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Firefly is the most advanced yet easy-to-use Joomla templates ever created. With our next generation pagebuilder, you can create responsive first website in minutes. Firefly could be the solid ground for your next website.

Firefly

Key Features

  • Fully Responsive
  • Parallax Background Animation
  • Fast Loading
  • SEO Optimized by Quix's enhanced SEO
  • Dynamic Navigation Menu
  • Video Background Feature
  • Off-Screen Background
  • Smooth Collapsing Transaction
  • Quick Social Sharing
  • Multiple Social Commenting
  • Built with T3 Framework
  • Quix page builder
  • Specific Product Landing Page
  • Full Features Blog
  • RTL Support

Requirements

In order to run Firefly run smoothly on your server, you need to full-fill this requirements listed below :

  • Joomla: 3.6.x
  • Server : PHP 5.6+

Download

Head over to our download page and click Explore button of template you want to download. You will see several files listed there. Read section below to understand which file to dowload.

Installation

There are 2 ways you can install Firefly template. Both are pretty simple and straight forward.

  1. Install QuickStart package.
  2. Install Everything Manually with recommended extensions.

Install QuickStart Package

QuickStart is a complete Joomla pre-packaged with all required extensions, settings, images, content as well as default template configurations.

If you are starting from scratch, we recommend you to download Quickstart package and install it. This is the most simplest way to get started.

Please follow step by step process from the video:

Manuall Installation

If you already have an existing Joomla site and want to applly firefly template, you have to install the following packages listed bellow:

  • T3 Framework plugin
  • Quix Page Builder
  • Firefly Template
  • And few other extensions you will find under required_extensions.zip file.

All of above extensions are very easy to install by following standard Joomla installation process. Simply, go to Extensions > Manage > Install then upload respective extension's zip package and hit upload.

You can check our extensive installation tutorial to understand more.

Template Settings

You can differently customize template according to your need using Easy Customization feature. Go to Extensions > Templates >tx_firefly It will open up Template Setting Screen.

Compile LESS to CSS

When site development is complete, you should compile LESS to CSS. This option will compile LESS files to CSS files. All your customization in LESS files will be compiled to corresponding CSS files.

ThemeMagic

By enabling this feature, you'll get the ThemeMagic customization panel, and with this, you can customize your theme. After customization, you should turn it off.

T3 Theme Settings

For better understanding, go through the video below:

Megamenu Options

  • Enable Submenu : This option is to show or hide submenu of a parent menu. If a menu has no submenus, to enable this option, it allows you to add new submenu and add content to the submenu.

To add a submenu, click on the menu in which you want to add submenu.

You can only add a submenu for a menu that has no child menus.

  • Add New Column/ Row : You can add new columns or rows for a selected Column/ Row.

  • Group Submenu or not : You can group submenus of any menu item by selecting the menu item then enable option "Group."

  • Assign any module for new created Row/ Submenu : After adding new Row/ Submenu, you can display content from any module by assigning the module to the Row/ Submenu.

  • Move Menu Item : You can move a menu item to the next or previous column. This option will help you to divide menu items into columns.

  • Resize submenu and column width : T3 allows you to change the size of a submenu. To do so, select the submenu then change its size in pixel. After changing the size of the submenu, you can change the size of a column. Just select the column and set the Width (max 12).

Style Megamenu

You can style for any level of Megamenu including Menu Items, Columns, Submenus by Adding a class to Extra Class field.

T3 Megamenu Options

Using two files, you can add style for MegaMenu. megamenu.less in: plugins/system/t3/base/less megamenu.less in: templates/tx_firefly/less

  • Add Icon for Menu Item : You can add class to define icon that you want to add to the menu item, or you can use classes of Bootstrap and Font Awesome.

  • Bootstrap 3 icon list
  • Font Awesome 4 icon list

  • Animation Settings : T3 supports four types of animation for Megamenu.

    This feature is only available from version: 1.2.5

There are two fields configure the animation.

  • Animation type and
  • Duration

Currently, T3 supports four animation types: Fading, Slide, Elastic, and Zoom.

  • Small Screens Menu System : T3 supports two navigation systems for small screens. First one is the default Bootstrap navigation called Collapse navigation for small screens and The second one is the Off-canvas sidebar. Check out Off-canvas sidebar configuration documentation.

For better understanding, watch the video below:

To enable default Bootstrap navigation, in the Navigation tab, enable option Collapse navigation for small screens. After all that, the Front-end Appearance will be like below:

T3 Megamenu

We highly recommend you to disable this option if you use Off-canvas sidebar for navigation in small screens.

General Settings

The global settings are applied for all styles, themes, and layout, no matter the settings are changed in any styles.

T3 General settings

  • Development Mode : As this is an important option, you should get the differences between Enabling and Disabling the option clearly. You should enable this option while you are developing your site.

We recommend to use Chrome Developer Tool or Firebug when developing your site. These tools help you to find problem and solve them faster.

Once it's turned on, your site will directly run original files - LESS files. The LESS files are located in templates/tx_firefly_less/ or templates/tx_firefly/less

Make sure to turn off development mode when your site goes live. It may decrease your site loading speed on production environment.

All compiled CSS files are located in templates\tx_firefly\css. But we don't recommend you to customize your site with the CSS files in this folder as each time you compile LESS to CSS, the files will be overridden.

  • Legacy Compatible : By enabling this feature, some compatible Boostrape 2.0 as well as Font Awesome 3.0 style will be loaded.

  • Responsive : Turn ON-OFF template responsiveness. By turning on, your site will be responsive according to the device screen size. If you turn the option OFF, you can set the screen size manually.
  • Build RTL CSS : This option allows you to fix the language appearance. Usually, some language like Arabic is to read from the right-hand side. If it is turned off, also those languages will appear from the left side and won't be understandable.

  • T3 Assets Folder : Defining the T3 Framework Asset Folder. It can be only done when the Development Mode or Optimize CSS is set to "YES".

  • Show T3 Logo : Allows to enable or disable T3 Logo in footer.
  • Optimization : In the case of Development mode is off, you are allowed to enable or disable option: Optimize CSS. This option will optimize and join CSS files. By this way, it will improve your site performance. When enabled, the optimized and joined CSS files will be located in the defined T3 Assets Folder folder. By default this folder is t3-assets.

For better understanding, watch the video below:

Theme Settings

T3 Theme Settings

  • Theme : This option allows you to choose a preset style for the current theme. It affects and changes the whole user interface according to its previously set color as well as font for the particular section on the theme.

  • Logo : Type you can either select image logo style or text logo style.

  • Site Name : Specify the name of your site.

  • Slogan : Write a slogan for your site.

  • Logo Image : Using this option, you can select an image that you want to use as the logo for your site. If you choose Image Logo Type in the previous option, only then this setting will appear.

  • Enable Small Logo : If this set on, a small version responsive logo will appear for the small screens. That logo image has to be selected from the following option; Small Logo Image

You can find this below option only when you enable the option; Small Logo Image

Layout Setting

T3 Layout Settings

  • Position & Responsive Configuration : Select a Layout configuration style.
  • Layout structure : Assign the Module Position.
  • Responsive layout configuration : Select responsive layout size. It can be Large, Medium, Small and Extra Small as well.

To know more about Layout Configuration, we reccomend you to watch the video below:

Navigation Settings

T3 Navigation Settings

  • Menu : Select menu to configure megamenu.

    The navigation settings are not global settings, so in each style, it may have difference navigations and in each style, you can display different menus as the main menu.

  • Dropdown Trigger : Define the style while mouse hovers on the menu items to fetch sub-menus.

  • Enable Megamenu : To enable Megamenu, First open Navigation tab. Then set Enable Megamenu "ON". Megamenu > Enable Megamenu.

  • Animation : Defining animation for Megamenu.

  • Collapse navigation for small screens : Allows you to enable default collapse navigation for the main navigation menu for small screens.

  • Configuration Level : There are three levels of configuration that you are suppose to know;

    1. Submenu Setting
    2. Column Setting
    3. Menu Item Setting
  • Sub-megamenu Setting : This setting allows you to configure the width of the sub-megamenu, add the column, and add class that manage the style.

  • Column Setting : Here, you can Add column, remove column, set width of column and assign the module to column as well.

  • Main Item Setting : In this configuration level, you can Enable or Disable Submenu, Whether a menu item displays sub-menus in a group or not, Move menu item to the right or left, Assign a module to a module menu item, Add icon for the menu item.

Add-ons Settings

Add-Ons Settings

Off-canvas Sidebar

  • Enable : Enabling or Disabling Off-canvas Sidebar. Assign a module position to Off-canvas sidebar. By default, Off-canvas will be assigned to off-canvas position. Add content to Off-canvas sidebar by creating modules then assign them to off-canvas position

Front-end Appearance will be like below:

Off-Canvas Sidebar

To display menu in the off-canvas sidebar, create module menu then assign the menu to "off-canvas" position.

For better understanding, watch the video below:

  • Off-Canvas Effect : The effect used in Off-Canvas Sidebar menu. You can change the effect from this drop down menu.

  • Use Off-canvas as Navigation in small screens : In case you want to display Off-canvas sidebar as navigation in small screens like a tablet or mobile, you have to disable Off-canvas sidebar in responsive layouts.

Front-end appearance will be look like below;

Off-Canvas Sidebar

Custom Codes

Custom Code

The tab includes settings that allows you to add scripts like Google Analytic, Live chat service to any position.

To add scripts, you have to open Custom Code tab then you can add scripts in four positions: Before Head, After Head, Before Body and After Body as well.

In front-page, you can see the source code to watch whether the scripts are added or not

Custom Code

  • Show debug module position: You can Enable or Disable this option. By Enabling this option, you can add a module before closing tag.

Template Options

T3 Template Options

  • Preloader : When you reload the site, an excellent loading animation will appear on your screen till the site fully loaded only if you enable the preloader option.

For getting the option, go to template setting Extensions > Templates > Select your template > Template Options, It will open template option screen. You can turn this feature enable/disable shown on the screenshot below.

  • Go To Top : You can add a "Go To To" button at the right bottom side of you site and by clicking on it, it will be taken at the top of the site if necessary.

  • Off-canvas Position : Defining the Off-canvas position. You can either select Left or Right.

  • Sticky Header : This option allows you to Enable or Disable sticky header. When you scroll down yout site, the Header will be fixed in its position if this option is set Enabled previously.

  • Upload Favicon : You can change the favicon of your site by simply selecting from your computer hard drive or from online link.

  • Header Variation : You can apply variation in Header with this option.

  • Enable Box Layout : Enabling or Disabling Box Layout

  • Video Background : Enabling or Disabling Video as Background. After Enabling this option, a module will open up with Video Background Class, Video Poster and YouTube Video ID

  • Copyright : To change copyright text, you have to first Enable the Copyright Area then write the Copyright information text according to your wish.

  • Error Page : Defining Error Page location.

Typography Settings

T3 Typography Settings

With Typography Settings, you can define different font style for different particles in your site like: Body, Heading1, Heading2, Heading3, Heading4, Heading5, Heading6 and Navigation Menu as well. To apply that, you have to just Enable the area in which you want to apply the font and customize customize style, then just select the font from the drop down menu.

T3 Typography Settings

If you are unable to find any font from the drop down menu, you have to check for the update fonts and have to download. After that, you can apply those new downloaded fonts too.

T3 Typography Settings

Blog Settings

Blog Settings

Post Formate

  • Show Icon : Enabling or Disabling post icon.

  • Show Comments : Enabling or Disabling social comments on posts. After enabling, a setting module will appear and you need to provide the information in those corresponding boxes to successfully configure social commenting option in your blog post.

-Enable Social Share : Allow you to either Enable or Disable sharing on social sites.

Creating Pages With Quix

Quix is the most powerful tool of Joomla with 34 elements in its pro version. You can create your complete dream website using these elements within a very short time just by simple drag & drop. You can control the page layout and manage everything from one place. It has advanced caching mechanism and powerful rendering engine that's why the site load pretty faster and it is compatible with any template or any framework in Joomla. In short, It's just awesome!!

Now, I will show you the procedure to create a complete website without even a single line of coding.

Here is the process to install QuickStart

You can Manually Install Joomla, following this procedure.

Home Page

Go to Quix> Pages>Click on New

Quix Home Page

Give a Page name on the Title Box. Click on the Top Right Corner Icon wich will allow you to select presets from sort of default saved presets.

Quix Home Page

Click Load From Preset and then click on the right side Load button of your selected preset.

Quix Home Page

Click on the Save Button or Manually press Ctrl+S from your keyboard. Close it by clicking on the Close Button.

Quix Home Page

Now, Go to Menu> Main Menu> Click on Home.

Quix Home Page

Select Menu Item Type Quix> Page then Select The Page> Home and Click on Save & Close.

Quix Home Page

You are done! A new page named Home has been added successfully to your site. Now, the Front-end will should be like below:

Quix Home Page

Menu

Go to Menu> Main Menu and Click in New on the top-left corner of the module.

Quix Menu

Write the Menu Name on the Menu Title box, select Menu Item Type System Links> External URL, write # on Link Box then Click on Save & Close.

Quix Menu

You can replace # by a page URL later

If everything is done perfectly, the Front-end should be look like below:

Quix Menu

Product Page

We can re-create Product Page by following the similar procedure we described for creating Home Page.

Quix Product Page

We have to just click on the Top Right Corner Icon then click Load From Preset and click on the right side Load button of your selected preset. Now Save and Close it. If nothing went wrong, the Front-end should be like below:

Quix Product Page

Service Page

Similar procedure as re-creating Home Page.

Quix Service Page

After all done, the Front-end should be like below:

Quix Service Page

About Page

Similar procedure as re-creating Home Page.

Quix About Page

After all done, the Front-end should be like below:

Quix About Page

Contact Page

Similar procedure as re-creating Home Page.

Quix Contact Page

After all done, the Front-end should be like below:

Quix Contact Page

Off-Canvas Menu

Quix Off-Canvas Menu

For creating an Off-Canvas Menu, you have to go on Extension> Module> Click on New> Select Menu then write the Off-Canvas Menu name on the Title Box, Select Off Canvas [off-canvas] from Position section, ensure Published is selected on Status section and then Save the settings and reload you site. The Front-end should be with an Off-Canvas Menu like the screenshot below:

Quix Off-Canvas Menu

For details, follow the video instructions below:

How To's

Change Typography

You can change the style of your template header. To do so, go to Extesions> Templates> Click on tx_firefly - Default (en) then the template configuration module will appeare. Now, you have to choose Typography from the sort of settings as highlighted in the screenshot below:

Header Variation

You can use google fonts in Body, Heading1, Heading2, Heading3, Heading4, Heading5, Heading6 and Navigation Menu as well. First, you have to Enable the section for applying typography then define and customize the fonts according to your preferance. Follow the instruction on the screenshot below:

Header Variation

Finally save it and reload your site. The Front-end appearance should be like below if everything went correctly.

Header Variation

Make an Angular Section

To make an angular section, follow the procedures below:

  • Go to Quix> Pages> Click on NEW,
  • Give a page title on the Title box,
  • Click on the Add Sections icon,
  • Click on Section Settings icon, In General Settings tab, you'll find Background Skew at the bellow of the module,

Angular Section

  • Enable this option first,
  • After you enable this, a couple of new options will appear below that option,
  • Configure those options according to your preference.

The front-end appearance should be like below if everything you did according to the instruction:

Angular Section

Parallax Background Object

To make Parallax Background Object, follow the procedures below:

  • Go to Quix> Pages> Click on NEW,
  • Give a page title on the Title box,
  • Click on the Add Sections icon,
  • Click on Section Settings icon, In Parallax Settings tab, you'll find Object Parallax Effect at the top of the module,

Angular Section

  • Enable this option first,
  • After you enable this, click on Add New button then you'll find an option to upload an object to apply parallax effect on it,
  • Configure the bellow options according to your preference.

The front-end appearance should be like below if everything you did according to the instruction:

Angular Section

Video Background

To set a Video Background, follow the procedures below:

  • Go to Quix> Pages> Click on NEW,
  • Give a page title on the Title box,
  • Click on the Add Sections icon,
  • Click on Section Settings icon, In General Settings tab, you'll find Enable Video in Background at the bottom of the module.
  • Define Enable Section Position You can either use a Hosted video or Youtube video as Background and you can select it from the Enable Video in Background drop-down menu. For youtube video, you have to provide only the youtube video id on the Youtube Video ID box, you can add a posted using the Upload button, marked at the screenshot below:

Video Background

Video Background

If everything was according to the instruction we provide, the fron-end appearance should be like below:

Angular Section

Creating Blog with Joomla

Blogging using Joomla is now much easier than before. You can go through detail here about How to create Blog in Joomla within a very short time.