Joomla 1.5 templates from Joomlashack

Updated August 5, 2008

Joomla 1.5 templates from JoomlashackLooking for a great template to use on your new Joomla 1.5-powered website?

Joomlashack now has NINE Joomla templates that are "1.5 native" and ready for you, and more on the way!

Our latest template is Earthblog, a 1.5 only release.

Last month we released Relevant, also a 1.5 only template.

MyTemplate (for use with our new Template Builder), Aqualine, Weblogic, Vintage, Aqualine Noir, Lightfast, and Simplicity work with both versions of Joomla.

If you already own one of these templates, log into your Shop account and you'll find a 1.5-ready version there for you to download.

Want to keep tabs on the next Joomlashack templates to be updated for Joomla 1.5? Join the discussion in our forum!

How to determine which page you are on from within a Joomla! 1.5 template

One thing I often need to do while developing a template is change certain parts of the template depending on which page I am on. For example, let's say I am developing a template for a site that runs Virtuemart, and I want to have 3 columns on every non-Virtuemart page, and 2 columns on every Virteumart page. A solution that I often like to use is to make the column "collapsable" when the value of "option" is "com_virtuemart". When "option" is equal to "com_virtuemart", that simply means that the Virtuemart component is loaded.

Read more: How to determine which page you are on from within a Joomla! 1.5 template

Blank Joomla! 1.5 Template

Today I created a blank template for Joomla! 1.5. My main purpose for creating the template was to give myself a basis for creating future templates, since it contains the basic necessary files for creating a template. This template loads the component and the "debug" module position. There are no CSS styles in the template.css file, but the file is referenced in the index.php file. The template is released under the GPL, so feel free to use it however you want in accordance with the GPL.

Click here to download the template.

Joomla 1.5.2 but we don't know Woi

Joomla! 1.5.2 has hit the shelves and is described as a "normal maintenance update" with some bug fixes and minor enhancements. Check it out. It's code named "Woi" but we don't know why.

The Joomla! Project also released its goals for the next release (1.5.3), which will offer more support for OpenID and many other improvements. Check them goals out, too!

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Joomla Training in Chicago

Its been a long time coming, but we are very excited to be able to announce our first Joomla training event in the US. Its going to be the day after the Joomla EXPO 2008 in Chicago.

The EXPO is on Friday 16th of May, and the training is on Saturday the 17th. The classrooms are right next to the hotel where the EXPO is being held!

Read more: Joomla Training in Chicago

JomComment and MyBlog ready for Joomla 1.5

Just a month after the release of Joomla 1.5 stable, some of our very favorite extensions are rolling out ready for Joomla 1.5!

First there was WysiwygPro, the premiere editor component. And today, we announce the release of JomComment and MyBlog, ready for Joomla 1.5.

What do these two awesome extensions do?

Read more: JomComment and MyBlog ready for Joomla 1.5

WYSIWYGPro Ready for Joomla 1.5

Visit!The award-winning, most powerful and useful editor for Joomla (and so many other applications) is now ready for Joomla 1.5!

The brilliant guys over at Vizimetrics have released the stable version of WYSIWYGPro for Joomla 1.5. After months of beta testing, they released their stable version on Monday.

If you own WYSIWYGPro v3 already, a new version is ready for you over at Vizimetrics. If you don't already have this amazing extension- get it today!

Joomla in Chicago: JoomlaEXPO Midwest 2008


(Don't miss the news about our Joomla University Training Sessions the following day in Chicago, too!)

Ever been to Chicago? Love Joomla? Want to love Joomla in Chicago? Here come's your chance this spring!

Our friends over at JoomlaChicago are putting together an amazing day of Joomla'in in May called the JoomlaEXPO Midwest 2008. What's it all about? Read more or just register today at

JoomlaEXPO Midwest is a unique learning event for Joomla CMS Software fans everywhere who want to learn more about this amazing community-first Content Management Software!

Read more: Joomla in Chicago: JoomlaEXPO Midwest 2008

Need some SEO help with your Joomla website?

We feel we are pretty knowledgeable here at Joomlashack about SEO, heck, we even wrote a book or two about it. We also know a good deal when we see one.

Last year Steve Burge of came up with a new club concept, the Joomla SEO club. He had already written a great ebook about SEO, and then he bundled it together with online access and a forum to create Joomla's first non-template club!

Read more: Need some SEO help with your Joomla website?

How to Remove 'Welcome to the Frontpage'

One question we get quite a bit in the Community Forum is "how do I remove or change the 'Welcome to the Frontpage' message in Joomla 1.5".

Read more: How to Remove 'Welcome to the Frontpage'