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

System requirement

JA Conf template is native with Joomla 3. Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:

Software

  • Software: PHP (Magic Quotes GPC off): 5.3.1 + (5.4+ recommended)

Databases

  • MySQL(InnoDB support required): 5.1+
  • MSSQL 10.50.1600.1+
  • PostgreSQL 8.3.18+

Web Severs

  • Apache 2.x+
  • Microsoft IIS 7
  • Nginx 1.0 (1.1 recommended)

Browser requirement

  • Firefox 4+
  • IE (Internet Explorer) 8+
  • Google Chrome 10+
  • Opera 10+
  • Safari 5+

Development Environment

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

Windows

  • WAMPSEVER
  • XAMPP for Windows

Linux

  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

Download packages

The download package includes:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Conf template
  • T3 Framework plugin
  • JA Advanced Custom Module
  • JA Masthead Module
  • T3 Framework
  • Source file

Download now


Quickstart installation

Why Quickstart

The quickstart allows you to replicate JA Conf demo to your server. It means, after install the quickstart, you will have a site exactly the same as the demo site.

Download JA Conf quickstart package →, upload to your server and extract it.

Step 1 - Configuration: add Site name, Admin email, Admin username and password

Step 2 - Database: select database type, host name, database username, password, database name & table prefix

Step 3 - Overview: select sample data to install, we suggest to use Default English (GB) Sample Data. You can install multilingual in the step.

Step 4 - Remove/Rename "installation" folder: for security purpose, you need to rename or remove the "installation" folder

Detail documentation with screenshots


Manual Installation

Important:

1. JA Conf template is built on T3 Framework so it requires T3 Framework to be installed and enabled in your system.
2. We highly recommend you to use stable version of Joomla 3.

Install T3 Framework

Step 1 - Install T3 Framework

From your back-end setting panel, go to: "Extensions → Extension Manager", browse T3 plugin installation package then hit the "Upload and Install"

install t3 framework plugin

Step 2 - Enable T3 Framework

When you install T3 Framework, it's auto enabled by default. You can check this by going to: "Extensions → Plugin Manager" then find T3 Plugin.

Install JA Conf template

Step 1 - Install JA Conf template

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

install JA Conf template

Step 2 - Set default template style

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

set JA Conf as default template

Install all supported extensions

  • EventBooking component (optional)
  • Jomsocial component (optional)
  • JA Advanced Custom Module
  • JA Masthead Module

Template folder structure

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

JA Conf template

JA Conf template is built on T3 Framework so its folder structure is almost the same with any other JA Templates that are developed with T3 Framework.

templates/ja_Conf/
+-- less/                 /*  all LESS files */ 
¦    +-- template.less
¦    +-- style.less
¦    +-- home.less
¦    +-- joomla.less
¦    +-- extras/            /*custom styles of 3rd extensions */
+-- css/                     /*compiled files from less*/
¦    +-- template.css
¦    +-- style.css
¦    +-- home.css
¦    +-- joomla.css
¦    +-- rtl/
+-- tpls/             /* all layout files and block files*/
¦    +-- default.php
¦    +-- blocks/       /*block files*/
¦    ¦    +-- head.php
¦    ¦    +-- header.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainnav.php
¦    ¦    +-- masthead.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody.php
¦    ¦    +-- vertical-line.php
¦    ¦    +-- masthead.php
¦    ¦    +-- off-canvas.php
¦    ¦    +-- section.php
¦    ¦    +-- spotlight-1.php
¦    ¦    +-- footer.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody/
+-- acm/               /*JA Advanced Custom Module content type*/
¦    +-- hero/
¦    ¦    +-- config.xml
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- less/
¦    ¦    +-- tmpl/
¦    ¦    +-- js/
+-- html/               /*override modules and Joomla com_content*/
¦    +-- com_content/
¦    ¦    +-- article/
¦    ¦    +-- category/
¦    ¦    +-- featured/

¦    +-- com_contact/
¦    +-- com_tags/
¦    +-- com_eventbooking/
¦    +-- com_search/
¦    +-- com_finder/
¦    +-- mod_eb_events/
¦    +-- mod_articles_latest/
¦    +-- layouts/
¦    +-- ...
+-- fonts/ 
¦    +-- font-awesome/
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- fonts/

+-- js/ 
¦    +-- script.js
¦    +--  jquery.paroller.min.js.js
¦    +-- owl-carousel/
+-- images/
+-- language/
+-- templateDetails.xml  
+-- templateInfo.php/
+-- thememagic.xml/     /*the file is to add new group, parameters to ThemeMagic*/
+-- templateHook.php/

T3 Framework

You can find the folder structure of T3 Framewotk at: http://t3-framework.org/documentation/installation#folder-structure.

Recommendation

Any customization in the T3 plugin is not recommended. To customize your template, please do it in the templates/ja_conf folder

Instructions to configure supported 3rd extensions in JA Conf: EventBooking, JomSocial.

EventBooking configuration

JA Conf template supports Easysocial component. Here is the instruction to configure the extension as the demo site.

1. Install EventBooking component

EventBooking is commercial extension so you will need to buy it from Eventboooking. Download the package and install to your site.

2. Configuration

Once the configuration is done, go to: Components » Event Booking and you can configure the extension. In JA Conf template demo, we use default settings.

eventbooking

JomSocial Component configuration

1. Install JomSocial component

JomSocial is commercial extension so you will need to buy it from JomSocial.com. Download the package and install to your site.

2. Configuration

Once the configuration is done, go to: Components » Jomsocial and you can configure the extension. In JA Conf template demo, we use default settings.

jomsocial setting

Customized style of 3rd extensions

The custom style of EasySocial is store in an independent .less file - templates/ja_conf/less/extras/. That means, if you upgrade Eventbooking, the custom style will not be lost. use the .less file to do customization.

You can assign the custom style to the pages you want. In any JA Conf template style, open the Add-ons tab and assign the pages you want to load the custom style.

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

1. Homepage

View homepage position layout:

ja conf positionn
View Full Image

Here is instruction to create the same Homepage page

Step 1 - Create template style

The page uses default layout so we have not need to create template style. The best way to create the template is cloning JA Conf default template style. to Create the different type of Homepages like in demo you need duplicate default template style and assign Themes from Theme tab

ja conf themes

Here is the layout structure of the page.

default layout

Step 2 - Create Home page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Articles » Featured Articles menu type and assign "JA Conf - default" template style.

home menu ja conf

Step 3 - Assign content to the Home page

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

1. Modules on Header

The sections include multiple modules: search and create account.

ja conf

1.1 Buy Your Tickets - custom HTML module

Module position: head-right
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.2 Hero - JA ACM Module

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

hero conf

1.3 Feature Event - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: section
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.4 Web Designers, Web Developers and Digital Dreamers. - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: section
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.5 Web Designers, Web Developers and Digital Dreamers. - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.6 Conference Schedule. - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.7 Learn & Grow Workshops . - Article Latest module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: list

1.8 The Venue & Party. - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.8 Thanks to our amazing sponsors - JA ACM module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.9 AcyMailing Module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.9 AcyMailing Module

ja conf

Module position: scetion
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.10 About Conf. Module

ja conf

Module position: footer-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

2. Blog page

A special page for JA Conf template.

ja conf

Here is instruction to create the same blog page

- Create Blogs menu item

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

3. Speaker page

A special Speaker page for JA Conf template.

ja conf

Here is instruction to create the same Speaker page

- Create Speaker menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Articles » Event Blog menu type and assign "JA conf - Default" template style.

In the layout setting, please make sure Article Layout uses Speaker

4. Events page

A special Event page for JA Conf template.

ja conf

Here is instruction to create the same Speaker page

Create Event menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Articles » Event Blog menu type and assign "JA conf - Default" template style.

In the Articles, please make sure You have created Extra fields for event info and assigned to Event category So that you can select extra information for event using extra fields

5. JomSocial page

JomSocial has Frontpage for login the and register new users on community site

5.1 JomSocial Page

jomsocial

Create Jomsocial menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Community » Home menu type and assign "JA conf -default" template style.


4. EventBooking page

Create Event Booking menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Event Booking » Category - Columns layout menu type and assign "JA Conf - default" template style.

  • General settings
  • Supported Layouts

    JA Conf supports default layouts by default. Here is the structure of the supported layout.

    Assign Layout for a template style

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

    joomla template layout

    You can create multiple templates style for JA Conf 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 different theme for different template styles.

    Layout configuration

    Once you assign layout for a template style, you can start configuring the layout. There are 2 configuration panels: Layout Structure configuration and responsive layout configuration.

    1. Layout Structure configuration

    The layout structure allows you to change position for any position in the layout, configure number of positions in spotlight block.

    layout

    2. Responsive Layout configuration

    In the "Responsive Configuration", select the responsive layout you want to configure layout for.

    layout

    The theme setting panel includes setting for theme, logo and logo link.

    theme settings

    For theme, JA Conf supports multiple themes, you can select any theme for the template style.

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


    Desktop Menu configuration - Megamenu

    Enable Megamenu option - open the Navigation setting panel, enable Megamenu and assign Menu.

    Off-canvas menu

    Step 1. enable off-canvas option in template setting.

    Step 2. create menu module and assign to position off-canvas

    To change the copyrights info, open the templates/ja_conf/html/mod_footer/default.php file, find the following info and change to what you want.

    <small><?php echo $lineone; ?> Designed by <a href="http://www.joomlart.com/" title="Visit Joomlart.com!" <?php echo method_exists('T3', 'isHome') && T3::isHome() ? '' : 'rel="nofollow"' ?>>JoomlArt.com</a>.</small>
    <small><?php echo JText::_( 'MOD_FOOTER_LINE2' ); ?></small>

    Disable T3 Footer Logo

    You can disable the T3 Footer Logo in the template style manager, open the General setting panel, disable the Show T3 Logo option.

    Take a full backup

    Please always make a back-up before proceeding to any of the upgrade process. In case there is any problem, you can always restore from the back-up files.

    Template upgrade

    1. Set up JA Extension Manager Component

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

    From back-end, go to: Components → JA Extension Manager then select Service Manager, now set JoomlArt as your default service. Next, hit the "Edit" button then add your Username and Password that you signed up in JoomlArt.com.

    check upgrade

    2. Upgrade JA Conf template

    Step 1 - check the new version of JA Conf template. Using the filter to find the JA Conf template then hit the "Check Update" button.

    check upgrade

    Step 2 - Upgrade JA Conf template to latest version. You should compare the changes before upgrading. We only pay attention to conflicted files - files that have been modified by both user and developer. When upgrading, the conflicted files will be overridden by files in new version, that means what you customized in the files will be lost.

    3. Upgrade T3 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 new version then hit the Upgrade Now to upgrade the extension to latest version.

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

    Let us know in the forum