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ImageIf you tired like me on every time when starting a new mambo template needed create manually a templateDetails.xml, create template structure dirs, copy blank index.html files into css and images dir, etc..No more waste time doing it! NVU mambo template builder will do it for you..and some more...!
For those yet don't know about NVU see this: Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML. Finally!
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I will try on this give basic instructions How use NVU Mambote Template Builder.
This tutorial not will talk about how create table laytouts to include mambo template PHP tags and other details related with template design, you can get a example source package and this tutorial at
I'm preparing a more complete tutorial covering all stages on a mambo template building process using NVU, will be released soon.
NVU are under development and you can get it here at

Current features on Mambo template builder v0.0.9beta

  • Allow insert Mambo Template PHP codes defining positions on Mambo 4.5.x Template
  • Create Mambo 4.5.x Template Directory Structure
  • Create a generic base template_css.css file ready to use
  • Create index.html files on "css" and "images" template dirs
  • Allow create and update a valid templateDetails.xml ready to Mambo 4.5.3 (work full on Mambo 4.5.2!)
  • Change all
  • Build a zip install package ready to install on Mambo 4.5.x


What will you need to follow this tutorial?

  • NVU(N-view) versao 1.0PR: dowload here
  • Mambo 4.5.3 NVU Mambo Template Builder extension: download here
  • NVU Mambo template builder Tutorial zip files: download here
  • A Linux dist supported by NVU, Windows2000/XP or MAC OSX
  • few minutes

Let's Start...

  • Getting and Installing NVU
  • Installing Mambo Template Builder
  • What You Need know before start work on NVU
  • Setting a Template working directory
  • Creating a templateDetails.xml
  • Building a Mambo Template directory structure
  • Inserting Mambo HEAD Template code
  • Copying index.xhtml and images to working directory
  • Updating Your Template Package
  • Building a Mambo Template install package


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