JA Athena

Education themed Joomla template for School, University website

The section will help you with steps to install the JA Athena quickstart or manual installation.

  • Quickstart installation: Replicate Template demo to your server.
  • Manual installation: install template, plugin manually on your Joomla site

System requirement

Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:


  • Software: PHP (Magic Quotes GPC off): 7.2+ (8.0 recommended)


  • MySQL(InnoDB support required): 5.61+
  • MSSQL 10.50.1600.1 +
  • PostgreSQL 11.0

Web Servers

  • Apache 2.4+
  • Microsoft IIS 7
  • Nginx 1.10 (1.18+ recommended)

Browser requirement

  • Firefox 13+
  • IE (Internet Explorer) 8+
  • Google Chrome XY and the latest
  • Opera 11.6+
  • Safari 5.1+

Development Environment

During the development process, Localhost is preferred. You can use the following servers on your PC to develop your site.


  • wamp server
  • XAMPP for Windows


  • LAMP Bundle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

Download packages

JA Athena download section includes the following files:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Athena template
  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA ACM Module
  • JA Masthead Module
  • JA Ajax - JA Content Type plugin
  • System - JA Content Type plugin

Quickstart installation

Quickstart installation allows you to replicate the demo site to your server with all T4 extensions installed and demo content

Joomla 3 tutorial Joomla 4 tutorial

Manual Installation

Installing the JA Athena, T4 framework, and other extensions on your existing Joomla website.

From your back-end setting panel, go to: "Extensions > Extension Manager", browse the extension installation files then hit the "Upload and Install"

  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA Athena template
  • JA Masthead module
  • JA Content type plugins

JA Athena university template documentation

JA Athena university template documentation

By default, the T4 plugin will be auto-enabled after installation. You can check this by going to "Extensions > Plugin Manager" then find T4 Plugin.

Set JA Athena as default template style

Joomla 3: Go to: "Extensions > Template Manager", set JA Athena template style as your default template style.

Joomla 4: Go to: "System > Site Template Styles", set JA Athena template style as your default template style.

Joomla template style access panel

Joomla default template style

Template folder structure

This section is to help you understand the folder structure of the JA Findus template, where to find the files you want.

JA Athena template

JA Athena template is built on the T4 Framework so its folder structure is almost the same as any other JA Templates that are developed with T4 Framework.

	+-- scss/                 /*  all SCSS files */ 
	+--     scss/tpl                 /*  theme tpl SCSS files */ 
	¦    +--  acm.scss
	¦    +-- all.scss
	¦    +--  offcanvas.scss
	¦    +--  styles.scss
	¦    +--  type.scss
	¦    +--  utilities.scss
	¦    +--  variables.scss
	¦    +-- vars.scss
	¦    +--  jpages.scss
	¦    +--  rtl.scss
	¦    +--  template.scss
	¦    +--  bootstrap.scss
	¦    +--  components.scss
	¦    +--  forms.scss
	¦    +--  global.scss
	¦    +--  joomla.scss
	¦    +--  megamenu.scss
	¦    +--  modules.scss
	¦    +--  navigations.scss
	+-- scss/tpls 
	+-- css/                     /*compiled files from SCSS*/
	¦    +-- template.css
	¦    +-- rtl.css
	¦    +-- acm.css
	¦    +-- jpages.css
	¦    +-- off-canvas.css/
	¦    +-- offline.css/
	+-- acm/               /*JA Advanced Custom Module content type*/
	¦    +-- hero/
	¦    ¦    +-- config.xml
	¦    ¦    +-- css/
	¦    ¦    +-- tmpl/
	¦    ¦    +-- js/
	+-- html/               /*override modules and Joomla com_content*/
	¦    +-- com_content/
	¦    ¦    +-- article/
	¦    ¦    +-- category/
	¦    ¦    +-- featured/
	¦    +-- com_contact/
	¦    ¦    +-- contact/
	¦    ¦    +-- com_komento/
	¦    +-- mod_jamasthead/
	¦    +-- mod_acym/
	¦    +-- mod_articles_categories/
	¦    +-- mod_articles_category
	¦    +-- layouts/
	¦    +-- ...
	+-- fonts/ 
	+-- js/ 
	¦    +--owl-carousel
	¦    +-- bootstrap.bundle.js
	¦    +-- template.js
	¦    +-- imagesloaded.pkgd.js
	¦    +-- isotope.pkgd.js
	+-- images/
	+-- language/
	+-- templateDetails.xml  
	+-- templateInfo.php/
	+-- templateHook.php/

CSS and SCSS customization

Any customization is not recommended in the t4 plugin.

To customize your site style, you can use either CSS or SCSS customization tool.

More details

Joomla template style customization

1. Layout configuration

JA Athena supports different layouts by default and you can create more layouts using layout builder.

Assign Layout for a template style

To assign a layout for a JA Athena template style, open the template style » Layout setting panel » and assign a layout for the template style.

Joomla template layout configuration

JA Athena supports multiple layouts for different landing page such as About Us, Admission, Alumni.

You can create multiple template styles with different layouts assigned. Then assign each template style to specific pages.

Joomla template style assignment

View layout builder detail docs

2. Site settings

Logo settings

The Logo settings are present under Site configuration > Logo Settings.

For the logo, you can select to use an image logo or text logo. You can also select the different logos for mobile view.

Joomla template logo setting

Typography settings

The typography includes the global settings for font family, font weight, line height.

You can enable the custom font setting for heading and navigation (menu).

Joomla template typography setting

Other settings:

Joomla template typography setting

  • Page: set page backgroud image and background style attributes
  • Author Settings: show, hide the author block and link for the author
  • Favicon setting: add custom favicon

Site setting detailed docs

JA Athena supports Megamenu for Desktop layout and dropdown or Off-canvas for Mobile layout.

Megamenu setting

Go to Navigation > Megamenu, select a menu and configure the megamenu. You can build a mega menu with multiple rows, each row can include multiple columns. You can assign menu items, modules or a module position to each column.

Joomla template megamenu setting

Megamenu detailed docs

Off-canvas Menu setting

Enable Off-canvas (it is enabled by default), select module position, module style and other options.

Joomla template megamenu setting

Next, create a menu module, assign it to the position: off-canvas.

4. Theme color settings

The theme color allows you to use the color picker to change color for brand colors, base colors, main menu colors and footer colors.

Joomla template theme color setting

You can view the changes in the website preview on the right panel.

Color Palettes

The color palettes are pre-defined color sets to configure color palettes for sections faster, easier and more consistent.

In the Theme Color, open the Palettes and you can edit the default palettes, delete or add new.

Joomla template color setting

In the layout setting panel, configure a section, select Palettes tab and assign a color palettes for the section.

Joomla template color setting

5. Global settings

Joomla template global setting

JA Athena template global settings include:

  • T4 edit layout: this is the front-end editor (article, module) layout setting, you can select to use clean layout or full position layout
  • CSS & JS optimization: JS and CSS optimization is the process of making your website smaller and faster to load by minifying the JS and CSS codes.
  • Custom Code: You can insert any CSS, JS, meta tags, links, and verification codes using the custom code option. With multiple options to add custom to specific tags.
  • Add-ons: includes settings to enable or disable font icons like Font awesome, Iconmoon. When an Addon is disabled, its CSS and JS will not be loaded in your website, this is to help keep your site clean and load faster.
  • Open Graph:

Detailed docs

6. CSS & SCSS editor tool

Customizing style for your site is even simpler with the inbuilt custom CSS Editor. In the Tools panel, hit the Edit Custom CSS button and you can add your own custom CSS rules to the editor.

Joomla template custom style

You can override the default variables in the Variables customization editor, as well as the adding custom SCSS.

Joomla template scss customization

Detailed docs

Landing pages

This section will help you build the main pages - landing pages the same as the JA Athena demo site, that includes:

  • Home page
  • About Us
  • Admissions
  • Academics
  • Alumni
  • History

Step 1 - Create menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Featured Article menu type.

Joomla menu settings

You can keep other settings as default.

Step 2 - Create a template style

As the pages are landing page, its content is loaded from modules and its layout is a set of sections.

To create a new template style for JA Athena, you can duplicate JA Athena default template styles, rename it, assign the menu item created in step 1.

Joomla template style assignment

Assign layout for the template style

Joomla template layout configuration

Here is the default layout structure of the Home Page.

Joomla template layout structure

Step 3 - Assign content to the landing page

Content of the landing pages are loaded from modules. Here is the detailed configuration of each module.

1. Header modules:

JA Athena university template header module

Quick Menu

	Module position: topbar-l
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

Social icons

	Module position: topbar-r
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

2. Hero module

JA Athena university template hero module

JA ACM - Hero:style-1

	Module position: hero
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

3. Welcome to Athena University

JA Athena university template welcome module

JA ACM - Features Intro : style-1

	Module position: section-1
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

Description HTML

<div class="row row-cols-1 row-cols-md-2">
		<p>Morbi in sem quis dui placerat ornare. Pellentesque odio nisi, euismod in, pharetra.</p>
		<p>Our mission to educate future leaders is woven throughout the College experience, inspiring every member of our community to strive toward a more just, fair, and promising world lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</p>

		<p>If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact with our team.</p>
		<p><a class="h2 text-secondary" href="tel:0000">(405) 555-0128</a></p>
		<a class="btn btn-outline-primary btn-arrow-right mt-3" href="index.php?Itemid=176">Contact us</i></a>

4. Student Stories

JA Athena university template stories module

Articles - Category

	Module position: section-2
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: highlight

4. Admissions

JA Athena university template admissions module

JA ACM - Features Intro : style-2

	Module position: section-3
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

5. Our School In Numbers

JA Athena university template our number module

JA ACM - Features Intro : style-3

	Module position: section-4
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

6. Video Showcase

JA Athena university template video module

Modules: Articles - Category module

	Module position: section-5
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: media-grid

7. The Parts That Make Athena Whole

JA Athena university template articles module

Modules: Articles - Category module

	Module position: section-6
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: slide

8. Community & Outreach

JA Athena university template community module

JA ACM - Features Intro : style-4

	Module position: section-7
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

9. Social Media Directory

JA Athena university template image gallery module

JA ACM - Gallery : style-1

	Module position: section-8
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

10. Join Athena at 13+

JA Athena university template call to action module

JA ACM - CTA : style-1

	Module position: section-9
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

11. Footer modules

The footer section includes multiple modules.

JA Athena university template footer modules

Following is the module position layout of the footer section.

JA Athena university template footer module

Module configuration:

11.1 AcyMailing subscription form

	Module position: footsub
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

11.2 Social icons - JA ACM (Social : style-1)

	Module position: footsocial
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

11.3 Footer logo - Custom HTML Module

	Module position: copyright
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

To edit this module always set the Joomla default Editor to None or CodeMirror

HTML mockup:

<a href="index.php" class="mb-3 d-block">
<img src="images/joomlart/logo/logo-2.png" alt=""/>

11.4 Copyrights - Footer Module

	Module position: copyright
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

You can update content (copyrights) of the footer module in the templates/ja_athena/html/mod-footer/default.html

11.5 Menu module

	Module position: footnav-1
	Module Suffix: NOT USED
	Alternative layout: default

Joomla pages

This includes Blog, Contact, Tags, Search, Login and more.

News page - Category Blog

JA athena university template news page

Create News menu item: go to Menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category Blog menu type and assign "JA Athena - Default" template style.

JA athena university template news page setting

Contact page

JA athena university template contact page

Step 1: create contact: access "Component > Contact" and create a new contact item.

Create contact menu: Add a new menu item, select Contact » Single contact menu type and assign "JA Athena - Default" template style.

In the Contact component, assign the contact created in step 1.

JA athena university template contact page settings

Take a full backup

Please always make a backup before proceeding to any of the upgrade processes. In case there is any problem, you can always restore from the backup files.

The best method to upgrade JoomlArt products is using JA Extension Manager. The FREE extension brings a new way to manage extensions: upgrade, rollback, remote install, internal repository and compare versions and more.

1. Set up JA Extension Manager Component

Download this free extension from this link. Install the extension to your website.

Go to Components > JA Extension Manager then selects Service Manager, now set JoomlArt as your default service. Next, hit the "Edit" button then add your account.

JA extension manager

2. Upgrade JA Athena template

Check the new version of the T4 plugin template. Use the filter to find the JA Athena template then hit the "Check Update" button.

JA Athena joomla template update

3. Upgrade T4 Framework and other JA extensions

Using the filter to find the extensions you want to upgrade (JoomlArt products only), hit the "Check Update" button to check for a new version then hit Upgrade Now to upgrade the extension to the latest version.

JA Athena joomla extensions update

Check out more details about JA Extension manager