Joomla 2.5 & 3.0 Template Documentation
In this section you will find helpful information about how to use the joomla 2.5 templates downloaded from our website: AJoomlaTemplates.com
This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up our templates to work and look like in our demo pages. Let’s get started!
1. Download and Install the template
Our templates can be downloaded as a ZIP file. After saving the template file to your computer, the template is ready for installation. Login to the Joomla Administration panel, by using the navigation go to Extensions > Extension Manager. Browse and select the template file and install it to your system. After successful installation go to Extensions > Template Manager and set the newly installed template to default.
Our templates usually have parameters. The parameters allows you to quickly change logo image, add site description, enable or disable jQuery and different functionality of the template. To access the template parameters, you will have to click on the template link style (ie: ajt001_j25 – Default) in the Template Manager.
2. Setup of Modules
In our demo we mostly use Joomla core modules (Menu, Login, Search, Custom HTML). These modules can be created in the admin panel by accessing the Extensions > Module Manager section. To create a new module, you will have to hit the New icon, and publish is on the module position that is available on the template. Do not forget to assign the module to all or to only selected pages.
We also use custom built modules in our demo such as slideshows, tabs, login module, caption, accordion, social and many others. These modules are available for free download on jExtensions.com and have to be installed (similar to templates, follow step 1.) to your system.
We have added more then 20 module positions to our templates, this is the module map (known as module positions) for AJT templates:
Note: The arrangement of module positions may vary template to template, but the above picture is the main concept on how the modules are usually arranged.
Note: Module positions in gray are optional, not used for every template.
3. Setup Drop-Down Menu
First of all, you will have to create the menu category in the administration panel at Menus > Menu Manager. After having a menu category, you will have to add menus to it. Add parent and sub-menu items as well. Our templates support 3 level of menus: one parent menu and two level sub-menus.
After you have set up the menu structure, go the Extensions > Module Manager and create a new module: Menu. In the Basic Options tab, select YES to Show Sub-Menu Items and publish the module on the ‘menu’ position. Hope the following image will help with this:
Note: The ‘menu’ position is already styled with css in our templates. By publishing the menu in other positions, may result a different or not styling, having no drop-down feature.
4. Setup Menu Item Description
Menu descriptions are always helpful for your website users. So we decide to implement this feature in our templates. Now you can add description to menus very easy.
While editing (or creating a new) menu item, in the Link Type Options tab you have to add the menu description into Link Title Attribute field. This will look similar to the following image:
5. Module Class Suffix
Using different module styles on your website, enables you to create a more interesting and user friendly design. For this reason we have added 3 addition modules styles into our templates. (module styles are not available on all our templates, as you can see in the demo).
You can activate a style for any module by inserting the word light, normal or dark in the Module Class Suffix label, in module parameters. The following image is an example on how to set up a light styled module.