8. Now for the Details: A First Look at Templates

You are using Joomla! now and would like to know more about its template functions. This chapter gives you an overview of the structure of the templates—knowledge that will help you develop your own individualized template based on the default templates.

Templates determine the general structure of a page. Apart from the design, they determine where the content is within the document, where and when certain modules are shown or hidden, whether to use your own error pages, and which HTML version you should use.

The standard version of Joomla! currently contains three templates for the front end and two for the back end. The frontend templates are two versions of Beez and one Atomic template. In ...

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