Sunday, October 21, 2007

joomla template tutorial

1°) Go to Admin (for example

2°) Choose menu options Installers / Templates Site

3°) Upload your zipped template file (for example

4°) Check that your template is listed

5°) Select it as default

6°) Preview your new site

Free Joomla Templates

Bid Template from BeautyInDesign.

Education Template from Joomlashack.

Nova Template from Joomlashack.

Natura Template from Joomlashack.

Lunar Template from Joomlashack.

WorldOfWarcraft Template from Joomlashack.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Joomla Books

Building Websites with Joomla!

This book is a fast paced tutorial to creating a website using Joomla!. If you’ve never used Joomla!, or even any web content management system before, then this book will walk you through each step in a friendly and accessible way. (Read more ...)

Joomla! Template Design - Create your own professional-quality templates with this fast, friendly guide

This complete, easy-to-use guide for web designers wanting to create unique templates for Joomla! websites covers template design workflow, debugging and validating code, creating drop-down menus, interactive and dynamic forms, and packaging templates for distribution, with advice on using multiple templates, replacing tables with CSS, using animation and other effects, and tricks to tweak existing templates. (Read more ...)

Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development: Creating Modules, Components, and Plugins with PHP

If you're a PHP programmer eager to create extensions for Joomla!, this book is for you. Written for Joomla! 1.5, it gets you coding your first extensions as quickly as possible, and adds features that will make your work look professional! (Read more ...)

Joomla Social Network Components

Joomla/Mambo Community Builder

The Community Builder suite extends the Joomla! and Mambo website user management systems and allows to manage those users.

Key features include: extra fields in profile, enhanced registration workflows, user lists, connection paths between users, admin defined tabs and user profiles, image upload, front-end workflow management, integration with other components, like PMS, Newsletter, Forum, Galleries.


GroupJive is a social networking component that creates Groups for users in the Joomla CMS! GroupJive can be used to enhance an existing site or as the basis around which to build a social network.

GroupJive provides all registered Joomla! users the ability to create groups, join together with other users and generate content that is unique to their Group(s). GroupJive supports a group bulletin with WYSIWYG options, compatibility with almost all Joomla! PMS systems, a Plugin for Community Builder, a series of Modules that enhance the GroupJive user experience and direct integration between Groups and various Joomla! components which then generate their content inside the GroupJive Groups. GroupJive currently integrates with:

+ Community Builder 1.1 stable
+ Community Builder Enhanced
+ FireBoard 1.0.3 stable
+ EventList 0.8.10
+ JomComment 1.8.10

Groups are based on three privilege levels which determine a users ability to access and join groups:

* Open to all - (open to all registered users)
* Approval to join - (requires Moderator to approve membership)
* Invite to join - (membership is by invitation only)

NOTE: GroupJive requires the presence of Community Builder or Community Builder Enhanced user management components in your Joomla! installation.


Powerful and stylish forum component for a well deserved content management system, Joomla!. Read on to find out about the cool new features introduced.

Some of the main features of Fireboard can be listed as below:

* A much more designer friendly forum system. It is close to SMF templating system having a simpler structure. With very few steps you can modify the total look of the forum. Thanks goes to the great designers in our team.
* Unlimited subcategory system with better administration backend.
* Faster system and better coding experience for 3rd parties.
* The same
* Profilebox at the top of the forum
* Support for popular PM systems, such as ClexusPM and Uddeim
* Basic plugin system (practical rather than perfect)
* Language-defined icon system.
* Sharing image system of other templates. So, choice between templates and image series is possible
* You can add Joomla modules inside the forum template itself. Wanted to have banner inside your forum?
* Favorite threads selection and management
* Forum spotlights and highlights
* Forum announcements and its panel
* Latest messages (Tabbed)
* Statistics at bottom
* Who's online, on what page?
* Category specific image system
* Enhanced pathway
* Joomlaboard import, SMF in plan to be released pretty soon
* RSS, PDF output
* Advanced search (under development)
* Community builder and Clexus PM profile options
* Avatar management : CB and Clexus PM options

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Free joomla hosting

I've been looking for a free joomla hosting with no ads just to learn it before paying a commercial webhosting service.

After a while I finally achieved to find one on the Cyberspace which is In fact it does not only provide joomla but other packages as well like wordpress.

At the moment I don't know any other free joomla hosting services. If you do please tell me, I would be really interested to try another one.

Signup is very easy and fast: usually in a few minutes or at worst 30 minutes. You will then receive your login and password to connect to your free hosting account through ftp. Below is a screen copy of filezilla (a free ftp client software) that I use to do so:

But in truth to setup your joomla website you don't even need ftp since you can use freehostia control panel which will do all the jobs for you quickly !

Firstable you must setup a MySQL Database. Select Site Management, MySQL Databases.

Once your database has been set up, select Web Tools, Elefant Script, Joomla, Install Joomla.

Enter the MYSQL Database name you set up previously, the desired login and password and voilĂ  that's all Folk! You can then preview your joomla installation by clicking the proposed link: