Customising the JA Purity template

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JA Purity is a highly customizable template available by default in the standard Joomla 1.5 installation. JA Purity was designed by JoomlArt.com and features the following:

  1. Screen width configuration (Fluid / Narrow / Wide-screen / Fixed in pixel or percentage)
  2. Multiple colors schemes (Red, Green, Blue and Black)
  3. Well Structured, xHTML/CSS validated and SEO-optimized source
  4. Cross-browser support for Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox, Safari, and Opera

If you have a support question about the JA Purity template check for a solution on the JA Purity forum.

Before You Start[edit]

Before you start hacking away at the default installed JA_Purity template you may want to do ONE of the following:

Option One:

  • Create a new directory templates/my_japurity
  • Copy the contents of the original ja_purity directory to the my_japurity directory.
  • Go to the administrator/language/en-GB directory and copy en-GB.tpl_ja_purity.ini to en-GB.tpl_my_japurity.ini
  • Go to the language/en-GB directory and copy language/en-GB/en-GB.tpl_ja_purity.ini to en-GB.tpl_my_ja_purity.ini
  • Open the templateDetails.xml file in the my_japurity directory and change ALL references for the original ja_purity directory to the new directory my_japurity.
    <language tag="en-GB">en-GB.tpl_ja_purity.ini</language>
    <language tag="en-GB">admin/en-GB.tpl_ja_purity.ini</language>
    <param name="theme_header" type="folderlist" directory="templates/ja_purity/styles/header" default="" label="Header Themes" description="HEADER THEMES DESCRIPTION" />
    <param name="theme_background" type="folderlist" directory="templates/ja_purity/styles/background" default="" label="Background Themes" description="BACKGROUND THEMES DESCRIPTION" />
    <param name="theme_elements" type="folderlist" directory="templates/ja_purity/styles/elements" default="" label="Primary Elements" description="PRIMARY ELEMENTS DESCRIPTION" />

Option Two:

  • Download the tutorial template. Once you download the archive, rename it as my_japurity.zip and then log into the Administration area of your Joomla site and install the template.

Doing one of these options will save you from worrying about any future updates to the Joomla source code that might overwrite your existing edits. This tutorial is based on the latest template version as of Joomla version 1.5.11.

Template Layout[edit]

Here's the directory structure for the template. Click to see a description of the directory contents (if available) <imagemap> Image:JA_Purity_directories.jpg default Ja purity directory structure desc bottom-left </imagemap>

Front Page[edit]

Click on the picture to see the descriptions (if available) <imagemap> Image:JA_Purity_Tutorial_Main.png|640px rect 19 9 220 67 Customise the Logo rect 253 9 1102 67 Customise the Header Background rect 1140 13 1197 34 Customise Accessibility rect 1113 40 1265 64 Customise Searching rect 0 76 279 657 Customise - Module Position Left rect 278 76 1002 657 Customise - Main Content Area rect 1002 76 1280 657 Customise - Module Position Right rect 0 657 1280 817 Customise - Spotlight Area rect 0 817 1280 1024 Customise - Module Position Footer rect 0 0 1280 73 Customise Header Area default Customising the JA Purity template desc bottom-left </imagemap>


JA Purity Tutorial Positions.png

Ja purity module position.png




Horizontal Navigation[edit]







User 1[edit]

User 2[edit]

User 3[edit]

User 4[edit]

User 5[edit]



CSS Files[edit]

Customisation - Basics[edit]

Administration Features[edit]

Enable Horizontal Navigation Menus with drop down menus

Customising Module Position and Content[edit]


Customising the Header[edit]

Customising the Favicon[edit]

Customising Horizontal Navigation Menus[edit]

Customisation - Intermediate[edit]

Customisation - Advanced[edit]

Known Issues and Bugs[edit]

See also[edit]

A forum topic with some information about this template