Hub was high on my list of favourite Joomla templates from our back catalogue and so I'm super excited that Hub2 is now available for Joomla3, using T3 and Bootstrap 3. It's also a fully responsive template so it makes a very obvious choice for someone who needs a sophisticated magazine style theme for Joomla 3.
A new base theme
Hub2 is the first theme built on our new base theme, Base3. Base3 will be released next week as a second additional club theme release for March.
I am super excited about our March Joomla template. In the spirit of the Profile template we released last year, I now present you with Profilr. Profilr is all about the big screen. Big video, big gallery, big images ...
It is a stand alone template (no framework required), that comes with some incredible layout options baked right into the template itself. You can easily create full screen slideshows, full screen photoset grids (with a built in responsive lightbox) , full width galleries, fullscreen maps and fullscreen background videos.
A question that frequently crops up on our ticket and forum systems is “why won't the T3 plug-in install correctly via the joomla installer?” - this problem is frequently due to the hosting file upload limit being set too low.
One solution is to upload an extension via the tmp folder. This article on our knowledgebase looks at how you can utilise this method to install Joomla extensions using the tmp folder.
The ability to create search engine friendly urls has been available since the release of Joomla! 1.5. Joomla provides two methods for creating search engine friendly urls. The default option is without mod_rewrite which means that the urls still contain the index.php reference in the url. The second option involves removing this reference via the use of Apache mod_rewrite.
To enable url rewriting in Apache, the htacces.txt file needs to be renamed and there are several steps to follow.
This article on our knowledgebase will guide you through the correct procedure for renaming htaccess.txt to .htaccess.
A frequent problem seen on our Joomla Forum is a site running out of memory and generating an error like this - “Fatal error: Allowed memory size of XXX bytes exhausted”. This error means that the hosting set-up is not able to provide enough memory for the site to run correctly and often causes a white screen to be displayed.
The first step in troubleshooting this issue is working out how much memory is available to the site.
This tutorial looks at how a user can find out the PHP memory limit.
To make small css edits to T3 templates, we usually recommend using the custom.css method as it is convenient (the file can be edited in the template administration area), the code is not affected when updating the template and it keeps your code separated from the compiled LESS files (which makes it easier to debug and keep track of if you need to troubleshoot your changes). It also gets loaded on each page using the template regardless of the selected theme, making it good for site wide structural changes.
However, as all T3 templates are built using LESS, it is also possible to override or add LESS syntax without it being wiped out when upgrading the template. This is a somewhat advanced technique and should only be attempted if you are experienced with LESS or feeling adventurous.
Over the last week we have been running a 30% coupon to celebrate our recent site redesign.
If you missed it, you have until Monday to take advantage of the coupon. To take 30% off your next subscription just use the coupon "redesign" at the Joomlabamboo checkout.
All our newer Joomla templates are available as a Joomla 3+ quickstart package and contain a copy of the JoomlaBamboo template demo site (there are some instances where the quickstart package differes from the demo site)
A Joomla 3+ quickstart package contains the Joomla 3+ content management system files together with the template, extensions and sample demo data.
I had originally meant to write this post in December in the spirit of my past efforts at the end of year wrap up. But some where between the intense heat we have been experiencing this summer in Australia and our time consuming redesign this post went awry.
So here is a list of things on the web at the moment that I find are invaluable when it comes to developing our Joomla templates.
A common question we get on the forums or ticket system is how to disable specific meta data from the Joomla's article display. Joomla provides a powerful way to show data relevant to your content but because of it's granular nature it's easy to get lost in the settings.
This article on our knowledgebase describes how to disable the hit counter in Joomla sites.