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Zen Grid Framework Features
The Zen Grid framework gives you control over a few of the automated and sometimes unneeded elements in the Joomla core output. Depending on how you are using your site the following options may be handy for optimising your site just that little bit further.Last Updated on Dec262010
While we havent showcased the tabbed modules available on this demo they are still available for use. The tabs and their triggers appear on the page when you publish any module to the Tab1, Tab2, Tab3 or Tab4 position and the tab trigger titles are controlled in the template parameters. You can publish up to four individual modules to each tab position.
The Zen Grid Framework comes with some flexible solutions for controlling the appearance of fonts on the page.
The font stacks section of the template administrator controls the appearance of the fonts on your site and gives you four different options to choose from.Last Updated on Dec262010
Version 1.1+ of the Zen Grid Framework has three built in menu options for displaying navigation on your site. These include the superfish menu, an accordion-like panel menu and the split menu.
Each of these options are powerful in their own right and their use really depends on how you want to implement navigation on your site.
The Superfish Menu
This template also has a switch to determine the positioning of the dropdown menu depending on whether you are using a single or two line menu setup, that switch can be accessed via the superfish menu options in the template admin.
The Panel Menu
The panel menu behaves in a similar fashion to an accordion menu except that it allows you to have more than one group of child menu items displaying at the same time. The state of the menu eg which parents are active or set to open is also remembered across page views.
The Split Menu
The split menu basically functions the way that it sounds - it splits the menu up so that the child items are displayed in an area other than the main menu area. The framework has the ability to display a split menu in the left or right columns or below the main top menu. The parameters for the split menu are easily defined in the template > menu options. Please note that when the split menu is enabled it replaces the standard Joomla menu module position output.
The setup for all three of these options is essentially the same and involves creating parent and child menu items. The only difference is that the panel menu requires that all top leve parent menu items are separator type menu items while the superfish and split menu can be either a standard Joomla link or a separator.
A full run down of the instructions for setting up the menus can be found at the Zen Grid documentation page and this tutorial will show you how to create parent/child menu items in Joomla.
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