Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Posted by Jon Westfall in "ARTICLE" @ 02:00 PM
Joomla!, off-shoot of the popular Mambo CMS package, has inspired numerous authors to create their own modules (e.g., what goes on a page), components (specialized feature-adding plugins), and mambots (sub-processing software that allows you to do a bunch of neat features, such as automatically linking to Wikipedia). One of the neatest new Plug-ins created for Joomla and Mambo is the PDA Mambot and Template. By installing a template (Which you can modify to your heart's content) and a simple mambot (Which requires really no configuration at all), you have a ready to go pda-site. Here's a simple walkthrough for the installation process:
1. Download the PDA Template at the author's site. Also grab the PDA Mambot.
2. In your Joomla configuration, go to Installers, then "Templates - Site"
3. Upload and install the PDA Template.
4. In your Joomla configuration, go to Installers, then Mambots.
5. Upload and install the PDA Mambot.
6. Make sure you set the Mambot to "Published" to activate it.
That's it, you're done! Now you'll probably want to edit the template file that you installed (It can be downloaded with an FTP client and edited as you would any other template). I'd encourage you to keep it simple, so that you can render quickly in your user's mobile browsers. Here's what the mobile version of JonWestfall.Com looks like on my Treo 750v.
Jon Westfall is a contributing editor for Pocket PC Thoughts as well as the owner of JonWestfall.Com, a site with content ranging from articles to cat pictures. Who could ask for more?[/i]