Introduction | Helix3 - Documentation | JoomShaper


Updated Last: 28 March 2023


Helix3 is a very popular Joomla! 3 template framework with predefined features and options that you can use for faster template development. It is extremely simple and ready to use just after the installation. A framework is used to ease the process of web development, as it allows you to focus on the design rather than code. You can call it a starter, robust template. Helix3 template has got the JOscar award from Joomla Community in 2017, for the best template framework.

Helix3 is a free template, that you can use for your private, non-profit, and commercial projects. 

Notice! We don't recommend using Helix3 for new websites anymore. This is an old template framework, please use Helix Ultimate instead.

Here are just a few of the many features available:

  • Layout Manager to control site layout.
  • Based on Bootstrap 5 (since version 3.0.0).
  • MegaMenu Support.
  • Off-Canvas panel for modules with Animations effects.
  • Font Awesome 5+ font icon kit.
  • SP Page Builder integration.
  • Integration with Google Fonts.
  • A fully responsive layout.
  • RTL support.
  • Retina Ready.
  • Customization of Error Page and Coming Soon.
  • GNU General Public License v2, Helix3 is free to use for personal and commercial projects which are compatible with this license.

Helix3 will work properly only with new versions of Joomla 3.10, Joomla 4.0.x and PHP 7.x. Users of this older release(s) should upgrade as soon as possible, as they may be exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities. Note! You cannot simply upgrade the Helix II template with the Helix3 framework, those are two different products.

Helix3 can be useful beginners who want to create a custom website, as well as more experienced web designers who want to speed up the development process and build bespoke websites more efficiently.

It powers all our Helix3 based templates. For the ease of upgrades the framework is in the plugin format and can be installed separately.