Spirit 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.

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this document, feel free to ask via ticket support system: Ticket System

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Installation

The section will help you with steps to install JL Spirit 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 Spirit 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 Spirit 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 Spirit demo to your server. It means, after install the quickstart, you will have a site exactly the same as the demo site.

Download JL Spirit 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 Spirit template
From your back-end setting panel, go to: “Extensions → Extension Manager”, browse JL Spirit 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 Spirit 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.

Spirit Template Particles

Spirit Template Atom

Core Gantry5 Particles

List Gantry 5 Particles used for Spirit

Build Demo Pages

This section will help you understand about the Demo pages for Spirit. 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 logo + menu

1.1 Changing the logo

You will need to change the logo, that’s for sure. You can do that easily by editting the settings of the “Logo” particle:

Click the logo particle icon settings and do following

1.2 Changing the menu

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

2. Changing Main Container

The Main Container is devided into 3 column, each column is a sub section.

The Mainbar sub section contains system messages particle and page content particle. The first row with system messages display important joomla message like login failure. The second row with page content display joomla article content.

The Sidebar and Aside is the left and the right side of mainbar. You can add any particle or module position here to display things like tags, category, search … beside joomla article content. In this outline, The Aside section contains Module Position – Aside and The Sidebar section contains Module Position – Sidebar.

3. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter section contains 3 custom HTML particle and 1 module position – subcribe. To edit the custom HTML particle, click the custom HTML particle icon settings.

This module position creates position “subcribe” and is assigned with module “AcyMailing Module”. 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 Footer Section

This is where you can edit the default footer of all pages. This section contains branding and social icons.

4.1 Changing the Branding

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

4.2 Changing the Social icons

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

5. Changing Offcanvas Section

This is where you can edit the Offcanvas section. Anything here should appear on offcanvas on mobile devices. The default mobile menu always here so don’t remove it, just add what you need to offcanvas here.

Home Page

1. Changing the navigation section

The navigation section inherited from the base outline so it copies particles and settings from the base outline. If you want to keep the inheritance, switch to base outline and go to base outline -> section 1 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance by click section setting icon, switch to inheritance tab, select clone mode then apply and save. After that, edit it similar to base outline -> section 1 above.

2. Changing the Slideshow section

Go to components -> Unite Slider -> Click Edit Slides the slider you wish to edit images and content

The basic settings for slide items. You can change the background slider, editing the content, buttons or animations.
Changing the background

Editing the text

You can find full documentation for Unite Slideshow here.

3. Changing the Intro section

The Intro section contains informations about time to next event.

You can edit Joomla Content particle here to change the Intro section. To edit the Joomla Content particle, click the Joomla Content particle icon settings. For more detail about Joomla Content particle, please take a look at Joomla Content particle documentation

4. Changing the Features section

The Features Section contains some Custom HTML particles and an Overlay Particle.

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

5. Changing the Above section

You can edit custom HTML particle here to change the Above section. To edit the custom HTML, click the custom HTML particle icon settings.

6. Changing the Faq section

The Faq Section devide into two sub sections: Left and Right.

6.1 Changing the Faq left – youtube

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

6.2.1 Changing the Faq right – Custom HTML

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

6.2.2 Changing the Faq right – Accordion

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

7. Changing the Testimonials section

To edit the Testimonials section, click the Slider particle icon settings.

8. Changing the Bottom section

The Bottom section contains 2 particles: Custom HTML and Contact Form.

8.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

8.2 Changing the Contact Form

To edit the Contact Form, click the Contact Form particle icon settings.

9. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter 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 header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 3 above.

10. Changing the Footer section

The Footer 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 4 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 4 above.

11. 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 5 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 5 above.

About Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> About . If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select About 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the About page, switch to layout tab.

1. Changing the navigation section

The navigation section inherited from the base outline so it copies particles and settings from the base outline. If you want to keep the inheritance, switch to base outline and go to base outline -> section 1 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance by click section setting icon, switch to inheritance tab, select clone mode then apply and save. After that, edit it similar to base outline -> section 1 above.

2. Changing the Pagetitle section

The Pagetitle section contains 2 rows: the first has Custom HTML particle and the second has breadcrumb module position.

2.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

2.2 Changing the Module Position – breadcrumb

This module position creates position “breadcrumb” and is assigned with module “Breadcrumbs”. 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.

3. Changing the Features section

The Features section contains some Custom HTML particles, an Overay particle and a Youtube particle. You can edit all the Custom HTML particles just the same by clicking Custom HTML particle icon.

3.1 Changing the Overlay

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

3.2 Changing the Youtube

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

4. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter 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 header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 3 above.

5. Changing the Footer section

The Footer 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 4 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 4 above.

6. 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 5 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 5 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Contact page, switch to layout tab.

1. Changing the navigation section

The navigation section inherited from the base outline so it copies particles and settings from the base outline. If you want to keep the inheritance, switch to base outline and go to base outline -> section 1 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance by click section setting icon, switch to inheritance tab, select clone mode then apply and save. After that, edit it similar to base outline -> section 1 above.

2. Changing the Pagetitle section

The Pagetitle section contains 2 rows: the first has Custom HTML particle and the second has breadcrumb module position.

2.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

2.2 Changing the Module Position – breadcrumb

This module position creates position “breadcrumb” and is assigned with module “Breadcrumbs”. 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.

3. Changing the Bottom section

3.1 Changing the Heading

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

3.2 Changing the Contact Form

To edit the Contact Form, click the Contact Form particle icon settings.

3.3 Changing the Heading

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

3.4 Changing the Feature Box

To edit the Feature Box, click the feature box icon settings. For more detail about feature box particle, please take a look at Feature box particle documentation

4. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter 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 header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 3 above.

5. Changing the Footer section

The Footer 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 4 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 4 above.

6. 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 5 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 5 above.

Services Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Pages -> Services. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Service 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Services page, switch to layout tab.

1. Changing the navigation section

The navigation section inherited from the base outline so it copies particles and settings from the base outline. If you want to keep the inheritance, switch to base outline and go to base outline -> section 1 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance by click section setting icon, switch to inheritance tab, select clone mode then apply and save. After that, edit it similar to base outline -> section 1 above.

2. Changing the Pagetitle section

The Pagetitle section contains 2 rows: the first has Custom HTML particle and the second has breadcrumb module position.

2.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

2.2 Changing the Module Position – breadcrumb

This module position creates position “breadcrumb” and is assigned with module “Breadcrumbs”. 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.

3. Changing the Features section

The Features section contains some Custom HTML particles and some Overlay particles.

3.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

3.2 Changing the Ovrerlay

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

4. Changing the Testimonials section

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

5. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter 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 header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 3 above.

6. Changing the Footer section

The Footer 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 4 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 4 above.

7. 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 5 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 5 above.

Login Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Pages -> Login. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Login 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Login page, switch to layout tab.

1. Changing the navigation section

The navigation section inherited from the base outline so it copies particles and settings from the base outline. If you want to keep the inheritance, switch to base outline and go to base outline -> section 1 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance by click section setting icon, switch to inheritance tab, select clone mode then apply and save. After that, edit it similar to base outline -> section 1 above.

2. Changing the Pagetitle section

The Pagetitle section contains 2 rows: the first has Custom HTML particle and the second has breadcrumb module position.

2.1 Changing the Custom HTML

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

2.2 Changing the Module Position – breadcrumb

This module position creates position “breadcrumb” and is assigned with module “Breadcrumbs”. 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.

3. Changing the Main Container section

The Main Container 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 Login page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 2 above.

4. Changing the Abovefooter section

The Abovefooter 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 header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 3 above.

5. Changing the Footer section

The Footer 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 4 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 4 above.

6. 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 5 above to edit the header.

If you want to edit for only home page, remove the inheritance then edit it like base outline -> section 5 above.

Registration Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Pages -> Regitration. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Regitration 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Registration page, switch to layout tab.

The Registration outline is the same as the Login outline so if you want to edit it please look at Login pages

Articles Page

This outline is assigned to all Joomla Articles page, it help you to display joomla articles content. If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Articles 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Articles page, switch to layout tab. This outline inherited all from the base outline so if you want to edit, please edit the Base outline or remove the inheritance and edit it like Base outline.

Blog Page

This outline is assigned to Main Menu -> Blog -> submenu items . If you want to edit the assignments and move it to another menu, please select Blog 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.

After assignments, the outline will display at your selected menu.

To edit the Blog page, switch to layout tab.

The Blog outline is the same as the Login outline so if you want to edit it please look at Login pages

Positions

JL Spirit 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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