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Earthblog

The "Earthblog" Joomla! template is a great template for technical sites, blogs, communities, churches, portals, and so many more.

This template has a variety of time saving extras such as matching JCalPro themes and a super-lightweight mootools slider module to attract readers to your featured content!

When you purchase the Earthblog template package, you'll get all the preset styles shown in this demo as well as the Fireworks graphic source files used to create this template. To make things even easier for you, we've separated the entire CSS structure from presentation in a separate commented file that can easily be modified.

EarthBlog is a Joomla 1.5 native template only. Check it out today!

The pace of improvements to Joomla 1.5 seems to be quickening this summer, as we're seeing new versions in weeks now.

The latest is Joomla! 1.5.5 [Mamni]. The Joomla Project refers to it as a "quick turnaround release to address the Duplicate Title error from 1.5.4

This release also contains "important SEF URL improvements and fixes for com_content in addition to a number of bug fixes and improvements."

Be sure to upgrade today, especially if you upgraded to version 1.5.4.

Need a template for your Joomla 1.5 site?

  

Our own Barrie North is running Joomla Training and education across New England. If you want:

  • Expert instructors with teacher certification AND deep Joomla expertise
  • One-on-one hands-on time to implement what you learn
  • Optional ongoing education and support to create a successful Joomla website
  • Small class sizes so you can ask questions one-on-one
  • An included copy of the best selling "Joomla - A User's Guide"

. then you need to attend this training.

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

The Joomla Project recently announced the release of the latest version of our favorite CMS, Joomla 1.5.4, codenamed "Naiki."

Quoting from the news item on Joomla.org, here are some of the bug fixes announced with this release:

  • Several Search component fixes, including the removal of HTML tags as possible search results
  • Banners can handle Flash items
  • Polls and Latest and Most Popular articles listed in the Administrator now support GMT dates
  • Several OpenID improvements
  • Several critical security improvements

The Joomla Project recommends upgrading your version asap. Download and upgrade today!

Need a template for your Joomla 1.5 site?

  

Want to learn more about how to build professional websites with Joomla? Then check out Joomlashack University, the #1 Joomla online training program in the world.

In order to use a Suckerfish Dropdown menu, or Dropline menu, it is first necessary to set up your menu to have 'Parent / Child' relationships.  The 'Child' item is the one that you will see 'drop down', or as a 'sub menu' item.

This tutorial covers how to make it happen.

(this example uses Joomla 1.5 - although the backend looks a bit different in 1.0, the concepts are the same)

Step 1: Access the Menu Manager

Select the menu you wish to set up parent / child relationships in. In this example, we are going to use the Main Menu

 

 

No parent / child relationships

This image shows a menu with no parent / child relationships.

 

 

Access the Menu Parameters

Once you've accessed the menu, click on the menu item you wish to make a 'child' item in your menu. You will see the 'Parent Item' parameter on the left side of the screen. This is where you will assign a parent item, thus making the menu item we are editing the 'child' item.

In this case, we are going to set the parent item to be 'What's New in 1.5?" - see below

 

 

Select the 'Parent Item'

Select the item you wish to be the Parent Item. In this exaample we are setting the 'What's New in Joomla 1.5?" link to be the parent of the 'Joomla! Overview' link.

 

 

Save the Changes

Click on Save to apply the changes.

 

 

Parent / Child relationship is set!

You'll see after saving that the parent / child relationship has been set. Child items are shown indented with a connection to the parent item. You can do this for as many links as you need, as many levels deep as you need. Although, the template must accomodate the levels. Joomlashack's templates will accomodate up to 3 child items.

 

 

Step 2: Set up the Menu Module

Access the menu module by going to the Extensions -> Module Manager, and select the menu module you wish to use. In our example, we are using the already existing 'Main Menu' module. So we click on the module name to open it.

 

 

Setting it up.

Upon opening our menu module, you will see some parameters that must be set properly for the menu to operate as a suckerfish or dropline menu.

 

 

Set the 'Details'

In the Details area of the module settings (top left), set the parameters as seen above, and listed here:

Show Title = No
Enabled = Yes
Position = Whatever position you are setting up the suckerfish / dropline menu to be displayed in. Check your template documentaiton, found in the template demo, for the location to use suckerfish / dropline menus in.

 

 

Set the 'Parameters'

In the Parameters area of the module settings (top right), set the parameters as seen above, and listed here:

Menu Name = mainmenu (choose the name of the menu you wish to use to populate the suckerfish / dropline menu with -- in our case, we've set up the 'mainmenu' to have the parent / child relationships and will be using that menu)
Menu Style = List
Always show sub-menu items = Yes

You do not need to change any of the other parameters, unless otherwise noted in the docuementation for the template.

 

 

Save the Changes.

Click on Save to save your changes and close the module settings screen.

 

 

Preview your site to see your work!

If all settings have been done properly, you should now have a fully functional Suckerfish or Dropline menu set up, with the Joomla! Overview being the child item of the What's new in 1.5? parent.
Repeat the First Step to set up more items for the menu.

As stated above, this tutorial uses Joomla 1.5, however, the concepts are the same for Joomla 1.0 - it's just a bit different in where and how you do things.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please visit the Community Forum and post to an appropriate thread.

Want to learn more about how to build professional websites with Joomla? Then check out Joomlashack University, the #1 Joomla online training program in the world.

 
Written by TJ Baker

Introducing the latest native Joomla 1.5 template from Joomlashack - JS Relevant!

Joomla templates are fast becoming overloaded with widgets and code bloat. Relevant is a refreshingly clean template that let's your all important content speak for your site, and not get buried under a distracting template. Built to be SEO optimized and take subtle advantage of Joomla 1.5's template override features, Relevant will bring a professional finish to your site.

Written by TJ Baker

Introducing the latest native Joomla 1.5 template from Joomlashack - JS Relevant!

Joomla templates are fast becoming overloaded with widgets and code bloat. Relevant is a refreshingly clean template that let's your all important content speak for your site, and not get buried under a distracting template. Built to be SEO optimized and take subtle advantage of Joomla 1.5's template override features, Relevant will bring a professional finish to your site.

Written by TJ Baker

Joomla Events are growing and Joomla 1.5 is Easier to Use

Last year over 3000 people filled out our first ever Annual Joomla User Survey. Over the last few weeks we have been running our 2nd Annual Joomla Survey and already over 1000 people have told us about how they use Joomla.

There is still time to fill out the survey and enter to win over $1,000 worth of prizes!

We released the results of our first survey last year and found some interesting things. We have been looking at some of the early data, and its been very interesting to be able to analyses trends now we have data over time.

Written by TJ Baker