Getting Started

After successful installation the template is ready to use.

Actually, for the first steps, you must further read the documentation. You should also have read YAML (X)HTML/CSS Framework to better understand this documentation.

As a first step it is useful if you rename the template in the settings under the tab "Administration" and give a name that fits to your site.

At next take a look in the configuration section. Most directly with the open template settings and experiment at the same time, so you understand all things better. Basic knowledge in CSS and HTML (and a little PHP) and for sure in YAML is a prerequisite. Also, you should already know how a Joomla! Template works, then this is not part of this documentation.

Below are a few notes for beginners.

Customize CSS - the most important files

In the CSS files you need mainly to adjust the following files:

  • screen.basemod.css (layout, e.g. template-width .ym-wrapper)
  • screen.content.css (text/content)
  • navigation.*.css (navigation elements, depending on usage - see section Menu Variations und Dropdown Menu)

The files of the YAML-Framework and other Core-Files are in the JYAML Libraries Folder (/libraries/jyaml/). Do not customize these files. Do not customize these files, because they are overwritten on updates. Override CSS definitions therefore always in the files listed above.

HTML-Template selection and customize HTML-Code

To establish the basis for your required HTML structure, you must select the appropriate options in the layout of HTML templates.

Primarily the "HTML Template (index.php)" is important. The templates are based roughly on the YAML examples so you can focus better.

Once you have chosen (for example fullpage.php), you may to adapt the HTML code to your requirements. For example the index.php template-files are in the /html/index/ folder of the template.

Add/Customize Extension Templates

In Joomla!, you can create your own extension templates (Layout Override Output). So Joomla! is looking in the template directory for an alternative extension-view file.

More at this topic can be found in the Joomla! documentation "Understanding Output Overrides" and "Layout Overrides in Joomla 1.6" and in the section Alternative Layouts.