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Site and Administrator

Your site actually has two separate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your site will see. The administrator (also called the back end) is only used by people managing your site. You can access the administrator by clicking the "Site Administrator" link on the "This Site" menu or by adding /administrator to the end of you domain name.

Log in to the administrator using the username and password created during the installation of Joomla.

Learn More

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to create the web site you envision. You can learn much more at the Joomla! documentation site and on the Joomla! forums.

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Preset Styles

The Style Settings panel in the Gantry based theme administration interface provides several options for configuring the main built in stylistic aspects of the template.


Gantry also provides the ability for you to create your own custom presets based on any parameter in the theme administrator. You should determine which parameters you wish to configure to be a part of the presets.

Assigning a Style

With Gantry, the ability to assign a certain style to an individual page has never been easier and/or more efficient. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to Extensions → Template Manager → rt_praxis → Assignments → *Menu Item*
  • Select your preset from Show Presets, configure and save.

After setting your defaults to the desired values, select the Menu Items button and choose the menu item you wish to modify the parameters for. You will then see a series of checkboxes on the left of all the supported parameters.

Select the checkbox next to the parameter you wish to modify, it will then become active, and you can modify as you wish. Clicking “Save” in the toolbar will then save this configuration.

Gantry Framework: Style Configuration

Logo Editing

1. The Logo Picker

  1. Enable Logo and set to Custom at Admin → Extensions → Templates Manager → rt_praxis → Features.
  2. Set Logo Picker to either RokGallery or MediaManager.
  3. Select your logo, Insert and Save

Logo Panel

Select Logo

2. Manual Change

  1. Enable Logo and set Type to Praxis.
  2. Upload logo.png and logo-icon.png to the
    /templates/rt_praxis/images/logo/ directory
  3. Clear your browser cache and refresh.

If you cannot see your new logo, ensure you have uploaded it to the right directory and the directory permissions are writeable. Enquire with your hosting provider.

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Installation Instructions

The following is a guide that covers how to set up your new Praxis template on your Joomla! site. Here you can find an overview of the files included in the Praxis release and instructions on installing and activating the template in your Joomla! install.

Note: The Bundle Template is only necessary if the Gantry Library is not installed at /libraries/gantry directory.

Step 1 - Installation

  1. Install from Admin → Extensions → Extensions Manager
  2. Browse for praxis-template.zip and click Upload & Install


Step 2 - Template Default

  1. Make the template default at Admin → Extensions → Template Manager
  2. Select rt_praxis
  3. Press Make Default


RocketLauncher Instructions

We always recommend installing a RocketLauncher first to trial and understand the template more effectively. It must be installed as new, and not over an existing Joomla install.

Step 1 - Upload

  • Download the RocketLauncher
  • Unzip the file
  • Upload the created folder to your server

Note: You can upload all the files via FTP, or use cPanel or SSH to upload the zip and unzip directly onto the server. Enquire with your hosting provider.

Step 2 - Installation

Art Zipkin, President of Sales

Art graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. After graduation, Art spent some time managing operations and new business initiatives for Milliken & Company, John Harland Company (now Harland Clarke), IMTECH, Input Services and Lason.

Art joined The DDC Group in 2003 and helped to develop some of the company's first US-based BPO clients out of its Atlanta operation and has led the company through exponential growth in the AP, freight, insurance and shared services markets.

Art became President of The DDC Group North America in 2012. Through the years, he has formed strong partnerships with leaders across industries, and he has witnessed DDC's North American clientele grow exponentially "one degree of separation" at a time.

Marissa Crotty, President of Operations

Before joining The DDC Group, Marissa took her Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin to the legal field in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After becoming a part of the DDC family in 2006, she moved back to the continental U.S. and also served as the Manager of Finance for the Center for the Arts Evergreen in Colorado. Today, she is the very focused and detail-oriented Chief Financial Officer, dotting the i's and crossing the t's of all North American finances and operations for The DDC Group. As a member of the executive management team, Marissa works closely with state-side DDC President Art Zipkin as well as the global Group's CEO Jan Trevalyan.

Marissa is also a 2010 Pastry Arts honors graduate from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. In addition to her most important role as a new mother to a baby boy named Roan, she also enjoys traveling, being outdoors and saving the planet, (as she says, "One green step at a time”). As an avid animal lover, a cause that Marissa is a frequent participant and long-time supporter of is WildEarth Guardians.

Learn more about WildEarth Guardians.

Teresa Peyton, Vice President of Project Development

Teresa Peyton joined The DDC Group in 2013. She brings over 20 years of leadership in data processing and application development for the accounts payable, freight, and medical industries.

Teresa has extensive experience in managing global data processing projects and teams for today's leading corporations. At DDC, she works closely with the IT development team to design high-performance business solutions of an international scope for some of the company’s world-class clientele.

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, watching football, and going to the beach.


Chad Crotty, Vice President of Sales

Before Chad Crotty came on board with DDC in 2010, he developed markets for premier brands in the highly competitive alcohol industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including MillerCoors and Absolut. The DDC Group's freight-focused division, DDC FPO, has seen a 50% growth in new clients and double-digit growth annually since Chad joined the team.

He now lives in Colorado with his wife and newborn son, Roan, running the DDC FPO headquarters out of Evergreen. Having been active in the Denver Transportation Club for several years attending meetings and events, Chad is a recently elected member of the DTC Board of Directors. When Chad isn't on the phone with clients or at a key industry event, he can be found hiking or biking the local trails, snowboarding, camping, white water rafting or even fly-fishing.

Quetura Hudson, Vice President of Project Management

Prior to joining The DDC Group’s North American project management team in 2006, Quetura managed data entry and processing teams in the non-profit sector at Grizzard Communications Group.

Since her career with DDC began, Quetura has collaborated with many of the company's other departments as well as offshore divisions to develop solution offerings for freight, HR, banking and medical clientele.

In addition to overseeing the North American projects, Quetura works closely with the company’s human resources team to implement “team building” initiatives for employees of The DDC Group's North American headquarters in Atlanta.

Quetura graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany State University with a BS in Allied Health Science Administration. Outside of DDC, she loves to spend time with her family and friends and likes to exercise.

Dan Kaiser, Vice President of IT

Dan Kaiser graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Wilmington College in Ohio. After spending some time self-employed and starting his own business, Information Management Solutions and Services, Dan joined The DDC Group in 2007.

Today, Dan runs the DDC IT department and works hand-in-hand with our VP of Operations Tammie Schell to custom-design all client solutions. He writes original software and builds applications from the ground up, his specialty being Business Process Automation applications. Dan also brainstorms with other IT moguls in the industry to find synergies between customers and create unique, collaborative solutions. When he does get a spare moment of free time, Dan enjoys sports and fishing.