Joomla & Flash intro welcome (or splash) page integration

November 18th, 2007 by Andrea Matesi 6842 Views

My first post is gonna talk about the nice integration often searched by people 'round the web...
Enter Joomla & Flash Integration:

Quickstart for the impatient
1) Create a Section/Category/Content of your choice (say "intro").
2) Create a void Joomla theme (go to compassdesign, they have an already made one ready).
3) Customize the template to your needs (insert your Flash intro).
4) Upload Add the template to your Joomla install setup and associate the template to the "intro" Section.
5) Set the "intro" section as your first mainmenu entry and give assign it "Special" permissions.

...done: your site now will have a nice Flash intro!

For the less impaired, here's a more detailed descriptive explanation:

As in point 1), you were taught to c 1) Create a new section (so you can assign the custom template to this new section). So, as usual, "New" -> "Section" and name it as you desire whatever you want); "New" -> "Category" and name it, then "New" -> "Content" and save, then create a new menu entry linked to this section (called say "intro") wich connects.

2) Next we need a Get a null basic void template for joomla, go get yours at from www.compassdesigns.net (note  first you'll have to register, so proceed and then search for "blank site template").

When 3) Once you have downloaded your void template, open it up with your fav text editor (mine is PSPad gVim ;) ), and customize it with your code:

  • Find the <body>.
  • Insert your splash intro code there (well, here I'm not gonna go with many details: you'll have to know some basic (X)HTML on you own before doing that].
  • Now 4)Upload your hand-modified template as usual from the Joomla backend (basically, install as usual: Go to "Install" -> "Templates" and upload your template from there).

5) From the "template chooser" and open your listed template; from there and make an "association" from the template to your "Menu Voice" (use the "Associate" button up-right).

2011/06/30 - UPDATE n.1) Sorry for my english: this was my first post and it was written long ago! I've tried to clean it up somehow, so bear with me. Also, please keep in mind that my Joomla! articles were written for Joomla! 1.0.11, 1.0.12 and 1.0.13 (as far as I remember). Today things should have _dramatically_ changed and probably there are more efficient ways to add a flash intro to your Joomla! site than the one described ;-) Thank you all for your comments.

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