Installing JA Jason

Detail documentation of installing JA Jason template: Quickstart and manual installation

JA Jason template is native with Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5. Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:

Joomla 3 System requirement


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


  • 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)

Joomla 2.5+ system requirement


  • Software: PHP 5.2.4+ (5.4+ recommended)
  • MySQL: 5.0.4+

Web Sever

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

Browser requirement

The requirements are the same for both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

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

Development Environment

The requirements are the same for both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

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


  • XAMPP for Windows


  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS


1. JA Jason 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 2.5 and Joomla 3.

Download Packages

The download package includes:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Jason template
  • T3 Framework
  • Supported JA extensions
  • Source file

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Install T3 Framework

Step 1: Install T3 Framework

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.

enable t3 plugin

Install JA Jason template

Step 1: Install JA Jason template

install ja jason template

Step 2: Set JA Jason template style as your default template style. Go to: "Extensions → Template Manager", set JA Jason template style as your default template style.

set ja jason as default template

Why Quickstart:

The Quickstart package includes sample data and extensions. Once you install the Quickstart, your site will look the same as View JA Jason Demo

In short, the installation has 5 steps in Joomla 3 and 7 steps in Joomla 2.5

Joomla 3 quickstart installation steps:

  • Step 1: Select default language
  • Step 2: Main configuration
  • Step 3: Database configuration
  • Step 4: Install sample data
  • Step 5: remove or rename the "installation" folder

Joomla 2.5 quickstart installation steps:

  • Step 1: Select language
  • Step 2: Pre-installation check
  • Step 3: License
  • Step 4: Database setup
  • Step 5: FTP configuration (optional)
  • Step 6: Site configuration
  • Step 7: Remove/rename the "installation" folder

View more detail documentation with screenshots for each step at: The docs includes guideline for both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 quickstart installation.

This section is to help you understand the structure of JA Jason template, the function of folders and files and where you should start.

JA Jason template

JA Jason 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 such as: JA Obelisk, JA Muzic, JA Appolio, JA T3 blank, JA T3 BS3 Blank, etc.

+--less/            		/*  all LESS files */ 
¦    +-- rtl/			/*all files of right to left language style*/
¦    +-- extras/			/*less files for extended template style like 3rd extensions*/
¦    +-- themes/         	/*theme folders and theme files */
¦    +-- bootstrap.less
¦    +-- core.less
¦    +-- home.less
¦    +-- joomla.less
¦    +--  ...
+-- css/                     /*compiled files from less*/
¦    +-- rtl/			/*compiled CSS files of right to left layout*/
¦    +-- themes/             /*compiled theme folders and files*/ 
¦    +-- bootstrap.css
¦    +-- home.css
¦    +-- megamenu.css
¦    +-- template.css
+-- fonts/ 
+-- js/ 
¦    +-- scripts.js
+-- tpls/             /* all layout files and block files*/
¦    +-- blocks/       /*block files*/
¦    ¦    +-- header.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody.php
¦    ¦    +-- footer.php
¦    ¦    +-- ...
¦    +-- default.php
+-- html/ 				/*override modules, 3rd extension, com_content...*/
¦    +-- com_content
¦    +-- com_k2
¦    +-- com_hikashop
¦    +-- ...
+-- images/
+-- language/
¦    +-- en-GB.tpl_ja_jason.ini
¦    +-- en-GB.tpl_ja_jason.sys.ini
+-- 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:


Any change or customization in the T3 Framework is not recommended. To customize your template, please do it in the "local" folder: templates/ja-nuevo/local.

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.

Upgrade template and T3 framework

Which upgrading method to use?

There are 2 ways of upgrading to new version: using Joomla Update (install directly) or using JA Extension Manager. The best method is using JA Extension Manager which will make sure your customization is not lost.

To upgrade template through JAEM (JA Extension Manager Component) you need to install the component and configure it properly. Please check DETAIL GUIDE of how to use the extension.

Next, check the new version of template to upgrade

check upgrade

When upgrading, we only pay attention to conflicted files - files that have been modified by both user and developer.

compare files

When upgrading, the conflicted files will be overridden by files in new version, that means what you customized in the files will be lost.

compare conflict file

Now, upgrade template to new version. After upgrading successfully, you need to compare the conflicted files (using your back-up files) then copy what you customize to the new upgraded files.

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