If you’re working on localhost (your PC), I recommend you use XAMPP as the best Apache for Joomla! CMS.
Hosting / Server
Joomla! 4 requires PHP version Minimum 7.2.5, and support PHP 8.0, this is a highlight for hosting compatibility, for more details please read it here.
Install Template Package
Template package use for a new website that you want to build content from zero without sample data, or using for your website with existing data. To install it, just download the Template Install-Package file and install it via Extension Manager (By go to Joomla! Admin panel > System > Install Extensions, browser file and click to upload). After finish, you can go to Template Manager, switch to default Joomla! template to new template.
To start to build your website, you can use standard Joomla! elements such as Articles, Modules, etc. Other extensions such as Page Builder, Slider, Portfolios, etc. you can see download links and documents via part Third-party Build-in Document. All extensions are FREE, you can download and install it without extra payment.
Install Quickstart Package (package available in PRO version)
This package only available in PRO version, so if you’re using FREE version, you can go to Joomla! templates list, find your template and purchase PRO version. After that, you just re-download PRO package, unzip it, so you can see Quickstart package, read this Quickstart Installation guide know how to install it.
Template Content & Styles
How to Display Main Menu
Open a new browser window and type in the URL, which will be similar to http://www.your-site-name-here.com/administrator or, if you have Joomla! installed on your local computer, http://localhost/your-folder-name-here/administrator. Here you will have to log in as an Administrator or Super Administrator.
Go to “System” / “Site Templates Style” / “[template_name]-default”. This is where you edit template styles.
Please click the button “Template Options“.
Please click Menu > Menu Builder and choose “Main Menu” at Menu Type.
Click the Save toolbar button to save the Main Menu. To leave without saving click the Cancel toolbar button.
Add Menu Items to Your Menu
To Create a New Menu Item:
- Select Menu → Menu Builder → [name of the menu] → Add New Menu Item. For example, if a Menu is called “Main Menu”, select Menu → Menu Builder → Main Menu → Add New Menu Item.
To Edit a Menu Item:
- Select Menu → Menu Builder → [name of the menu. For example, if a Menu is called “Main Menu“, select Menu → Menu Builder → Main Menu. Then either click the title of the menu item in the table list or select the menu item checkbox and click the “Edit” icon in the toolbar.
How to Add a New Menu
Create a New Menu
Within the site administration panel, select Menus from the menu bar in the upper left corner. From the drop-down list, choose “Manage” then choose “New”.
3. Fill in the “Title”, “Menu Type” and a “Description”:
- Title *: A proper title for the menu. This is used to identify the menu in the Menu Manager in the backend.
- Menu type *: This should be a unique identification name used by Joomla! to identify this menu. Spaces are not allowed but you may use the ‘-‘ character such as news-menu.
- Description: A description of the menu, useful for your own reference.
Click the Save or the Save & Close toolbar button to create the new menu. The Save & Close button will return you to the Menu Manager. To leave without saving click the Cancel toolbar button.
4. If you saved and closed, you will see your new menu in the list of Menus.
How to make menu navigation for the one-page template?
For Joomla! Onepage templates, all content must be placed in a single page. Therefore, all links in the navigation menu should be able to jump or teleport readers/visitors to many different positions throughout the page. These navigation links are called anchor links.
A page jump is made up of two parts: the base link, and the anchor.
- The base link: This is actually the link of your homepage, and is put for each menu item.
- The anchor: This is the spot where your readers will be moved/teleported to. It’s based on the ID of a content element, such as a section.
In order to get the ID of any single element, you’ll need to open the page with SP Page Builder and find the Section ID of the row to which you want to jump.
Take this example, you want to create a menu item called Services that points to a section on your homepage, so that when your site visitors click on it, they will get transported to a place where information about the services your company provides.
For that instance, from the Home Dashboard in the backend of your Joomla! 4 website, navigate to Components > SP Page Builder:
Click on the page title to open SP Page Builder Editor:
Here, find the section you want your readers/visitors to jump to when they click the anchor link on your menu.
As mentioned, we’re talking about the Services. And in my case, here it is! This row is the section, the part which my visitors will get moved to.
Now, open Row Options:
Scroll down and find the Section ID. It is used to create an anchor that makes up a page jump we’re talking about.
Copy or note down the row’s Section ID.
Now, via the edit screen of the Services menu item (or you can also create a new one), select URL (System Links > URL) as the menu item type, then put the anchor #services or whatever you copied in the previous step into the Link field. Just put a # first and then paste the Section ID right after it.
Click Save & Close to apply your changes.
Bottom, Footer, and other modules
– How to Access?
From the Dashboard select “System” / “Site Modules”
– After that, click on the ‘New’ button in the toolbar to create a new Module Item, or select a Module by double-clicking the Module’s Title or check the
“check box” and click on the “Edit” button.
– You will now see a screen with a list of all of the modules on your website.
– How to edit existing modules?
Bottom modules place at position ‘bottom1’, ‘bottom2’, ‘bottom3’ and ‘bottom4’, you can find it via Module Manager with ‘Select Position’.
Footer modules based on position ‘footer1’ and ‘footer2’ as well.
– How to Create New?
When creating a new Module, you will be presented with a modal popup window. Choose the module type by clicking on the module name to be taken to the ‘edit’ details screen.
– How to Edit Modules?
From this screen you can search module by Filter: Site or Administrator; Select Status, Select Position, Select Type, Select Access and Select Language. And you can edit existing modules, publish/ unpublish modules, and even delete modules should you need to.
1. Title: The Title for this item. This may or may not display on the page, depending on the parameter values you choose.
2. Position: Click the button for the drop-down window to select Module position by available positions in a Template(s) installed.
3. Status: The published status of this item.
- Published: Item is visible in the front end of the site.
- Unpublished: Item will not be visible to guests in the front end of the site. It may be visible to logged-in users who have edit state permission for the item.
- Archived: Item will no longer show on blog or list menu items.
- Trashed: Item is deleted from the site but still stored in the database. It can be permanently deleted from the database with the Empty Trash function in Article Manager.
4. Start Publishing: Date and time to start publishing. Use this field if you want to enter content ahead of time and then have it published automatically at a future time.
5. Finish Publishing: Date and time to finish publishing. Use this field if you want to have content automatically changed to Unpublished state at a future time (for example, when it is no longer applicable).
6. Access: Select the viewing access level for this item from the list box. The access levels will depend on what has been set up for this site to display.
7. Language: Select the language for this item. If you are not using the multi-language feature of Joomla, keep the default of ‘All’.
8. Note: Item note. This is normally for the site administrator’s use (for example, to document information about this item) and does not show in the front end of the site.
MENU ASSIGNMENT TAB
– Module Assignment: Click for drop-down choice of module assignment.
– All pages: Module will show on all pages in the selected module position.
– No pages: Module will not show on any pages in the selected module position.
– Only on pages selected. The module will show only on pages in the selected module position as selected by menu item type(title).
– On all pages except those selected: Module will show on all pages in the selected module position, except those selected by menu item type(title).
Additional Options, such as Basic and Advanced can be found on the specific Module Type Help screen. Please notice that installed Extensions may contain more parameters in Additional Options. Please refer to the specific Extension Module’s information provided by the Extension developer.
How to replace Map Address in Contact page
Yes, most of Joomla! Templates provide a Contact page with Google Map, you can replace it by following steps:
- Disable Editor via Admin > Global Configuration, find the option “Editor” and disable it.
- Go to Map.Google.com, fill in your address and get your business location, then embed the Iframe code and copy it.
- Go to Admin > Module Manager, find a module named Map, then you can replace Map iframe embed code with your new code.
- After finish, you can check your map display and re-enable Editor.
Go to “System” / “Site Templates Style” / “[template_name]-default”. This is where you edit template styles. When a template is first installed, a default style is created for it. The default style for the template will have the same name as the template with a – Default suffix.
There are 8 options for Style: Basic, Presets, Layout, Menu, Typography, Blog, Custom Code, Advanced.
There are 8 options for Basic: LOGO, HEADER, BODY, FOOTER, SOCIAL ICONS, CONTACT INFO, COMING SOON, ERROR PAGE
– Logo: The Logo setting provides the ability to easily change the Logo Type, Module Position, Image, Retina Logo and Mobile Logo.
– Header: The Header setting provides the ability to easily change the Sticky Header and Favicon of the header area.
– Body: This feature provides the ability to easily enable boxed layout.
– Footer: The Footer setting provides the ability to easily change Copyright.
– Social Icons: The Social Icons setting provides the ability to easily change Icons and Module Position.
– Contact Information: The Contact Information setting provides the ability to easily change the Information and Module Position.
– Coming Soon: The Coming Soon setting provides the ability to easily change the Coming Soon Title and Content.
Presets (Color Styles)
The Presets setting provides the ability to easily change Styles and Options.
We defined 8 color presets for the template, you can select an existing color you want and Enable this option to use custom styles. Built-in presets will not work if this option is enabled.
Layout (Template Positions)
The Layout setting provides the ability to easily change the layout template by using: Add Columns, Add Row, and Settings.
Menu (Location & Style)
The Menu setting provides the ability to easily change Menu, Menu Type, Dropdown Width, and Dropdown Animation.
Inside the Menu tab you will find the following tabs:
- Menu Builder – to manage menu structure and menu items content
- Mega Menu – basic settings for MegaMenu display
- Off-canvas – to manage appearance and content of Mobile Menu
Is an advanced system that allows you to manage menu structure (all menus) with all used items there. By default, it displays MainMenu with all submenu items. Using a mouse you can change the order of menu items, just grab and move up or down. You can also add a new menu item.
- Pen Icon – opens window edit options of chosen Menu Item.
- Basket Icon – allows you to delete chosen menu item.
- Grear Icon – extra settings for chosen menu item (Show Menu Title, Dropdown position, Icon, Custom Class, and Badge).
- Boxes Icon – access to extra settings and Mega Menu options if it would be enabled there. You can add and use badge, icon, and row and column-based menus, also drag and drop the modules to the menu positions from the modules list.
How to build advanced Submenu
If you want to have 2-3-4 columns in the menu as the first step you should start with building menu structure – add submenu items to the main menu item, it’s similar to the root structure. Here is an example of three columns submenu.
As 2nd step in the first main item please click the “Mega Menu” icon, then enable the “Mega Menu” option. Now you should click the “Add New Row” button. Now you can choose the column structure (it’s based on Boostrap columns grid) – you can use a predefined layout or create your own (Custom).
Custom Submenu structure is quite elastic so you can have many different grid layouts – for this purpose we created a “Custom” button. In theory summary of all columns should be equal to 12. For example 6+3+3 or 5+5+2.
Anytime you would be able to delete or redesign layout structure by using icons on the top right position.
You can also change the order of columns content – hover on the column name until you would see a two-direction arrow icon then you can move the column to the left or ride side, later save settings to see changes.
How to add a module inside the submenu
If you enabled Mega Menu and you have a row with a single column or columns you can add now any module from the list of available or installed. For example, you can display a banner, the latest articles, or a login module. Just click the plus (+) icon inside the column where the module should be, then selected a module.
How to add icons in menu items
Using the Mega Menu options allows you to insert an icon next to a menu item and/or use an icon instead of a menu item. As the first step choose an icon from Font Awesome Free 5.15.x collection (around 1600 icons to choose from).
And to have an icon only without a text menu item turn off “Show Menu Title” and then click Save to keep settings.
How to add badges in menu items
The badge is extra information displayed next to a menu item, it’s a helpful feature to highlight a menu item. You can use any word there. Then choose the position of the badge (left, right). Next select background color and text color, if you would not choose any color options, by default dark red with white text would be used.
Menu type – By default, there are enabled two separate menus: Mega Menu and Off-Canvas Menu – sometimes called Hamburger Menu, because of the used shape. In desktop view, you can use both or only MegaMenu. It is pretty easy to disable the Off-Canvas menu from desktop view only. Just select “Mega Menu” and Save settings.
Dropdown Width – Width value is used to declare submenu width content area. By default is 240px. You can choose not only value itself but also different units for expressing width (px, em, rem, %).
Dropdown Animation – Mega Menu offers several transition options for your dropdown submenus:
- No Animation
- Fade In
- Fade In Up
- Fade In Down
- Rotate In
- Zoom In
This is the transition that occurs when the submenu is opened. To have the sub-menu appear with no fancy effect, just set it to None (No Animation).
Off-Canvas / Mobile Menu
Off-Canvas is a mobile menu based on a menu module but customized by the Helix Ultimate framework. It’s used in Mobile and Tablets view mostly. Yes, can be displayed on desktop view as well, in that case, just check Mega Menu tab settings.
- Off-canvas Position – select a position for the off-canvas menu, it can be on the left or right side.
- Select Offcanvas – select premade design for displaying the off-canvas menu (left align, left bordered or center align). Yes, you can create your own design. Just create a new style here: templates\shaper_helixultimate\offcanvas – using one of the existing styles as source code inspiration.
- Select Offcanvas Menu – select which menu should be used for the off-canvas (mobile) menu. Compare to old helix framework versions now by default, you don’t have to publish any menu module to get the mobile menu.
- Maximum Level – select what deep of menu structure should be displayed in the Off-Canvas (Mobile) Menu. If you choose ‘All’, all levels will be shown.
- Enable Search – display the search (classic search in J3.x) field in the off-canvas box.
- Show Contact – display contact information, for example, phone number and e-mail.
Typography (Font & Size)
The Typography setting provides the ability to easily change Font Family, Font Weight & Style, Font Subset, Font Size, and update Google Fonts List.
Blog (Joomla! Articles)
The Blog setting provides the ability to easily change Image Sizes, List, Details, and Comment Settings.
Advanced (Compress / Import & Export Options)
Import & Export Options
With this feature, you can import and export template settings. It is also possible to export initial settings such as typography, logo, and importing available settings of the template that you want to install
Remove / Replace Copyright
As copyright information on FREE version must keep on footer of website. In case you want to remove it and replace with your copyright, you must buy PRO version. You can go to Joomla! templates list, find your template and purchase PRO version
Third-party Build-in Document
SP Page Builder (Recommend for visual builder)
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