Dream Documentation

Introduction

This document covers the installation and use of this template and often reveals answers to common problems and issues – we encourage you to read this document thoroughly if you need an in-depth guide on how to use the template.

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Installation

The section will help you with steps to install JL Dream template – Quickstart and Manual installation.

Which installation method you should use depends on the current status of your site. Also, before installing either the template manually or the Quickstart Package, please make sure you meet the Joomla! and the template requirements.

JL Dream template is built on Gantry 5 Framework so it requires Gantry 5 Framework to be installed and enabled in your system.
You can download the gantry 5 framework here http://gantry.org/downloads#joomla Download Gantry 5 Framework

Requirements

JL Dream template is native with Joomla 3. Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:
  • Apache 2.2+ or Microsoft IIS 7 (Apache strongly recommended)
  • PHP 5.4+ (PHP 5.5+ Recommended)
  • MySQL 5.1+
  • Joomla 3.4+

Also, please have a look at the Gantry5 requirements. Basically, they are the same as the above, but you will find some additional details there.

Quickstart Installation

Why Quickstart

The quickstart allows you to replicate JL Dream demo to your server. It means, after install the quickstart, you will have a site exactly the same as the demo site.

Download JL Dream 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 Remove/Rename “installation” folder: for security purpose, you need to rename or remove the “installation” folder

Detail documentation with screenshots


Manual Installation

Manual Installation refers to installing the template on your Joomla! powered website. This means you already have a website with content items, modules, extensions, so you just decided you want to improve the design of your website.

You can find step-by-step instructions as well as a video instructions regarding the Manual Installation in the Gantry5 Documentation, in the “Installation” chapter.

Install Gantry 5 Framework

Step 1 Install Gantry 5 Framework

From your back-end setting panel, go to: “Extensions ? Extension Manager”, browse Gantry 5 plugin installation package then hit the “Upload and Install” Install gantry 5
Install JL Dream template
From your back-end setting panel, go to: “Extensions ? Extension Manager”, browse JL Dream template installation package then hit the “Upload and Install” install joomla template

Step 2 Set default template style

Go to: “Extensions ? Template Manager”, set JL Dream template style as your default template style.

Update

Updating the template

Updating the template is really easy. Here are the steps you need to perform:

  1. Download the new version of the template from the “Download” section on our website
  2. Go to “Extensions” -> “Manage” and click on the “Browse” button
  3. Select the template file you downloaded in step 1. It will usually be called tpl_it_NAME.zip
  4. Click on the “Upload & Install” button

Gantry5 Framework update

This is just a simple one click task. If there is a newer version of the Gantry Framework released you will notice that in your Joomla Admin as well as in the Template Manager. Then just click on the button.

You might also want to read the “Updating” and “Updating Themes” chapters in the Gantry5 Documentation.

Gantry 5 Basics

Please have a look at the Gantry Documentation in order to discover what Gantry is all about, the core-concepts behind it, and how to get started with this next-generation framework.

You do need to read the Gantry Documentation in order to be able to setup and configure our templates on your website.

The most important things you need to know when working with our Gantry5-based templates are:

  • The Layout Manager is used mostly for creating your module positions. Apart from the module positions, you should also keep the static content in the Layout Manager. By “static content” we mean the “Logo” particle, the “Menu” particle, the “System Messages” particle, the “Page Content” particle, the “To Top” particle and the “Mobile Menu” particle.
  • If you want to hide some modules/elements on some devices (phones, tablets, etc) you should use the hidden-phone, hidden-tablet, etc. classes but you should add them in the particular module positions (under the “Block” tab) in the Layout Manager, rather then in the “Module Class Suffix” field for the particular module. You will find more details in the “Layout Manager” chapter in the Gantry Documentation.
  • As mentioned above, you create your module positions in the Layout Manager, but then you will use the Module Manager to assign your modules, as you would do in any other framework as well as in the default Joomla!
  • In order to publish the custom particles that come with the template you will use the “Gantry5 Particle” module in the Module Manager, rather than adding them directly in the Layout Manager.
  • If you want to change the style of some sections (background color, background image, text color, etc.) globally, for the whole website, you should do it under the “Styles” tab in the “Base” outline. The “Base” outline holds the defaults for the whole website. You can then override those defaults in each outline you create.
  • If you want to load an asset (JS, CSS, etc.) globally in the whole website, you can do it under the “Page Settings” tab in the “Base” outline.
  • If you want to create an empty page so you can assign modules to it, you will use the “Gantry5 Themes” -> “Custom Page” menu item type. Previously, you would use the “Featured Items” menu item type.

Required Atoms

Please have a look at the Atoms sections in the Gantry Documentation so you know what they are all about.

Atoms basically load assets (scripts and stylesheets).

Particles

Gantry5 comes with a brand new Particle system which makes it easy to create, configure, and manage content blocks.

Basically, everything that you would create a Custom HTML module for is now coded in to a particle. You no longer need to copy/paste long HTML codes and edit them, you just need to click here and there and fill out fields in the Admin.

In this chapter we will show you the custom particles that we developed as well as some of the core Gantry 5 particles that we modified and enhanced, for example the “Social” particle.

For more information about the core Gantry5 particles, please have a look at the “Particles” chapter in the Gantry5 Documentation.

Dream Template Particles

Dream Template Atom

Core Gantry5 Particles

Build Demo Pages

This section will help you understand about the Demo pages for Dream. How to design, reuse the content from quickstart package. Instead of starting from scratch, use our pre-designed pages to jumpstart your design process or get inspired.
Base Outline

This page will acts as the global default for any gantry pages. This is where global style, particle defaults, page settings, and layout options are set. For more information, please take a look at Gantry 5 Inheritance. To edit this page, go to Outline -> Base Outline -> Layout Tab

1. Changing the Fixedside Section

The Fixedside Section contains 4 rows, row 1 Logo Particles, row 2 Menu Particles, row 3 Branding Particles.

1.1 Changing the Logo Particles

You will need to change the logo, thatís for sure. You can do that easily by editting the settings of the ìLogoî particle:

Click the logo particle icon settings and do following

1.2 Changing the Menu Particles

Click particle menu settings to config the menu for joomla, for more detail about Menu particle, please take a look at this documentation

1.3 Changing the Social Particles

To edit the Social particle, click the Social particle icon settings.

1.4 Changing the Brading Particles

To edit the Brading particle, click the Brading particle icon settings.

2. Changing the Header Section

The Header Section contains Logo Particles.

2.1 Changing the Logo Particles

You will need to change the logo, thatís for sure. You can do that easily by editting the settings of the ìLogoî particle:

Click the logo particle icon settings and do following

3. Changing the Offcanvas Section

The Offcanvas Section contains Mobile-menu Particles.

3.1 Changing the Mobile-menu Particles

Add the Mobile-menu particles to the menu on the mobile device

Home Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Home. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Home from the outline list then switch to Assignments tab. You can assign this outline to whatever menu you want, then click the save assignments button.

Home Layout

1. Changing the Fixedside section

The Fixedside section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 1 above to edit the Fixedside. If you want to edit for only Home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 1 above.

2. Changing the Header section

The Header section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 2 above to edit the Header. If you want to edit for only Home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 2 above.

3. Changing the Mainbar section

The Mainbar Section contains Portfolio Particles.

3.1 Changing the Portfolio Particles

To edit the Portfolio, click the Portfolio particle icon settings. For more detail about Portfolio particle, please take a look at Portfolio Particles Documentation

4. Changing the Offcanvas section

The Offcanvas section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 3 above to edit the Offcanvas. If you want to edit for only Home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 3 above.

About Me Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> About Me. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select About Me from the outline list then switch to Assignments tab. You can assign this outline to whatever menu you want, then click the save assignments button.

About Me Layout

1. Changing the Fixedside section

The Fixedside section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 1 above to edit the Fixedside. If you want to edit for only About Me page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 1 above.

2. Changing the Header section

The Header section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 2 above to edit the Header. If you want to edit for only About Me page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 2 above.

3. Changing the Mainbar section

The Mainbar Section contains 3 rows, row 1 Overlay Particles, row 2 About Me (Custom HTML Particles), row 3 Carousel Particles.

3.1 Changing the Overlay Particles

To edit the Overlay, click the overlay particle icon settings. For more detail about overlay particle, please take a look at Overlay Particles Documentation

3.2 Changing the About Me(Custom HTML Particles)

To edit the Custom HTML particle, click the Custom HTML particle icon settings.

3.3 Changing the Carousel Particles

To edit the Carousel particle, click the Carousel particle icon settings. For more detail about Carousel particle, please take a look at Carousel documentation

4. Changing the Offcanvas section

The Offcanvas section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 3 above to edit the Offcanvas. If you want to edit for only About Me page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 3 above.

About Team Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> About Team. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select About Team from the outline list then switch to Assignments tab. You can assign this outline to whatever menu you want, then click the save assignments button.

About Team Layout

1. Changing the Fixedside section

The Fixedside section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 1 above to edit the Fixedside. If you want to edit for only About Team page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 1 above.

2. Changing the Header section

The Header section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 2 above to edit the Header. If you want to edit for only About Team page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 2 above.

3. Changing the Mainbar section

The Mainbar Section contains Member Particles.

3.1 Changing the Member Particles

To edit the Member, click the Member particle icon settings. For more detail about Member particle, please take a look at Member Particles Documentation

4. Changing the Offcanvas section

The Offcanvas section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 3 above to edit the Offcanvas. If you want to edit for only About Team page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 3 above.

Services Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Services. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Services from the outline list then switch to Assignments tab. You can assign this outline to whatever menu you want, then click the save assignments button.

Services Layout

1. Changing the Fixedside section

The Fixedside section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 1 above to edit the Fixedside. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 1 above.

2. Changing the Header section

The Header section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 2 above to edit the Header. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 2 above.

3. Changing the Mainbar section

The Mainbar Section contains Contentcubes Particles.

3.1 Changing the Contentcubes Particles

To edit the Contentcubes particle, click the Contentcubes particle icon settings.

4. Changing the Offcanvas section

The Offcanvas section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 3 above to edit the Offcanvas. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 3 above.

Contact Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Contact. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Contact from the outline list then switch to Assignments tab. You can assign this outline to whatever menu you want, then click the save assignments button.

Contact Layout

1. Changing the Fixedside section

The Fixedside section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 1 above to edit the Fixedside. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 1 above.

2. Changing the Header section

The Header section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 2 above to edit the Header. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 2 above.

3. Changing the Mainbar section

The Mainbar Section contains 2 rows, row 1 Overlay Particles, row 2 Contact Info (Custom HTML Particles) and Module Position – Contact Form.

3.1 Changing the Overlay Particles

To edit the Overlay, click the overlay particle icon settings. For more detail about overlay particle, please take a look at Overlay Particles Documentation

3.2 Changing the Contact Info (Custom HTML Particles)

To edit the Custom HTML particle, click the Custom HTML particle icon settings.

3.3 Changing the Module Position – Contact Form

This module position creates position ìcontact-formî and is assigned with module ìSP Quick Contactî. To edit the position name, click the module position particle icon settings. Edit position name on the key field. For more information about Module position, please take a look at Gantry 5 positions document

To select which module appears in this place. Go to Extensions -> Modules, select your modules you wish to display, then switch position to the name of module positions, then save it.

4. Changing the Offcanvas section

The Offcanvas section inherited from base outline so it copies particles and settings from base outline. If you want to edit this section for all pages, please go to Base Outline -> Section 3 above to edit the Offcanvas. If you want to edit for only Services page, remove the inheritance then edit it like Base Outline -> Section 3 above.

Positions

JL Dream comes with unlimited module positions. Thanks to the awesome Gantry 5 framework you can now easily create as many module positions as you want. You just need to go to the Layout Manager, drag and drop the “Module Position” particle wherever you want it to be and set the module position name.

Learn how to create any positions quickly without coding here.

The best thing you can do (and actually you MUST do) is to install the Quickstart Package and see how everything is configured and what module class suffixes are used for each module.

Customization

All your customization (custom code) should be placed in your “Custom Style Sheet” file. This is the custom.scss file. By default, the custom.scss file does not exists, so you will need to create it. You need to create this file in root/templates/TEMPLATE_NAME/custom/scss. You will find all details in the Gantry5 Documentation, in the “Adding a Custom Style Sheet” chapter.

Extensions

The Web is full of all kinds of different Joomla extensions. Throughout the years we had the chance to work with many extensions from many different providers which helped us to filter the best of best ones. The extensions that we use in our templates have the cleanest code, the best functionality and they’ve been very well supported by their developers.

Below you will find the Download link and the Documentation for each extension (Component, Module, Plugin) that we have used in this template.

If you have any specific request or feedback as well as suggestions, feel free to drop us a line in Ticket System. We’ll try to cover them all.

Let us know in the Ticket System

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