Building Joomla Templates with Dreamweaver
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For those of you who want to build Joomla templates with Dreamweaver, there are several very cool tools available that automates much of the task of creating custom Joomla templates.
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Joomla 1.5 Template Toolbar
The Joomla 1.5 Template Toolbar by Antun Koncic is not specifically for Dreamweaver, but is a cross-platform toolbar designed to be a simple help utility for Joomla 1.5 template developers
Dreamweaver Joomla Template Kit
The Joomla 1.5 template Dreamweaver extension includes training videos and all the tools to help you create templates in Dreamweaver. Cost is $99 and is available at Media 65.
Building Joomla Templates with Artisteer
Artisteer is totally not related to Dreamweaver, and in fact, the code generated by Artisteer can be a little difficult to edit in Dreamweaver. But if you're looking for a very fast way to create Joomla Templates, Artisteer is definitely worth a look.
I use Artisteer to create the free template packs available on the site, and for time-savings alone it is well worth the money. The code can get a little bloated with empty divs due to how Artisteer creates it's CSS layouts, but the interface is very well thought out and after a few minutes of using it, you'll quickly figure out how to customize all the appearance options.
Joomla on the Net
Here are some links to Joomla tutorials you may find useful.
- Joomla 1.5 Template Tutorial - CompassDesigns.net
- Creating a W3C valid Joomla template - Joomlashack.com
- How to Create your First Joomla Template - Tutsplus.com
- Lynda.com - Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates
- Lynda.com - Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training
- Lynda.com - Joomla! Advanced CSS
- Joomla - Template: Making Basic Template Use Dreamweaver CS3 - PHPeveryday.com
- Joomla! 1.5 and Dreamweaver CS3 - Conticreative.com