The section will help you with steps to install JA Spa 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 Severs

  • 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

  • WAMPSEVER
  • XAMPP for Windows

Linux

  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

The section will help you with steps to install T4 template framework. There are 2 options to install T4 Template framework.

  • Quickstart installation: replicate T4 demo to your server.
  • Manual installation: install template, plugin manually on your Joomla site

Download packages

JA Spa download section includes following files:

  • Quickstart package
  • JA Spa template
  • T4 Framework plugin
  • JA ACM Module

Download T4 Framework →

Quickstart installation

Using quickstart installation allows you to replicate T4 demo to your server with all T4 extensions installed and demo content

Install Joomla quickstart 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 T4 plugin installation file then hit the "Upload and Install"

By default, T4 pluign will be auto enabled after installed. You can check this by going to: "Extensions → Plugin Manager" then find T4 Plugin.

enable t4 joomla template framework plugin

Step 2: Install JA Spa template

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

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

JA Spa documentation


Template folder structure

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

JA Spa template

JA Spa template is built on T4 Framework so its folder structure is almost the same with any other JA Templates that are developed with T4 Framework.

templates/ja_Spa/
+-- 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_content/
¦    ¦    +-- article/
¦    ¦    +-- category/
¦    +-- com_contact/
¦    +-- com_tags/
¦    +-- com_user/
¦    +-- com_search/
¦    +-- com_finder/
¦    +-- mod_articles_latest/
¦    +-- mod_articles_category/
¦    +-- mod_articles_categories/
¦    +-- mod_breadcrumbs
¦    +-- mod_tags_popular/
¦    +-- layouts/
¦    +-- ...
+-- fonts/ 
¦    +-- font-awesome/
¦    ¦    +-- css/
¦    ¦    +-- fonts/
+-- js/ 
¦    +-- bootstrap.bundle.js
¦    +-- imagesloaded.pkgd.min.js
¦    +-- isotope.pkgd.min-min.js
¦    +-- template.js
¦    +-- script.js
¦    +-- infinitive-paging.js
¦    +-- jquery.infinitescroll.js
¦    +-- owl-carousel/
+-- images/
+-- language/
+-- templateDetails.xml  
+-- templateInfo.php/
+-- thememagic.xml/     /*the file is to add new group, parameters to ThemeMagic*/
+-- templateHook.php/

Recommendation

Any customization in the t4 plugin is not recommended. To customize your template, please do it in the templates/ja_spa folder

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

Homepage comes with 3 different style of headers that you can switch from the Layout settings. Plese check Menu Style section for more info

1. Homepage

View homepage position layout:

JA Spa documentation
View Full Image

Here is instruction to create the same Homepage page

Step 1 - Create template style

The page uses Home layout so we have to create template style. The best way to create the template is cloning JA Spa default template style. to Create the different type of Homepages like in demo you need duplicate default template style and assign it to the different pages.

Here is the default layout structure of the template used for all other pages except Home and Services menu.

JA Spa default layout

Step 2 - Create Home page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Articles » Single Article menu type and assign "JA Spa- Home" template style.

home page modules  JA Spa

Step 3 - Assign content to the Home page

Content of Homepage is loaded from modules. Here is the detail configuration of each module.

1.Hero JA ACM Module

home page modules  JA Spa

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

2.about us JA ACM Module

home page modules  JA Spa

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

3.Services Module

home page modules JA Spa

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

4.Features Module

home page modules JA Spa

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

5.Best Sale Module

home menu JA Stark

Module position: section-4
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: list-services

6.Gallery Module

home page modules JA Spa

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

7.newsletter Module

home page modules JA Spa

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

8.Footer CTA Module

home page modules JA Spa

Module position: footer-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: list

Footer Module

Template footer part consist multiple module position from footnav-1 to footnav-4 with a custom html module with logo and menu module

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

2. Our Spa Page

JA Spa documentation

Here is instruction to create the same Spa page

Create Our services page menu item

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

Spa menu JA Spa

You can download the Spa Article html content from here

3. Our services Page

JA Spa documentation

Here is instruction to create the same Services page

Create Our services page menu item

Go to Menu » Main menu, add new menu item, select Articles » Serviecs Blog menu type and assign "JA Spa- Services" template style.

Our-services menu JA Spa

Our Services Menu load multiple Category in its layout with Article category module. To redirect each sub category article we added hidden menu item for each category.

Our-services menu JA Spa

Assign content to the Service page

Content is loaded from modules. Here is the detail configuration of each module.

1.Our pricing Module

home page modules  JA Spa

Module position: main-top-1
Module Suffix: NOT USED
Alternative layout: Services

2. Masthead Module

home page modules  JA Spa

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

3. Blog Page

JA Spa documentation

Here is instruction to create the same Homepage page

Create blog page menu item

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

blog menu JA Spa

Supported Layouts

Access T4 working panel

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

JA Spa 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 Spa template style, open the template style » Layout setting panel » assign layout for the template style.

joomla template layout

You can create multiple templates style for JA Spa 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 different theme for different template styles.

joomla template layout

Another option is save as copy

JA Spa 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 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/layout-builder


You can choose different Megamenu for different template style in JA Spa Joomla template. To change the Mega menu : Navigation to JA Spa template style > Navigation > Mega menu.

menu settings


There are 3 types of the HomePage comes with template for 3 different Header design

JA Spa documentation

  • Home - Navbar Standard
  • Home - Navbar Horizontal
  • Home - Navbar Vertical

In each Layout by default template offer a pre selected Main navigation style. For example in the demo site you can see the Vertical Menu is default as this menu style is selected in the default template style

Change a Menu style :

There are 2 ways to change a Menu style from horizontal to vertical or standard menu :

1. Change the Layout :

menu settings

To Change the Menu Design with respect to the layout, Navigate to layout options > Edit Layout > Select Home-horizontal, vertical depend on the choices. Each different layout auto select the pre saved Menu style.

2. Change Menu style In Layout:

menu settings

This template support 3 different style for the Menu system. If you want to use different menu style for default layout, you can change the layout for template Layout tab > Edit Layout > Click on Main nav Section settings > change logout.

menu settings

Customize MainNav code

If you want to edit the core codes of the mainnav section or want to create your own mainav section, The layout builder gives you option to copy/create new mainnav block in layout.

menu settings

To Change or copy a Mainnav section code open Template style Layout options > Edit layout > Main Nav settings >Block settings > Copy the code to use the same on other layouts

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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 instruction

Before back-up, 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.

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 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 select 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 Spa template

Check the new version of T4 plugin template. Using the filter to find the JA Property template then hit the "Check Update" button.

upgrade t4 joomla template framework

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

Check out more details about JA Extension manager

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

Let us know in the forum