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Creating a basic templateDetails.xml file

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Revision as of 07:50, 2 May 2008 by Confudler (Talk | contribs)

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.