advancedtemplatemanager Advanced Template Manager

The Settings

Introduction

In this video we’ll take a look at the Settings that help us control how Advanced Template Manager works.

In the previous videos, we have seen how Advanced Template Manager allows us to assign template styles to just about anything we want. That includes assigning template styles based on Joomla! Content, Users, Components, URLs, Devices and much more.
All that gives us full control over our Joomla template styles.

Now, we will look into all the different options that can be found in the Global Configuration of the component.

We now have the latest Pro version of Advanced Template Manager installed, which at the moment is version 3.7.0. And what you see here is a Joomla 3.9.2 setup. If you are using newer versions, things might look a bit different.

Configuration Settings

To access the Global Configuration of Advanced Template Manager, we can click on the “Options” button that we see in the toolbar on the top right from the template list view.

The configuration settings are in these different tabs.

All settings have a short description you can see when hovering over the title. That should give you enough information to know what a setting does.

Default Settings

Now, the default settings are fine for most setups. So you probably don’t need to change any. But in some cases you may want to change the default behaviour of Advanced Templates Manager.

Only change settings if you understand what they are for and how they affect the behaviour of the extension.

Heading Title

This first setting we see, “Heading Title”, simply affects the title that is displayed on top of the template listing page.

When using Advanced Template Manager, the title of that page will turn into “Advanced Template Manager”.

But we can also make it revert to the original “Templates” Title.

So that’s all this setting does.

Show Thumbnails

You might have noticed that Advanced Templates Manager shows the preview thumbnails also in the Template Styles list.

If you don’t want the thumbnails to show, you can turn off the option here.

Show Colour

Same goes for the extra Colour Tag feature. If you don’t plan on using it, you can turn it off here and the colour tags will not be shown in the template editing page or in the template listing.

Colours

If we do want to take advantage of the “Colours” feature, we can enter a comma separated list of RGB colours to show in the colour picker here.

As you can see, there are several preset colors by default, but we can fully customize them here.

Show Description

As we have seen, Advanced Template Manager adds the ability to give a description to Template styles. By default, this description is shown in the template list under the Name of the template style. With this setting, we can decide to instead show this description as a tooltip or in a separate column.

For example, let’s try to set it as “Extra Column”.

Here is how that looks in the template list.

Show Notes

We’ve also seen how Advanced Template Manager adds an extra Notes tab in the template editing page, which allows to enter detailed notes for a template style. This setting controls whether you want to enable that Notes tab or not. If you don’t need it, you can turn it off here.

Show Switch

The “Show Switch” setting controls whether to show a link to switch between Advanced Templates Manager and the core manager. This link is shown at the bottom of page in the template manager.

Show Update Notification

The “Show Update Notification” setting controls whether to show an update notification in the main component view when there is a new version for this extension. We recommend you leave this setting on, as we regularly release new versions with fixes and new features.

Show Copyright

And the “Show Copyright” setting controls whether the copyright info will be displayed, but it pertains only the admin view. Regular Labs extensions never shows copyright info or backlinks on the frontend.

Show Assignments

The “Show Assignments” tab gives us the ability to disable any template assignment options for the template edit screen.

Here, we can switch off any assignments that we don't plan to use, in order to keep the available assignment options in the template edit screens to only the ones we need. This makes it a lot easier to find the assignments you do want to use. And it also makes the template style edit page load a bit faster.

User Actions Log

Starting with Joomla 3.9, Joomla! added the ability to log the actions made by users on the website. Advanced Templates Manager supports this, and here we can determine whether we want to log user actions, and which events we want to log.

Compared to the core template manager, Advanced Template Manager has the additional ability to log when the default template style is changed. And also when any File or Folder is edited in the template files manager.

Permissions

Finally, you will see that the Permissions tab points you to the core “Template Manager” permission page.

This is because Advanced Template Manager uses the core Template Manager permission rules, so those will be retained and you won’t need to replicate them for this component.

Recap

So in this video we have seen where to find the component settings and how those affect the way Advanced Template Manager works.

You can find a list of all the features and settings, including their descriptions in the Advanced Template Manager tutorial.

Stay tuned for other videos that look more in depth at specific functionalities.