Documentation

Installation

The most important decision to make before proceeding with your installation is whether you should install the template manually, or if you can use the Quickstart package, which will install everything for you.

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.

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

The Quickstart Package consist of a full installation of Joomla! that installs Joomla itself, the template, the extensions, the demo content and the database data to match our demo layout. Have in mind that as this is a full Joomla! installation it may only be used on a clean server; the package cannot be installed in an existing Joomla installation. It can only be used when you start a new project/website.

99% of the customers purchase Joomla Templates because of the Quickstart Package. They just install it, replace the demo content with theirs and the site is ready. Installing the Quickstart Package will save you a lot of work.

Installing the Quickstart Package is a fairly simple process. Generally, a Quickstart install will consist of these small steps:

  1. Ensure you have installed an FTP client and prepared a database for your server, or have the credentials for an existing database.
  2. Download and extract the Quickstart Package.
  3. FTP the extracted Quickstart contents to your preferred install location.
  4. Open your browser to the install location on your server to begin the Joomla! installation process, entering the database credentials where required.

Once this final step is complete you will have a fresh install of Joomla!, along with the template and all the settings and content needed to match the demo, including sample article content. However, the images from the demo will NOT be included, as they are licensed via a third party. Instead, blank placeholder images will be included so that you can customize the content easily with your own images. For some users, the above steps are all that is needed for a successful installation of the Quickstart Package, but for those who are less experienced with this process, we recorded the following video (it is for the Oxygen template but the process is absolutely the same for all our templates).

Watch the Video

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.

If you install just the template over an existing Joomla website you will need to install and configure all extensions that are installed in the demo site and configure them absolutely the same way as they are configured in the demo site in order for your website to look like the demo site. For this purpose you will still need to install the Quickstart Package on another location, see how everything is configured there and just duplicate it on your installation.

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.

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.

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:

  1. Go to the "Template Manager"
  2. Click on "Headlines - Default"
  3. Select the "Base" Outline
  4. Go under the "Particle Defaults" tab, scroll down to the "Logo" particle and upload your logo file

You can also change the logo from the Layout Manager by editing the "Logo" particle in it.

The logo (and the banner) defines the height of the Header section so if your logo is with different height than the Headlines demo logo (70px) you might need to adjust the logo margins in order to make it in the middle of the Header. You can do that easily by adding the following code in your custom.scss file:

.g-logo {
  margin: 20px 0;
}

You need to modify this 20px so the logo fits the design. This 20px are actually 20px space/margin from the top and 20px from the bottom.

Once you change the logo you might also need to adjust the margin of the banner so it is in the middle of the header. You can do that easily by adding the following code in your custom.scss file:

#g-header .banneritem {
  margin: 25px 0;
}

You need to modify the 25px value which is the margin of the top and the bottom of the banner.

Have a look at the following video. It shows everything that we explained above.

Watch the Video

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).

You must load the following atoms so the template can work properly. We recommend adding these atoms to the "Base" outline so the assets can be loaded on all your pages:

  • "UIkit for Gantry5" Atom - loads a modified and optimized version of the UIkit Framework.
  • "Template.js" Atom - loads the template specific JavaScript code.

Optionally, you can also add the "ScrollReveal.js" atom if you want to have onscroll animations. ScrollReveal.js is a library to easily reveal elements as they enter the viewport.

If you install the Quickstart package you do not need to do anything because the above Atoms are loaded by default.

You need to load these Atoms if you install the template manually (refer to the "Installation" section for more details).

The following video shows how you add the Atoms.

Watch the Video

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.

Branding

The "Branding" particle is almost the same as the Custom HTML particle - it allows you to displays a text/HTML of your choice. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

Watch the Video

CTA Button

The "CTA Button" particle display a really nice and highly effective Call-to-action button. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "CTA Button" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Paradise template. Therefore, the video below is from the Paradise template.

Watch the Video

Contacts

The "Contacts" particle displays contact information. It is a really flexible particle so you can basically display whatever contact details you want. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Contacts" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Milano template. Therefore, the video below is from the Milano template.

Watch the Video

Content PRO

The "Content PRO" particle is one of our most advanced particles. It incorporates several UIkit components as well as quite some custom code and functionality written by us. You can use this particle for many different things. Basically, you will use it to display content, usually images, titles and text. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Content PRO" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Galaxy template. Therefore, the video below is from the Galaxy template.

Watch the Video

Content PRO (Joomla)

The "Content PRO (Joomla)" particle looks and works in absolutely the same way as the default "Content PRO" particle. The difference is that "Content PRO (Joomla)" fetches Joomla articles automatically, while in "Content PRO" the user creates the content manually. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

Watch the Video

Google Map

The "Google Map" particle is really flexible and displays a Google Map. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Google Map" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Galaxy template. Therefore, the video below is from the Galaxy template.

Watch the Video

Main Feature

The "Main Feature" particle is divided into a left and right side. It displays an image and some text with a button. You can achieve some really nice visual effects if you add the ScrollReveal.js functionality to this particle. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Main Feature" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Oxygen template. Therefore, the video below is from the Oxygen template.

Watch the Video

News PRO (Joomla)

The "News PRO (Joomla)" particle is our most advanced and most awesome particle to date. It is incredibly powerful and allows you to fetch Joomla articles automatically and display them however you like. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

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OnePage Menu

The "OnePage Menu" particle display a sidebar, vertical menu that gets sticky/fixed when the user starts scrolling. And the page gets smoothscrolled to the particular sections when a menu item is clicked. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "OnePage Menu" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Oxygen template. Therefore, the video below is from the Oxygen template.

Watch the Video

Our Team

The "Our Team" particle is a variation of the "Content PRO" particle. It displays team members together with their social accounts in a nice way. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Our Team" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Galaxy template. Therefore, the video below is from the Galaxy template.

Watch the Video

Search/Login

The "Search/Login" particle is designed specifically for the Headlines template. It is supposed to be used in the Navigation section ONLY. The "Search/Login" particle is an advanced particle that combines the functionality of several other particles - a Login module, the "Header Search" particle and the "Offcanvas Toggle" particle. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

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Slideshow

The "Slideshow" particle is basically the UIkit Slideshow coded into a particule and brought as a feature in our Gantry5-based templates. We also added many custom features in it (v2) so it is now one of the most powerful Slideshows you can find on the web. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Slideshow" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Royalty template. Therefore, the video below is from the Royalty template.

Watch the Video

Slideshow (Joomla)

The "Slideshow (Joomla)" particle looks and works in absolutely the same way as the default "Slideshow" particle. The difference is that "Slideshow (Joomla)" fetches Joomla articles automatically, while in "Slideshow" the user creates the content manually. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

Watch the Video

Social

The "Social" particle displays social icons and/or text. We enhanced it so you can now also have tooltips with custom test. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

Watch the Video

Tabs

The "Tabs" particle is basically the UIkit Tabs and UIkit Switcher coded into a particule and brought as a feature in our Gantry5-based templates. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

We have not modified the "Tabs" particle for the Headlines template so it has absolutely the same features and design as in the Paradise template. Therefore, the video below is from the Paradise template.

Watch the Video

Top News (Joomla)

The "Top News (Joomla)" particle allows you to show your Joomla articles in a very eye-catching way. It has many different options which give you the change to achieve the exact layout you want. The following video shows the particle itself and most of its options.

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Fixed/Sticky Navigation

Headlines has a nice fixed/sticky Navigation that stays on the top of the screen when you start scrolling down. This effect is achived with the UIkit Sticky component. Basically, all you need to do is to add the following "Tag Attribute" to the Navigation section:

data-uk-sticky

You can also add the {media:768} parameter which tells that the Navigation should only be fixed on devices that are wider than 768px.

You can easily disable the fixed Navigation or make another section fixed. The following video explains everything (the video is from Oxygen, but the process is exactly the same in Headlines).

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Fullwidth Layout

You can easily switch between Boxed and Fullwidth layouts. All you need to do in order to switch to Fullwidth layout is:

  1. Go to the Template Manager -> "Headlines - Default".
  2. Select the Base outline and go under the "Page Setting" tab.
  3. Set the "Section Layout" field to "Fullwidth (Boxed Content)".
  4. Go under the "Styles" tab and in the "Base Styles" panel set the "Wrapper" to "Disabled".
  5. Scroll down to the "Breakpoints" panel and set "Large Desktop" to "75rem".

The following video shows all the steps we explained above:

Watch the Video

Articles in the Menu

You can easily add particles to the Menu. In Headlines we have added the "Content PRO (Joomla)" particle in the menu items for each category so it shows the corresponding articles. All you need to do is:

  1. Go to the Template Manager -> "Headlines - Default".
  2. Go to the Menu Editor (the "Menu" tab on the top).
  3. Click on a menu item so the dropdown gets expanded.
  4. Drag and drop the "Content PRO (Joomla)" particle there and configure it as you want.

The following video shows all the steps we explained above:

Watch the Video

Modules and Positions

Headlines 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.

Quickstart Package - Modules Overview

Here, just for your orientation, you can see where the modules from the demo are published and what Module Class Suffixes they use.

"Home" Page

1. Menu (Top)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Menu
Module Position: top-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. Social Icons (Top)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Social
Module Position: top-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

3. Logo

"Logo" particle - this is done from the Layout Manager

4. Header Banner

Module: Banners
Module Position: banner
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

5. Menu

"Menu" particle - this is done from the Layout Manager

6. Search/Login

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Search/Login
Module Position: search-login
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

7. Top News

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Top News (Joomla)
Module Position: showcase-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

8. Business

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

9. Lifestyle

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-e
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

9. Technology

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-bottom-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

10. Most Popular

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Content PRO (Joomla) (Style 1)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

11. Editors Choice

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box4
Show Title: Show

12. Recent News

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

13. News Gallery

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Content PRO (Joomla) (Style 2)
Module Position: mainbottom-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

14. About Us

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Custom HTML
Module Position: footer-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

15. Get in Touch

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Contacts
Module Position: footer-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

16. Recent News

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: footer-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

17. Newsletter

Module: AcyMailing Module
Module Position: footer-c
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

18. Copyright/Branding

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Branding
Module Position: copyright-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

19. Social Icons (Footer)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Social
Module Position: copyright-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

17. To Top

"To Top" particle (Style 1) - this is done from the Layout Manager

"Home 2" Page

1. Menu (Top)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Menu
Module Position: top-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. Social Icons (Top)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Social
Module Position: top-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

3. Logo

"Logo" particle - this is done from the Layout Manager

4. Header Banner

Module: Banners
Module Position: banner
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

5. Menu

"Menu" particle - this is done from the Layout Manager

6. Search/Login

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Search/Login
Module Position: search-login
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

7. Slideshow (Home 2)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Slideshow (Joomla)
Module Position: showcase-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

8. Business

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

9. Lifestyle

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-c
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

10. Technology

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-d
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

11. Fashion

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-top-e
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

12. Travel

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: content-bottom-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

13. Most Popular

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Content PRO (Joomla) (Style 1)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

14. Recent News

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

15. Editors Choice

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box4
Show Title: Show

16. Your Banner Here

Module: Banners
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

17. News Gallery

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Content PRO (Joomla) (Style 2)
Module Position: mainbottom-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

18. About Us

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Custom HTML
Module Position: footer-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

19. Get in Touch

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Contacts
Module Position: footer-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

20. Recent News

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: News PRO (Joomla)
Module Position: footer-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

21. Newsletter

Module: AcyMailing Module
Module Position: footer-c
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Show

22. Copyright/Branding

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Branding
Module Position: copyright-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

23. Social Icons (Footer)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Social
Module Position: copyright-b
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

24. To Top

"To Top" particle (Style 1) - this is done from the Layout Manager

Category Page (example: Business)

1. Menu Item Type: "Category Blog"

2. Main Menu

Module: Menu
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

3. Login Form

Module: Login
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

4. Who's Online

Module: Who's Online
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: box2
Show Title: Show

"Contact Us" Page

1. Google Map

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Google Map
Module Position: fullwidth
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. Company Information

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Custom HTML
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: title-border
Show Title: Show

3. Contact Details

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Contacts
Module Position: sidebar-right
Module Class Suffix: title-border
Show Title: Show

"About Us" Page

1. Breadcrumbs

Module: Breadcrumbs
Module Position: breadcrumb-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. Who We Are And What We Do

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Content PRO (Style 1)
Module Position: feature-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

3. "Our Core Values" (Tabs)

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Tabs
Module Position: subfeature-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

4. Our Awesome Authors

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: Our Team (Style 1)
Module Position: utility-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

5. CTA Button

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: CTA Button (Style 1)
Module Position: maintop-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

"RokSprocket Mosaic (Default)" Page

1. Breadcrumbs

Module: Breadcrumbs
Module Position: breadcrumb-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. RokSprocket Mosaic (Default)

Module: RokSprocket > Mosaic Layout > Default Theme
Columns: 3
Blocks per View: 9
Module Position: feature-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

"RokSprocket Mosaic (Gallery)" Page

1. Breadcrumbs

Module: Breadcrumbs
Module Position: breadcrumb-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. RokSprocket Mosaic (Gallery)

Module: RokSprocket > Mosaic Layout > Gallery Theme
Columns: 3
Blocks per View: 9
Module Position: feature-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

"Typography" Page

1. Breadcrumbs

Module: Breadcrumbs
Module Position: breadcrumb-a
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide

2. OnePage Menu

Module: Gantry 5 Particle
Particle: OnePage Menu
Module Position: sidebar-left
Module Class Suffix: none
Show Title: Hide
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.

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 the 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.

Almost all of the extensions that we use are FREE! If there is a premium (paid) extensions, we usually try to include a FREE alternative for it.

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

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