One of the difficulties members sometimes experience when developing a site for clients is that the client unexpectedly requires major changes to the almost completed site just before the site is due to be released.
In some cases these changes are requested by the client because of misunderstandings regarding content, design, functionality, planning or the complexity of the site. In this article we look at the various aspects that should be discussed by the site developer and the client prior to any work commencing on the website.
This article is not intended to be a fully comprehensive guide, but gives ideas and suggestions from the Joomlabamboo team for the initial planning stage.
Take it easy with this Easyblog theme
This was the first time I'd worked in depth with Easyblog and I must say it is a very well thoughtout and easy to use component. It's pretty easy to see why it gets such a good wrap from alot of different types of Joomla users. I think if I was starting a blog today this Easyblog would be my firm choice.
It's been some time since we released a major update to Zentools.
Most development for Zentools has been going into the Zentools v2 branch but with the impending release of our new Blogging template (due out this week) which has support for Easyblog, I felt it was high time to push some of the new features from v2 back into v1.
Zentools supports content from Easyblog
If you don't use it already, Easyblog is the pre-eminent platform for blogging with Joomla. It's a complete blogging solution which includes everything you need to create a fully fledged blog in Joomla.
One of the most important tools used by the Joomla Bamboo team to troubleshoot websites and build templates is the Chrome browser. Inside the Chrome browser are a series of bundled web authoring and debugging tools, which are grouped under the name Chrome Developer Tools or DevTools for short.
In this brief tutorial we are looking at a particular feature of the DevTools tool set, which is the “Computed Panel”.
Please view the Chrome Computing Panel tutorial on the Joomla Bamboo documentation site to find out more.
A common problem we see in our Joomla forum and ticket system is in-line styling being added to article content and this then leading to templates or extensions breaking.
This tutorial will look at adding styling to images using the JCE Editor without the use of in-line styling.
For the full tutorial, please view adding a class to an image using the JCE Editor.
Our Joomla template for April, Client, is a super sleek and clean business template for Joomla. Tight alignments, simple structures and grid based layouts make the Client template a great choice for your next client centered or business focussed website.
It's is a responsive design that features sticky nav, off canvas bar, our new (free) Maps2 module and the new (also free) Mod Skillset modules. It's built on T3Bs3 which means it takes advantage of all of the bells and whistles of the latest and greatest version of the Bootstrap framework.
Maps2 - Updated and enhanced free google maps module
I mentioned a week or so ago that we had a new beta version of our maps module available and the good news today is that it officially goes stable and in even gooder ... I mean better ... news it is now free.
Check out the original announcement here or grab a copy now. We will be building the documentation and demo site this week but I can guarantee it's super simple to use so you will be able to start mapping straight away.
I've just put together a beta package for our upcoming release of Maps2 - our new Google maps Joomla module.
Maps2 is a significant update to our free map module JB Maps, in fact, Maps2 is a complete rethink on the whole methodology of using a map in Joomla.
Everything gets previewed in realtime
So now rather than entering latitude and longitude co-ordinates into a text input you can either enter an address in the admin and the map preview will automatically find the location. Or if you want a more hands on approach you can drag the map to the specific location you want to display and then just hit save.
Zentools offers numerous options for organising and displaying Joomla content, including galleries, slideshows, accordions and a lot more. In this tutorial a combination of a Zentools grid and Joomla's Link A functionality is used to display content.
Using Joomla's Link A in a Zentools module means that when the module is clicked, you are directed to a different page from the original content source.
This provides an excellent way of linking to pages that normally can't display content in a Zentools module.
You can view this tutorial on the Zentools extension site.
We are midway through a 4 week trial of a new cheaper and slightly shorter subscription to our Joomla template club.
So for the next two weeks, if you haven't already, you can take advantage of the 2 month plan option. The 2 month option costs $30 AUD (For U.S. based folks thats around $27 USD) and is priced at the same rate as the 3 month option - $15 per month. It just provides a cheaper entry point for getting access to a single theme.
Zentools for Joomla is a flexible, responsive and multi purpose extension that offers the ability to display content in many different ways from slide shows, carousels, grids, accordions, lists and many more.
In this tutorial a Zentools slide show is created using a directory (folder) of images. The images are then linked to web pages using the Zentools external link function. You can view the tutorial on the Zentools extension site.