MijoShop templates for Joomla

In early 2013, our web design studio in Sydney, started using a new e-commerce platform for Joomla! called MijoShop. It is actually a port of OpenCart that works inside of Joomla! so that you can take advantage of Joomla's templating system and other great features but have the great setup and control of OpenCart powering the e-commerce side of things. 

This platform combination allowed us to finally build some powerful e-commerce sites that were all controlled by Joomla!

Our previous option to us was VirtueMart but development for that has stalled for the moment at the Joomla 2.5 platform and it doesn't look like there was going to be upgrade options for Joomla 3 for a long time.

We, as a design studio providing solutions for our clients, wanted to move forward with web trends and technologies to provide the best solutions possible and MijoShop was going to and has done that for us.

To help others get started in using MijoShop, here is a list of some great templates / themes that a few template providers around the world have created for it.

Joomlart has to be one of my preference when it comes to template providers for Joomla and they offer a couple of free templates if you're just getting into Joomla and want to learn more about how to customise the look and feel of a website.

Templating for Joomla websites has to be the main core business for a lot of web design and development agencies out there and learning the ins and outs of how some template clubs create templates is very advantageous.

To help out those new budding designers and developers, this is a list of the free templates that Joomlart provide to get you started in Joomla templating and the T3 framework that these templates are built on.

Purity III - the mother of FREE Joomla! template

Purity III a free Joomlart template for Joomla 3

Purity is Joomlart's flag ship series of free Joomla templates. The original Purity templates use to be shipped with the core download of Joomla so that everyone that had a Joomla website would have seen the free Purity template within their website.

Now (Feb 2014) the Purity template is in its third generation of maturity and wow has it matured. It is now fully integrated with Bootstrap making the template 100% responsive and very easy to customise, especially for a developer or designer that is very well versed with the Bootstrap templating language.

It also has a LESS compiler and many great layouts and features built into the template itself making the template and the framework quite a nifty one to work on.

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Once you have installed your Joomla site onto your server, the first thing that you would usually do is start customising it and if this is your first every Joomla site customisation, you'll be either looking for a cheap template to start with, one of the default core templates that come with Joomla or you will be looking for a few free templates that are available for Joomla 3.

I stumbled across this piece of work today when I was looking through designer portfolios on the Behance network.

A Facebook Redesign Concept playing with some great layouts and user interfaces that look like they've been influenced by the Windows 8 style of design.

The very creative Fred Nerby, from Melbourne Australia put together this amazing conceptual mockup of how 'cool' Facebook could really look.

Personally to me it looks a little like the new Facebook cross a desktop version of Path.

What do you think?

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Russell Shaw, an Atlanta based graphic designer, illustrator and art director, works mainly in print design, identity and branding. This interview showcases an intriguing ‘old world’ personality behind his beautiful works. 

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