Template installation

How to install JA Playmag template, T3 framework and folder structure

JA PlayMag 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)


  • 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 for 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 for 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.


  • XAMPP for Windows


  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS


  • JA Playmag template is built on T3 Framework so it requires T3 Framework to be installed and enabled in your system.
  • JA Playmag template supports Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5. We highly recommend you use the stable version of the 2 Joomla versions.

Download Packages

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The download package includes:

  • Quickstart package >> for quickstart installation
  • JA Playmag template >> for manual installation.
  • T3 Framework >> for manual installation.
  • Supported JA extensions
  • Kunena custom theme
  • Source file

Install T3 Framework

Step 1: Install T3 Framework

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 Playmag template

Step 1: Install JA Playmag template

Step 2: Set JA Playmag template style as your default template style

To set JA Playmag template as your default template, go to: "Extensions >> Template Manager >>" set JA Playmag template style as your default template style.

Why Quickstart:

The Quickstart package includes sample data and extensions. Once you install the Quickstart, your site will look the same as JA Playmag Demo

In short, the installation has 5 steps in Joomla 3 and 7 steps in Joomla 2.5

Joomla 3 quickstart installation steps:

  • Step 1: Select default language
  • Step 2: Main configuration
  • Step 3: Database configuration
  • Step 4: Install sample data
  • Step 5: remove or rename the "installation" folder

Joomla 2.5 quickstart installation steps:

  • Step 1: Select language
  • Step 2: Pre-installation check
  • Step 3: License
  • Step 4: Database setup
  • Step 5: FTP configuration (optional)
  • Step 6: Site configuration
  • Step 7: Remove/rename the "installation" folder

View more detail documentation with screenshots for each step at: http://www.joomlart.com/documentation/other/quickstart-installation. The docs includes guideline for both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 quickstart installation.

Take a full backup

Please always make a back-up before proceeding to any of the upgrade process. In case there are any problem, you can always restore from the back-up files.

Upgrade template and T3 framework

Which upgrading method to use?

There are 2 ways of upgrading to new version: using Joomla Update (install directly) or using JA Extension Manager. The best method is using JA Extension Manager which will make sure your customization is not lost.

To upgrade template through JAEM (JA Extension Manager Component) you need to install the component and configure it properly. Please check DETAIL GUIDE of how to use the extension.

Next, check the new version of template to upgrade

When 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.

Now, upgrade template to new version. After upgrading successfully, you need to compare the conflicted files (using your back-up files) then copy what you customize to the new upgraded files.

This section is to help you understand the structure of Purity III template, the function of folders and files and where you should start.

JA Playmag template

JA Playmag 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 such as: JA Obelisk, JA Muzic, JA Appolio, JA T3 blank, JA T3 BS3 Blank, etc.

+--less/            		/*  all LESS files */ 
¦    +-- rtl/			/*all files of right to left language style*/
¦    +-- extras/			/*less files for extended template style like 3rd extensions*/
¦    +-- themes/         	/*theme folders and theme files */
¦    +-- bootstrap.less
¦    +-- core.less
¦    +-- home.less
¦    +-- joomla.less
¦    +--  ...
+-- css/                     /*compiled files from less*/
¦    +-- rtl/			/*compiled CSS files of right to left layout*/
¦    +-- themes/             /*compiled theme folders and files*/ 
¦    +-- bootstrap.css
¦    +-- home.css
¦    +-- megamenu.css
¦    +-- template.css
+-- fonts/ 
+-- js/ 
¦    +-- scripts.js
+-- tpls/             /* all layout files and block files*/
¦    +-- blocks/       /*block files*/
¦    ¦    +-- header.php
¦    ¦    +-- mainbody.php
¦    ¦    +-- footer.php
¦    ¦    +-- ...
¦    +-- default.php
+-- html/ 				/*override modules, 3rd extension, com_content...*/
¦    +-- com_content
¦    +-- com_k2
¦    +-- mod_jacontentslider
¦    +-- ...
+-- images/
+-- language/
¦    +-- en-GB.tpl_purity_iii.ini
¦    +-- en-GB.tpl_purity_iii.sys.ini
+-- templateDetail.xml  
+-- templateInfo.php/
+-- thememagic.xml/ 	/*the file is to add new group, parameters for ThemeMagic*/
+-- templateHook.php/

T3 Framework

You can find the folder structure of T3 Framewotk at: http://t3-framework.org/documentation/installation#folder-structure.


Any change or customization in the T3 Framework is not recommended. To customize your template, please do it in the template folder: templates/js_playmag.