Does anyone know a better way to show a template's positions.
It seems to me that appending "...?tp=1" to url is rather klunky and sometimes hard to read?
I tend to use commercial templates, and they provide a nice graphical map I can use as a guide.
Other than that, you might want to mess with PowerAdmin by Joomlashine (It's not a template, it's an enhancement to the admin). It's got a nifty layout that lets you see the different positions and what modules are loaded in them.
I use to create custom HTML saying the name of the position I'm putting it in, it's a great and easy way to locate all positions ;)
Then I create an ipsum article, make a menu item "special" category access for it, and assign all these test modules to appear just in that menu item
That way I have all positions, including component one, and being custom HTML I can use to make a first draft.
I just noticed that the backend, under Template Manager: Styles, has a little icon (next to the checkbox) that when clicked will preview the home page with module positions shown.