Learn to code your own Joomla template, and expand on the basics taught in the "Three File Template" by downloading this lightweight framework for Joomla 3.
The HD-Framework is a basic lightweight template that can be used as a starting point to create your own unique fast-loading Joomla! templates.
The main problem with using commercial templates for your Joomla! website is that they simply aren’t unique and maybe used by hundreds of other websites. Even if you heavily edit a template to look quite different from its original appearance the coding is likely to be quite heavy as commercial templates are geared towards providing options or features that you may not use, bogging you down with slow load speeds.
The New Bits
If you've followed the guide to the Three File Template then you'll see that the three essential files still remain in the HD-Framework. They've been expanded upon and a few other bits have been included too...
- Additionally the following files have been added: index.html, error.php, params.ini, favicon.ico and template_thumbnail.png.
The use of these files and folders were all mentioned and explained in the "Missing Bits" section of the previous guide. Any other differences between this and the previous framework will be highlighted throughout the guide...