Dark Rational – Sleek, dark and sultry

We love clean and effective designs. Dark Rational is super lightweight, fast loading and still had a lot of versatility. This template also has our brand new menu system. If you want to showcase your product or content, this template is perfect for you.



Dark Rational comes with four color switch options including:
Blue, Green, Orange, Pink

Give your users the ability to change the sites overall colors from a simple switcher in the header. Users can change the site color on the fly, make the text bigger and smaller, and basically personalize your site to their tastes. If this much control for your users is not desired, it is just as simple for you to set the colors and sizes that you want everybody to use via the templates settings in your Joomla admin.

It’s all about choices.

Brand new menu system for Joomla 1.5
We have implemented an entirely new menu system this go round that will be in all of our future templates. This menu is great because it combines all of the most popular menu systems into the template. Superfish and our new SuperDrop menu will fulfill all of your needs. This system also degrades gracefully when Javascript is switched off, allowing users who have older system to still be able to navigate your site. This menu system is also equipped with a time-delay on mouse-out which means your users won’t lose the menu because they weren’t quick enough or accurate enough in pointing.
60% Faster with CSS Compression and file Include

With modern websites, load times are going up respectively as the size, complexity and number of javascript and css files loaded into a page increase.

With Dark Rational we have implemented a method built into the template to do 2 very important things in order to help reduce the load speeds.

Compress (gzip) CSS and Javascript
We include a php script that first checks the server accepts this method, then it uses one of the php compression methods to reduce the size of the file for loading as well as revalidate the cache header.

Using php includes to minimize “http” requests to the server
The main focus here is to merge (on the fly) the css and javascript into single files in order to reduce the http requests. So instead of loading 6 css files, only one is loaded.

These 2 methods have shown us and increase of nearly 60% and we think it makes this an exceptionally fast loading template. This feature is built into the template and requires no setup, directly after install your visitors will enjoy enhanced browse speeds.

Module versatility at your fingertips

Intelli Modules Built in

This template comes with intelli-modules which calculate how much space they can take up depending on how many of them you publish. It can handle a maximum of 2 rows of three modules. What’s more Dark Rational has a fully collapsible top & bottom shelf. With this template there are over 30 module positions for you. That is a total of 38 module positions. Talk about options!

Module FX – Mix and match module styles!

One thing we have learn over the years is that our users want control and the means to easily customize the template to their needs. That is why we have come up with this clever system allowing you mix and match your different module styles.
Express yourself through style, color, and layout versatility

Dark Rational brings a new dimension to layout flexibility using its flexible layout configurations that are available on a per component basis. This allows you to set a 1, 2 or 3 column layout for any component, not only that, you can even specify the ordering of the columns!

This allows you to change your sites layout, depending on the content that your users are viewing. For example, if you wanted your site to have a forum, but did not want the sidebar to be loaded when viewing the forum, you would simple set the configuration to com_fireboard = content. It really is that simple! Examples of all of those situations and more are depicted in the pictures on the right.

Extra Goodies included when you buy Dark Rational
For Rational Magic, we decided to include a couple of simple additions that would make your life easier.

Simple Feed Module
Ever wanted to display a rss module, but did not know how to customize the default joomla syndicate module? Well, we have taken the concept and run with it. With our Simple Feed module, you can now add your own “pre text”, customize the link text, customize whether to pull the rss feed from Joomla! or MyBlog and if choosing Joomla! you can specify what type of feed you would like to syndicate. All this without digging in a single line of code!
Simple company contact Module

A simple yet effective module that allows your company to have a contact blurb. Save space and use this module for easy and quick contact info.
Features Summary:

  • Out of box install
  • Joomla 1.5 – 2 different menu choices, SuperFish, new and exclusive SuperDrop
  • Compressed CSS
  • 8 Normal and 5 Intelli Module Positions which are capable of expanding to 30 module positions
  • Fully XHTML and CSS Validated and Compliant.
  • Multiple layout options
  • Detailed style guide
  • Semantic markup / separation of presentation and content
  • Comprehensive setup guide
  • Fireworks source included
  • Fully collapsible module positions
  • Disable or change footer credits and links from the admin
  • Disable Joomlas default MooTools library from admin
  • Accordian Side menus
  • Fully compatible IE6, IE7, Safari 2, Firefox 1.5+ (mac +win), Opera

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