JA Restaurant

Responsive Restaurant Joomla template

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

System requirement

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


  • 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)

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.


  • XAMPP for Windows


  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

Download packages

The download package includes:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Restaurant template
  • T3 Framework plugin
  • JA Masthead Module
  • JA Advanced Custom Module
  • JA Google Map plugin
  • JA Content type plugin
  • Source file

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Quickstart installation

Why Quickstart

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

Download JA Restaurant 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


1. JA Restaurant 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 Restaurant template

Step 1 - Install JA Restaurant template

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

install JA Restaurant template

Step 2 - Set default template style

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

set JA Restaurant as default template

Install supported extensions

  • JA Masthead Module
  • JA Advanced Cutom Module
  • JA Google Map plugin
  • JA Content type plugins
  • Vik Restaurants component

Template folder structure

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

JA Restaurant template

JA Restaurant 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.

+-- less/                 /*  all LESS files */ 
¦    +-- template.less
¦    +-- style.less
¦    +-- home.less
¦    +-- joomla.less
¦    +-- themes/            /*theme folders and theme files */
+-- css/                     /*compiled files from less*/
¦    +-- template.css
¦    +-- style.css
¦    +-- home.css
¦    +-- joomla.css
¦    +-- themes/            /*Compiled themes */
+-- tpls/             /* all layout files and block files*/
¦    +-- default.php
¦    +-- blocks/       /*block files*/
¦    ¦    +-- header.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody.php
¦    ¦    +-- off-canvas.php
¦    ¦    +-- section-2.php
¦    ¦    +-- section-1.php
¦    ¦    +-- masthead.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainnav.php
¦    ¦    +-- slideshow.php
¦    ¦    +-- topbar.php
¦    ¦    +-- footer.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody/
+-- acm/               /*JA Advanced Custom Module content type*/
¦    +-- featured-intro/
¦    ¦    +-- config.xml
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- less/
¦    ¦    +-- tmpl/
¦    ¦    +-- js/
¦    +-- hero/
¦    +-- menu/
¦    +-- slideshow/
¦    +-- spotlight/
¦    +-- tabs/
¦    +-- teams/
¦    +-- testimonials/
¦    +-- timeline/
+-- html/               /*override modules and Joomla com_content*/
¦    +-- com_content/
¦    ¦    +-- article/
¦    ¦    +-- category/
¦    ¦    +-- categories/
¦    ¦    +-- featured/
¦    +-- com_contact/
¦    +-- layouts/
¦    +-- com_vikrestaurants/
¦    +-- ...
+-- fonts/ 
¦    +-- ionicons/
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- fonts/
¦    +-- font-awesome/
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- fonts/
¦    +-- ionicons/
+-- js/ 
¦    +-- script.js
¦    +-- skrollr.js
¦    +-- inview.js
¦    +-- gallery/
¦    +-- owl-carousel/
¦    +-- img/
+-- 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 Framework at: http://t3-framework.org/documentation/installation#folder-structure.


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

JA Restaurant template supports Vik Restaurants component to build Menu system, Orders, Reservation pages. Here is the instruction to configure the extension the same as demo site.

1. Install Vik Restaurants component

Vik Restaurants is commercial extension, you can buy it from Extensions for joomla. Download the package and install to your site.

2. Configuration

Once the configuration is done, go to: Components » VikRestaurants and you can configure the extension. Once you open the setting panel, you would see the same working panel in the screenshot:

There are 5 main sections, each section has its own settings:

Restaurant config

The Restaurant config section allows you create rooms, tables, table maps and Operation


The Operations panel allows you to create working shifts, products, menu and menu for sepcial days.



Global settings

we used default settings so we don't provide screenshots of the settings.

  • Custom Fields
  • Payments
  • Res Codes
  • Configuration

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

Home page

Check out the full module position screenshot of the homepage: Homepage module position

Here is instruction to create the same Homepage page

Step 1 - Set JA Restaurant as default template style

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

set JA Restaurant as default template

Step 2 - Create Home menu item

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

Other settings

Step 3 - Modules on home page configuration

Most of the content in home page is loaded from module, here is the configuration of the modules.

1. Open Daily - Custom HTML module

Module position: t3-topbar-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

Custom HTML code:

<p class="open-time">7.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Sunday</p>

1.2 Slideshow module - JA ACM Module

Module position: slideshow
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.3 VikRestaurants Search Module

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: mod-search

1.4 Welcome to Bite Italian Bar - Restaurant: JA ACM Module

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.5 Features Intro - JA ACM Module

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.5 Special Offer - JA ACM Module

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.6 Our Menu - JA ACM Module

The "Our Menu" module has multiple tabs, each tab is loaded from 1 module, here is steps to create such module.

Step 1: Create Our Menu module - JA ACM Module

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: no-padding no-bg

Step 2: The tabs load modules in the position food-menu, so the next step is creating modules and assign it to the food-menu position. Here is a sample module - Dessert - JA CM Module.

Module position: food-menu
Module Suffix: NOT USED

1.7 Modules in right sidebar

In the main body section, the main content is the list of featured articles, the sidebar contains modules. Create modules and assign it to the position sidebar-2. Here is a sample module configuration.

Categories: Articles - Categories module

Module position: sidebar-2
Module Suffix: module-primary no-padding

1.8 Newsletter - AcyMailing Module

Module position: section-2
Module Suffix: mod-subscribe

1.9 Image Gallery: Articles - Category

Module position: section-2
Module Suffix: no-padding
Alternative Layout: slide

1.10 Modules on footer

The footer sections includes 3 modules assigned to position: footer-1, footer-2, footer-3 and the copyrights info. Here is a sample module configuration.

Location - custom HTML module

Module position: footer-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED

Custom HTML code:

<p>4 5th Avenue at St. Marks Place, Cathedral District Brooklyn, NY 11217</p>
<p><a title="Get Direction" href="#">Get Direction</a></p>

Layout Configuration

JA Restaurant supports 1 layout - default layout.

Layout configuration

From back-end, open JA Restaurant template style working panel then hit the "Layout" tab. 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.

2. Responsive Layout configuration

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

In the responsive layout configuration, you can disable any position you don't want to show in the layout.

The theme setting panel includes setting for theme, logo, logo link and background image for body section.

For theme, JA Restaurant 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. You can also set link for the logo to spefic page instead of Homepage. An other option in the panel is Menu Position setting, it allows you to select horizontal or vertical menu.

JA Restaurant supports multiple menu systems: Megamenu on Desktop layout and Off-canvas on collapsed layouts: Tablet and Mobile.

2.1 Megamenu configuration

Megamenu allows you to display menu items in flexible ways: in columns, group menus, adding icons & class for each menu item or assign module to menu, etc.

Enable Megamenu option

In the Navigation setting panel, enable Megamenu, assign Menu and hit the Megamenu button to open the Megamenu configuration panel.

In the configuration panel, select menu item and use the built-in options to configure the megamenu for the menu item.

2.2 Off-canvas Sidebar

There are 2 steps to activate Off-canvas sidebar.

1. To enable Off-canvas sidebar, go to JA Restaurant template style » Addon-ons and enable the Off-canvas sidebar option.

2. Create Menu module and assign to the off-canvas position. Check out the module settings below:

Module position: off-canvas
Module Suffix: NOT USED

Back-end Settings

To change the copyrights info, open the templates/ja_restaurant/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.

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 Restaurant template

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

check upgrade

Step 2 - Upgrade JA Restaurant 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 Restaurant template forum. We'll try to cover them all.

Let us know in the forum