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Customizing the Menus Menu in Joomla!

by Hagen Graf | April 2008 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

There are numerous menus in the front end of every application. They are often displayed as standalone boxes. The menu items are generally arranged one below the other. Menus can also be integrated into the design horizontally so that at first sight they aren't even recognizable as cohesive menus. CSS menus, which can even be transparent, are very cool.

These menus and the menu links are dynamically administered in Joomla! from database content in the Menus work area. Joomla! has six different menus in the sample data. (main menu, top menu, other menu, user menu, example pages, and key concepts) In this article by Hagen Graf, we will discuss administering, creating and managing menus in Joomla!

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Customizing the Document with Joomla! 1.5: Part 1

by James Kennard | September 2009 | Cookbooks Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

This two-part article by James Kennard shows how we can modify the server response by working with the global document object.

It contains the following recipes:

  • Setting the document title
  • Setting the document generator
  • Setting the document description
  • Adding metadata to the document
  • Changing the document character set
  • Changing the document MIME type
  • Controlling client caching of responses
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Customizing the Default Theme in Drupal

by Michael Peacock | April 2008 | Drupal e-Commerce Open Source

You have a Drupal website and an online store; your product catalog is online and you have set up customer and staff users on the site; the only complaint so far is how the website looks. You like the default design, but do not think it is appropriate for your site or your store; you want something more tailored to your business.

In this article by Michael Peacock we will learn how to customize the default theme in Drupal.

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Customizing the Default Expression Engine (v1.6.7) website template

by Julian Tancredi | April 2009 | Content Management PHP

This article by Julian Tancredi, promotes the transition into CSS-based web design for new EE users and demonstrates how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to improve the layout of the default EE website/blog template. This article will demonstrate how to use CSS to effectively take control of the appearance of any EE template keeping the structure and the presentation entirely separate.

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Customizing the Backend Editing in TYPO3 Templates

by Jeremy Greenawalt | November 2010 | Open Source

Customizing the Backend Editing covers the different ways to make the TYPO3 backend easier to use for editors by customizing the options available and making the layout and styles match the frontend more closely. It starts by showing how to customize the text editor to match the design and branding of a TYPO3 site more by removing unnecessary options and adding styles that match the overall design. After that, the chapter walks readers through modifying the backend page layouts with columns and headings to mimic the frontend design of a site.

In this article, by Jeremy Greenawalt, author of TYPO3 Templates, we will:

  • Learn about the default rich text editor in TYPO3
  • Learn how to configure the rich text for a single page or a whole page tree
  • Update the CSS in the rich text editor to match what users will see on the frontend
  • Remove unwanted classes and tools from the text editor
  • Add support for extra HTML tags and YouTube video to the text editor
  • Learn how the configure the Page module layout of our templates with backend layouts
  • Learn how to create a backend layout for data structures with multiple template objects
  • Learn about static data structures and the future of TemplaVoila templates
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Customizing SharePoint Communities for Windows Phone 7

by Todd Spatafore | June 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

SharePoint is a powerful enterprise content management system. It has an impressive ability to bend to the needs of just about any use case imaginable in an enterprise. That list of use cases also includes several social aspects. When employees are sharing information across multiple departments, it can make a 90,000 employee enterprise feel like a 100 person small company.

This article focuses on customizing the SharePoint communities for use on Windows Phone 7. We will investigate the web-based output of the communities, and customize this output using Visual Studio 2010. This article by Todd Spatafore, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Applications on Windows Phone 7, will cover the following topics:

  • Blogs
  • Wiki
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Customizing Search Module and Search Component using Joomla! 1.5

by Richard Carter | June 2010 | Joomla! Open Source

With the widespread empowering of website owners being able to manage their own website's content, there are a huge number of content management systems available. Joomla! is one of the most popular of these content management systems with a large user base and active community who are constantly working to improve Joomla! for new and future users.

In the first article of the three part article series by Richard Carter, author of Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook we will learn:

  • Styling the search module
  • Styling the search component
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Customizing PrestaShop Theme Part 2

by Hayati Hashim | July 2010 | Beginner's Guides e-Commerce Open Source

In the previous article, you learnt about selecting, installing, and positioning the appropriate modules for your store. You also discovered how you can modify the key default modules through the back office, in order to customize your web page navigation and layouts.

We will now proceed with configuring and customizing the other key elements of your online store through the back office.

This article by Hayati Hashim, author of PrestaShop 1.3 Theming Beginner's Guide, will help you set up your key elements for the PrestaShop store: The title, top of page, footer, logos, featured products. This will be a part and parcel of what you need to do. It also completes the look of the store you are designing through the back office administration. You will also begin to explore the relevant files you need to work with in customizing your own theme.

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Customizing PrestaShop Theme Part 1

by Hayati Hashim | July 2010 | Beginner's Guides e-Commerce Open Source

This article by Hayati Hashim, author of PrestaShop 1.3 Theming Beginner's Guide, covers the ways to modify the general layout of the PrestaShop’s theme. Here, you will be guided on editing the theme and playing around with the modules. You will get to know terms such as hooks, transplanting, and positioning.

Specifically we will cover:

  • Installing and enabling module blocks
  • Adding the module blocks in the columns
  • Transplanting modules and hooking modules
  • Moving modules within columns
  • Updating the editorial block in the center column.
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Customizing Plugins in Joomla! 1.5x (Part 1)

by Daniel Chapman | August 2009 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source PHP

Plugins are an essential, but rarely noticed part of a successful Joomla!-based business. Plugins are very flexible and can execute for various purposes at many different times. Part of this article by Daniel Chapman will be to look at these purposes and times, and understand how they can affect our web site by going through the following topics:

  • plugin composition and operation
  • plugin types
  • plugin events
  • plugin ordering
  • plugin customization

We will also make some changes to an existing plugin so that it better meets our needs.

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Customizing Page Management in Liferay Portal 5.2 Systems Development

by Jonas X. Yuan | May 2009 | Java

In this article by Jonas Yuan, we'll see how to employ features of page management. We will also learn how to use communities and layout pages efficiently.

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Customizing Look and Feel of UAG

by Erez Ben-Ari Rainier Amara | February 2012 | Microsoft

UAG customizations can be very intense and deeply technical, but what everyone wants is for everything to look its best, right? The fact is, a large portion of UAG customers perform at least some adjustments to the appearance, even if it is just changing the title of the portal page. Look and feel customizations are considered to be rather well documented, as opposed to some of the more advanced stuff you will see later on in the book, but the purpose of this chapter is not to repeat that official documentation. We will be guiding you through the actual process, of course, but also suggesting some creative thoughts to get the message across in ways that you may have never thought of.

In this article by Erez Ben-Ari and Rainier Amara , the authors of Mastering Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Customization,the following topics will be covered:

  • Visual customization overview
  • Customizing the login and admin pages
  • Customizing the portal
  • Portal application icons
  • Changing texts
  • Adding a user-interface language
  • Portal selection for clients
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Customizing Layout with Themes in PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, we explored the PHP-Nuke Forums module. In this article, which is the ninth article of the article series, we are going to transform the look of the Dinosaur Portal with the help of a new PHP-Nuke theme. A PHP-Nuke theme is a collection of HTML files, CSS styles, images, and PHP code that defines the layout and appearance of your pages, and hence, the look and feel of your site. Through the use of themes, without having to touch the inner workings of PHP-Nuke, you can create a new look for your site, enforced throughout the site. There is even the possibility of allowing the user to choose a personal theme.

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Customizing Kubrik with Wordpress

by Peter Spannagle Sarah Soward | April 2010 | Content Management Open Source Web Development WordPress

In this article by Peter Spannagle and Sarah Soward, authors of the book Wordpress and Flash 10x Cookbook, we will apply the knowledge of CSS stylesheets, template files, and template tags and make some changes to the default Kubrik theme.

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Customizing Headers and Footers with MS Office Live Small Business

by Rahul Pitre | November 2009 | .NET Beginner's Guides Microsoft Content Management e-Commerce

In this article by Rahul Pitre you'll start using the design tools to personalize your site's headers and footers. You'll customize its name and slogan, and in the bargain put your distinctive stamp on your website.

In this article, you will:

  • Decide what your website's title should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what your website's slogan should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what information should go into your website's footer, and set it
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Customizing Graphics and Creating a Bar Chart and Scatterplot in R

by John M. Quick | October 2010 | Open Source

The R Project for Statistical Computing (or just R for short) is a powerful data analysis tool. It is both a programming language and a computational and graphical environment.

R is free, open source software made available under the GNU General Public License. It runs on Mac, Windows, and Unix operating systems.

The official R website is available at the following site:

http://www.r-project.org

In this article by John M. Quick, author of the book Statistical Analysis with R, you will learn how to:

  • Create different charts, graphs, and plots in R
  • Customize your R visuals using text, colors, axes, and legends
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Customizing Elgg Themes

by Mayank Sharma | March 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP

Setting up Elgg is all about customizing. Along with the various features that Elgg provides,it is also very essential to customize the look and feel of our network. Elgg does offer us several options for this too. In this tutorial by Mayank Sharma, we'll see how simply by moving around components, individual Elgg users can customize their landing page.We'll also understand Elgg's theming system and create our own themes using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

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Customizing Drupal 6 Interface

by David Mercer | April 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source

Working on a site's interface to make it distinctive and attractive not only requires some technical know-how when it comes to Drupal, but as with any design-like task, it also needs some creativity. Your site, at the moment, is fully functional and doesn't look awful it's a bit plain, but it will get the job done. With a bit of effort, creating something entirely new is not out of the question, and Drupal comes with a host of features to make our lives easier.

If, like me, you enjoy working on the more creative aspects of a website, then this is really the article you have been waiting for. It's time to design, plan, and implement the visual environment in which users will be immersed. Creating a pleasing atmosphere in which to interact will certainly do a lot in terms of ensuring users are happy.

This article by David Mercer will discuss the following:

  • Planning a web-based interface
  • CSS
  • Themes
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