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The <tt>templateDetails.xml</tt> file is essential. Without it, your template won't be seen by Joomla!. The file holds key "metadata" about the template.  
 
The <tt>templateDetails.xml</tt> file is essential. Without it, your template won't be seen by Joomla!. The file holds key "metadata" about the template.  
  

Revision as of 15:30, 11 January 2011

Joomla 1.5

The templateDetails.xml file is essential. Without it, your template won't be seen by Joomla!. The file holds key "metadata" about the template.

Lets look at an example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.5//DTD template 1.0//EN" "http://www.joomla.org/xml/dtd/1.5/template-install.dtd">
<install version="1.5" type="template">
        <name>mynewtemplate</name>
        <creationDate>2008-05-01</creationDate>
        <author>John Doe</author>
        <authorEmail>john@example.com</authorEmail>
        <authorUrl>http://www.example.com</authorUrl>
        <copyright>John Doe 2008</copyright>
        <license>GNU/GPL</license>
        <version>1.0.2</version>
        <description>My New Template</description>
        <files>
                <filename>index.php</filename>
                <filename>component.php</filename>
                <filename>templateDetails.xml</filename>
                <filename>template_thumbnail.png</filename>
                <filename>images/background.png</filename>
                <filename>css/template.css</filename>
        </files>
        <positions>
                <position>breadcrumb</position>
                <position>left</position>
                <position>right</position>
                <position>top</position>
                <position>user1</position>
                <position>user2</position>
                <position>user3</position>
                <position>user4</position>
                <position>footer</position>
        </positions>
</install>

So, as you can see, we have a set of information between markup tags ( the <thing> ). Your best approach is to cut and paste this into your "templateDetails.xml" file and change the relevant bits (such as <name> <author> ).

The <files> part should contain all the files that you use - you possibly don't know what they are called yet - don't worry update it later.

Leave the positions as they are - these are a common set so you will be able to switch easily from the standard templates.