Introduction to T3 Framework

An overview of the Learning T3 framework for Joomla!

Introduction

Understand exactly what T3 is and why you would use T3 in your web projects.

Whether its a website for a customer/client, yourself or if you are building website templates to sell on to others, T3 is an ideal framework to help speed up your development and implementation of your designs while also making them mobile ready.

This part of the course goes into examples of why you would use T3, who is already using T3 and why we love using it so much.

What is it and why use it

The T3 framework is a Joomla templating framework that was originally developed by the team at Joomlart. It was created in the days of Joomla 1.5 when rapid development of the CMS was non existent and new features and functionality were desired but weren't available.

Since they found themselves reusing code over and over again it made sense to reuse the code and add it into a base framework that they could build upon for each one of their template releases.

This idea wasn’t just appealing to template clubs but also appealing to many web design and development studios/agencies around the world including us at PB Web Development. Many of these studios were producing solutions for clients everyday but finding that they were in the same situation of using the same code over and over again on various different websites.

There were many base templates out there already, such as 960 grids or even the free templates that came with Joomla that could have been used as a base template framework but people wanted more than what these could provide. Hence the more complex template club frameworks.

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Features of T3 framework

The latest framework release sees many new features added into the system as well as backwards compatibility with older templates build on earlier version of the template.

One major thing was the introduction of Bootstrap 3. The new Bootstrap brought with it a swag of new features and of course many of these are all integrated into T3 bringing it up to date with the current design trends of the web.

These included:

  • Bootstrap enabled
  • Works with Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3
  • HTML5, LESS and CSS3
  • Built in LESS compiler
  • CSS compression
  • JS compression
  • Full responsive layouts for wide desktop, 960 width desktop, tablet and small devices
  • Built in mega menu builder and off canvas navigation for desktop, tablet or mobile layouts
  • Real time customisation and templating with Theme Magic template builder
  • Flexible layouts with drag selectable widths and responsive options
  • Font Awesome versions 3 and 4
  • Flat design with two versions of the base template Blank and Blank_bs3 to use with either Bootstrap 2 or Bootstrap 3 depending on what you're use to.
  • and of course its all open source

So lets look at some of these key features of T3 and what makes it just so cool.

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