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Academia - The Best Joomla Education Template Just Got Better With Shika LMS Integration

Uzzal Raz Bongshi

5 mins

We always listen to our customers, try to understand their needs, therefore we develop products according to their demand with latest technology. We haven't stopped at new products. We also provide updates to previous ones.

In the previous update of Academia, we provided some new features & bug fixes, and this time we have tried to do the same. We have come with advanced LMS integration and other cool features.

Let's check what comes in the new update.  


Now Academia v3.0 comes with the integration of Shika LMS to manage your e-learning website with more efficiency. LMS stands for Learning Management System.

Learning: Because it assists you to deliver educational courses or training.
Management: Because it helps you to handle these courses (Creating, Altering, assigning to students, grading them, etc.)
System: It is a computer application program.

Just like Photoshop lets you edit photo, MySQL helps you manage your database, Shika LMS allows you to set up, organize and deliver e-courses and training.

You can easily manage your courses and students with Shika. You do not need any other tools for running your e-learning websites as you got everything at one place. Besides with Shika LMS, a student can interact and learn much better in an efficient way.

Let's check Key features that Shika offers:

​Support for multiple lesson types from SCORM to Documents and Videos: With Shika, you get more than one type of lesson formats like HTML5, SCORM, powerpoint, documents, audio, and videos. You can make your courses interactive and manage efficiently with these lesson formats. Interactive way always helps to learn better and faster.

Built-in Quizzing Engine: Shika has built-in quizzing engine that lets you conduct scheduled or manual quiz from anywhere. All you have to do is set the questions and time for the quiz.

​E-Commerce Enabled: You will get full support to sell your courses or educational instruments as Shika is e-commerce enabled. Shika allows you to handle course subscription from one place very easily. There are multiple payment plugins like PayPal, 2Checkout, Authorizenet is available with Shika.

​Social Integrations with EasySocial and JomSocial: For socializing EasySocial and JomSocial integration is given with Shika. It's up to you to choose your desired social extension.

​Authoring Tools: Standard Joomla WYSIWYG and Drag & Drop HTML course authoring comes with Shika to give you the ultimate authoring experience.

​Developer APIs: You can easily override the output to give your own custom look to Shika, as it uses MVC. Besides Shika LMS is easily extensible, that makes it easy to modify and intercept data, add your own twist and extend features. You can add your own lesson types.

Shika is a full featured LMS for Joomla and we just highlighted some key features. There are tons of other features available on Shika.

Fixed Layout

You can always use the fixed layout to adjust every content within minutes.  

Masonry Layout

This layout is a type of grid layout based on columns. Masonry layout automatically adjusts the space inside the page by reducing unwanted gaps and gives you a perfect look that you are wanting.  

Blog Layout

You can also try the Blog layout for showing the contents in a list order.  

Box layout

Previously there was an issue regarding box layout, that is informed by our users. Box layout was not working properly as it should. Therefore we have fixed this bug, and in addition, now you can add color to box layout with images. 


Now you have more control over copyright option as it is updated. You can enable or disable copyright area according to your own will.  


Preloader is added to Academia. So while the site loads, you visitor will watch some fancy animations that will not make him boring. You can customize the preloader in your way.  

Go to Top

For going top to bottom of a web page directly, we have added 'Go to Top' button. Hence there is no more scrolling needed for going to the top of a page. One single click on 'Go to top' button is enough to scroll up the whole page.  

Transparent Header

Header got more attractive with transparency. You can manually set the opacity of the header. It is all up to you now to keep your header either solid or transparent.  

Sticky Header

Now you can access the header anytime you want because as you scroll header will not vanish. The sticky header will always be on top as you scroll the page.  

Upload Favicon

Favicon makes a great impression of your organization; therefore we have added upload favicon option. So now use your own customized favicon on your website. 

Header Variation

For customizing the header, 8 stylish and fully responsive header variation is added to Academia. You can choose any of these, that suits you best.  

Header Social Profile

Header Social profile option is included under template option. Therefore you will be able to insert your social links on the top along with the header.

Error Page

A 404 error page by default comes with Academia. Now we have included option to enable, disable and add your custom error page in Academia.  

Coming Soon Page

Similarly, we have added 'Coming soon page' under template options. So when your site is under construction or through any other maintenance, you can show your customized 'Coming soon page' instead of showing nothing.  


Finally, we have added the most important feature called 'Typography.' Typography is an essential feature for any website that helps you to attract visitors attraction. With this option, you can choose any font from 1000+ google fonts with changing style, size, line height, weight and so on. 

Brife Changelog :

  • LMS Support(Added)
  • Box Layout (Fixed)
  • Copyright (Improved)
  • Preloader (Added)
  • Go to top (Added)
  • Transparent Header (Added)
  • Sticky Header (Added)
  • Upload Favicon (Added)
  • Header Variation (Added)
  • Header Social Profile (Added)
  • Error Page (Added)
  • Coming Soon Page (Added)
  • Typography (Added)
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