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A CSS styling sheet to handle the styling of all the objects divs forms etc. and finally the index.php file. There are many other files that may be used in for the template but the above list displays the core files needed when creating a Joomla template. Now to discuss how I would generally start the programming of a template. I begin with the XML file as this is the file that will need to contain the instructions for Joomla to install the file this files can become a stock standard copy and paste for the templates you construct however if there any files that were used in the previous template and not in the new template you will need to remove them from the XML file or you will find a horrible error when you try to install the template in the backend of Joomla.
I have seen many websites that consist of a single webpage - about a mile long! It is a bit of a mystery to work with the template file for your Website however when you understand what the scheme of that folder is it makes much more sense. The difficulty with the Template File is that it is outside of your natural order of folders. You have to think logically to start with and you have to stop and take time as you go through the process of setting up the templates and corresponding links. It will do you good service to reflect for hours as your work on your design. There is what I call the saturation period where you see a need and think through the process (or path) for finding the solution. The main issue with template file is that they are away from you logical hierarchy of files and folders. The template folder is remote from the rest of your file system yet it is integrally bound to your order.
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Template as an Include In this architecture each page on the website has its own filename with a .php extension. The top and bottom portions of the template are stored in separate files that are included (using include_once() ) by each content file. This technique increases the importance of the page with search engines as each page is its own standalone page rather than a CGI argument. This type of template system also makes it simple to track page views through regular website statistics software. On the other hand this type of template system still has the weakness of having one title and one set of meta-tags for the entire site.