Speckyboy Design Magazine » Joomla http://speckyboy.com Web Design News, Resources & Inspiration Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:58:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Introducing Warp – An Open-Source Theme Framework for WordPress & Joomla http://speckyboy.com/2012/02/21/introducing-warp-an-open-source-theme-framework-for-wordpress-joomla/ http://speckyboy.com/2012/02/21/introducing-warp-an-open-source-theme-framework-for-wordpress-joomla/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:00:31 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=20105

Each time you develop a theme you’ll have to deal with the same, repetitive tasks. E.g. you need a certain folder structure to organize your PHP, CSS and JavaScript files or you rely on features like layouts, compression and caching. Because you don’t want to start from scratch, coding all these features over and over again, you are better off...


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Each time you develop a theme you’ll have to deal with the same, repetitive tasks. E.g. you need a certain folder structure to organize your PHP, CSS and JavaScript files or you rely on features like layouts, compression and caching. Because you don’t want to start from scratch, coding all these features over and over again, you are better off using a theme framework. It provides you with a file and folder structure and offers a rich toolset for solving common tasks. That will give you the spare time to really focus on the fun parts of your theme design.

Theme frameworks are developed by using best practices to provide you with a solid foundation for your individual theme. With a framework you will usually get a basic HTML template, a base CSS and a JavaScript library. They are also packed with various features like cross-browser compatibility, search-engine friendly semantic markup, flexible grid layout, asset caching and compression and mobile theme support. There is a whole bunch of theme frameworks out there – one of them is Warp, the framework from YOOtheme that has just been released as open source. Warp is a lightweight theme framework designed for developers and focusing on simplicity and usability.

How does the Warp theme framework differ from others?

One of Warp’s key features is its cross-platform compatibility. By design it works with different CMS systems like Joomla or WordPress and can even be extended to support others. Warp has a clean separation between the individual theme and the framework. It is contained in a single folder that is located in your theme’s directory. Applying updates or patches to the framework is easily done, because all the generic framework code can be updated independently from the theme code. Warp also covers all aspects in theme development and uses the latest web technologies: Valid HTML5 markup, an up-to-date CSS framework and additional tools using the latest jQuery version. That enables you to build robust and future-proof websites.

What about the features and user friendliness?

Theme Settings - Warp Theme Framework

The Warp framework comes with a nice and unobtrusive administration user interface for the theme configuration. It integrates nicely in the Joomla and WordPress administration while supporting every framework feature on both platforms. Choose from different style settings and various layout options like the overall theme and sidebar widths, different multi column layouts and many grid options to place modules and widgets. All these settings can be applied to single pages which means every page of your website can have its own style and layout – all managed easily from the theme administration.

Theme Settings - Warp Theme Framework

Warp covers all kinds of features like a mobile theme, child theme support, mega drop down menus, built in Ajaxed search and much more. You can make use of all these features but you don’t have to. Only select those tools that you actually need. This modular concept of Warp prevents your code from being bloated with unused scripts. CSS and JavaScript files are combined, minified, cached and compressed on the fly. HTTP requests are reduced using Data URIs for images. All this makes Warp very fast.

Who’s behind Warp and is it ready to use?

Warp is actively being developed by full time developers from YOOtheme, a premium theme and extension provider for WordPress and Joomla. New features are added all the time and bugfixes are provided quickly. The Warp framework and its Master theme are free and distributed under the popular open source GPL license. This Master theme is optimized and streamlined to serve as a blueprint to build your very own custom themes.

How to get started?

Start right away by downloading the theme package for Joomla or WordPress. The easiest way to get everything up and running is to download a demo package that includes either Joomla or WordPress with prepared demo content, the Master theme and the Warp framework. Just download the package, run the installation like you would do with a plain Joomla or WordPress package and you have a working site.

To learn more about Warp’s possibilities, the official documentation is a good point to start. Since Warp has been used for many projects already, there is a huge community over at YOOtheme which helps with common questions and answers.


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Best Premium Joomla Template Providers http://speckyboy.com/2011/10/27/best-premium-joomla-template-providers/ http://speckyboy.com/2011/10/27/best-premium-joomla-template-providers/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:41:44 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=17065

Why would I use premium Joomla Templates while tons of free Joomla templates are available out there? You may be one of the people to ask this question. If you notice, most Joomla providers offer both free and commercial templates; however, the number of purchases is greater than the number of free downloads. The reason is that premium templates have...


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Why would I use premium Joomla Templates while tons of free Joomla templates are available out there? You may be one of the people to ask this question.

If you notice, most Joomla providers offer both free and commercial templates; however, the number of purchases is greater than the number of free downloads.

The reason is that premium templates have many advantages over free ones, i.e. better design and support, more modules, more functions, superiorand so forth.

When you are considering building your corporate website, a premium Joomla template is the best choice. Not only can you get a faultless template, but also satisfactory support from the providers.

Normally, there are three types of premium Joomla Template providers – retailers, clubs and mixers (retailers and clubs). Each of the types has different pricing models and support methods.

In this article, I will introduce you the best premium Joomla providers categorized in these three types, including the below information:

  • Pricing
  • Support
  • Payment Methods
  • Money Back Guarantee (refund policy)

It will help give you have an overview of the Joomla template market and choose a suitable provider for your upcoming website projects.

Premium Joomla Template retailers are usually legal companies consisting of professional web developers and designers. These people work in teams to create high-quality Joomla templates for sale.

The templates are sold as a single purchase, which means customers pay for each template they want to buy. The transaction is made through Paypal, 2CheckOut and other methods.

Here are some premium Joomla template retailers that have a good reputation in the Joomla market.

JoomlaShine

JoomlaShine

JoomlaShine is famous for its high-quality Joomla templates. They do not churn out a large number of templates but carefully release high quality ones after a long development time. As a result, customers are satisfied with every product made by JoomlaShine.

Each template has three editions: Free edition (free download), Pro Standard ($39) and Pro Unlimited ($59). You should take a look at the benefits of each package to choose the one that suits you.

Support: Forum, Documentation, Quick Start Video, Support Ticket
Money Back Guarantee: 30 days
Payment Methods: Paypal, 2CheckOut (major credit cards) and Bank Wire Transfer

Joomlage

Joomlage

Joomlage offers free customization (logo edit, link/text color change). Customers can send a request on what they want to change in the purchased templates, and get the repackaged templates back afterwards.

Most of their templates are compatible with all versions of Joomla! (including Joomla 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7). The common price for every Joomlage template is €15.

Support: Tutorials, E-mail, Skype (9:00am to 5:00pm GMT: Dublin)
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Method: Paypal

Joomla Monster

JoomlaMonster

Joomla Monster is a Joomla Shop with a huge repository of Joomla templates categorized by different topics. A new template is released every month. You can easily find a template that fits your needs with their appealing promotions.

Generally, a template costs £34 or £35 depending on its sophistication. They also offer templates that cost only £19 in the cheapest templates category. It is ideal for those who want to build simple websites.

Joomla Monster gives customers a chance to explore potential templates through open template manuals, which are also included in their product packages after purchasing.

Support: E-mail, Forum, FAQ Blog
Money Back Guarantee: No refund (only pay money back if the download package is corrupted or not working)
Payment Methods: Paypal, Google Checkout, MoneyBookers, Credit Card

Template Monster

TemplateMonster

Template Monster is the biggest template retailer which offers more than 700 premium Joomla templates besides other open source products.

They have three options of pricing – Regular Price ($63 – $65), Regular Price with Registration ($112 – $114) and Buyout Price ($2850 – $3700).

Support: Live Support Chat, Online Help Center, Support Ticket, E-mail
Money Back Guarantee: No refund (except in the following cases: non-delivery of the product, download and unzipping issues, major defects, product not-as-described)
Payment Methods: WorldPay, Google Checkout, Paypal, Moneybookers, Webmoney, RoboxChange

Mix Web Templates

mixWebTemplates

Mix Web Templates provides a variety of Open Source Templates, including Joomla templates. Most of their Joomla templates are quickly updated with the latest version of Joomla – Joomla 1.7.

You need to register to purchase credits before downloading the templates of Mix Web Templates. You will get a discount with multi-purchases.

  • One template: €27.00 (27 credits)
  • Two templates: €47.90 (54 credits)
  • Three templates: €61.90 (81 credits)
  • Four templates: €73.90 (108 credits)
  • Five templates: €84.90 (135 credits)
  • Six templates: €94.90 (162 credits)

Support: E-mail, FAQs
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Method: Paypal

When you hear the word "club", you may think of a community. That’s true. In order to download the templates, you are required to become a member of the club. In other words, you have to purchase your memberships in a required period of time.

During the membership validity, you have the right to get access to the club’s template resource and download as many templates as your membership type allows.

If you are pleased with the club, you can renew your membership when your old one expires. You can still use the templates you have purchased after the membership expires.

The following are five of the best premium Joomla clubs that I have selected from a pool:

Rocket Theme

RocketTheme

RocketTheme Joomla Template Club is considered the most famous club in the Joomla world. Rockettheme has two different types of membership – Joomla Club and Joomla Developer Club:

  • Joomla Club ($50): Two-month duration, one entitlement, upgrade ($40 one entitlement)
  • Joomla Club ($75): Six-month duration, two entitlements, upgrade ($60 two entitlements), renewal ($60)
  • Joomla Club ($90): 12-month duration, three entitlements, upgrade ($75 three entitlements), renewal ($75)
  • Joomla Developer Club ($300): 12-month duration, unlimited entitlements, upgrade ($240 unlimited entitlements), renewal ($240)

Support: Forum, E-mail, FAQs, Tutorials
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Methods: Paypal and Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover)

JoomlArt

JoomlArt

Joomla Template Club of JoomlArt (JATC) contains more than one hundred Joomla templates developed under the T3 Framework.

You have different options to join the club.

  • JATC Standard Membership ($59 for three-month duration): One domain licensed, e-mail support
  • JATC Standard Membership ($70 for 12-month duration): Three domains licensed, e-mail support
  • Joomla Developer Club Membership ($499 for 12-month validity): Unlimited domains, copyright removal, e-mail support. Plus, members can download JoomlArt extensions.

Support: Forum, E-mail, Support Ticket
Money Back Guarantee: In the first seven days of registration
Payment Methods: Paypal and 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

YOOtheme

YooTheme

YOOtheme Joomla templates are designed based on the Warp framework, which is fast and powerful. One of the YOOtheme’s strengths is that their template designs are really eye-catching. Besides this, the code is clean and that makes it easier for SEO.

YOOtheme Joomla Template Club provides three types of membership:

  • Silver (€39): Three-month club access, one theme license and unlimited YOOtools
  • Gold (€79): 12-month club access, three theme licenses and unlimited YOOtools
  • Platium (€249): 12-month club access, unlimited theme licenses and unlimited YOOtools

Support: Forum
Money Back Guarantee: According to customers’ cases (refund is directly clarified via e-mail)
Payment Methods: Paypal and Credit Card

GavickPro

Gavick

GavickPro was started in 2007 and is located in Krynica Zdroj, in Southern Poland. The Gavick team has developed their own framework called the Gavern Framework. It was released in 2010,and is a combination of both new and improved features, with a view to making it more simple and functional.

GavickPro offers you four subscription plans: Personal, Business, Life Time and Developer.

  • Personal license (€40): Used mainly for individuals who want to build websites for personal purposes with no more than one template and two domains.
  • Business plan (€65): 12-month duration, customers are permitted to license five domains and get a 20% discount for renewal.
  • Lifetime plan (€99): Five licensed domains and life-time duration.
  • Developer license (€199): Unlimited domains in 12 months. 30% discount for renewal.

Support: Documentation, Helpdesk, Forum, Live Chat
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Methods: Paypal and Credit Card

JoomShaper

JoomShaper

Based in Bangladesh, JoomShaper is a popular Joomla templates club that provides premium Joomla templates. Once you become a member of JoomShaper, you can get access to download all templates, extensions and template PSD source files. JoomShaper provides four subscription plans: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Developer.

  • Silver plan ($40): allows two domain names and three months duration.
  • Gold membership ($60): accepts four domains in six months.
  • Platinum membership ($80): expires after one year with six domains permitted.
  • Developer license ($190): Unlimited domains licensed for a one-year period, copyright removal accepted, forum and email support (other plans only offer forum support).

Support: Forum, Support Ticket, E-mail, FAQs
Money Back Guarantee: 15 business days
Payment Methods: Paypal and 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

Mixers include premium Joomla template retailers and clubs. Mixers provide a more flexible method which allows you to obtain their products in two ways: Single purchase and Membership registration.

The process of purchasing a single template is similar to Joomla template retailers. Likewise, the method of subscribing for a membership licence is the same as that of Joomla clubs.

Let’s take a look on the following providers:

You Joomla

YouJoomla

You Joomla is one of the fastest growing web development companies in the Joomla Market today. Started in 2006, they have provided a number of Joomla templates with attractive design and clean code.

Single Purchase: Each Joomla template costs $38 for a one domain licence. The package includes a single template plus its PSD files, 30 days updates, forum support and demo installation. No copyright removal.

Club Membership: YouJoomla offers four types of membership – Silver, Gold, Platinum and Developer.

  • Silver ($55): One domain and three-month club access, forum support.
  • Gold ($75): Three domains licensed and six-month club access, forum support. $15 discount for renewal.
  • Platinum ($90): Five domains, 12-month club access, forum support. $20 discount for renewal.
  • Developer ($298): Unlimited domains, 12-month club access, permission to use products for other people, permission to post developer job offers on YouJoomla’s forum, template copyright removal. Forum, e-mail, and custom work support. $50 discount for renewal.

Support: Forum, Knowledgebase, FAQs, Conversion Tracker
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Methods: Paypal and 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

JoomlaPraise

JoomlaPraise

JoomlaPraise contains simple and elegantly designed templates. However, they do not clearly divide single purchase and club membership subscription. The purchasing method depends on different templates.

Single Purchase: Normally, single purchase templates are submitted by other retailers to JoomlaPraise for sale, e.g. Onyx by JoomlaShack.

Club Membership: Most of the JoomlaPraise’s templates are purchased through membership registration. They provide two following subscription packages:

  • 12 month duration ($150) with three domains
  • Lifetime developer ($299) and unlimited domains.

Support: Forum, E-mail, Documentation

Money Back Guarantee: No refund

Payment Methods: Credit Card and Paypal.

Hot Joomla Templates

HotJoomlaTemplates

Hot Joomla Template Club’s team used to be ranked as the best freelance team at the Mambolance and one of the best at the JoomLancers. They have developed 400 Joomla-based websites and have gained the trust of customers for more than five years.

Single Purchase: Hot Joomla Templates gives two options of template single purchase.

  • Single license ($19.95): Permission to use the purchased template in one domain, change all brandings except for the "Designed by" notice in the footer.
  • Developer license ($20.00 one time): Permission to use the template in unlimited domains, change all brandings including the "Designed by" notice in the footer.

Club Membership: They offer three types of membership:

  • Silver ($34.95): Three-month duration, two domains. No copyright removal permitted
  • Gold ($69.95): 12-month duration, five domains. No copyright removal permitted.
  • Platinum ($199.95): 12-month duration, unlimited domains. Copyright removal permitted.

Support: Forum, FAQs
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Methods: Paypal, 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

Joomla Shack

JoomlaShack

More than forty-one premium Joomla templates are available in the JoomlaShack store now, in which the number of templates compatible with Joomla 1.7 is seventeen, and promising to increase every month.

Single Purchase: Each premium Joomla template costs around $47 to $55.
Club Membership: JoomlaShack is aimed at developers. In order to join the club, you can either pay $599 upfront or four monthly payments of $159 through EZ payment. Your Lifetime Developer Membership pays for itself after you purchase seven templates ($53/each) plus the re-branding ($42/each) for development.
Support: Forum, Support Ticket
Money Back Guarantee: No refund
Payment Methods: Paypal and 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

Pixel Paradise

PixelParadise

Pixel Paradise has got lots of good feedback from customers for their clean, simple and easy-to-customize templates. Besides this, great support is another aspect that makes their clients satisfied.

Single Purchase: The usual price for a Joomla template is $25 with documentation. Support via e-mail.
Club Membership: Pixel Paradise‘s Joomla Template Club is aimed at web developers. They provide two major membership plans:

  • Pro Developer Membership (€79): Three-month duration, unlimited domains, permission to remove "designed by" back-link and use templates for other people’s websites.
  • Pro Developer Membership (€99): 12-month duration, unlimited domains, permission to remove "designed by" back-link and use templates for other purposes.

Support: E-mail
Money Back Guarantee: Seven days
Payment Methods: Paypal and 2CheckOut (major credit cards)

I’ve introduced you to the best premium Joomla Template Providers – consisting of retailers, clubs and mixers. I hope this article will be helpful for you in finding a suitable Joomla template for your business. If so, we really want to hear from you. Leave some comments if you have to say something.


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15 Market Leaders of Premium WordPress, Joomla and Drupal Themes http://speckyboy.com/2010/11/10/15-market-leaders-of-premium-wordpress-joomla-and-drupal-themes/ http://speckyboy.com/2010/11/10/15-market-leaders-of-premium-wordpress-joomla-and-drupal-themes/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:43:35 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=8881

Thanks to the active opensource CMS community, especially the big three (WordPress, Joomla and Drupal) website development cost has dwindled down to affordable levels. The more you understand how to use a CMS the better you can control development cost and best make use of your site to promote your products or services. For people like me who has close...


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Thanks to the active opensource CMS community, especially the big three (WordPress, Joomla and Drupal) website development cost has dwindled down to affordable levels. The more you understand how to use a CMS the better you can control development cost and best make use of your site to promote your products or services.

For people like me who has close to zero code nor design skills the most important thing when creating a new site is to get content published very quickly, it should look professional and also be very usable for visitors. Because I’d rather want to spend time on content and website optimization and not on learning advanced coding.

If customization is not of top priority for you, just search for the innumerable free templates for your content platform and you can have a site up and running ridiculously cheap. But for owners who don’t really want to have their site look very like thousands of others they are looking for a professional looking template and then have someone tweak around until it fits their requirements.

Below is a list of 15 players in the theming industry that I personally can vouch for as they offer unique products and services. Basically there are three types of businesses that offer ready made CMS themes. Either you buy single themes on markets or from shops, or you can join a theme club and get full access to all designs on offer. Then if you need some grade of customization you will contact a web studio or a freelance developer to get your design tailored to your needs.

Generally these markets function as places where lots of designers showcase their collection of themes that can be purchased one on one. They are popular for the sheer endless amount of stand-alone-themes you can choose from, though quality is really of varying levels.
Professional support and bug fixing is not provided by the market owner. The creator of the template himself is responsible for upport and in most cases speed and availability is limited if you report a problem. Some quality theme markets you should know (ordered by Alexa):

ThemeForest


A well respected bazaar, where only high class work can be uploaded as TF has very upper-market conditions in terms of quality standards. Known for having very unique themes for WordPress and Joomla created by thousands of talented designers.
ThemeForest →

TemplateMonster


The oldest and biggest market place if we compare quantity of themes on offer and traffic numbers. Besides themes for CMS you can purchase loads of templates for other uses.
TemplateMonster →

Mojo-Themes


A great alternative place to buy and sell not only WordPress themes but also for Tumblr, a very popular blogging platform.
Mojo-Themes →

ThemeGarden


A relatively new spot in the market area. They are right now only offering WordPress themes, but this could change quickly once more buzz has been created.
ThemeGarden →

These providers develop themes and frameworks and sell only their products, either as single item or offer a flat fee for accessing the complete collection. These shops are pros in terms of design standards.
As theme shops are professional developers they offer more dedicated support than the one-man-designer. Also there are real good tutorials for customers to get more out of the product. Some prominent theme shops you should know (ordered by Alexa):

Studiopress


Creator of the Genesis Framework, a really versatile and popular framework. Only selling themes for WordPress.
Studiopress →

DIYthemes


Creator of Thesis theme framework, that provides a sophisticated UI to build your own WordPress themes with drag and drop and little configuration. Really easy to use without coding.
DIYthemes →

JoomlaShack


Selling great templates for Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Very popular for the service JoomlaShack University “the #1 source for online Joomla training!”


JoomlaShack →

GorillaThemes


These guys shine with the perhaps best Real Estate/MLS/Residential theme solutions for WordPress anyone can find. Great looking and ready to go.
GorillaThemes →

FusionDrupalThemes


FusionDrupalThemes →

If you are power user or a little advanced with CMS you really want to join so called theme clubs.
On template clubs it is not intended that you buy a single template. You subscribe to a yearly membership plan and gain access to all club themes, often bundled with custom written extensions. They focus on creating high quality prototype templates and frameworks that are turnkey solutions with lots of functionality and options.

If it comes to support, professional clubs provide much better and faster service as on the other places. Within 24 hours or even 12 hours after opening a support ticket, common problems are normally solved already. All themes have extensive documentation and tutorials. Some prominent theme clubs you should know (ordered by Alexa):

WooThemes


Great modern designs for WordPress and Drupal CMS serving lots of different purposes. You can purchase one theme like in shops or join membership if you want to use more than only one theme.
WooThemes →

ElegantThemes


This site lives up to it’s name, providing eye-catching themes with simplicity and elegance in mind.
ElegantThemes →

RocketTheme


One of the oldest and most respected theme clubs offering over 130 Joomla, WordPress and Drupal templates, highly functional extensions and a very active forum.
RocketTheme →

JoomlArt


Creators of T3, one of the most downloaded frameworks ever and totally free under GPL. Over 120 Joomla, Magento and Drupal themes coming with complementary extensions. Active community with over 200k members.
JoomlArt →

YooTheme


1st-class Design from Germany. They clearly have the best looking Icons built-in their themes, making it really stand out.
YooTheme →

Gavick


Gavick designs very innovative Joomla templates, especially distinguished are their news and corporate templates with great attention to typefaces.
Gavick →

Conclusion

I would say there is no best option where to buy premium themes and which theme provider model is the superior one. It depends on a lot of factors such as purpose of your site, individual taste, number of sites you are managing, web CMS knowledge and development skills and more.

Overall you can generally say people who are less code-savvy and just want to set up one particular site will search a suitable theme on those template markets or shops. Whereas advanced web developers, freelancers and design studios will purchase membership in theme clubs to get bulk access to all products.

Obviously most professional developers do not really start from scratch. In order to reduce time and costs and win projects, they choose a theme or a framework as a starting point. Then they customize styling, add features to meet the different client requirements. Those developers rely on a library of high quality designed, functional and versatile templates which is the reason why markets aren’t the best options for them. If there is no active community around, upgrades to newer versions and support can be slow or non-existing

It’s important to know that a theme that looks good is one thing. Adaptivity, functionality and usability is totally another thing that many designs simply are weak at.


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Dummy Content Filler Resources for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla Developers http://speckyboy.com/2010/09/26/dummy-content-filler-resources-for-wordpress-drupal-and-joomla-developers/ http://speckyboy.com/2010/09/26/dummy-content-filler-resources-for-wordpress-drupal-and-joomla-developers/#comments Mon, 27 Sep 2010 07:39:46 +0000 http://speckyboy.com/?p=7671

Having to repeatedly create content to flesh every new web project is not only time consuming, it is also very, very frustrating. You have to create new posts, pages, menu items, categories, tags, users… and … and on. The sad thing is you have to do this, your web design has to be thoroughly sanity checked, there is no other...


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Having to repeatedly create content to flesh every new web project is not only time consuming, it is also very, very frustrating. You have to create new posts, pages, menu items, categories, tags, users… and … and on. The sad thing is you have to do this, your web design has to be thoroughly sanity checked, there is no other way to do it. Or is there?

Thankfully, there are helpful resources that can take the mundanity out of adding content to your fresh designs. In this article we take a look at some simple, yet very useful, resources that will help populate your WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal designs with content, all with a couple clicks.

Not only will you find WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal dummy content filler resources, we have also listed some universal generators and tools (only the really cool ones) for dummy text and images.

Dummy Content Resources for WordPress

Lorem Ipsum Test Post Pack from Think Design
This lorem ipsum .xml test pack from Think Design includes categories, sub-categories, pages, sub-pages, 30 test posts, tags, thumbnails via custom fields, and a "Testing the Elements" post so that you can test html elements, such as <h2>, <blockquote>, etc.

WordPress Dummy Data – Test That Theme! from ChurchCrunch
This dummy data contains everything that a theme might express in a blog post, with a bunch of tags, categories, child-cats, child-pages, comments, gravatar-support, etc…

WP .XML Test Data Import from Design Woop
This XML file, from Design Woop, will import the following: 5 Pages, with full content; 10 Posts, with content, including Tags, Categories and Excerpt; 21 Unique Tags; 11 Unique Categories; 10 Unique Comments, including several from the ‘Tester’ user (Administrator); 7 Default Links; 1 Post (under category ‘Bullet List’) contains a Bullet List; 1 Post (under category ‘Numbered List’) contains a Numbered List.

Easier Theme Development with Sample WordPress Content from WPCandy
WPCandy have put together a useful collection of posts, tags, categories, and pages into an XML file, here are some of the things this included: Multiple posts with different elements in each; 12 Posts to force pagination; Blockquotes, lists – ordered and unordered – and floating images; Comments on a few of the posts; Parent, child, and grandchild categories and pages; Tags; Multiple months for the archives.

WP Dummy Content (Plugin)
WP Dummy Content (Plugin)
WP-Dummy-Content is a WordPress plugin that will generate a bunch of pages, sub-pages and posts which you specify. Titles and content are automatically generated for you as well, and you have a few choices as to the type and length of content. You also have the very useful option of generating content for an entire site with one click, and with another click you can delete all content created by the plugin.
WP Dummy Content →

Demo Data Creator (Plugin)
Demo Data Creator (Plugin)
Demo Data Creator is a WordPress, WPMU/MultiSite and BuddyPress plugin that allows you to create demo users, blogs, posts and comments.
The plugin gives you a new admin screen where you can enter some parameters, click a button and (after a short wait) random demo data will be created. The parameter options include:

* Number of users to create
* Number of blogs per user (for WPMU/MultiSite)
* Whether users must have a blog
* Number of categories in each blog
* Number of posts in each blog
* Number of paragraphs in each blog post
* Number of pages in each blog
* Number of top-level pages
* Number of levels to nest pages
* Number of comments per post for each blog
* Number of links in blogroll for each blog

Demo Data Creator (Plugin) →

Theme Unit Test from the WordPress Codex
You could also try the basic dummy content from the WordPress Codex.

Dummy Content Resources for Drupal

Devel Module
Devel is a suite of modules that generates dummy users, nodes, and taxonomy terms.
It also includes helper functions for Drupal developers and inquisitive admins. The module can print a summary of all database queries for each page request at the bottom of each page. The summary includes how many times each query was executed on a page (shouldn't run same query multiple times), and how long each query took (short is good – use cache for complex queries).

Designreview Module
Drupal module which helps make it easier to get an overview of a themes design by gathering important html elements into one page allowing you to compare them all at once.

Static Module
Static is another useful module that offers example content to aid Drupal theme developers during development.

North Drop – Sample Database for Drupal
North Drop is an install profile which uses devel_generate (dumy content generation module) to make fake content depending on settings provided during the install.

Dummy Images Module
Dummy images is a module to generate dummy images for Drupal. It allows you to see a live preview of the new imageas you type and allows for a maximum image size of 2560×1600.

Dummy Content Resources for Joomla

Mass Content Component for Joomla! 1.5 & 1.0
Mass Content Component for Joomla! 1.5 & 1.0
The Mass Content Component has been created to improve efficiency to test designs and create content for customers. With only a couple of clicks this extension will allow you to: Create multiple pages(static and non static) with only titles; Add these pages to a section and a category; Link the created pages to a menu; Add some intro text; Edit some parameters (published, access level..); Create multiple sections and categories with a similar way; Delete content, categories and sections.
Mass Content Component →

Quickcontent for Joomla! 1.5
Quickcontent for Joomla! 1.5
The Quickcontent Ajax Joomla! component speeds up the process of creating content and menus. It adds new articles, sections and categories , creates corresponding menu items and fills articles with "lorem ipsum" text for easier layout testing.
Quickcontent →

Dummy Image for Joomla! 1.5
This Dummy Image Plugin replaces a tag within Joomla content (or a Joomla Custom HTML-module) with an image, without having to create, upload and apply any image in your Joomla site. It allows you to develop, prototype, design and/or test the usage of images in your web site quickly.

Dummy Text for Joomla! 1.5
This Dummy Text Plugin replaces a tag within Joomla articles (or a Joomla Custom HTML-module) with Dummy Text, Ordered or Unordered Dummy Lists and/or Dummy Words.

General Dummy Content Generators

Fillerati – Faux Latin is a Dead Language
Fillerati - Faux Latin is a Dead Language
Fillerati, built using HTML5 & CSS3, is cool new dummy text generator for everyone that is fed up with boring 'Lorem Ipsum' text.

Fillerati – Faux Latin is a Dead Language →

adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator
adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator
adhesiontext is a dynamic text tool that generates a dummy text paragraph with the set of characters submitted by the user.
adhesiontext™ – A Dynamic Dummy Text Generator →

Blind Text Generator
Blind Text Generator
This handy tool helps you create dummy text for all your layout needs.
Blind Text Generator →

Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience
Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience
Lorem 2: An all-around better Lorem experience →

General Dummy Image Generators

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator – DummyImage.com
Dynamic Dummy Image Generator - DummyImage.com
DummyImage.com not only allows you to choose the image dimensions,it also allows you to choose the background and foreground colors of the dummy image, you can add your own text, select industry standard ad sizes and you can select your prefered format (JPG, PNG or GIF). Very cool app :)
Dynamic Dummy Image Generator – DummyImage.com →

Ipsum Image – Placeholder Image Generator
Kinda like Lorem Ipsum text, but for images. Dynamically generates placeholder images of any size up to 4000×4000, useful for doing initial layouts of web designs before actual images are available. Inspired by DummyImage.com.

The Random Image Generator
The Random Image Generator
The random image generator is a free tool that will generate placeholder or dummy images in your specific dimensions. The images are randomly generated abstracts.
The Random Image Generator →

Placehold.it – Quick and simple image placeholders
Placehold.it - Quick and simple image placeholders
Placehold.it – Quick and simple image placeholders →


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The era of Open-Source CMS software such as Joomla! and mass adoption by large and small businesses alike. More and more business are moving to Joomla! for its low associated cost and access to many powerful extensions. One such Joomla! extension is Projectfork, a free Open-Source project management solution.


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Basecamp ushered in an era of simplistic, no-frills project management brought on by saturation of complicated project management software like Microsoft Project. Since then, many SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) project managers popped up in competition with Basecamp and it’s model.

Another era began roughly around the same time. The era of Open-Source CMS software such as Joomla! and mass adoption by large and small businesses alike. More and more business are moving to Joomla! for its low associated cost and access to many powerful extensions. One such Joomla! extension is Projectfork, a free Open-Source project management solution.

Projectfork Screenshot

Who can use Projectfork?

Since Projectfork is Open-Source and users are free to modify the code and language, any type of company can use Projectfork and customize the experience for their customers and employees. Projectfork is perfect for web design firms, software development companies, real estate companies, retail stores, and just about any company needing simple project management and time tracking.
Projectfork is even being used on an internal site from Linux.com!

Projectfork Highlights

Project Manager Features:
Projectfork has all the features that have become standards in project management software such as Projects, Milestones, Tasks, Time Tracking, Calendar, Message Board, File Manager, User Profiles, and User Groups.

No Limitations:
One of the biggest advantages of hosting your own project manager is the fact that your server space is the only limitation on files and also that you have full access to data and aren’t limited in any way by the number of users, projects, etc.

Custom Access Levels:
Projectfork gives you the option of using permissions based on Joomla’s core users groups (Public, Registered, Author, Editor, Publisher, Manager, Administrator and Super Administrator), but you’ll probably want to dig into User Groups for creating custom access and permissions for groups of users you create.

Joomla! Integration:
Already have your users in Joomla? Want VirtueMart shoppers to easily be added to projects? How about JomSocial users being able to see their project activity in their social profile? This is all possible since Projectfork is a Joomla! component.

It’s Completely Free!:
The main Projectfork component is completely free to use and modify under the GPL Open-Source license.

Projectfork Requirements

Let’s answer a few questions to figure out how we’ll need to setup Projectfork

How will I be using a project manager?:
I own a web design firm and will be creating different projects for each different job I get.

What types of people will be accessing it?:
I want to retain global control over everything. I will add a project manager from my company that can do anything for a particular project. I will then add contractors that will have a good bit of access, but won’t be managers. Lastly, I will add stakeholders from the client company that have limited access.

What will these people be doing?:
The project manager will be adding contractors and clients, and have the ability to add,edit and delete anything. The contractors will be able to upload and delete files, complete tasks and communicate with the clients. The clients will only be able to view and comment on everything, as well as upload files, but not delete them.

Will this project manager appear to be an intranet or integrated into a site?:
I’d like for the project managers to appear stand-alone, as an intranet. All users except myself will login directly into the intranet and not see the normal site. I’ll also want to check in on progress from my iPhone.

Extending Projectfork

Projectfork comes with a complete extendable framework much like Joomla’s, with themes and extensions.

Projectfork Themes & Extensions »
There are a bunch of official Projectfork themes and extensions available on www.projectfork.net

AThomp Technologies »
Projectfork 3rd party developers are starting to pop up. AThomp Tech offers some very cool extensions.

For my Design Firm Project Manager I’ve selected the following:

Projectfork Component »
The main project management component that comes with most of the features I need out of the box. The Projectfork core component is completely free and GPL licensed.

Carbon »
Premium theme: A slick theme that transforms Projectfork into a tactile User Interface in the web browser or on the iPhone.

Activity Stream »
Premium extension: An updated list of activity from project members across all areas of Projectfork. This activity stream can also feed into Community Builder or JomSocial via plugins.

Status »
Premium extension: A way to update your status and view your team’s status. The status is also fed into the Activity Stream.

TIP: You can grab all the premium Projectfork themes and extensions in the Projectfork Bundle, which is currently 99 bucks for 1 year of access and new releases.

Setting Up and installing My Intranet

Joomla! CMS
Joomla! is required. Projectfork currently supports version Joomla! 1.5, and 1.6 support is in the works.

Projectfork
Projectfork installs via Joomla’s normal installer, then goes through an automated setup process upon first visit. I can choose whether to install sample data or not, I’m going to do a clean install this time.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot

Projectfork Themes & Extensions
Projectfork has its own installer for themes and extensions after that point. Each extension type has its own Config page, from which extensions are installed and enabled.

Creating a Project with Projectfork

Now to the fun part. We’ll go through all the different steps in setting up my project workspace.

Create a Project
Creating a project is simple. All that’s required is a project title, but I can also add a description, deadline, choose whether the project is public and if people can request to join (I’ll leave both turned off), upload a company logo, and even add members to the project (I’ll do this in the next step though).

Select Project Workspace
IMPORTANT: To add users to a project, create groups, tasks, or any project related info you must have a project selected in the Project Workspace dropdown

Add or Import Users
I can either add completely new users to my Joomla! installation or import users that are already in the system. My clients are new, so I’ll need to add them. My project managers and contractors have worked for me before, so I’ll import them.

Adding Custom User Groups & Permissions
Now for the real power of Projectfork. Custom ACL:
I don’t want my clients, contractors, or project managers accessing any other part of my Joomla! site, so I want to keep them all as regular Registered users in Joomla! To give them specific permissions in Projectfork I’ll create 3 User Groups for them. When creating a new group, I just check the different sections and then the privileges the group gets. I can also add members to groups at this point.

1. Project Managers: I want this group to be able to do everything, so for each section I use the hand ‘Select All’ checkbox. I then add my 1 project manager user.

2. Contractors: Contractors get lots of privileges, but not all, so I check off all the things I want them to be able to do like ‘Upload Files’ and ‘Edit Files’. I have 2 contractors so I add them now.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot 2

3. Clients: I only want my clients to be able to view information, download things and comment, so I check off permission like ‘Download files’ and ‘Write comments’

Add Project Information
Now that I’m all setup, I can go through each section and add Milestones, Tasks, Files, Events, etc.

Menu Link
For Projectfork to be visible from the public frontend of Joomla!, a menu item must be added, linking to Projectfork. You can name the menu item anything, I’ve named mine “Project Manager”.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot 2

Hide Joomla! Template
Found in the Config, this option hides the surrounding Joomla! template for all Projectfork pages, thus giving it the fullscreen appearance of an intranet. This option only works on the public frontend.

Projectfork Hide joomla

TIP: Insert a Joomla login module into Projectfork
Since I’m hiding the Joomla! template, I need a way for my project members to login. Conveniently, I can use any Joomla! module inside Projectfork by editing the desired module (like mod_login) and changing the position to a panel position inside my Projectfork theme (typically pf_theme_sidebar or pf_controlpanel_left)

Here’s the final outcome:

Projectfork Final

Projectfork Alternate Setup

If I had chosen to display Projectfork within my site, I’d have used the Default theme it comes with, and not have chosen the ‘Hide Joomla template’ option. With Joomla’s default template it would have looked like this:

Projectfork Final

Conclusion

Many of those same users that were attracted to the simple features of Basecamp and the ease of launching an implementation are now frustrated with the rising monthly costs, limitation of features and lack of access to the data. In this respect Projectfork has become more useful for many previous Basecamp users.

Suddenly companies with limited budgets and the need for custom feature sets can obtain a rich, interactive website with Joomla! and an equally powerful project manager with Projectfork. Even if you aren’t currently using Joomla! for you website, you can validate giving it a try entirely for Projectfork to create a Do-it-yourself project manager.


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