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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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