Add styling to the core Web Links component
The Joomla 2.5.* version of the Web Links Component is missing a class for the descriptions in the list view of a category. This means you can't control the look of the description using css. To fix this you can do a simple template override.
Adding spatial navigation and tabindex to your custom forms
Having correctly implemented spatial navigation in your custom forms is more important, than ever these days. Unfortunately Joomla's core JForm does not support adding the required info easily (for example by creating an XML file which will output the correct code.
Component Output Types and Layout Overrides
A powerful tool to style your site is to use layout overrides to style any MVC compliant component's output in your template. May sound very scary, but shouldn't - a versed Joomla webmaster like you will handle the challenge easily.
Contact images in the contact Category table
Would be nice to have the contact images in the contact Category table, don't you? Yea, and in fact is a relatively simple trick, since Joomla 1.5 and the template overrides being handy!
Create an user group for users who can not put products in cart
What? A shopping cart with users which can't actually shop?
Weird or not, that was a recent request from one of my customers. He wanted to have a quick way to prevent some of his users from putting products in cart, but leave all other site functionality intact.
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How to override the output from the Joomla core
There may be occasions where you would like to change the way a Joomla! Extension (such as a Component or Module, whether from the Joomla! core or produced by a third party) is displayed on your site. Of course, you could recode the Extension from scratch, but that may be a bit ambitious for you! Thankfully, there is another way.
How to reuse Joomla 1.5 Templates?
This seems to be an ever returning question in Joomla world, you might already read the first part of the sequel: How to reuse Joomla 1.0 templates?. So, let's go one step further, and let's see how we can easily reuse those nice Joomla 1.5 templates in the post-Joomla 1.7 world (more specifically under Joomla 2.5). Don't expect a fully covering guide on how to convert Joomla 1.5 template to Joomla 2.5 template, but instead a detailed description on what I usually do - less theory, more practical knowledge.
I want the print and email icons back as in previous Joomla!
A client called me one of these days with this request. He told me, that what was once a simple one click action to print, email or edit an article in frontend in Joomla 1.5 has became an uncomfortable, two click process, which in some devices proved to be increasingly difficult. After a bit of digging around I found for him an easy to implement template override which make him happy.
Joomla Chrome and Template Overrides
When you developing a template for a new site you often get stacked, and hit your head against the wall: the code outputted by Joomla sometime severely limits your ability to format the output as you wish. This is true not only for Joomla 1.0.*, but partially for the Joomla 1.5.*. Yes, partially, because you can do things here - and you can do a lot. Searching for a solution for a problem I had run into developing a template for one of my clients I found this great tip of Jonathan on his blog on http://www.beckettwebdesign.com:
Load module position in component layout template
What if you need to load a module inside a Joomla component?
Simple, not? Theory says, that you need to add this code to the template override of desired output, and you're done!
<jdoc:include type="module" name="mymoduleposition" />
Well, not allways..
Module Chrome - an evolving concept
Styling the output of the Joomla was - and is - one of greatest challenges. One of tools making this easier for template developers is the "module chrome" concept/toolset introduced with Joomla 1.0 and constantly evolving ever since.
Module Layout Overrides
The best way to create individual look of your Joomla website, since Joomla 1.5 is to create module overrides. These are special files, placed in your template's directory, used to override the output of your existing modules.
Pagination Links Overrides
Before the Joomla 1.5, pagination override was a nearly impossible task. The control the display of items-per-page and the pagination links used with lists of information has become much easier.
Smart contact module
How to build a smart Contact Us module?
Smart in what way, you can ask... Simple: to let you know, in which page of the site the user filled it and send it to you! Why? you never get a criptyc message from your clients you wasn't able to find out what they are referring to?
The return of classic Joomla blog view
Did you already seen that since the advent of Joomla 1.6 the blog view has been changed? Let me refresh your memory! In Joomla 1.0 and 1.5 the Leading Articles - the articles on the top of Blog view - where shown on full by default, and for the rest of articles only the Article Intro part was shown. With Joomla 1.6 this has been changed, for all articles in a Blog view is shown only the introtext. You didn't even noticed that, right? Me either, until one of my clients has specifically requested the feature.
Use the category alias to tweak your pages according to active category
There are endless possibilities to made tricks with your template using a little bit of PHP code. Let me show you another one!
Using the Page Class Suffix in Template Code
The Page Class Suffix is a parameter in Joomla! content Menu Items. It is set in the Menu Item: [Edit] screen under the "Parameters (Advanced)" section. This will cause Joomla! to either add a new CSS class or modify the existing CSS class for elements in this specific Menu Item layout.