A template or theme is a kind of visual editing pattern that is placed on the top of content. A template defines the colors, character fonts, font sizes, background images, spacing, and partitioning of the page, in other words, everything that has to do with the appearance of a page.

A template is made up of at least one HTML file for the structure of the page and one CSS file for the design.

Templates have the big advantage that the design of a website can be completely changed without altering the content.

Content management systems usually have different templates for the frontend and the backend.

A few examples for the use of different templates, which renders the same content:

Common basics

In this section, I describe the common basics of content management systems and related topics.


zero2hero - Day 1

Today I thought about how I'm organizing everything and I described my project (My next three months). @JooDeu, @sigsiu_net, @SeoSuka, @warnemann, @UlrikaHall, @web2feed, @murgeys and @linobertrand retweetet it and @manfredrein has posted the first comment - (thanks for that)

My next three months

The initial plan was to write a Joomla! 1.6 book and to start today. I promised it to my publisher :-)

Now I am thinking about this project ... and I decide to expand the project.

I have experiences in working with Joomla!, Drupal and Wordpress:

  1. The software:
    In all professional web projects I was involved in during the past two years the problem was not the software. More or less every task I have seen could be solved with Joomla!, Drupal and Wordpress.
    For this reason I would like to write three books :-)
  2. The language:
    My mother tongue is German and I know so many German words. But we are only 120.000.000 speakers. I live in France and have to speak French. My knowledge of the French language is lousy, but they have 500.000.000 speakers. And what am I doing right now? I write the first text about my project in my spaghetti English (500 million–1.8 billion speakers).
    For this reason I would like to write the three books in three languages German, French and English with the option to add more languages.
  3. The medium:
    It's hard to earn money with printed paper so I decide to publish the "books" online for free on our website.
    I did this in 2008 with my Drupal 6 book (German) and my Joomla 1.5 book (German and French).
    To spread the knowledge I would love to have three apps (iPhone, Blackberry, Android) for the three books in three languages.
  4. The timeframe:
    This is a little bit hard. I have three weeks in a month (9am-5pm) in the next three months (until october, 15th 2010).
  5. The process:
    I will start writing in German. Then I will translate it into English and my beloved daugther Isabell will proof read it. For the French version I have no real idea at the moment (any volunteers?).
  6. What about you?
    You will have three advantages
    1. You can follow the process online and live.
    2. You will get a freely available course of how to create a Website with those three content management systems.
    3. You can participate in the project by giving feedback
  7. Official hashtag
    If you write about this project please use the hashtag #zero2hero

Joomladay Italia in Rome

  • November 21th, 2009 - 9:00 am
    As I have heard and seen so far, JoomlaDay Italia is one of the biggest Joomla events in the whole world together with the Dutch and the Thai Joomladays.
    Alexred and ste and their team did an incredibly good job here.
    The venue belongs to Fondazione Santa Lucia and is perfect, the entrance is free.
    The room is filling up - there is Italian rock music in the background.
    The spirit here reminds me 5 minutes to DrupalCon Washington in March 2009.
    The sessions will be streamed live on the Internet (hope that works - it worked).
    I do a session to (building a template from scratch).
    The only thing which I really miss is a working internet connection for the public (like me).
    That's a pity because it is not possible for me to send tweets, status updates and other bits and pieces in real time.
    Another thing is, that I forgot my camera and camcorder at home (old boy ... brain is definitely shrinking).
    Good opportunity to try the gallery feature in flickr (gosh ... I forgot, no Internet access).
    More and more people entering the room. It is equipped with four projectors which looks very impressive.
    I am 5 minutes at the entrance together with ste and others to welcome guests.

A quick view on Joomla! 1.6.0 Alpha [hope]

Joomla! 1.5 was released  Jan 22, 2008.

One and a half year later, Joomla!1.6.0 Alpha - Codename [hope] appears on the horizon (download area Joomla 1.6). Since June 23th Joomla! 1.6 Alpha was downloaded 9,500 times (as of July 2nd). The 9,500 downloads comprise of 8,000 in zip format, 1,000 in tar.gz format and 500 in tar.bz2 format. Zip seems to be the most popular format. Many open source projects rely on the tar.gz format (f.e. Drupal) and limit with this decision unnecessary there downloads. In this case Joomla! is a good example of user friendly behaviour!

What's already new in Joomla 1.6 Alpha[hope]?


Essentie van Joomla! 1.5

Omschrijving Essentie van Joomla ! 1.5

Het combineert professionele functionaliteit met een eenvoudige bediening, zodat u zich bij uw presentatie op het web kunt concentreren op het belangrijkste deel: de inhoud. Versie 1.5 ondersteunt u daarbij met talloze nieuwe mogelijkheden, zoals het laagdrempelige template Beez, een Nederlandstalige backend, vernieuwd mediabeheer en nog veel meer.

Met dit boek in de hand kunt u zelf in Joomla! webprojecten realiseren, vormgeven en beheren. De volgende onderwerpen komen aan bod:

Dutch (Nederlands))
Pearson Education, NL
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Building Websites with Joomla! 1.5

This book takes a practical step-by-step approach of teaching the installation and configuration of Joomla! 1.5, customizing it, creating your templates and extensions, and finally, building your own website.

In Detail

Packt Publishing, UK
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