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moss2076
11-22-2008, 08:36 PM
Hello, I have been designing my webpage in Dreamweaver CS3 and have used divs, external .css style sheets, I have a .dwt template, editable regions, and some php includes for menus, timestamps etc. All the pages come off the template file.

I have just installed Joomla to my site, and have got it running, but I have no idea how to make the website which I have designed to become managed by Joomla. I have been searching high-and-low on 'tinternet and am still unsure how to convert how to go about it.


If anyone has done what I am trying to do I would love to hear from you!! :thumbsup:

Excavator
11-22-2008, 08:51 PM
Hello moss2076,
Have you checked Joomla's site? They have a forum there you might have better luck with - http://forum.joomla.org/

moss2076
11-22-2008, 10:01 PM
Hello, I have been crawling google, and joomlas help pages. I just havent come across a clear way of doing it yet. I havent tried their forums yet, will give them a go.

abduraooft
11-23-2008, 03:25 PM
Download the joomla archive an unpack it. There would be a read-me file inside it, to have a start.

gnomeontherun
11-23-2008, 10:20 PM
Well templates are not just HTML code, they require some programming and Joomla knowledge. There are some books written about it, but if you aren't familiar with Joomla it might take a little bit of a learning curve to grasp the fundamentals of how the template engine works.

http://dev.joomla.org/content/view/1136/79/
http://www.packtpub.com/Joomla-Template-Design-open-source-PHP-MySQL/book

As a developer for Joomla I can assure you its possible, but it takes some PHP knowledge as well to get things to work right. Also if you are wanting to make professional templates to sell, then you will need to make sure that it utilizes the features that Joomla provides for its templates.

moss2076
11-24-2008, 10:58 AM
Well templates are not just HTML code, they require some programming and Joomla knowledge. There are some books written about it, but if you aren't familiar with Joomla it might take a little bit of a learning curve to grasp the fundamentals of how the template engine works.

http://dev.joomla.org/content/view/1136/79/
http://www.packtpub.com/Joomla-Template-Design-open-source-PHP-MySQL/book

As a developer for Joomla I can assure you its possible, but it takes some PHP knowledge as well to get things to work right. Also if you are wanting to make professional templates to sell, then you will need to make sure that it utilizes the features that Joomla provides for its templates.

Ive been reading the Joomla documentation suggested above.

In designing my template and pages in Dreamweaver up until now I have saved the template as "template.dwt.php" and all the pages which I spwan from it are saved as .php files. I have added editable regions, and I have a few php includes and a php contact form so Im saving as .php.

When I create a template which Joomla can use (still using Dreamweaver) can I still save the template as a .dwt.php file and spawn .php pages the same way and then add the Joomla code to the areas which use the Editable Regions? Or have I got it totally wrong so far? :D

gnomeontherun
11-24-2008, 11:30 AM
Like I said, I don't use DW templates, I like just making a plain file as a template instead so I'm not sure how they function. However, template files can be called anything (except there has to be the index.php and templateDetails.xml files). However there are some common conventions used (http://dev.joomla.org/content/view/1136/79/1/4/) by some developers. So as long as you setup the template xml file and the index.php file correctly, you can probably do whatever with those DW template files.

moss2076
11-25-2008, 09:30 PM
Well Im still searching for a decent tutorial, I went throught the tutorial on the Joomla site http://dev.joomla.org/content/view/1136/79/1/1/ which seemed the most thorough and easiest to understand at the time, until I uploaded it all to my Joomla site, and got error after error. I eventually found out that the tutorial is for version 1.0, but I have 1.5 which uses different coding in parts, so Im still to find a decent 1.5 tutorial.

gnomeontherun
11-25-2008, 09:41 PM
There aren't really any free template tutorials I've found, because that is where a lot of money is in for Joomla developers. They don't want to give up the secrets. You really should invest in that book I liked to.

moss2076
11-25-2008, 10:59 PM
I might just purchase the book, I think after a week or so off crawling google 1.5 template tutorials and only partial success I may give a good old fashioned book a try!

Its a shame that their isnt more out there at the moment for the reasons you described, when I do find out how to do it, that is what my website will be about...How to design a Joomla 1.5 template from an existing template.

..or I might just use my knowledge to make some money :D

gnomeontherun
11-26-2008, 09:42 AM
It is a shame, I agree. However there is also documentation on how the template system works, but its rather programmerish.

You could also just mess around with an existing template to learn some things!



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