Designing For Xoops

Designing For Xoops

by Sun Ruoyu


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Learn how to customize websites with XOOPS, the open source CMS that helps non-developers build dynamic community websites, intranets, and other applications. This concise book shows you how to use XOOPS themes and modules to design everything from simple blogs to large database-driven CMS portals.

Web designers and current XOOPS users will learn how to create a site theme with CSS and jQuery libraries, including techniques for making additional modules conform to the site's look and feel. Although XOOPS uses the PHP-based Smarty templating system, all you need is a bit of XHTML and CSS experience to get started.

  • Learn the workflow for turning an idea into a full-featured website
  • Become familiar with XOOPS’ theme-building tools, and set up PHP and MySQL environments
  • Port an existing XHTML template to XOOPS
  • Create themes with the 960 Grid System to save time and reduce code
  • Use jQuery-based UI libraries to achieve complex effects
  • Blend new modules into your theme with the template override function
  • Go beyond traditional block layouts to customize your homepage

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449308964
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/23/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Sun Ruoyu is a UI designer, web designer, author, and XOOPS 3 core designer. He is a two-time XOOPS Innovation Award Winner (in 2009 for successfully leading the redesign project and in 2010 for contribution in improving UI and designs), and winner of the 2010 NEA OSS Forum "Best Technology" Award for XOOPS 3.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Chapter 1: Before the Journey

  • Chapter 2: Elements of a XOOPS Theme

  • Chapter 3: Converting an Existing XHTML Template

  • Chapter 4: Styling XOOPS and Creating a Theme from 960

  • Chapter 5: jQuery and UI Libraries for XOOPS Themes

  • Chapter 6: Module Template Override

  • Chapter 7: Block Anywhere Techniques

  • Chapter 8: Case Study: My TinyMag

  • XOOPS Cheatsheets

  • Colophon

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