Designing for XOOPS
A Designer's Quickstart Guide to Content Management
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2011
Pages: 128

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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4.0

Worth the small price

By tedmasterweb

from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker, Sys Admin

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  • Accurate

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough

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  • Intermediate

Comments about O'Reilly Media Designing for XOOPS:

Very good and complete outline of the XOOPS templating system. I've been using XOOPS since 2003, have made several themes, and still bought this book (and it managed to reveal several things I hadn't figured out).

I only gave it 4 stars, though, because I am not fond of the writing style e.g.: "Now I am going to explain how to..." instead of just explaining it.

Although it is a "design" book, I would have benefitted from a "designers introduction to creating a module" chapter.

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5.0

Excellent Book!

By Current XOOPS user

from Cincinnati, OH

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Designing for XOOPS:

    This book is a very good comprehensive guide to creating new themes for XOOPS CMS and to converting existing HTML theme templates, so they work with XOOPS.

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