’t have programming skills. So all is lost? No, because there’s Joomla. Joomla is a powerful and user friendly CMS that can be installed in a matter of minutes. It’s pretty hard to implement your own design if you don’t have programming skills, but you can pick any of tens of thousands designs made by other people. And, oh yeah, did we mention Joomla is 100 percent free? Paper bags don’t look so brilliant now, do they?

To install Joomla, you need a couple of things: an account with a webhosting company that supports PHP 5 and MySQL and a control panel to change your settings, create databases etc.

By the way, we know a great web hosting company for that, just type www.bounceweb.com into your browser. Next to that you need an ftp program to upload the files (you can use free ones like FileZilla).

  1. Go to www.joomla.org
  2. Click on Download Joomla
  3. Choose the full package of the latest version
  4. Unzip the contents in a folder on your harddrive
  5. Connect your ftp program to your server and upload the whole shabam
  6. Get some coffee, it takes a while
  7. Go to the control panel of your hosting account and create a new database (and write down the details).
  8. Open your browser and surf to folder that you specified in the ftp program
  9. Now simply tell Joomla what it wants to know (name of your site, database details etc.)
  10. Choose whether you want to install sample content or not (sample content is handy to get to know the CMS).
  11. When you’re done, delete the installation folder (so that mean people with ugly faces can’t abuse it)
  12. That’s it you’re done!

It’s really that easy. Of course, installing Joomla is only part of the job. Now you need to figure out what goes where, pick a template, and try to fill your website. This simply is a process. Spend a little time with your new CMS friend, get to know him, and before you know it, you will be inseparable.

The alternative to the above installation is to use fantastico in your Cpanel 🙂


Content Management System For Newbies

January 23rd, 2009 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting | No Comments »

What Is A Content Management System (CMS)?

In short a content management system also know as a CMS, in terms of the Internet, is a script that is used to create, edit, manage, and publish different types of digital content. In other words, it will organize the stuff you want to put on your website easily, efficiently and effectively. A CMS will keep everything organized.

Where Can I Get A Content Management System For A Newbie?

We have a few that can be used and installed with 1-click included in our web hosting. These include:

Drupal (6.6) (website)
Geeklog (1.5.1) (website)
Joomla 1.5 (1.5.8) (website)
Joomla (1.0.15) (website)
Mambo Open Source (4.6.5) (website)
PHP-Nuke (7.9) (website)
phpWCMS (1.1-RC4 Rev. A) (website)
phpWebSite (0.10.2) (website)
Post-Nuke (0.764) (visit site)
Siteframe (3.2.3) (website)
Typo3 (4.2.1) (website)
Xoops (2.3.1) (website)

Which CMS Do You Recommend?

Among all of the CMS suites available Joomla is currently one of the best out there. Not only is it easy to use, but it also has a plethora of great features, and has a huge following so support is easy to find. Some of their features they mentioned are as follows:

  • Easy advertising management with banners: The “Banner” component allows the user to manage banners by Categories and Clients. The “Banners Manager” has three tabs, “Banners,” “Clients,” and “Categories.”
  • Contact management: The “Contacts” component allows the user to manage a Contacts directory with regard to the
    Contacts within the web site.
  • Newsfeeds: The “Newsfeeds” component enables the most recent articles from external web sites feeds
    (e.g. RSS) to be linked to for further reading.
  • Polls: The “Polls” component displays a list of all active (published or unpublished) polls on your site.
  • Search: The “Search” component provides statistics on searches performed using the Joomla! Search
    Plugin.
  • Weblinks: The “Weblink” component lists and provides management controls for controlling Web Links
    displayed in the Front-end of the web site.

And that’s only the beginning of the features list. All standard, all easy to manage, and all free! Content Management System For Newbies indeed. Take a look at our 100% compatible, cheap and reliable joomla cms hosting.


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