Documentation

Knight

Introduction

Knight is a clean and elegant promotion (self-introduction) Joomla! 3.6+ template with Quickstart designed to showcase your offer and portfolio. Professionalize the impression you make by using this modern template to round off your business web appearance. Illustrate offered services,  capabilities, employee skills skills in a clear and vivid style. Obviously, to create a company site is hard work and time consuming.  If you can be found on Google it means you will get new orders. Today it is a must to have your own online business card. So why not use our pre-designed Knight template and only think of the content – not of the form. The template is already structured and include the frame of a self-presentation. Yes, this theme can be used for self-employed company type as well. Just download, install and add text and photos, and voila – all done!

Our template framework (Helix 3) is integrated with this template. Its QuickStart package includes helpful and time-saving template demo. Prebuilt page layouts can be tweaked and personalized by using our multi-tool SP Page Builder Pro (included in the package) which means greater visual customization, increasing your site’s unique appeal. There are four home variations and four preset colors that serve your purposes and look great on computers, mobile devices.  Having a responsive website nowadays is another important aspect of mobile image.   The Knight template code is clean from vulnerabilities or security issues. Regular template updates are promised. The clean layout follows current design trends, and offers both a boxed and open layout as well. This  template is translation ready and can be translated very easily. It supports languages written in a Right-To-Left direction (RTL Support).

Spend 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 and 5.4 ended long time ago.
Our SP PB 2.x component requires at least PHP 5.6 or later. We strongly recommend using 7.0.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: AcyMailing 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.

 

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.

 

Typography

In template demo we used Google Font named: Source Sans Pro for site typography and Playfair Display for H1..h6 Headers.
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.

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
  • search
  • slide
  • user1
  • user2
  • user3
  • user4
  • left
  • right
  • feature
  • slider
  • position1
  • position2
  • position3
  • position4
  • position5
  • position6
  • position7
  • position8
  • bottom1
  • bottom2
  • bottom3
  • bottom4
  • bottom5
  • 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_Knight\templateDetails.xml

 

Menu Settings

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

  • Main Menu (MegaMenu from template)
  • Search Icon - default search module , published on "search" module position - can be replaced with custom module
  • Mobile [=]  Off Canvas   Menu - is visible only in tablet and mobile view, if you have menu module published on "offcanvas" position.

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) 
  • 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 area.

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

 

Default Homepage Layout

Default homepage like all variants in demo of Doctor template were created using SP Page Builder Pro component. The following screenshot shows the layout of "Home" page (Default variant) with list of the addons used in the demo content configuration.

 

 

Header background image

On several sub-pages we used this same background image for SubHeader section. This image you can find here: images/demo/subheader.jpg  - in your QuickStart package. You can simply replace image with a new one. Default dimension of .jpg file used in demo was 1920 × 399 px.

But if you want to use different image for different sub-pages we suggest to upload and use image by changing settings here, in Menu Manager for each menu item.

 

Why images are black-white

Do not worry, the template does not overwrite images, in demo some images were gray from the beginning and for others we used only simple CSS3 rule to add grayscale filter to change the color of all images to black and white (100% gray). Check this part of CSS code:

.sppb-addon-articles .sppb-addon-article a img {
  -webkit-filter: grayscale(100%);
  filter: grayscale(100%);
  -webkit-transition: .4s;
  transition: .4s;
}

Legend:

  • 0% (0) is default and represents the original image (color in most cases).
  • 100% will make the image completely gray (used for black and white images).

Of course using custom.css file you can override value for linked images, for example:

.sppb-addon-articles .sppb-addon-article a img, article.item.item-page .entry-image img, 
#sp-left .sp-module .latestnews > div .article-list-img img,
#sp-right .sp-module .latestnews > div .article-list-img img { -webkit-filter: grayscale(0); filter: grayscale(0); }

Too big images in Single Article view

By default, first image in single article view has a 100% width, it means that if you uploaded smaller image it will be resized and may get a blurred effect, because of "pixel doubling".
It can be easily fixed, just use the following custom CSS code:

.entry-image.full-image img { width: auto; }
And since now all images will use their primary resolution, of course, unless it is not wider than the JoomShaper template.

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