Creating Templates with Artisteer

Creating Templates with Artisteer
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Prepare and install professional looking templates for popular CMS systems, such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, DotNetNuke, and other platforms
  • Design website templates with ease
  • Step-by-step guide through the features of Artisteer to design website templates

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 170 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2013
ISBN : 1849699410
ISBN 13 : 9781849699419
Author(s) : Jakub Sanecki
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Joomla!, WordPress

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Meet the Artisteer
Chapter 2: The Template Step-by-Step
Chapter 3: CMS Templates
Chapter 4: Tips and Tricks
  • Chapter 1: Meet the Artisteer
    • What is Artisteer
    • Artisteer versus other software tools
    • Who can use Artisteer
      • Hobbyists
      • Designers
      • Web developers and programmers
      • Web development companies
    • Your first template in 10 minutes
      • Creating a new project
      • The program interface
      • The Suggestion tool
      • Previewing the project
      • Initial customizations
      • Saving the project
      • Exporting the template
      • Removing the Footnote
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: The Template Step-by-Step
      • Templates
      • The common parts of a website
        • Elements
          • Header
          • Horizontal menu
          • Vertical menu
          • Content area
          • Special blocks
          • Footer
        • Attributes
          • Page width
          • Typography
          • Colors
          • Layout
      • Creating a template
        • Layout
        • Columns and their content
        • Colors
        • Background
        • Pages
          • Adding, removing, and renaming the pages
          • Page properties
        • Header
          • Title and slogan
          • Pictures
          • Shapes
          • Ordering shapes and pictures
          • Flash
        • Menu
          • Horizontal menu
          • Vertical menu
          • Determining the pages displayed in menus
        • Content
          • Writing articles
          • Inserting images
          • Inserting a slideshow
          • Typography
          • Color theme
        • Footer
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: CMS Templates
        • What is CMS
        • Static page template versus CMS template
        • Specific CMS template elements
          • Post header icons
          • Post footer icons
        • Advanced techniques
          • Displaying positions in a Joomla! template
          • Additional template position in the header
          • Additional template positions in the footer
        • Joomla! templates
          • Template Areas
          • Exporting a Joomla! template
          • Installing a Joomla! template
          • Setting up the template
            • Title and Slogan
            • Horizontal menu
            • Vertical menu
            • Footer modification
          • Importing content
        • WordPress templates
          • Widget areas
          • Exporting a WordPress template
          • Setting up the template
            • Title and slogan
            • Customizing the footer
            • Menus
          • Importing content
          • Drupal
          • DotNetNuke
        • Content editing – Artisteer or CMS
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Tips and Tricks
          • Image links in a slideshow
          • Removing the vertical menu from some pages
          • Styling a particular module
            • Styling from scratch
            • Combinations with other Artisteer-generated classes
          • Adding additional CSS to the project
          • Another way of modifying CSS files
          • Making a copy of a web page
          • Adding Lightbox
          • Summary

          Jakub Sanecki

          Jakub Sanecki is an experienced web developer and programmer, with over 11 years of experience. He was born in 1977 in Poland. In 2001, right before graduation (he graduated in company management) he founded Fregata—a company where he works until today, and took up his true passion, information technology. Starting with providing services related to a popular ERP system, the company evolved in the direction of programming services and custom software development. With the increasing popularity of the Internet, it concentrated on web applications' and websites' development. Author of many web and desktop applications, Jakub works as an independent IT consultant and freelancer, realizing projects of various size and complexity, for companies of various sizes. He also provides training courses related to IT and web technologies and the techniques to use them in the company environment. For some years he worked as a university teacher, teaching web and desktop programming. Fregata is an authorized reseller of Extensoft. You can visit, as it provides support and additional information about this software tool. Privately, a husband and father of two children, Jakub lives with his family in Sosnowiec (in Poland), spending little moments of free time playing piano or reading books.
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          What you will learn from this book

          • Design a complete website template in Artisteer
          • Modify all the elements of an Artisteer project, like menus, header, layout, and so on
          • Prepare templates for WordPress, Joomla!, and other CMS systems
          • Import content from template into the CMS system
          • Get direct access to pictures from Flickr to enrich your content
          • Use specific Artisteer CSS classes to change the look of modules directly in Joomla!
          • Modify generated code to achieve some interesting effects, that is, a photo gallery with a lightbox effect

          In Detail

          Designing good looking, professional quality web templates or building your own website are rather complicated tasks, demanding a lot of technical and graphical expertise. Artisteer has changed this situation, enabling you to do it by yourself, without the need to learn skills such as HTML, web-programming languages, or drawing.

          "Creating stunning Templates with Artisteer" is a practical, step-by-step guide that will show you how you can prepare an elegant, professional looking website, on your own, using features of Artisteer. It also describes the process of designing templates for various popular CMS platforms like WordPress or Joomla!, by giving you practical hints, showing how to install those templates and how to import the content into CMS.

          "Creating stunning Templates with Artisteer" leads you through the process of designing a website, including all standard layout elements, from header to the footer, including menus and special boxes. You will learn how to prepare the templates, store them and export them in the form of ready-to-use HTML pages or packages that can be installed in various CMS platforms such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, or DotNetNuke. The last part of the book shows you some tips and tricks that allow you to extend standard themes generated by Artisteer for enriching the website with image gallery, combining two menus, and more.

          You will learn how to create a professional quality website or CMS template on your own, with the use of Artisteer with minimal technical difficulties.


          "Creating stunning Templates with Artisteer" is a practical, step-by-step guide which will show you how to create professional-looking websites on your own.

          Who this book is for

          This book is great for enthusiasts, Artisteer users, and individuals who want to create professional-looking websites without paying for professional services and expensive tools. The book also shows you how to speed up your work and automate time-consuming tasks.

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