The section will help you with steps to install the JA Seven quickstart or manual installation.

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

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

Download packages

JA Seven download section includes the following files:

  • Quickstart package for Joomla 3 and Joomla 4
  • JA Seven template
  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA ACM Module
  • JA Extension manager component

Quickstart installation

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

Joomla 3 tutorial Joomla 4 tutorial

Manual Installation

Installing the JA Seven, T4 framework, and other extensions on your existing Joomla website.

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

  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA Seven template
  • JA ACM module
  • JA Extension manager component

JA Seven template documentation

JA Seven template installation guide

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.

Set JA Seven as default template style

Joomla 3: Go to: "Extensions > Template Manager", set JA Seven template style as your default template style.

Joomla 4: Go to: "System > Site Template Styles", set JA Seven template style as your default template style.

Joomla template style access panel

Joomla default template style


Template folder structure

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

JA Seven template

JA Seven 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_seven/
	+-- 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/
	+-- html/               /*override modules and Joomla com_content*/
	¦    +-- com_content/
	¦    ¦    +-- article/
	¦    ¦    +-- category/
	¦    ¦    +-- featured/
	¦    +-- com_contact/
	¦    ¦    +-- contact/
	¦    +-- mod_articles_categories/
	¦    +-- mod_articles_category
	¦    +-- layouts/
	¦    +-- ...
	+-- fonts/ 
	+-- js/ 
	¦    +--owl-carousel/
	¦    +--html5lightbox/
	¦    +-- bootstrap.bundle.js
	¦    +-- template.js
	¦    +-- imagesloaded.pkgd.js
	¦    +-- isotope.pkgd.js
	+-- images/
	+-- language/
	+-- templateDetails.xml  
	+-- templateInfo.php/
	+-- templateHook.php/
	

CSS and SCSS customization

Any customization is not recommended in the t4 plugin.

To customize your site style, you can use either CSS or SCSS customization tool.

Joomla template style customization

More details


1. Layout configuration

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

Joomla template layout configuration

Set sub-layout

The sub layout is used for child pages. For example, if the Category page is assigned to the main layout, the article detail page is the child page of the Category page, and it will be using the sub-layout, in case the setting is active.

To configure the sub-layout, in the layout setting panel, scroll down and you will find the Sub Layout setting, assign a layout and save the layout setting.

Joomla template layout configuration

Layout positions:

Note: You can create multiple template styles with different layouts assigned. Then assign each template style to specific pages.

Layout builder detail docs


2. Site settings

Logo settings

The Logo settings are present under Site configuration > 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.

Joomla template logo setting

Typography settings

The typography includes the global settings for font family, font weight, and line height.

You can enable the custom font setting for heading and navigation (menu).

Joomla template font setting

Local font supported: due to the GDPR issue, you can disable Google font, and use the local font that is already supported at core.

Other settings:

  • Page: set page backgroud image and background style attributes
  • Author Settings: show, hide the author block and link for the author
  • Favicon setting: add custom favicon

Site setting detailed docs


JA Festival supports Megamenu for Desktop layout and dropdown or Off-canvas for Mobile layout.

Megamenu setting

Go to Navigation > Megamenu, select a menu and configure the megamenu. You can build a mega menu with multiple rows, each row can include multiple columns. You can assign menu items, modules or a module position to each column.

Joomla template megamenu setting

Megamenu detailed docs

Off-canvas Menu setting

Enable Off-canvas (it is enabled by default), select module position, module style and other options.

Next, create a menu module, assign it to the position: off-canvas.


4. Theme color settings

The theme color allows you to use the color picker to change color for brand colors, base colors, main menu colors, and footer colors.

Joomla template theme color setting

You can view the changes in the website preview on the right panel.

5. Global settings

Joomla template global setting

JA Seven template global settings include:

  • T4 edit layout: this is the front-end editor (article, module) layout setting, you can select to use clean layout or full position layout
  • CSS & JS optimization: JS and CSS optimization is the process of making your website smaller and faster to load by minifying the JS and CSS codes.
  • Custom Code: You can insert any CSS, JS, meta tags, links, and verification codes using the custom code option. With multiple options to add custom to specific tags.
  • Add-ons: includes settings to enable or disable font icons like Font Awesome, Iconmoon. When an Addon is disabled, its CSS and JS will not be loaded on your website, this is to help keep your site clean and load faster.
  • Open Graph:

Detailed docs

6. CSS & SCSS editor tool

Customizing style for your site is even simpler with the inbuilt custom CSS Editor. In the Tools panel, hit the Edit Custom CSS button and you can add your own custom CSS rules to the editor.

Joomla template custom style

You can override the default variables in the Variables customization editor, as well as the adding custom SCSS.

Joomla template scss customization

Detailed docs

Home page 1

Step 1 - Create menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add a new menu item, select Articles » Featured Article menu type, or single article menu type.

Joomla menu settings

Step 2 - Assign content to the Home page

The home page includes multiple sections, each section is a module.

home layout structure

1. We are a full–service creative studio: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Hero: style-1

Module position: section-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

2. Statistics: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Statistics: style-1

Module position: section-2
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

3. About us: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Statistics : style-2

Module position: section-3
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

4. What we do: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Features Intro : style-1

Module position: section-4
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

5. Our team: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Features Intro : style-2

Module position: section-5
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

6. Awards: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Statistics : style-3

Module position: section-6
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

7. Our projects: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Features Intro : style-3

Module position: section-7
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

8. Pricing plans: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Pricing : style-1

Module position: section-8
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

9. Testimonials: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Testimonials : style-1

Module position: section-9
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

10. Gallery: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Gallery : style-1

Module position: section-10
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

11. Contact: JA ACM Module

JA Seven template header module

Features Intro : style-4

Module position: section-11
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Layout: Default

Portfolio pages

Portfolio 1

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page

Create Blog menu: Add a new menu item, select Articles » Portfolio 1 menu type and assign "JA Seven - Default" template style.

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page

Portfolio 2

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page

Create Blog menu: Add a new menu item, select Articles » Portfolio 2 menu type and assign "JA Seven - Default" template style.

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page

Portfolio 3

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page

Create Blog menu: Add a new menu item, select Articles » Portfolio 3 menu type and assign "JA Seven - Default" template style.

JA Seven Joomla portfolio page


Joomla pages

Blog page

The template supports 3 layouts for blog. Simply use the menu types:

  • Articles » Category Blog
  • Articles » Category Blog 2
  • Articles » Category Blog 3

JA Seven Joomla template blog page

JA Seven Joomla template blog page

Create Blog menu: Add a new menu item, select Articles » Category Blog menu type and assign "JA Seven - Default" template style.

JA Seven Joomla template blog page

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 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, 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.

JA extension manager

2. Upgrade JA Seven template

Check the new version of the JA Seven template. Use the filter to find the JA Seven template then hit the "Check Update" button.

3. Upgrade T4 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 a new version then hit Upgrade Now to upgrade the extension to the latest version.

JA Seven joomla extensions update

Check out more details about JA Extension manager