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

System requirement

JA Shoe 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 the 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


1. JA Shoe 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.

Download Packages

The download package includes:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Shoe template
  • T3 Framework plugin
  • JA ACM module
  • JA VM products module
  • JA Masthead module

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Quickstart installation

Why Quickstart

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

Download JA Shoe 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

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"

Step 2 - Enable T3 Framework

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

Install T3 Framework

Install JA Shoe template

Step 1 - Install JA Shoe template

From your back-end setting panel, go to: "Extensions → Manage → Install", browse JA Shoe template installation package.

template install

Install JA Shoe template

Step 2 - Set default template style

Go to: "Extensions → Templates", set JA Shoe template style as your default template style.

default template joomla

Set JA Shoe template as default template style

Install all supported extensions

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Shoe template
  • T3 Framework plugin
  • Virtuemart component version
  • Virtuemart aio component
  • JA ACM module
  • JA VM products module
  • JA Masthead module

Template folder structure

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

JA Shoe template

JA Shoe 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*/

¦    ¦    +-- head.php

¦    ¦    +-- masthead.php
¦    ¦    +-- tabs.php
¦    ¦    +-- topbar.php
¦    ¦    +-- header.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody.php
¦    ¦    +-- off-canvas.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainnav.php
¦    ¦    +-- content-mast-top.php
¦    ¦    +-- content-mast-bottom.php
¦    ¦    +--  slideshow.php
¦    ¦    +--  spotlight.php
¦    ¦    +--  spotlight-1.php
¦    ¦    +--  spotlight-2.php
¦    ¦    +-- navhelper.php
¦    ¦    +-- footer.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody/

+-- html/               /*override modules and Joomla com_content*/
¦    +-- com_content/
¦    ¦    +-- article/
¦    ¦    +-- category/
¦    ¦    +-- featured/
¦    +-- layouts/
¦    +-- mod_footer/
¦    +-- com_users
¦    +-- com_virtualmart
¦    +-- mod_ja_masthead
¦    +-- mod_ja_vmproducts
¦    +--  mod_virtuemart_cart
¦    +--  mod_virtuemart_product
¦    +--  mod_article_latest

+-- fonts/ 
¦    +-- font-awesome/
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- fonts/
+-- js/ 
¦    +-- script.js
¦    +-- imagesloaded.pkgd.min.js
¦    +-- isotope.pkgd.min.js
¦    +-- assets/
¦    +-- owl-carousel/
 +-- images/
+-- language/
+-- templateDetails.xml  
+-- templateInfo.php/
+-- thememagic.xml/     /*the file is to add new group, parameters to ThemeMagic*/
+-- templateHook.php/

This section will help you build main pages as JA Shoe demo site.

I. Home Page

Step 1 - Create Home menu item

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

home menu

Create home menu item

Step 2 - Assign content to the homepage

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

1. Topbar Menu - Menu module

top menu

Menu module

Module position: topbar-menu
Module Suffix: NOT USED

2. Topbar welcome - Custom html Module

Module position: topbar-message
Module Suffix: NOT USED

3. Slideshow - JA ACM Slideshow

Module position: slideshow
Module Suffix: NOT USED

4. Gallery - JA ACM Module

ja shoe gallery module

Gallery module

Module position: content-mast-top
Module Suffix: NOT USED

5. Featured products - JA VM Product

Module position: tabs
Module Suffix: NOT USED

6. Gallery - JA ACM Module

ja shoe gallery module

Gallery module

Module position: content-mast-bottom
Module Suffix: NOT USED

7. List Products - JA VM products Module

ja vm products module

JA VM Products

Module position: content-mast-bottom
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: Grid-layout

8. Gallery 3 - JA ACM Module

ja shoe gallery module

Gallery module

Module position: content-mast-bottom
Module Suffix: NOT USED

9. Latest Articles - Article Latest Module

Article latest module

Latest Articles

Module position: content-mast-bottom
Module Suffix: NOT USED

10. Clients - JA ACM Module

client module

Latest Articles

Module position: navhelper
Module Suffix: NOT USED

11. Footer section

The section includes 4 modules: Menu and Subscribe Module. Footer-1, footer-2 and footer -3 use menu module

ja shoe footer

Footer section

11.1 Menu - Menu Module

Module position: footer-1
Module Suffix:  none

11.2 Newsletter Module

Acymailing Module

   Module position: footer-4
   Module Suffix: NOT USED

II. Our Blog page

This page list the articles from selected category for Menu Our Blog

JA Shoe blog page

Our Blog

Back-end Settings

III. Shop page

This page list the products from selected category in virtuemart

shope page

Shop page

Back-end Settings

Supported Layouts

JA Shoe supports 1 layouts by default: default.

ja shoe layout

default layout - Full Screenshot

Assign Layout for a template style

You can create multiple layouts to meet your requirement and assign the layout to specific pages. To assign a layout for a JA Shoe template style, open the template style » Layout setting panel » assign layout for the template style.


Layout assignment

You can create multiple templates style for JA Shoe 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.

Layout configuration

Once you assign layout for a template style, you can configure the layout to meet your requirements. 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.


Responsive layout configuration

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

JA Shoe supports multiple menu systems: Megamenu on desktop layout and off-canvas menu on Mobile

3.1 Megamenu setting



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.

mobile menu

Megamenu configuration

3.2 Mobile menu

JA Shoe supports 2 menu systems for mobile: dropdown menu and Off-canvas menu.

mobile menu

Mobile menu systems

Create Off-canvas Menu

There are 2 steps to create Off-canvas sidebar.

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

mobile menu

Off-canvas menu

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

Enable dropdown menu

To enable Off-canvas sidebar, go to JA Shoe template style » Navigation and enable the Collapse navigation for small screens option.

enable dropdown

Enable dropdown menu

The footer section includes copyrights info and T3 Framework logo.

footer info

Footer info

1. Copyrights Info modification

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

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

2. 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.

enable t3 logo

Disable T3 logo

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 User name and Password that you signed up in

Check for new version

2. Upgrade JA Shoe template

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

Joomlart template update

Upgrade JA Shoe template

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 Shoe template forum. We'll try to cover them all.

Let us know in the forum