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Aspasia

Aspasia was created as a Joomlal 3.5 template with Quickstart for any creative, small company or craftsman website, local business and other websites that requires blog, portfolio, and e-commerce features. Fully Responsive Design with unique Home Layouts. It built in Joomla 3.5, HikaShop 2.6 and Helix 3 Framework (with Bootstrap 3 inside). The SP Page Builder (Pro) interface will let you easily and powerfully edit and create a new layout of any page. Full of features and flexible design can be used to create any other website. Template has many options to customize the final look of your website, also for Coming Soon Page & 404 Page. The clean responsive layout follows current design trends, and offers both a boxed and open layout as well.

aspasia demo

Spending several minutes reading following manual may save lot's of your time and avoid forum questions with obvious answers. Following guide contains the basic configuration settings for the Joomla 3 template. Using these information you will be able to configure your template when you cannot use the Quickstart package. This template has been based on Helix3 Framework  >more<.

Technical requirements

It is strongly recommended that you always use the latest stable version of Joomla to ensure all known bugs and security issues are fixed. Template will only function properly on Joomla 3.5 and newer versions.

To prevent problems with used components and installation freezes (never ending) use following settings:

  • PHP 5.5+
  • MySQL(i) 5.5+
  • PostgreSQL 9+

To use QuickStart please use these php settings :

  • memory_limit --> at least 64M or 128 MB
  • max_execution_time --> at least 240 (by default is set to 30 seconds only.)
  • Magic Quotes GPC off

In most cases those values can be changed in php.ini or .htaccess file. Please contact your web hosting service provider to be sure your server complies with the requirements or to ask them where/how to change those settings.
About used browser we suggest to use latest version of Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer 10+. Please remember that Internet Explorer versions 8 and older are NOT supported anymore by Microsoft company.

Template vs Quickstart differences

The Quickstart package is a complete demo website. It's basically a fully functional and entire Joomla! 3 package containing the CMS itself, components, modules, chosen template, Helix3 framework plugin with all the configurations and data that we used on the demo site. You can use it to recreate/restore demo site appearance. You don't have to use demo content to build your own website, demo-dummy content is only for showing a features of current template and included components. After all you can remove it.
Standalone template package (~2 MB) doesn't include any modules/components nor demo content. If you manually installed the template on your existing setup, you will have to manually create each article and install & set all modules to suit your needs using our example settings. Also subpages created via SP Page Builder should be restored or created from scratch. So if you are not advanced user please install the template Quickstart on your testing ground/environment, just to get more insights on sample content and advanced usage. You will be able check each setting or used demo content.

Note! We recommend that you download Joomla and/or Quickstart only from the official websites. If you download the installation package from other than the official one, there is a risk of malicious code in the setup files. We do not support illegal, mostly infected, copies.

Note! Inside QuickStart there is a full version of SP Page Builder Pro installed already. But during purchase of template membership you didn't get a update possibility of this component. To get standalone PRO version you have to purchase it from that page: https://www.joomshaper.com/page-builder

 

How to install Quickstart

  1. Unfortunately, it is not possible to install the Quickstart package inside an existing Joomla installation via the Extension Manager. Why? Because the Quickstart also includes the Joomla! CMS itself. This package is strictly for use with a new Joomla! installation to provide you with a duplicate of our demo for that particular template.
  2. You can install Quickstart just like a typical Joomla 3.x installation process (step by step).
  3. Download from our site package : TemplateName_quickstart_j3.zip.
  4. Unzip Quickstart package to get separate folders and files before sending them to server.
  5. Upload the extracted files and folders to your web server - for that task please use SFTP/FTP tool - in most cases it will be public_html folder.
  6. Create a MySQL database and assign a user to it with full permissions. In most cases we suggest to use a new/fresh database (MySQLi) for all QS installations.
  7. Open your browser and navigate to your main domain (i.e. http://mydomain.com), or to the appropriate subdomain (i.e http://mydomain.com/new), depending where you have uploaded the Joomla installation package.
  8. You will be taken to the first screen of the Joomla Web Installer.
  9. Please do not use "admin" as a your default Super Admin Username (!). Use something more unique during installation process (security reasons!).
  10. Default Demo sample data will be automatically installed on your server.
  11. After successful installation change our demo texts, menu items and images.
    Please also read our article -> I’ve installed Quickstart, So what’s next?

 

The Quickstart installation problems

Because QS includes many extensions and their settings it request good PHP settings. Check mentioned above technical requirements.

If during QuickStart installation on localhost you have never ending installation, please check your PHP settings (suggested values above) and if those settings will not help please make small customization:

  • Open in your text editor the following files: installation\sql\mysql\joomla.sql and installation\sql\mysql\sample_data.sql
  • Find all instances of ENGINE=InnoDB and change/replace to ENGINE=MyIsam
  • Now return in your installation procedure one step back and try again.

No images from demo

demo img smThe images shown in the live preview are for demonstration purposes only and are not included in the download package. Due to license QuickStart package contains mostly only image placeholders (Grey background blocks with JoomShaper logo inside).
Unfortunately we cannot include in Quickstart package all photos from original Template Demo. We assume that our customers have (or should have) their own photos, which better fit to real website purposes. First online impression is the most important, so please use high quality and legal photos.

 

The Manual template installation is preferred if you just want to install the template to an existing website which already has some content. However, keep in mind that when you install the template to an existing website, you will also have to reconfigure used modules because the new template has different module positions. But we always suggest to install QuickStart on temporary location, like sub-domain, to check all settings and demo content.

Template Demo Settings

If you installed only template (not Quckstart !) you can import template demo settings. Template settings doesn't include settings of modules nor components. Helix3 template allows you to Export-Import its settings from "Advanced" tab. It means that you have to download a >>settings file<<, then unzip , next select whole text, copy and paste inside Import field of your template. It includes all basic settings of Template only !. If you're using Quickstart you doesn't have to do this, default settings are already there.

import export

Typography

In template demo we used Google Font named: Poppins for whole demo site typography. 
Check template Typography tab inside Politist template settings, of course you can set your own font-family. More information about Typography you can find >> here <<. Remember that not all Google Fonts support multiple scripts (like Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek for example). Use them if you need to use diacritical marks/chars, native language letters.

typo

Layout - Module Positions

The following screen-shot highlights the default layout module positions that we used in current template. By using Layout builder in Helix3 users will be able to move positions or change their size in the grid. Our in-build layout builder from template settings provide the opportunity to add new positions, columns, rows wherever you need as much as moving elements.

layout

These are the all available template module positions which you can use:

  • title
  • top1
  • top2
  • logo
  • menu1
  • menu2
  • search
  • slide
  • user1
  • user2
  • user3
  • user4
  • left
  • right
  • feature
  • slider
  • position1
  • position2
  • position3
  • position4
  • position5
  • position6
  • position7
  • position8
  • bottom1
  • bottom2
  • bottom3
  • bottom4
  • breadcrumb
  • footer1
  • footer2
  • comingsoon
  • offcanvas
  • pagebuilder
  • 404
  • debug

It means that you can use all on them on layout grid. If you need more, you have to add new name inside: templates\shaper_aspasia\templateDetails.xml

Menu Settings & Colors

In Aspasia template in Main Menu section we used one top classic menu, and mobile [=] menu and search icon. Of course you doesn't have to have all those elements.

menu

For example pretty easily you can disable [=] menu from desktop view only.

menu2

Color of menu items you can control by Preset settings (template) or by using custom css code inside custom.css file (more info here). If you chosen second method here is example CSS code which can help you during customization tasks.

Menu items color (level 1)

.sp-menu-item > a, .sp-megamenu-parent > li > a {
    color: green;
}
.sp-megamenu-parent > li.active > a,
.sp-megamenu-parent > li:hover > a {
    color: blue;
}

Submenu items color

.sp-megamenu-parent .sp-dropdown li.sp-menu-item > a {color: red;}
.sp-megamenu-parent .sp-dropdown li.sp-menu-item > a:hover {color: yellow;}

Please add above CSS inside custom.css file.

About Search icon and whole feature - it's default search module which extra styles, this view was overriden by template. 

search

Used Extensions

In JoomShaper Aspasia template we used both Joomla 3.5 core and additional extensions, here is a full list of them:

  • SP Page Builder Pro - Pro version is built-in in QuickStart only (JoomShaper.com)
  • SP Simple Portfolio (component + module from JoomShaper.com)
  • SP Campaign Timeline (module from JoomShaper.com)
  • HikaShop (component + modules from Hikashop.com)
  • AcyMailing Starter (component + module from Acyba.com)
  • K2 (component + modules from JoomlaWorks.net)

  • Articles - Latest (Joomla core module)
  • Articles - Categories (Joomla core module)
  • Banners (Joomla core module)
  • Breadcrumbs (Joomla core module)
  • Custom HTML (Joomla core module)
  • Login (Joomla core module)
  • Search (Joomla core module)
  • Tags - Popular (Joomla core module)
  • Menu (Joomla core module)

Module Manager View - with list of all used and published modules

modules

 

Homepage Layout

The following screenshot shows the detail of Aspasia template settings of "Home" page with list of the addons used in the demo content configuration. Please note, Home page was built using SP Page Builder (PRO) component. Here is default "Home" layout from demo site created in SP Page Builder Pro tool provided by JoomShaper team.

home

TIP: To remove background color layer from main slidershow addon please use following code:

.sppb-slider-wrapper.sppb-slider-fullwidth-wrapper .sppb-slideshow-fullwidth-item-bg::before {background: transparent !important;}

Using this class you can also control of used layer bg color or transparency lever. Just use basic background rules with rgba colors.

 

Coming soon page

During time of building new site, for example process of adding new content, you can hide construction stages.

coming soon 

All settings are inside template settings in Basic tab, just scroll down.

coming soon2

Customizations tips:

  • background image: templates/shaper_aspasia/images/coming-soon-bg.jpg  - just replace image file with yours.
  • logo image inside coming soon page: images/demo/coming-soon-logo.png - just replace or add new image file.
  • newsletter field - publish newsletter module for example AcyMailing Module on "comingsoon" position.

Logo next to menu after scroll

aspasia logo scroll

By default settings of QS you cannot have logo next to menu after scroll down. But using following solution it can be done:

  1. First step, reduce logo dimensions to small one, for example use 30px of height for logo image.
  2. Upload smaller PNG logo image to server to: /image folder
  3. Create/Add new menu item
    a) Type: External URL
    b) Link: put here URL of your site
    c) Link Image : choose smaller logo image
    d) Add Menu Title : No
    e) Set as a first menu item , in order list
    f) Custom CSS Class: scrollogo
        - before class name must be one space.
  4. Use following custom CSS inside custom.css file:
div.sticky-wrapper .sp-menu-item.scrollogo > a {display:none;}
div.sticky-wrapper.is-sticky .sp-menu-item.scrollogo > a {
height: 30px;padding-top: 10px;display: block;
}

logo scroll only

 

Thumb Gallery

Thumb gallery it's a new addon inside SP Page Builder collection. The gallery have a view it with the thumbnail carousel. It shows big image and collection of small one (thumbs) under, they are presented one by one.

thumb_gallery_tip

If you want to remove dark layer from all thumbs please use following CSS code inside custom.css file:

.sppb-addon-thumb-gallery #carousel ul li { opacity: 1; }
.sppb-addon-thumb-gallery #carousel ul li::after { background-color: transparent;}

Translation

Both Helix3 template and SP Page Builder can be translated, because their language layer is based on .ini files. You can also check here: https://www.transifex.com/joomshaper/public/
Template language file is here: language\en-GB\en-GB.tpl_shaper_aspasia.ini

Guide how to translate phrases from SP Page Builder you will find here: https://www.joomshaper.com/documentation/joomla-extensions/sp-page-builder#documentation-14

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