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Joomla Templates => Sea of Glass - September - Club => : jonahh September 16, 2008, 11:27:30 PM

: Sea of Glass
: jonahh September 16, 2008, 11:27:30 PM
If you like this template and if you have a few minutes, we'd greatly appreciate a quick review on Sea of Glass or even on Shape 5 itself over at Best of Joomla.  The URL is


: Re: Sea of Glass
: akerman September 17, 2008, 04:19:08 AM
Hi, posted.  :) ...yes you got gold stars... why, did you expect anything less?  :D

Anyhow, the Sept-08 got me tingly all over.

The last month I've been looking for a new template for my personal site where I want to present my photos, CV and some other self-promotional stuff. Nowhere I found anything suitable... until now.  :)

Glad to see two things:
1. The implementation of an advanced image slider w text. (No more Gavick pro... well I want both!)
2. The sub-comment on menu items. Perfect! It gives the user a good orientation plus admin a way to make small promos.


The only downside I see right now, which is something that is common for several template clubs;
is the lack of 'Typography adoption'. What I mean by this is that the typography in each template do not reflect the templates 'aura'. Instead it's often very 'Joomla!-like' - flat, simple and very system-like.

The reason for this is probably due to that the typography can heavily impact content and component layout.
But that's expected... and sometimes necessary. The strive here should be to make homogeneous template look.
As of now I have to make these necessary changes myself, which is ok. But it would be nice with separate CSS files included in the template: One for 'standard' setup and one more adopted to the actual theme. Maybe selectable from within the 'Template manager'?

Just my ideas...


: Re: Sea of Glass - just three words....
: queslett September 17, 2008, 05:39:43 AM



oh there is a 4th word...


: Re: Sea of Glass
: channeling September 21, 2008, 05:53:42 AM
wow what nice feel and look, that will be my CHOICE I guess..thx
LOVE Kim  :D

: Re: Sea of Glass
: delchoness September 24, 2008, 01:11:17 PM

I'll be putting up the rave reviews AFTER I'm done refining and shifting it to the main (which uses JA_Purity and is already unbearable to look at lol no slight to the JA people).

Would just also like to express my thanks in this public forum for fixing the background issue in SeOfGlass within days. We have definitely more than got our money's worth.


: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh September 25, 2008, 04:42:35 PM
Hello delchoness,

Many thanks, glad you like it! :)

We try to stay on top of the posts and debugging as best as we can.


: Re: Sea of Glass menu
: giannis November 21, 2008, 05:10:16 AM
Help! quick please.

I see that the small grey text under menu items in main menu is at file: templatedetails.xml right?

How can i change this text? i even deleted this file... but still there!

Give me an answer please. (I am a paid member, thank u) ???

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh November 21, 2008, 04:47:44 PM

Yes this is correct but its also in the params.ini file, if you change the text in your joomla template manager it should update it in params.ini too.

: Re: Sea of Glass
: delliana December 04, 2008, 05:34:14 PM
 :-*I really love this templates potential...
- but can you Please tell me if there is a step by step tutorial on how to fully use all of its features? :-\
I am a beginner with all of this. I have the core template installed- how to use the siteshaper and where do I put all the jpgs,  sql and psds???

: Re: Sea of Glass
: delliana December 04, 2008, 05:56:56 PM
Also Im now afraid to use site shaper as it will apparently delete any work I have done
I paid for this and I would like support other waiting for a forum post if at all possible please.
There should be full step by steps in this form- I figured there would be  :(

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh December 05, 2008, 01:06:59 AM

The PSDs are for Adobe Photoshop and you can use these to change any of the templates images if you have adobe photoshop.

The Site Shaper itself is a Joomla install with our demo data but it sounds like you dont want to lose your data so perhaps this isn't the route you want to take.

The SQL file will also cause you to lose your data, although it would get your site setup like our demo.

So in regards to getting it setup besides this methods you'll have to manually do everything, which isn't hard.  You have the template installed so the next step would to be install the s5 horizontal login and s5 slideshow advance both available in the sea of glass downloads section. 

Publish the slideshow advance to the advert1 position and publish the horiztonal login to the icon position.  Check out the below it will show you where all the module positions are in this template:

Let me know if you need any more help.


: Re: Sea of Glass
: delliana December 05, 2008, 08:54:23 AM
Thank You Jonah,
Sorry for getting frustrated.
Already been using the module positions,
the horizontal login is in, I will do the slideshow later tonight when I get home from work--
If I do a back up would that work?
Mainly I am concerned with how do I get my own image in there - and get images on each page??
This was the main reason I wanted the beautiful template. Are there file names I need to know/replace?

Thank you very much for your help & support  :)

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh December 05, 2008, 11:46:17 AM

Oh ok, well the images can be added via the administration side of the slideshow advance.  You have to upload your images to your server and then take the URL to where they are located and put it in the admin side of the slideshow advance module.

: Re: Sea of Glass
: delliana December 05, 2008, 07:50:00 PM
Ok I can figure out how to make the slideshow work.  I am talking about using my own images as the background on the template, as in the demo: (

: Re: Sea of Glass
: delliana December 05, 2008, 08:29:50 PM
OMG that was so frickin easy!!! In my brain frustration & overload I hadnt scrolled down to read that whole page it was all right there in front of my face and now i feel like a total a** !! You already did what I suggested (my face is So Red )
You guys rock!! thank you so much for this template!! Are you on joomla's extension directory? You deserve an excellent review after this one LOL!!

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh December 08, 2008, 09:58:42 PM

Glad I could help :)   Yes we are on Joomla's extension directory, here is the slideshow advance listing:,com_mtree/task,viewlink/link_id,6314/Itemid,35/

: Re: Sea of Glass
: cfcamerica January 05, 2009, 05:10:28 PM
Awesome Template....

Upon further inspection... and learning how to do everything... this is going to be awesome....
Can't wait to see your next creation.....

My Hat goes off to you all! ;D ;D ;D ;D

: Re: Sea of Glass
: sridley January 27, 2009, 07:37:45 AM
Hi, I have been searching for help as well, I would like to put my own background in sea of glass, I have followed every step so many times and still nothing happens, can anybody help me here....I truly am frustrated

: Re: Sea of Glass
: cfcamerica January 27, 2009, 08:46:21 AM
I can help you.
Contact me at

info   at  tell me who you are, what you need, supply a phone number if posstible, I will teach you how to do it.

: Re: Sea of Glass
: rdwatson May 15, 2009, 02:10:06 PM
I love the Sea of Glass template but am having problem setting background image.  I've successfully set images via the menu manager.system properties.  My problem occurs when I dynamically create a new page.....background defaults to default image.  How can I specify the background image for creation dynamically? PHP and/or javascript?

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh May 16, 2009, 12:52:51 PM
Unfortunately if the page is being created dynamically and there is no menu item assigned to it there isn't a way to assign a different background besides the default one in the template parameters.  The template uses the Joomla menu icon system and hacks it with javascript so that it shows up as a background.

: Sea of Glass
: ktmrmovies June 09, 2010, 02:26:10 AM
Hi there,

I downloaded this template and I want to embed the media player of mediaplte, but it isn't work in this tepmlate. Why? Any suggestions? (my page is

Tam?s, Hungary

: Re: Sea of Glass
: jonahh June 09, 2010, 11:36:17 AM
I checked out your site but don't see it published anywhere?