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Templates for Joomla
October 27, 2009, 9:05 pm
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After going through many sites over the past couple weeks I think I have finally settled on a template which I will be building off of.   I have looked through tons and tons of template sites to find something that had eye appeal and also had a layout that worked with my concept site.  Most template sites for Joomla have e-zine type layouts, so it became a very involved search for me.  After many close calls and brainstorming through some whether or not I could make work for me, I have found what may be… sacrilegious… but sincerely awesome.


After running into this template I had a battalion of ideas fire off, and that is what made me choose this template.  As you can see in the background of the template I believe it is supposed to be a church wall, but what I will be doing is changing this template into a Pub atmosphere with beer signs on the back and different beer referenced gimmicks.  Maybe have some brewing equipment sitting in the background.  I don’t want to make it too distracting, but I would like it to look as if you are sitting down in a micro-brewery.

I almost went with another template but I just couldn’t go with the plain boring forum look.  I want people to enjoy coming to the site, and it is a  bit harder to motivate people with nothing to look at.


Finding the Right Extensions in Joomla
September 29, 2009, 7:52 am
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This week I have endeavored into the wonderful world of Joomla extensions.  I have installed dozens of extensions this week and have been testing them out to see if they feed my purpose.  What I have learned from the extension community is that there are plenty of extensions to accomplish the same tasks with different approaches.  You have to be careful with people’s ratings, because some are based on the usefulness of the extension to the particular reviewer.  I will go over some of the extensions that I have tested. Continue reading

How to Change Joomla’s Front Page Layout
September 23, 2009, 11:12 am
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My main page on My First Brew will consist mainly of blog entries until I decide on a more organized front page. The problem I was having was with how many articles the default blog layout would display. I wanted to get of a more authentic blog layout as I will have many entries that will be interrelated. I found the following tutorial.  Hope this helps anyone that is looking to create a blog like page in their Joomla setup.

Joomla Template & Extensions
September 22, 2009, 2:30 am
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This week I spent a lot of my time catching up in a Math class that I had a midterm in, so I wasn’t able to work on much of my content, but I did do some research in the direction I will be heading.

My first ambition this week was to become more familiar with editing and designing Joomla templates.  Since I was a kid I never really designed from scratch, not my strong suits, but I was able to take a solid idea and create my own from it.  So I went on a journey for Joomla templates.  I came to some really impressive sites: YooTheme, YouJoomla, & Rocket Theme; were definitely the ones that stood out.

Rocket Theme is simply awesome.  The amount of support and the size of the community is tremendous.  The extensions built for their templates are like butter, easy to slice and taste delicious.  I am not sure how much I will use them on MyFirstBrew, but I am doing a side project for my friend’s locally published magazine.

What I like about this Joomla Template sites is that they have a ton of extensions that are already established in the template, and they have terrific tutorials for setting it up to fit your needs.  I will post more on my experience with Rocket Theme, for I think I will be choosing them.  After being in the IRC channels it seems like a lot of people swing that way, so I will follow the support of the community.

My First Brew
September 14, 2009, 2:43 am
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This week I have configured my domain with a fresh new Joomla install!  I configured the Joomla install for my new site MyFirstBrew.com.  I am currently using the default template, but I have edited the template to use a custom logo I mocked together in a few minutes.  I have spent most of the day creating the outline and site functionality if you would like to take a peak click on for Continue reading

Searching for Joomla Add-Ons
September 13, 2009, 7:44 pm
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Earlier in the week I posted to a Moodle Forum and also to the Joomla Forums looking for an add-on to Joomla that will help me achieve interlinking articles across sections.  Not much success posting to my class’s moodle site, but I did have some success posting to the Joomla forums.

My question was about interlinking information outside of it’s section or category.  One Joomla user recommended using a tagging extension.  I chose to go with Custom Properties.  It allows me to create a sub-relationship between articles based on a tag.  The installation was easy, and the initial set up was easy.  I am still tinkering around with it and I will post something more in depth after I configure it for my site.

Creating pages in Joomla
September 11, 2009, 2:30 am
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This is my first entry using the iPhone WordPress app. I am stranded with no Wi-Fi access, so this is the perfect opportunity to use this app. I’m lovin’ it so far.

This post’s purpose isn’t for the iPhone app, but it is about creating pages in Joomla. Creating pages in a CMS has a different concept than the usual page by page creation. When you create a page the old fashion way you would have to generate the content every time you create a new page. Content Management Systems have reduced having to enter the same content over and over. It works very much the same way CSS manages styles. In Joomla you have querys that call for content to populate the page. Creating a page in Joomla doesn’t work the same as creating a new HTML file. Instead you create a menu item, for that menu item you will designate content and designate a format/layout. It is all new concept to me. It makes complexed websites very easy to update and create.