Optimised Layout

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What is SEO?

SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation, is the term used for improving your site in relation to your search engine ranking. Your placement in the search engine index is essential to your flow of traffic. The vast majority of mainstream sites will receive traffic directly from search engines such as Google. The higher your ranking / placement in these indexes, the greater the flow of traffic.

For example, if you are an Electrician in Miami, Florida, and someone googled electrician miami and you hold the #1 spot in Google, it is most likely that person will visit your site. Most searchers are going to browse the first few sites in Google and not others. Therefore, you want to be placed in this bracket.

How is Iridium Optimised?

Although most of your optimisation will be with your keywords and content, the template itself can play a role in making your site more search engine friendly. The structure of the template, as with all our themes from April 2009 onwards, are constructed in an atypical fashion which places the main column before the left and right column. Therefore, as the main column loads the vast majority of your content and component, it is logical to assume that this is where your most important data is collated. Subsequently, you will want Google to crawl that first before moving on to the other elements.

The traditional layout is Left-Main-Right, in Iridium, it is Main-Left-Right.

This is best illustrated with an example:-

<!--Begin Main Column-->   
<div id="maincol">...</div>
<!--End Main Column-->

<!--Begin Left Column-->
<div id="leftcol">...</div>
<!--End Left Column-->

<!--Begin Right Column-->
<div id="rightcol">...</div>
<!--End Right Column-->
Note that the code preview has been modified to show the correct hierarchy, the actual index.php has much more code around those code elements.

With the diagram above, you can see that even though you visually see the left column on the left, the main column in the middle and the right column on the right, the code construction places the main column first, then the left and finally the right.


To configure the widths of the left, right and inset columns, go to Extensions → Template Manager → rt_iridium_j15 and edit the parameters there.

Module Variations

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Module Variations or Module Hilites are a facility to individually style each module within a position, without it being global. Code wise, this is achieved by adding a class into the module code which loads from the Module Class Suffix field in the Module Manager. The theme CSS then adjusts the styling to the prebuilt suffixes.

Enter any available suffixes at Extensions → Module Manager → Module → Module Class Suffix

The following positions: main, main2-main9, user1-9, left, right, inset, inset2 & main-feature; have support for the following module class suffixes: hilite1, hilite2, hilite3 & ad.

Module Positions

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There are 40 module positions with this template that are collapsible (if no modules are published to the position, it will not appear).

Logo & Toolbar are conditional positions. There are other elements which occupy these areas, such as the logo image for Logo and the fusion menu for Toolbar. When you publish a module to these positions, it will collapse the theme element and replace with your module. If you wish to disable everything, hide the various elements in Extensions → Template Manager → rt_iridium_j15. Such an example would be setting Show Logo to No.

View all module positions live by appending ?tp=1 or &tp=1 to the end of your URL such as http://yoursite.com/index.php?tp=1.

The below diagram is of the Module Variations page.

Module Positions

Style Variations

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Iridium has 6 preset styles / style variations and 18 combinations. Each preset style has 3 background styles: Simple, Medium & Full, which represent different levels of detail, making Infuse both a graphically intense, but graphically reserved template. You can edit the combinations in your template as outlined on the Style Control page.
View all styles live by appending ?tstyle=style# or &tstyle=style# to the end of your URL such as http://yoursite.com/index.php?tstyle=style4.

Below is a preview / screenshot of each style variation, in sequential order, Style 1 - Style 6. Please click on on the image to load a live example of each style variation.




Fusion Menu

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Fusion requires RokNavMenu to be installed in order for it to work and needs to be at least version 1.7

Fusion is javascript-based dropdown menu system, with extensively functionality. The menu itself is built on the rewritten core of the latest revision of RokNavMenu, the core application behind all RocketTheme menus.

Fusion offers a series of new abilities ranging from Menu Icons, Subtext support and much greater controls over the Multiple Column ability for dropdowns.

For more information on RokNavMenu, please go to http://www.rockettheme.com/extensions-joomla/roknavmenu

Template Configuration

You can configure Fusion Menu at Extensions → Template Manager → rt_iridium_j15 and you will find all parameters under the Menu Configuration Options heading. A preview of these options can be seen in the adjacent screenshot.

Menu Icons

Fusion has support for individual menu icons for its dropdown menu items. These images are loaded from the /templates/rt_iridium_j15/images/menus/ directory where you will find 31 images by default.

To setup a Menu Icon, go to Menu → Mainmenu → Select/Create a Menu Item. Locate the Menu Image field in Parameters (Template theme - iridium-fusion) and select an image from the dropdown.


Subtext is the term used to describe the secondary text placed underneath the menu title.

To add your own Subtext, go to Menu → Mainmenu → Select/Create a Menu Item. Locate the Subtext field in Parameters (Template theme - iridium-fusion) and insert your desired text.

If you are using SplitMenu, insert your Subtext into the Parameters (Template theme - iridium-splitmenu) section.

Multiple Dropdown Columns

Fusion has the facility for dynamic column control for its dropdown. You can choose between single (1) or double (2) column modes for children of every single menu item via configuration.

To control the number of columns of each menu item, go to Menu → Mainmenu → Select/Create a Menu Item. Locate the Columns of Children field in Parameters (Template theme - iridium-fusion) and choose either 1 or 2.

Dynamic Child Direction

Typically, a dropdown menu column will extend beyond the width of the browser window if you have enough child levels. However, with Fusion, the menu detects the width of the browser and will change the direction of menu pullouts so all menu items are visible without the need to scroll.

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