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Easist way to edit Joomla templates RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hey guys,

    I'm sorry if this topic is covered elsewhere, but after days of banging my head, I'm resorting to this. I have been using FrontPage and Expressions Web for years. I was recently talked into using Joomla and found a template I liked, bought i and had the company install it for me. Now I am having a nightmare trying to go in and edit the pages, etc.

    I am used to how you can open a page in other software, click a component and edit then publish. With Joomla, I have NO idea how to open a page and do this. It's been a week already and all I've accomplished is changing some basic text.

    Help!!!! Please. :'-(

    Friday, January 25, 2013 1:18 PM

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  • Since Joomla is a CMS ( content management system ) I believe you edit Joomla with Joomla,

    Have you asked this at the Joomla website:

    http://www.joomla.org/


    Expression Web MVP

    Friday, January 25, 2013 2:19 PM
  • Steve is correct. While it is in fact possible to edit the CSS which determines the presentation in Joomla, it requires knowledge and understanding of both HTML and CSS. And, if you want to delve into the actual structure, and for some types of basic template editing, you may need a decent grounding in PHP, as well. This is knowledge which you probably never acquired if all you have ever used is FrontPage.

    If you are interested in learning HTML and CSS, see the Learning Resources and Reference Sites section of the Forum FAQs and Guidelines - Start Here. Ordinarily, I would advise you to download and work through Cheryl;s "Build a Basic Web Site" video tutorial, but for working with Joomla templates, I'm not sure that would be of great value. However, to get the basic knowledge you need of HTML and CSS, you can work through the free w3schools courses at http://w3schools.com/html/ and http://w3schools.com/css/.

    Like blogging platforms such as Wordpress and Blogger, or CMSes such as Joomla and Drupal, you are expected to work within the look and feel of whatever theme you have chosen. For ordinary content editing—adding text, images, media, etc. you are supposed to use the administrative interface of the blog engine or CMS. That is not within the scope of this forum. If you prepared to go through the learning process, after you have learned the principles at the w3schools courses, you will find an excellent tutorial series for editing/creating Joomla templates at Lynda.com, here http://www.lynda.com/Joomla-1-6-tutorials/Creating-and-Editing-Custom-Templates/69505-2.html. I have personally taken that course, and it is excellent, but it does presuppose that you understand HTML and CSS before beginning.

    I hope that you're getting the thrust, here. These days, you must know and understand HTML and CSS. That is not an option. While it is possible to use EW to modify themes, it is not possible to do so using the drag-and-drop, "draw your interface" methods in FP. You must first learn HTML and CSS, whether you use EW, Dreamweaver, or some other tool. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

    cheers,
    scott


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    Friday, January 25, 2013 7:25 PM
  • Easiest way to edit Joomla is to load Drupal on your site.
    Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:41 AM