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Lets look at an example:
 
Lets look at an example:
 
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<source lang="xml">
<pre>
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
 
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.5//DTD template 1.0//EN" "http://dev.joomla.org/xml/1.5/template-install.dtd">
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<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.5//DTD template 1.0//EN"
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"http://dev.joomla.org/xml/1.5/template-install.dtd">
 
<install version="1.5" type="template">
 
<install version="1.5" type="template">
 
<name>mynewtemplate</name>
 
<name>mynewtemplate</name>
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<position>footer</position>
 
<position>footer</position>
 
</positions>
 
</positions>
 
 
</install>
 
</install>
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</source>
 
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So, as you can see, we have a set of information between markup tags ( the &lt;thing> ). Your best approach is to cut and paste this into your "templatedetails.xml" file and change the relevant bits (such as <name> <author> ).
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> ).
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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.
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The &lt;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.
 
Leave the positions as they are - these are a common set so you will be able to switch easily from the standard templates.

Revision as of 09:45, 2 May 2008

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://dev.joomla.org/xml/1.5/template-install.dtd">
<install version="1.5" type="template">
        <name>mynewtemplate</name>
        <creationDate>1/5/08</creationDate>
        <author>Joe Bloggs</author>
        <authorEmail>Joe@bloggs.com</authorEmail>
        <authorUrl>http://www.joebloggs.com</authorUrl>
        <copyright>joe bloggs 2008</copyright>
        <license>GNU/GPL</license>
        <version>1.0.2</version>
        <description>My New Template</description>
        <files>
                <filename>index.php</filename>
                <filename>templateDetails.xml</filename>
                <filename>template_thumbnail.png</filename>
                <filename>images/background.png</filename>
                <filename>css/css.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.