Web Design

Here is some projects I am running. Back in 1996 I started learning HTML and CSS. The internet bandwith was still so slow that one thought twice what size of pictures to upload, and interactivity was mainly achived with simple forms. Times have changed, the world wide web turned into a giant market place and communication plattform. So this page is sort of a relict, a personal blog and mainly a technical playgound for me.

I am working with Joomla CMS for multiple Websites since 2010, mainly customizing default templates to meet customers requirements and add some intercativity. mastersong.de is an example of a self-tuned protostar template.

original protostar layout
original protostar layout
tweaked protostar layout
tweaked protostar layout



Sometimes, all you want is a small blog-like display of a series of news for your xt:Commerce4 webshop. With this small plugin, you can do so. Free of charge. 

After installing the plugin, create a content block called news or blog, and add/assign a few content items to this content block. In the Plugin configuration, enter the appropriate BlockId. Additionally, you can choose a headline for your blogpage in the plugin configuration. So far, this works only for one content block.

Your blog is displayed under the following URL: index.php?page=sv_blog

Alternatively, a blog layout of all content elements of block with id 11 is displayed with the following URL: index.php?page=sv_blog&blockId=11

Enable "short versions" of blog contents if you want to trim lengthy content elements. A Read more link is displayed in that case. Attention: this option may cause trouble if you are using html inside content elements.

Note that after the plugin installation, content items will have a date field in the editor. This is set to current date for new items. The date is displayed in the blog layout if in reasonable range.

The plugin ws tested thorougly, yet comes without warranty. For feedback, please use the contact form.

Download plugin here.

As years go by, technologies progress and design preferences change. In April 2013 I migrated the "www.cyclocross-store.de" from an ancient version of xt:Commerce to the recent xt:Commerce 4.0. The main concern was compatibility of shop and customer data. A configuration tool for custom bicycles was implemented as well as an advisor tool for narrowing the search of wheelsets depending on usage, body weight and other features. Only minor changes where applied to the default template.

By April 2014, the shop template was reworked featuring a modern frontpage layout. Work is in progress to create a blog plugin and backend newsletter administration tool. This is an excellent opportunity to dig into CSS, PHP and JavaScript.