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Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Convert a Joomla! 1.5 template to 1.6 – the XML file

clock June 30, 2011 05:59 by author Jervis

Now that the dust has settled from the recent launch of Joomla! 1.6 and developers are releasing new 1.6 compatible components daily, you may be getting anxious to move your site from 1.5 to 1.6.

You might be asking yourself (or others), “Am I able to use my existing 1.5 template for my new 1.6 site?“  The answer is, in short, no.

Ok – while that’s not entirely true, there are a lot of changes that you’re going to have to make before even attempting to install your 1.5 template on Joomla! 1.6.  Although there are lots of changes that may be required, depending upon your template, we’re going to review 3 of the most common changes: the XML file, the index.php file, and your template overrides.

Changes with the XML file (templateDetails.xml)

As the old saying goes, “The one thing that’s constant is change.” Well this is true for the Joomla! XML file as well.  The XML file is essentially the database of information about an extension (yes, templates are extensions). When it comes to Joomla templates, the XML file must be named templateDetails.xml.


Let’s take a look at the differences in a Joomla 1.5 templateDetails.xml file and a Joomla 1.6 templateDetails.xml file:

Joomla 1.5 Template XML Introduction


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<install version="1.5" type="template">
<name>Your Template Name</name>
<version>1.0</version>
<creationDate>04/01/2011</creationDate>
<author>JoomDaddy</author>
<authorEmail>somebody@joomdaddy.com</authorEmail>
<authorUrl>http://www.joomdaddy.com</authorUrl>
<copyright>(c) 2011 JoomDaddy.com</copyright>
<license>GNU GPL</license>
<description>This is my template description.</description>


This example contains detailed information about the template – the version of Joomla! for which it’s developed, the author, author contact info, and the license information. Now let’s look at the same section of a Joomla! 1.6 template XML file.

Joomla 1.6 Template XML Introduction

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.6//DTD template 1.0//EN" "http://www.joomla.org/xml/dtd/1.6/template-install.dtd">
<extension version="1.6" type="template" client="site">
<name>Your Template Name</name>
<creationDate>04/01/2011</creationDate>
<author>JoomDaddy</author>
<authorEmail>author@joomdaddy.com</authorEmail>
<authorUrl>http://www.joomdaddy.com</authorUrl>
<copyright>(c) 2011 JoomDaddy.com</copyright>
<license>GNU General GPL</license>
<version>1.0</version>
<description>This is my template description.</description>

So far, the only major differences in this file are the use of a DocTypeDefinition (DTD) and the use of <extension> instead of <install>. The DTD is used to check the XML file’s content to make sure that it matches the structure needed by the application. Prior to 1.6, Joomla has not used DTDs in the XML file. The other difference is the extension element and version parameter – which must be set to 1.6 instead of 1.5. This let’s the system know that you’re installing a template developed for 1.6, instead of a 1.5 or 1.0 template.


The next section of the XML file is the used to index the files and folder.  This section has gone unchanged:

<files>
<folder>css</folder>
<folder>images</folder>
<folder>html</folder>
<filename>index.php</filename>
<filename>index.html</filename>
<filename>favicon.ico</filename>
<filename>templateDetails.xml</filename>
<filename>template_thumbnail.png</filename>
</files>

This list needs to be accurate or you’ll receive an error during installation. Note, however, that files and folders found within the folders of the <folders> element do not need to be listed separately. This feature saves developers a lot of time when creating XML files!

The next part of the XML file is defining your module positions. You can add as many as you need.  The position names cannot have spaces, but other than that can be named anything you want:

<positions>
<position>left</position>
<position>right</position>
<position>top</position>
</positions>

At the end of your XML file, you’ll need to include the </extension> tag to let the system know it has reached the end of the file.

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You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

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- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Logging in the Joomla 1.6 admin area

clock June 27, 2011 07:28 by author Jervis

First, in order to build your web site you will have to log into the administrator area. This can be achieved by opening the corresponding URL in your web browser:

http://yourdomainname.com/administrator

Replace yourdomainname.com with your actual Joomla URL.

Next, you have to enter the admin login details which have been set during the installation:

After entering the Joomla administrator area, you can check the featured articles (the ones that are included in the sample data or created by you) published on the front page through Content->Featured Articles.



You can edit them, create new ones, remove existing from the front page, delete, publish and unpublish articles.

If you have installed the Sample Data, before adding new articles you can delete the sample ones. Select them and click on the Trash button. Then remove the menu links to the sample articles from
Menus->Main Menu.

After this you can add a new category from Content->Category Manager->Add New Category.




For example, you can put “Test” as the new category Title. The other options can be left blank or you can set their values as per your personal preferences. Click on the Save button to add your new category.

Next, navigate to Content->Article Manager->Add New Article.



Only the Title field is mandatory. Enter the article title. You can also select your category from the corresponding drop-down menu. Change the article State to Published. If you want to show it on the front page, set the Featured value to Yes.

Once you are ready with the settings you can proceed with the actual article content. Use the included text editor to type the article text, to include images or to directly edit the HTML code.



Under the text editor area you can set the permissions for the different user groups regarding your article.

You can also adjust the settings in the Publishing Options, Article Options, Metadata Options menus.



You can hover your mouse pointer over the options’ labels and get a brief description of each one of them.

Once you are ready, Save the article and check it on the front end. You can always edit the existing articles from the Joomla admin area->Content->Article Manager.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



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