JA University

Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 template for school and university

1. Get to Know Your Template

  • Everyone should read the Template's Overview Article! This is a quick and complete overview of the template, from the colours included, to all of the powerful Joomlart complimentary extensions that come with it. You'll also find links to the LIVE Demo Site, the Download area, as well as the Forum where you can ask questions.
  • Need Help Getting Around Joomlart.com? We've created a QUICK ACCESS GUIDE to help you become a Joomlart Power User. This is a wonderful reference, full of tips on how to quickly find the template info, demo sites, module position guides and more. We don't want you to miss a thing!

2. Download Template and Extensions

Check download folder for the Quickstart, Template zip and other complimentary extensions zip files.

Plan your Website Development

  • Making a New Website? - If you are planning to make a new website, use our Quickstart package to clone the demo site and replace the demo content with yours. Check How to install Quickstart Package.
  • Installing on your live Website? - If you are planning to use this template on your already live website, read How to make your site look like demo site guide first to learn about the steps involved. Then you can follow the user guide below.

The user guide covers the following aspects

  • Template Installation
  • T3v2 Framework Plugin Installation
  • Complimentary / Included Extension Installation
  • HTML Module Customization
  • Mega Menu Configs
  • Third Party Extension Configuration

JA University is compatible 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)

Databases

  • 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 with 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 with 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.

Windows

  • WAMPSEVER
  • XAMPP for Windows

Linux

  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

1. Install Joomla Template

  • Install the template on your Joomla 2.5 system.
  • We'll be installing JA Social template with the settings as is used on the demo website, other customization should be postponed until you complete the initial setup (including modules & plugins as is on the demo).

If you are new to Joomla installation procedure, please check the following documentation. This guide will show you step by step instructions to install Template and Extensions to your Joomla 2.5 and 3.x system.

Template Configuration:

We'll be installing JA Social template with the settings as is used on the demo website, other customization should be postponed until you complete the initial setup (including modules & plugins as is on the demo).

Once completed the setup, you can come back to the template back-end and check the various options for customizing your template. Refer to this Universal T3v2 Back-end Config Guide for options on how to customize your installed template.

Note:

JA T3v2 template configurations are the same in Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 2.5, so the above guide link is valid for both.

Links to resources on T3v2 Framework templates and advanced configurations:

Error? - I see “Missing T3” error on the website front-end?

T3v2 Framework based templates need the T3 Framework Plugin to be installed and enabled.

2. Install T3v2 Framework Plugin (T3 system plugin)

Download and install T3v2 Framework Plugin (aka T3 System plugin). Follow this guide if you are not familiar with the installation procedure. After the plugin is installed, enable it.

Install complimentary / included extensions

  • Free Extensions : (aka complimentary / included extensions). We use many extensions on our demo site to provide greater flexibility and features. These are provided for free to our members.
  • Custom HTML Module : To match the design of the template, we also style (CSS) for Custom HTML modules using different div classes. You will need to check the HTML codes and make sure to use the recommended HTML markup to get the correct display. We provide the HTML code in this user guide.
  • 3rd Party Extensions : This template uses JA Comment Component (with its plugins) that is also used for JA University. You will need to download JA Comment package. It is available to the Developer members and JAEC members only.

Module Positions:

List of modules / plugins used in JA University Template Demo:

  • JA Facebook Activity Module
  • JA Facebook Like box Module
  • JA Slideshow Lite Module
  • JA Contenslider Module
  • JA SideNews Module
  • JA Masshead Module
  • JA T3 System Plugin
Note: we provide the screenshot of the settings used on our demo website. Make sure you configure your modules / plugins in the same manners to achieve the demo site alike style / functions.

1. JA Facebook Activity Module

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
Note: JA Facebook Activity Module in JA University does not support dark theme.

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail documentation

2. JA Facebook Like Box Module

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
Note: JA Facebook Like Box Module in JA University does not support dark theme.

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail documentation

3. JA Slideshow Lite Module

Module Position : slideshow
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Slideshow's description: Add description for each slideshow item, the following is the sample code for description used on demo site.

[desc img="sl-1.jpg" url="#"]
<h3>Undergraduate programs for all</h3><p>Aliquam Sed mauris quis tincidunt duis tristique eget Morbi <a href="#" title="Sample link">consectetuer</a>.</p>
[/desc]
[desc img="sl-2.jpg" url="#"]
<h3>Top 10 Math Professors in LA</h3><p>Aliquam Sed mauris quis tincidunt Duis tristique vitae Vestibulum In consequat.</p>
[/desc]
[desc img="sl-3.jpg" url="#"]
<h3>Smart is beautiful</h3><p>Aliquam Sed mauris quis tincidunt Duis tristique vitae Vestibulum In consequat. A eget morbi consectetuer tincidunt.</p>
[/desc]
[desc img="sl-4.jpg" url="#"]
<h3>How to choose a university?</h3><p>Aliquam Sed mauris quis tincidunt Duis tristique vitae Vestibulum In consequat. A eget morbi consectetuer tincidunt.</p>
[/desc]
Important: JA Slideshow Lite Module in JA University has some cases needed to notice below.
  • Does not support Slideshow type as Custom.
  • If Thumbnail settings is Yes, thumbnail image will turn into cycle.
  • IE8 -9 & Opera: Slideshow type only supports Fade & Slide.

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail documentation

4. JA Contenslider Module

Module Position : user13
Module Suffix : no-margin

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail documentation

5. JA Sidenews Module

Module Position : content-mass-top
Module Suffix : NOT USED

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail documentation

6. JA Masshead Module

Module Position : masshead
Module Suffix : NOT USED
[Masshead Itemid="498" title="Contact us" background="images/sampledata/masshead/mh-1.jpg"][/Masshead]
[Masshead Itemid="496" title="Student's blog" background="images/sampledata/masshead/mh-2.jpg"][/Masshead]
[Masshead Itemid="533" title="Students highlight" background="images/sampledata/masshead/mh-1.jpg"][/Masshead]
[Masshead Itemid="534" title="All videos" background="images/sampledata/masshead/mh-1.jpg"][/Masshead]

For more detail, please check the documentation of the module.

Detail Documentation

If you are not sure about how to use Custom HTML Modules or how to access the HTML Editor, please read this Guide.

We will provide you with the HTML Code (markup) for reference below. You will need to replicate it exactly then change your content. Remember, HTML code has special div classes, which are required for demo alike display.

1. Department list

Module Position : user5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="department-list">
<ul class="department-list">
<li class="icon-1"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=91&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Management</a> <span class="department-name">Management</span></li>
<li class="icon-2"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=92&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Accounting</a> <span class="department-name">Accounting</span></li>
<li class="icon-3"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=93&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Economics</a> <span class="department-name">Economics</span></li>
<li class="icon-4"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=94&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Technology</a> <span class="department-name">Technology</span></li>
<li class="icon-5"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=95&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Finance</a> <span class="department-name">Finance</span></li>
<li class="icon-6"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=96&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Officer</a> <span class="department-name">Officer</span></li>
<li class="icon-7"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=97&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Humanities</a> <span class="department-name">Humanities</span></li>
<li class="icon-8"><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=98&lang=en&view=article" title="Sample">Geography</a> <span class="department-name">Geography</span></li>
</ul>
</div>

2. About T3 Framework

Module Position : user9
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="inner-div"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/sam-7.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample image" title="Sample image" />
<p>Pellentesque est pretium neque lobortis laoreet id sed.</p>
<p class="readmore"><a href="#" title="Read more">Read more</a></p>
</div>

3. Rich Typography

Module Position : user10
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="inner-div"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/sam-8.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample image" title="Sample image" />
<p>Adipiscing neque et pulvinar orci tellus dolor lacus Aenean sapien porttitor.</p>
<p class="readmore"><a href="#" title="Read more">Read more</a></p>
</div>

4. Responsive Design

Module Position : user11
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="inner-div"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/sam-9.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample image" title="Sample image" />
<p>Dolor tempus tellus convallis id eget nunc adipiscing nulla pretium.</p>
<p class="readmore"><a href="#" title="Read more">Read more</a></p>
</div>

5. Multi Layout

Module Position : user12
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="inner-div"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/sam-10.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample image" title="Sample image" />
<p>Eget Maecenas tincidunt ut enim non Ut vel pede adipiscing sagittis.</p>
<p class="readmore"><a href="#" title="Read more">Read more</a></p>
</div>

6. Featured professor

Module Position : position-7
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<ul class="professor-list">
<li><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/pss-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Processor 1" /> <strong>Michela Clara</strong> <span>Maths professor</span></li>
<li><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/pss-2.jpg" border="0" alt="Processor 1" /> <strong>John Smith</strong> <span>Technology professor</span></li>
<li><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/pss-3.jpg" border="0" alt="Processor 1" /> <strong>Tom Michel</strong> <span>Economics professor</span></li>
</ul>

7. Mylo xyloto new album

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p><a href="#" title="Sample banner"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/banner4.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample banner" /></a></p>

8. Contact us

Module Position : user18
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p>Id pretium sapien pellentesque est pretium neque lobortis laoreet id sed.</p>
<ul class="contact-list">
<li class="phone"><strong>Hot line: </strong><span>+1984 234 5678</span></li>
<li class="email"><strong>Email: </strong> [email protected]</li>
</ul>

9. Connect with us

Module Position : user19
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div>We're on Social Networks. Follow us & get in touch.</div>
<ul class="social-list">
<li class="twitter"><a href="#" title="Twitter">Twitter</a></li>
<li class="facebook"><a href="#" title="Facebook">Facebook</a></li>
<li class="google-plus"><a href="#" title="Google plus">Google plus</a></li>
<li class="feed"><a href="#" title="Feed">Feed</a></li>
<li class="vimeo"><a href="#" title="Vimeo">Vimeo</a></li>
</ul>

10. Right banner 1

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p><a href="#" title="Sample banner"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/cus-banner2.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample banner" title="Sample banner" /></a></p>

11. Sample banner 4

Module Position : position-7
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p><a href="/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=709&id=86&lang=en&layout=blog&limit=9&view=category" title="Sample banner"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/banner4.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample banner" title="Sample banner" /></a></p>

12. Sample banner 3

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p><a href="#" title="Sample banner"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/banner2.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample banner" title="Sample banner" /></a></p>

13. Mega Banner

Module Position : mega1
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<p><a href="#" title="Sample banner"><img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/cus-banner1.jpg" border="0" alt="Sample banner" /></a></p>

14. Contact info

Module Position : user1
Module Suffix : NOT USED
<div class="contact-map">
<div class="map-info">
<h3>Admission and info</h3>
Undergraduate Admissions <strong>+ Tel:</strong> 342 654 987 <strong>+ Fax:</strong> 234 567 890
<h3>General Information</h3>
Massachusetts Hall Lanscater, Long street <strong>+ Tel: </strong>342 654 987</div>
<img src="/images/sampledata/ja_university/sam-15.jpg" border="0" alt="University map" /></div>
<p>Cursus Vivamus nunc porttitor pretium felis Sed et nunc sociis faucibus. Quis Praesent tortor id Donec Vestibulum et Curabitur convallis Duis eros. Ut sit ac venenatis Sed elit auctor interdum fringilla Integer magna. Eros sit ante tristique odio malesuada purus Vivamus id faucibus sit. Sodales pharetra consectetuer est urna adipiscing id pellentesque.</p>

15. Module Search

Module Position : search
Module Suffix : NOT USED

16. Module Smart Search

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : [space]search-course

17. Module Most Read Content

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

18. Module Acymailling

Module Position : user17
Module Suffix : NOT USED

19. Module Menu

19.1 Quick link

Module Position : user21
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Note: Back-end setting for some menu items:

  • News and Events
  • Smart Search

19.2 About Joomla

Module Position : user22
Module Suffix : NOT USED

19.3 Colleges

Module Position : user23
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Note 1: Back-end setting for some menu items:

Note 2: In All department Page, to create first character as demo, add more classes like:

<span class="dropcap">O</span>

Front-end appearance

19.4 Admissions

Module Position : user24
Module Suffix : NOT USED

19.5 All department

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

20. Module Most Read Content

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

21. Module Login

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

22. Module User Menu

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : _menu

23. Who's Online

Module Position : position-7
Module Suffix : NOT USED

24. Module Footer

Module Position : footer
Module Suffix : NOT USED

25. Module Feed Display

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

1. K2 Installation

If you are new to this Joomla component, please read this guide.

K2 Installation Documentation

2. Configure K2 component

2.1 Global Configuration: Click on Parameter button

Back-end settings

2.2 Category Configuration

To build your website like our demo, navigate to Administrator >> Component >> K2 >> Categories.

As you can see on our Demo, each parent category uses ja_university_blog template. The template has content block and right side to display modules.

Front-end appearance

  • All Categories
  • K2 Item List Page

Blog category

Parent category

Current Students category

Note: other categories are inherited parameters from category: Current Students

3. Configure K2 Modules

This instruction is a reference for developers using manual installation, a guide on how to set up K2 Component like on the demo website and the quick-start package.

Please refer to the official documentation on how to install and set up K2.

There are 3 modules of K2 component being used in JA University.

3.1 K2 Tools Module

3.1.1 Blog archive

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

3.1.2 Calendar

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

3.1.3 Tags cloud

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

3.2 K2 Users Module

Module Position : position-5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

JA University comes with multiple typography styles for headings, content, tables, buttons, quotes, lists and so on.

You can view the Typography Page on the Demo site at Typography Page

Here is the Typo HTML code.

You can use the above HTML code to make a similar page on your website and refer to the codes for using Typography.

IMPORTANT :These typography styles are applied to JA University template ONLY. If you would like to change your template in the future, we recommend to use minimum typography of JA Social in your content as they are SURE gonna be broken. These styles are defined in the the template CSS files (typo.css) and are defined differently in each template.

The above user guide should help one in replicating the Demo site settings for the template and extensions on their site.

Recommended :

If you are new or confused, we recommend installing Quickstart on your localhost and use it as reference for configuration. This is the best way to work with any template. Links to all the resources are provided above, you should read them carefully to take the maximum advantage of our products.

Support :

Please raise your support queries in the forum and make sure you follow the support guidelines. We spend more time in getting the information from users in case the support guidelines are not followed.