Joomlabamboo template and extension documentation

Compatible with Joomla 1.5 / Joomla 2.5 .

Please note: This template uses the Zen Grid Framework. You can download the latest version of the framework on the Zen Grid Framework download page.

All Themes built prior to January 2013 were built using the Zen Grid Framework while all themes after January 2013 were built using the T3 plugin. A select number of themes from before January 2013 have been moved to the T3 plugin.

Starting with Meridian from a fresh installation.

The following steps outline the process involved for setting this template up in a new or existing Joomla installation. Please note: We recommend users use our quickstart packages if they have the opportunity to start completely from scratch.

Elements to install

  • Install the Meridian template and make it the default - Download
  • Install JB Type - required for typography and font icons - Download
  • Install jFlickr - Displays photos from your flickr stream - Download

Elements to modify

  • Change the position of the "Main menu" module to the "menu" position.
  • Set the "Show Title" setting of the main menu to Hide.
  • Remove the module and menu classes nav_pills and _menu in the advanced parameters for the menu module.
  • Change the position of the breadcrumb module to the "breadcrumbs" position.
  • Ensure that the module title for the breadcrumb module is also set to hide.
  • Depending on your needs you may like to set this module to not appear on the front page via the menu assignment settings in the module.

What's next?

At this stage you will have a very basic looking template ready for you to customise, add your content and start setting up the other modules you can see on the demo for the Meridian template.

For more information on replicating the front page layout or other extensions used on this site please read the information provided on the frontpage and extensions tab.

Available module positions


Module Classes

About module class suffixes

Module classes are a core Joomla functionality that allow the user to specify how a specific module will appear. The class itself is added to the module in the module parameters.

Combining module classes:

Module classes can be combined to take advantage of multiple complementary styles. An example of a module class suffix using a combination of classes: "hot primary1 top50".

Structural classes

Structural classes can be used to change the general layout or structure of a module.

  • nopadding - this class removes all padding that may be set by default by the template.
  • The following classes are micro adjustment classes that allow you to adjust the top offset of a module in increments of 25px. They start at 25 and move through to 500px offsets in 25px increments.
  • top25
  • top50
  • top75
  • top100
  • top125
  • top150
  • top175
  • top200
  • top225
  • top250
  • top275
  • top300
  • top325
  • top350
  • top375
  • top400
  • top425
  • top450
  • top475
  • top500

Frontpage Overview



  • Social Icons - The email, twitter and facebook links are controlled via the template and are published beneath the top4 module position.
  • Logo and Tagline - These elements are controlled via the template and are set to appear on the same row as the navigation. The font being used for the logo is Muli - a google font replacement.
  • Menu - The menu is rendered via the core Joomla menu module and the superfish feature is controlled via the template. The menu is set to align to the right.
  • Banner - The JB Slideshow3 module is published to the banner position. You can see a screenshot of the specific specific configuration below.
  • Tab1 to Tab4 - The tabbed modules have a collection of microblog modules published to the first 3 positions. Tab4 has a simple custom html module assigned to it.
  • Grid24 - An instance of the jTweet twitter module is published to the grid24 position.
  • Bottom1 to Bottom4 - This row of modules contain a custom html module each that has an unordered list. You could conceivably use a popular items, latest news etc module in these positions.
  • Footer - the footer position has a core Joomla menu module published to it.


The screenshots below highlights the settings of the various modules included on the front page.

Slideshow settings



Microblog Settings

The following settings were used on the demo to create the layout you can see on the front page of the demo site for the microblog module positioned at tab1.


Microblog in the Tab2 position

The following screenshot details the settings required to replicate the settings used for the microblog module published to tab2.


Extensions used on the demo site

Screenshots of extensions used for the demo

The screenshots below are taken from the modules used in the demo and quickstart packages for this template.

Microblog module published to tab1


Microblog module published to tab2


Slideshow published to banner