The section will help you with steps to install the JA Coach template - Quickstart and Manual installation.

System requirement

Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:

Software

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

Databases

  • 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.

Windows

  • wamp server
  • XAMPP for Windows

Linux

  • LAMP Bundle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

The section will help you with the steps to install the JA Coach template. There are 2 options to install.

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

Download packages

T4 Framework download section includes the following files:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Coach template
  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA ACM Module
  • JA Masthead Module

Quickstart installation

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

Joomla quickstart Installation tutorial

Manual Installation

Installing the T4 framework on your existing Joomla website.

Step 1. Install T4 framework plugin

From your back-end setting panel, go to: "Extensions > Extension Manager", browse the T4 plugin installation file then hit the "Upload and Install"

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.

enable t4 Joomla template framework plugin

Step 2: Install JA Coach template

From your back-end setting panel, go to "Extensions > Extension Manager", browse the JA Coach template installation package then hit the "Upload and Install".

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


Template folder structure

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

JA Coach template

JA Coach 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.

/templates/ja_coach/
+-- 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_users/
¦    +-- mod_jamasthead/
¦    +-- 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/

T4 Framework

You can find the folder structure of the T4 Framework at http://t4-framework.org/documentation/installation#folder-structure.

Recommendation

Any customization in the t4 plugin is not recommended. To customize your template, please do it in the templates/ja_coach folder


This section will help you build the pages the same as the JA Coach demo site.

1. Home

View homepage layout view on frontend:

JA Coach documentation

Steps to Create the Home demo menu items

Step 1 - Create a template style

The page uses a Home 1 layout so we have to create a template style. The best way to create the template is by cloning the JA Coach default template style. to create the different types of Homepages like in the demo you need to duplicate the default template style and assign it to the different pages.

Here is the default layout structure of the Home Page.

JA Coach home1 layout

Step 2 - Create the Home page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Featured Article menu type, and assign "JA Coach- home" template style.

home menu JA Coach

The page shows the module-loaded content.

Step 3 - Assign content to the Home page

Content of the Homepage is loaded from modules. Here is the detailed configuration of each module.

The template comes with the Header right module position to show the Social icons and Head action button.

1. Head Search Module

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

2. Off canvas menu module

Module position: off-canvas
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: default

3. Hero JA ACM Module

Hero ModuleJA Coach

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

4. Coaching JA ACM Module

JA Coach

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

5. Introducing custom Html Module

Introducing-module-home JA Coach

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

6. Statics JA ACM Module

Documentation JA Coach

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

7. Let’s become a Business Master! Articles category Module

JA Coach documentation

Module position: section-4
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: list-course

8. Are you ready? JA ACM Module

Are you ready? JA Coach

Module position: section-5
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: default

9. Are you ready? JA ACM Module

Are you ready? JA Coach

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

10. Testimonials JA ACM Module

Are you ready? JA Coach

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

11. Newsletter JA ACM Module

Are you ready? JA Coach

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

Now publish the module on the newsletter position.

Newsletter AcyMailing Module

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

12. Our Blog Articles category Module

JA Coach documentation

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

Footer Module

The template footer part consists of multiple modules from position footnav 1 to footnav 4. This includes Joomla menu modules and social modules.

home menu JA Coach

12. About Siggi Custom Html Module

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

2. courses Page

This menu type displays the list of course type articles using a special menu type course view

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Course page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Course View menu type, and assign "JA Coach- courses" template style.

Course menu JA Coach

In the Options tab you must select the Article layout to courses and use style 1 in the Blog layout > course list style.

3. Style 1

This menu type displays the list of course type articles using a special menu type course view

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Course page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Course View menu type, and assign "JA Coach- courses" template style.

Course menu JA Coach

In the Options tab you must select the Article layout to courses and use style 1 in the Blog layout > course list style.

4. Style 2

This menu type displays the list of course type articles using a special menu type course view

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Course page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Course View menu type, and assign "JA Coach- courses" template style.

Course menu JA Coach

In the Options tab you must select the Article layout to courses and use style 2 in the Blog layout > course list style.

5. Style 3

This menu type displays the list of course type articles using a special menu type course view

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Course page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Course View menu type and assign "JA Coach- courses" template style.

Course menu JA Coach

In the Options tab you must select the Article layout to courses and use style 3 in the Blog layout > course list style.


7. Pricing Page

This menu type displays the Pricing of the website using Joomla articles.

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Price page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Featured Article menu type and assign "JA Coach- pricing" template style.

blog menu JA Coach

In Pricing page is used to show the module on the page and needs to build modules as below.

Pricing JA ACM Module

 JA Coach

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

8. Blog Page

This menu type displays the Blogs of the website using Joomla articles.

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create blog page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category blog menu type and assign "JA Coach- default" template style.

blog menu JA Coach

9. Contact page

A special Contact page for JA Coach template to show the contact form.

JA Coach

Here is the instruction to create the same contact page

In Component > Contact > Create a new contact item before creating the Menu item

Create Contact menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Contact » Single contact menu type and assign "JA Coach - Default" template style.

In the Contact component, please make sure You have created a contact item so you can assign it to the menu item


10. Articles fields

JA Coach supports extra fields for Joomla article to show extra information in Course type articles.

Course Custom Fields

JA Coach

The course type article has extra fields option to show course data like course information, course content, and course requirements. To add the same fields in the article you have to create Article fields in Joomla as follow:

Navigate to Content > Category > open the course category on which you want the extra fields option will display on the backend so you can put the extra information.

JA Coach

Assign the Fields to a Course category so it will display for course type articles

Now add a new article on site > Content > Add new article > select category course and save, Once the article saves you will see a new tab to add the course details as below:

JA Coach

11. Category color

The template support custom color support for the course articles category that you can see in the demo site for the course menu. To assign a different color for each category it required Joomla content custom fields as follow:

JA Coach

Navigate to Content > Fields > Select category from filter options. If you are using a quickstart package the fields will be there by default.

To add the color fields click > New button > Type > list > add details as following :

JA Coach

JA Coach

Once the fields are added for the category you can see the option to set the category color when you will save or edit a category as below:

JA Coach

As we selected the color cyan on the list, on the frontend the category name background color will be cyan.

Supported Layouts

Access T4 working panel

Access working panel of JA Coach template: from back-end > Extensions > Templates > and open JA Coach template style.

JA Coach 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 Coach template style, open the template style » Layout setting panel » assign a layout for the template style.

Joomla template layout

You can create multiple templates style for the JA Coach template, each template style is assigned to one layout and the template style is assigned to specific menu items so that in one site, you use 1 template but you can use as many layouts as you want Also, you can choose a different theme for different template styles.

Joomla template layout

Another option is saved as a copy

JA Coach Joomla template layout

Get more details in Layout customization on T4 here: https://www.joomlart.com/documentation/t4-framework/layout-builder

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

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.

Get more details in Site configuration on T4 framework templates here: https://www.joomlart.com/documentation/t4-framework/Logo Settings


You can choose a different Megamenu for different template styles in JA Coach Joomla template. To change the Megamenu : Navigation to JA Coach template style > Navigation > Megamenu.

menu settings

You can enable Megamenu to select different submenu items

menu settings

Off-canvas Menu settings

menu settings

To show the Menu inside the off-canvas sidebar you must publish a Menu module on position: off-canvas.

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.

Upgrade instruction

Before backup, 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.

enable t4 Joomla template framework plugin

2. Upgrade T4 framework plugin and JA Coach template

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

3. Upgrade 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.

Check out more details about JA Extension manager

Documentation is a WIP. If you have any specific requests or feedback as well as suggestions, feel free to drop us a line in the JA Coach template forum. We'll try to cover them all.

Let us know in the forum