screenshot-of-example-templateDetailsThe last thing we need to do before we can install the Joomla 3.0 template that we are creating is to create a templateDetails.xml file. This file holds various details about the template, such as who wrote it and when. It can also contain configuration settings for the template that the user can modify, such as background colors and font sizes. As we are creating a very basic template, our templateDetails.xml will be very basic as well - at this time we will not be showing you everything you can do within this file.

Example templateDetails.xml file

Setting up a templateDetails.xml file is very straight forward because the file is easy to understand. For example, if you see <creationDate>10/04/2012</creationDate> within the file, you can safely assume that this is the date that the template was created. We are adding the following code to a file named templateDetails.xml in the root of our template files (see screenshot above).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 2.5//DTD template 1.0//EN" "">
<extension version="3.0" type="template" client="site">
  <name>Basic Joomla 3.0 Template</name>
  <author>InMotion Hosting</author>
  <copyright>Copyright (C) 2012 InMotion Hosting</copyright>
  <description>A very basic template for Joomla 3.0</description>
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2013-04-22 2:50 am
Noticed this in the above code-samplet -
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 2.5//DTD template 1.0//EN" "">

Is there a 3.0 version of the xml dtd available? Joomla 3.0 has been around for long enough now... so there should be a 3.0 template-install file available, right?

Please let me know.

P.S. Still in the process of implementing this; so, will let you know how it goes later. :)
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2013-04-22 10:05 am
Thank you for your comment. Because 3.0 is only a development stage we have the stable version in the doc type. We recommend waiting for the 3.5 version of Joomla. Unfortunately, we do not have a 3.0 url you can use. Sorry for this.

James R
2013-04-23 12:43 am
you don't have to be sorry... :) I was just curious.... thanks for the prompt response.

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