13 Jun 06
07 May 07 10:53 pm
From my research into Joomla, it seems to me that if you are comfortable using HTML and CSS to design websites, it's not *too* big a jump to designing Joomla templates. It's a matter of designing the look of the modules. What I would do is take a template that seems to work well enough in terms of layout, then pull them apart to find the images and CSS to modify.
I don't think you'd need to create images for *everything* on your site. For instance, your side navigation header images could be a standard background image, with the text over top being set in Joomla. I don't think it would be much more work than if you were creating your site with HTML and CSS.
Because Joomla is an open source product there are a whole heap of tutorials on the subject. Here's a good site I've found:
http://www.compassdesigns.net/tutorials ... tutorials/
With regards to Authority Site Pro... I've had a look inside and it doesn't look like they go into particularly great depth about graphically customizing the templates. I think the strength in ASP is that they've put together the package so that all these separate plugins and things are working together well and it's ready to go.
That said, and this is some really bad timing on our part, Authority Site Pro has just closed its doors to new members. They'll be revamping it and opening again soon with more features. In the meantime you should take a look at those tutorials and see if it still seems over your head. If you can learn HTML and CSS I really think you'll be able to learn this too.
All the best,