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033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:55 pm
by kb3llm
Hello all, I'm Ricky/KB3LLM. I am a ham radio operator (thus the callsign).

I will be writing a small document on how to modify the original Joomla template.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Google Task
One line summary
Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Description
Explain how to navigate to the Template Manager in the backend
Administrator. Explain how to make each of these modifications to Joomla!'s
default Milkyway Template using step by step instructions:

    * Change the Color Variation of the Template.
    * Change the Background Variation of the Template.
    * Change the Template Width.
    * Change the Header Image.
    * Change the favicon.
    * Remove the "Powered by Joomla!" link at the bottom of the page.

Documentation written for this task must be made available under the
Joomla! Electronic Documentation License.

Skills Needed
Ability to install XAMPP, download and install Joomla! on a localhost using
default data. Ability to review software and identify features. Good Open
Office Writer and communication skills.

Difficulty
Moderate.

Work Product
Attractive, correctly written explanation. Use logo and color scheme.

Extra Credit (optional)
Provide a brief explanation why it is helpful to the Joomla! project to
keep the Powered by Joomla! link and encourage them community member to
display it proudly!

Show how to create an image to replace the header image using Gimp.

Time Limit
3 weeks.

To install Joomla! on an XAMPP localhost
* XAMPP - http://www.apachefriends.org
* Download Joomla! - http://help.joomla.org/content/view/1942/302/
* Install Joomla! on a localhost - http://help.joomla.org/content/view/1947/306/

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Joomla! logo and color scheme - http://www.joomla.org/content/view/259/70/

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Open Office Instructions

1. Download Open Office http://download.openoffice.org

[me=AmyStephen]updated title for sorting; added task instructions.[/me]

Re: Issue 33: Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:39 am
by kb3llm
Anyone know where the width of the template is defined in the style sheet? I added a width: 100%; to the body section, and it didn't affect it....

edit: and another question. On the page it says include how to remove the copyright. Should I just put how to remove the footer from the html? Because the footer is in /includes, and they'd have to FTP for that, which I was trying to avoid, for simplicity...

Lemmie know.


And Status:
I have started working on this, and would say I'm doing pretty good, since I just started like an hour ago.

Re: Issue 33: Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:26 am
by kb3llm
CURRENT PROGRESS:

http://www.kb3llm.org/default.pdf

How's it look so far?

Re: Issue 33: Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:48 am
by trombonechamp
I think it looks great.  You may want to use the complete Joomla! logo instead of just using the flower-like thing and writing "Joomla!" after it.

You also might want to show screenshots and/or "it should now say this" sections to it.  Another thing to consider would be to call "coding" something less scary.  I know you say
Don't freak out about the coding. It's really easy, and you should have no problems, if
you follow this tutorial correctly.
but people will just freak out when they read this.

This is a good start!

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:06 am
by AmyStephen
Hi Ricky -

Thanks so much for selecting a Joomla! task for the GHOP contest.

My grandfather was a Ham Radio operator - and many a night, I sat on his lap while he talked to people all over the world - people with funny accents - and interesting stories. He would have loved the Internet, I think.

Your guide is well written, Ricky, but, it's not on the Joomla! v 1.5 template. You could certainly include the v 1.0.x instructions for extra credit - but the new release is what we are interested in - and what the installation instructions on the Google Task page call for.

Hopefully, having done one already, it will speed your progress.

Again, I thank you for joining the contest. As new people come into Joomla! v 1.5, they will appreciate these instructions, very much.

Talk to you later,
Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:13 am
by kb3llm
Umm, it doesnt say that on the page, just says milkyway template, and I didn't know what that was... *sigh*


Umm, ok - I'll redo it tomorrow.

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:14 am
by AmyStephen
Milkyway is the default template for Joomla! v 1.5.

Plus, the installation instructions are for v 1.5.

Also, Ricky, feel free to ask! We'll try to help guide you on a successful path!

Thanks,
Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:17 am
by kb3llm
I think that should have been specified in the GHOP project, but nonetheless, I'll still do it..

Like I said I'll re-start tomorrow....  *sigh again*

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:20 am
by AmyStephen
Like I said, it was. The template was named and the instructions were clearly for Joomla! v 1.5. Furthermore, in the day you have been working on the project, you could have asked for any clarification required.

Slow down. Make certain you know what is expected of you. Ask questions for clarification. Don't make assumptions.

Thanks!
Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:10 pm
by AmyStephen
Ricky?

It's been over a week. Please update us on your project status.

Thanks!
Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:18 am
by kb3llm
I havent been working on it, but I still want to do it. I will probably restart again after the weekend, ok?

Just been busy with the holidays, and whatnot.

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:42 am
by AmyStephen
Sounds good, thanks for the update, Ricky! If things don't progress this weekend, then, let us know. This one will be important, too, so all the best with your work!

Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:47 am
by kb3llm
No problem. Should be close to done by Sunday (of this coming weekend)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:11 am
by AmyStephen
kb3llm wrote: No problem. Should be close to done by Sunday (of this coming weekend)
Hows it going Ricky?

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:47 am
by AmyStephen
Ricky -

We really need this task. I am going to give you 24 hours to do the Joomla! v 1.5 template, or reopen it for the next contestant.

Thanks for understanding.

Amy :)

Re: 033 - Create a document explaining how to modify the default Template.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:30 am
by AmyStephen
Task will be reopened for the next contestant.

Thread will be locked to avoid confusion if the task is selected.

Questions can be asked in the sticky area of this board.

Thanks!
Amy :)