Frontpage Component Updated

A little while ago an article was published on this website titled “Joomla Template – Front Page Component Modification“. In this article we covered how to enable the frontpage component to work in an “Out of the box” styled scenario when building your own custom template. Since then a website has being getting built that is using the frontpage component. During the development of this site I have developed the frontpage component further.

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Joomla Tutorials

Have you been searching for joomla tutorials on how to build a quality website using Joomla? Well if you have then you have made a start towards using amongst the worlds best Content Management System. I have been using Joomla myself for the past 4 years and in that time I have learnt alot more about one content management system than I thought was ever possible. This was made possible through the development of components and modules by other like minded people who saw the power of Joomla. These people saw the power of Joomla pretty quickly after it was released to the public.

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Creating Custom Forms in Joomla

Creating reliable custom forms in Joomla can be a right pain. Especially with a lot of non user friendly form components that are out there. After doing a lot of research and spending a lot of time developing websites with custom forms in Joomla I discovered a valuable and reliable component called “RSForm Pro!” by a crew called “RSJOOMLA”.

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Hiding Modules in Joomla 1.5.x Templates

If you are wanting to switch module positions on and off when there are no modules in given positions on certain pages you can employ the following code:

<?php if($this->countModules(‘right’) == 1) : ?>
<div id=”main”>
<jdoc:include type=”component” />
<jdoc:include type=”module” style=”xhtml” name=”right” />
</div>
<?php else : ?>
<div id=”main100″><jdoc:include type=”component” /></div>
<?php endif; ?>
This will now show the right hand column if there is a module on the right. if there is no module it will hide the right hand column giving you more space in your content.

Finding Quality Joomla Components

Looking for a component can not only be very time consuming but also challenging. While there are many great ideas and options out there for joomla components. There are unfortunately alot of “hack together” styled components. In saying that it is good to see that developers are attempting to make components for joomla and share them with other joomla fans.

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Joomla Template Options

Have you been spending hours looking for that right joomla template? Have you had a few joomla templates in the past or are sick of being stuff with the default ones that are supplied with Joomla when you download it? The good news is that you are probably not the only person who has had this issue. Infact up until a couple of years ago there were millions of users out there with this very issue. Joomla templating can be very difficult and time consuming even for the “experts in joomla”.

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Joomla Development Cycle

Joomla as you are more than likely aware is an open source content management system (CMS). This however can come at a cost with regards to any open source project. It usually means that the core developers involved are not able to commit to it full time and for extensive periods of time. Joomla however has gone against the grain in this instance by being around for quite a while now. Not only that but they have had many different releases of their software. Joomla 1.0.x which came out 4 or so years ago and then 2 years later 1.5.x was released.

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