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Empire

Introduction 

Empire was created as a Joomlal 3.6+ template with Quickstart mostly for Property Real Estate Agency and other related projects. This template can be used to detail to the marketing and sales of luxury real estate, new developments, single-family residential and vacation and rental properties and much more. We also recognize that every buyer and seller are equally unparalleled and highly individual. It is with this mindset that we approach working on this template.  We combine this with an inherent understanding and knowledge of our clients, their goals, needs and design taste. This amazing product offers many incredible features even a new component SP Property. It manages to balance power and beauty, resulting in a high-quality browsing experience for all users, not only Real Estate.

Pre-made content in Empire QuickStart can be your best friend, especially if your schedule does not allow you to start from scratch.

This is a multipurpose Empire responsive template will help your business rise or grow, give the opportunity to present beautiful apartments, buildings for sale (rent). Inside Quickstart only you will find mulitool, drag & drop SP Page Builder Pro, so you can easily customize everything, also Coming Soon Page & 404 Page. And last but not least, it comes with ad spaces allowing you to place your ads wherever you want them. It uses Joomla 3.6, SP Property, AcyMailing, SP Simple Portfolio and Helix 3 Framework (with Bootstrap 3 inside). The clean layout follows current design trends, and offers both a boxed and open layout as well. This Magazine/News template is translation ready and can be translated very easily. It supports languages written in a Right-To-Left direction (RTL Support).

This is the best inbox solution to build an awesome web-site for your clients. Dominate the real estate market, with Empire on board!

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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. This template has been based on Helix3 Framework so please check related >>manuals <<.

 

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 3.6 and newer versions.

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

  • PHP 5.6 or PHP 7.x
  • MySQLi 5.5+
  • PostgreSQL 9+

Note! Support for PHP 5.3 is discontinued. It's end of life since August 2014. PHP 5.5 security support ended July 10th 2016, PHP5.6 active support ends Dec 31st 2016.
Our components requires at least PHP 5.4 or later and is fully compatible with PHP 5.5, 5.6 and 7.x. We strongly recommend using PHP 5.6 or 7.x.

To use QuickStart please use these php settings :

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

These below settings are strongly recommended for PHP in order to ensure full compatibility and website security with latest version of Joomla!:

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 recommended 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.

In most cases JoomShaper Template package include overridden of several components views, for example: Acy Mailing and SP Page Builder.

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 from Joomla! back-end. To get standalone PRO version with all current updates 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 (MySQL) 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 you should see green successful message.
  12. Remove index.html file from root folder - if you have it.
  13. Login to admin area www.domain.com/administrator
  14. Update components and Joomla if necessary

Please also read our article -> I’ve installed Quickstart, So what’s next?

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.

 

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.
  • Use MySQL in choose field not MySQLi if you still have problems with database step.

 

Where are photos 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.

 

Typography

In template demo we used Google Font named: Catamaran for  whole demo site typography.
Check template Typography tab inside 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.

 

Template Update

Before you go ahead with the update please check template changelog on product page. It is the best practice to backup both your files and database regularly and especially before making some serious updates. We recommend using free backup component for Joomla! like Akeeba Backup. Typical template update process is easy. You can manually reinstall new template using a new package. Second option can be done from Extensions: Update but request from you filling two fields License Key and email in template "Update settings" tab.

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.

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

  • title
  • top1
  • top2
  • top3
  • logo
  • menu
  • property-search
  • gallery
  • 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.But first you have to add new block and choose those position names. If you need more or more unique names, you have to add new name inside: templates\shaper_news365\templateDetails.xml

 

Menu Settings

In current template in "Main Menu" section we used:

  • Main Menu (MegaMenu from template)
  • [=] Menu (Off Canvas "Mobile" SideBar Menu, it can be disabled from desktop view via template settings)
  • Call Now module (Top1 position) - can be edited in template settings or replaced with custom module

Of course you don't have to use all demo modules (objects).

For example it pretty easily to disable Off Canvas [=] menu from desktop view only.

menu2

4 Columns Menu item  (Joomla!)

 

List of used extensions

In JoomShaper Quickstart (Demo content) we used both Joomla! 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 Date (module from JoomShaper.com)
  • SP Property (component + modules from JoomShaper.com)
  • AcyMailing Starter (component + module from Acyba.com)
  • 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)

Of course you can install your own modules or components. But gold rule is one: less is more, also in security sector.

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

Default Homepage Layout

Default homepage like all variants in demo of Empire template were created using SP Page Builder Pro component. The following screenshot shows the layout of "Home" page (Corporate variant) with list of the addons used in the demo content configuration. Note! Especially only for that template we created a new addon Thumb Slider (!).

HomePage Slider Customization

 

How to remove thumbs under main slider? Please use following css code:

#slider.flexslider .flex-direction-nav, 
.slide_thumb_wrap .flexslider {display:none;}

How to remove button or empty box from slider? Please use following css code:

#slider.flexslider .slides li.flex-active-slide a { display: none !important; }
How to reduce dark layer in slider? Please use following css code:
#slider.flexslider .slides li::after { background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3) !important; }
Default value is 0.6, less value means brighter bg color. The RGBA declaration was used to set opacity as part of the color value. This allows us to fill areas with transparent color; the first thee numbers representing the color in RGB values and the fourth representing a transparency value between 0 and 1 (zero being fully transparent and one being fully opaque).
 
 

How to translate Property phrases

QuickStart is using SP Property component with two modules, it means that you have to translate them if you want to use it in 2nd language. This component and modules includes one file (.ini) which contains all of the English terms we have used; this allows our users to only edit one file in order to be able to translate our templates to any language in the world. All you have to do is to translate 3 files:
  • Main component (front-end)  >> language\en-GB\en-GB.com_spproperty.ini
  • Property Search (module) >> language\en-GB\en-GB.mod_spproperty_search.ini
  • List of properties (module) >> language\en-GB\en-GB.mod_spproperty_properties.ini

Remember that instead of changing the original file, you can to make a copy of this file (from the server, template quickstart or component package). Open the .ini file with a text editor which is capable of handling UTF-8. Each HTML will be good for this purpose. You can also use free tools, like: Notepad++  if you are using a Windows operating system. A good start is to make sure that you’re using UTF-8 encoding. Now, you can translate selected entries into your preferred or native language. Edit the file and translate phrases on the right side of the equals (=) sign to the new language. The left side of each line (left of the equals sign) must remain the same – they are needed by the system. You don’t have to translate all strings from that file, select only those you really need. Each translated string must be enclosed by double quotes, always !

Then, you have to change the filename
from: en-GB.com_spproperty.ini
to: xx-XX.com_spproperty.ini

Where xx-XX is a LANG-PREFIX, for example es-ES – for Spanish (Español).

Once the phrases inside file have been translated, you can copy your language file into your language directory using an FTP client. That's all.

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You can translate selected phrases also using the overrides feature in Joomla (Top Menu): Extensions > Language Manager > Overrides tab. But first you have to get know BIG LETTERS phrases, take them from language file.

 

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