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

System requirement

Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:

Software

  • Software: PHP (Magic Quotes GPC off): 5.3.10+ (7.3+ recommended)

Databases

  • MySQL(InnoDB support required): 5.1+
  • MSSQL 10.50.1600.1 +
  • PostgreSQL 9.1+

Web Servers

  • Apache 2.4+
  • Microsoft IIS 7
  • Nginx 1.0 (1.8+ recommended)

Browser requirement

  • Firefox 13+
  • IE (Internet Explorer) 8+
  • Google Chrome XY and 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 Ego 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 Ego 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 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 Ego template

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

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

JA Ego documentation


Template folder structure

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

JA Ego template

JA Ego 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_ego/
+-- 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_user/
¦    +-- com_content/
¦    ¦    +-- article/
¦    ¦    +-- category/
¦    ¦    +-- featured/
¦    +-- com_contact/
¦    ¦    +-- contact/
¦    +-- com_users/
¦    +-- mod_related_articles/
¦    +-- 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_ego folder


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

The Demo site Use 2 types of Home Pages using different module config.

1. Home

View homepage layout view on frontend:

JA Ego documentation

Demo home use the default layout and further Home Hote and Beauty Use separate layouts.

View Full backend default layout Image

Steps to Create the Home demo menu items

The Main Home page on the demo site use custom html content in Single article to display the Template thumbnail and links.

Here is guide to create Home hotel and beauty Pages.

Step 1 - Create a template style

The page uses Home 1 layout so we have to create a template style. The best way to create the template is by cloning the JA Ego 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 Hotel Page.

JA Ego home1 layout

Step 2 - Create the Home page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Featured Articles menu type and assign "JA Ego- home 1" template style.

home menu JA Ego

The page shows the module loaded content. So you can select any single article or blank article to create the page.

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. Phone Module

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

2.Hero JA ACM Module

Hero ModuleJA Ego

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

3. Intro JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

4. Choose Us JA ACM Module

 JA Ego

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

4. Rooms & Suites Articles category Module

JA Ego documentation

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

5. Quality Service JA ACM Module

Shop Women module

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

6. Bar & Restaurant JA ACM Module

Bar-Restaurant JA Ego

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

7. Testimonials JA ACM Module

 JA Ego

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

8. Upcoming Event JA ACM Module

 JA Ego

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

9. Our blog Articles category Module

JA Ego documentation

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

Footer Module

Template footer part consists of multiple modules from position footnav 1 to footnav 3. This includes Joomla menu modules and Logo.

home menu JA Ego

Rooms & Suites

This menu type displays the Room type of Joomla articles with extra fields support that will give you option to add additional details.

Here is the instruction to create the same room page

Create room page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category Blog menu type and assign "JA Ego- default / Home 1" template style.

Rooms menu JA Ego

In the room Blog menu items option you must select the Article layout to detail-hotel to get the same view as on the demo site.

Module Assigned on The Rooms Article pages

Other Rooms Article related Module

JA Ego

Module position: main-bottom-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: hotel

Gallery ACM Module

JA Ego

Module position: main-bottom-2
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: default

Pricing

This menu used to show the Pricing and FAQ Module.

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 Articles menu type and assign "JA Ego- Home 1" template style.

JA Ego

There is no article output on this page, It used to display Modules.

Pricing ACM Module

JA Ego

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

FAQ ACM Module

JA Ego

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

Local Activities

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create Local page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category blog menu type and assign "JA Ego- default Home 1" template style.

JA Ego

Intro Blog Local Activities Module

JA Ego

Module position: blog-items-top
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: default

Blog Page

Here is the instruction to create the same page

Create blog-hotel page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category blog menu type and assign "JA Ego- default Home 1" template style.

JA Ego

Beauty Salon

This is another version of the template for Beauty salon and spa services websites. To create same site as in the demo kindly follow below steps :

2. Home Beauty Salon

Here is the instruction to create the same Home Beauty Salon layout page

Step 1 - Create a template style

The page uses Home 2 layout so we have to create a template style. The best way to create the template is by cloning the JA Ego 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 Digital Page.

JA Ego home2 layout

Step 2 Create Home Joomla Content layout menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Single Article menu type and assigns "JA Ego- home 2" template style.

Home menu JA Ego

Step 3 Assign Content to Home Beauty salon Page

2.1. Top Bar Left Module

JA Ego

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

2.2. Social ACM Top Bar Right Module

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

2.3. Head Actions Module

JA Ego

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

2.4. Luxury Spa JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.5. Booking Online JA ACM Module

Booking-Online JA Ego

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

2.6 Welcome Spa JA ACM Module

Welcome SpaJA Ego

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

2.7 Relax JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.7 Service Plans JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.8 Our Staffs JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.9 Our Special Offers JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.10. Our blog Articles category Module

JA Ego documentation

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

2.11 Testimonials JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

2.12 Gallery JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

Our Services Page

This menu type displays the Our Services Spa services in type of Joomla articles with extra fields support that will give you option to add additional details.

Here is the instruction to create the same Our Services page

Create Our Services page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Category Blog menu type and assign "JA Ego- default/Home2" template style.

Our-Services menu JA Ego

In the Our Services Blog menu items option you must select the Article layout to detail-spa to get the same view as on the demo site.

Pricing Page

The Pricing page of the Beauty salon version use the same setting as used in the Hotel Pricing page here

Assign JA Ego default Home layout and template style for Pricing page.

Blog Page

This menu type displays the news section 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 Ego- default" template style.

blog menu JA Ego


Contact page

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

blog menu JA Ego

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 Ego - Default home 2" template style.

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

Contact JA ACM Module

JA Ego

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

Articles fields

JA Ego support extra fields for Joomla article to show extra information in Hotel Rooms and Beauty Services type articles.

For Room type articles we used Joomla articles custom fields as below:

Room facilities Custom Fields

JA Ego

Room Menu articles use special extra fields information to show Intro, Pricing, facilities information. To add the same fields in the article you have to create Article fields in Joomla as follow:

Navigate to Content > Articles category > Open Hotel category > Extra fields > select field > hotel. Now all articles saved under this category will have the extra fields for information

JA Ego

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

JA Ego

Spa Beauty Services Custom Fields

The Spa articles in demo site use extra information . These fields are inbuilt and you only need to assign the extra fields to Beauty Services article category.

JA Ego

Navigate to Content > Articles category > Open Spa category > Extra fields > select field > Spa. Now all articles saved under this category will have the extra fields for information

JA Ego

FAQ

1. Extra fields not showing in my Articles ?

Kindly make sure JA Ego template should be set as default to use the extra field feature.

2. My template is set to default still extra fields option not showing?

Extra fields information will display only for the articles after save. Also the article category should have the Extra field selected as in the documentation.

Supported Layouts

Access T4 working panel

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

JA Ego 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 Ego 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 JA Ego 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 Ego 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 logo 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 Ego Joomla template. To change the Megamenu : Navigation to JA Ego 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 back-up before proceeding to any of the upgrade processes. In case there is any problem, you can always restore from the back-up files.

Upgrade instruction

Before back-up, 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 Ego template

Check the new version of the T4 plugin template. Using the filter to find the JA Ego 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 the 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 Ego template forum. We'll try to cover them all.

Let us know in the forum