Afterburner August 2009 Joomla Template
Afterburner is the fastest Joomla template ever and is completely free. The theme balances speed and search engine optimisation with a full feature set. The template is based on the standard SEO layout used in club templates, and is therefore fully dynamic and collapsible.
An assortment of 8 preset styles, both light and dark also accompany the template.
Features and Screenshots
- Speed Optimisation
- SEF Optimised Layout
- Advanced Colour Selection
- Suckerfish Dropdown Menu
- 8 Preset Styles - Light / Dark Variations
- 18 Module Positions
- FF3.5, Opera 9.6, Safari 4, IE6,7,8 Compatible
- W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional. W3C CSS 3 Valid
Fastest Joomla Template Ever
Afterburner has been optimised to perfection, holding performance and speed at its heart, without compromising on much needed features. The size of the frontpage of a default Joomla install, using Afterburner, is 59KB. this is in contrast to 155KB with the default Joomla theme. The difference is staggering, resulting in a ultra lean, fast loading and high performance template.
Size (KB) Chart - Time (ms) Chart - Number of Requests Chart
Search Engine Optimised Layout
The structure places the main content before the side columns in the code hierarchy which is beneficial for SEO purposes as your primary content is crawled first by the search engines such as Google. More Details...
Installation - Joomla 1.5
Downloading the Template Files
- Afterburner Template (rt_afterburner_j15.tgz) This file is the template package you will use to install Afterburner into Joomla.
- Afterburner Source PNGs (afterburner-sources.zip) This package contains the Adobe Fireworks source PNGs for making modifications and customizations to the images in the template. You will need Adobe Fireworks image editing to fully utilize the Source PNG files.
Using the Joomla Installer
From the Menu in your Joomla Administrator, go to Extensions → Install/Uninstall.
Next, browse for your rt_ afterburner_j15.tgz file you downloaded and then click Upload File & Install.
Making Afterburner the Default
Next, go to Extensions → Template Manager. Find rt_ afterburner_j15 on the list of installed templates.
Select the radio button to the left and then click Default up in the top right corner. Afterburner is now your default template.
Additionally, you can also edit the template's customization parameters by selecting this same radio button and clicking the "Edit" button in the top right corner.
Setting up the Navigation
By default, Joomla has the main menu in the "left" position which is not very intuitive. In the Menu Manager of the Joomla Administrator, locate your "Main Menu" module and click it so that you can edit the details. Change the "Position" from "Left" to "Nav". Also set the "Always show sub-menu Items" from "No" to "Yes". The menu should now appear properly with Suckerfish style menus enabled.