I am developing a "Customer Dashboard" component in Joomla 3.2.
I need to include multiple models of different other components that I have built. I tried to include setModel as per views in controller, here is my businessservices controller

class BusinessServicesControllerBusinessServices extends JControllerForm
        public function display($cachable = false, $urlparams = false)

            // set default view if not set
            $input = JFactory::getApplication()->input;
            $input->set('view', $input->getCmd('view', 'BusinessServices'));
            $viewName       = $this->input->get('view');
            switch ($viewName)
                case 'businessservices':
                    $viewLayout = $this->input->get('layout', 'default');
                    $view = $this->getView($viewName, $format, '', array('base_path' => $this->basePath, 'layout' => $viewLayout));
                case 'trademark':
                    $viewLayout = $this->input->get('layout', 'default');
                    $view = $this->getView($viewName, $format, '', array('base_path' => $this->basePath, 'layout' => $viewLayout));
            // call parent behavior

also, I tried to include using:

    JLoader::import( 'llp','components' . DS . 'com_llp_service' . DS . 'models' );
    JLoader::import( 'opc','components' . DS . 'com_opc_services' . DS . 'models' );

and getting the model using getInstance method

$actionsModel = JModel::getInstance('trademark', 'BusinessServicesModel'); 

it is giving some fatal error, that JModel::getInstance you can not use,

so I want know some proper way to doing this task, including all features to the customer dashboard.

1 Answer 1


Try JModelLegacy:

$actionsModel = JModelLegacy::getInstance('trademark', 'BusinessServicesModel'); 

Maybe you have to include the model file if it is not found:

require_once JPATH_ADMINISTRATOR . '/components/com_llp_service/models/trademark.php';

Please note: The DS constant is not available in newer Joomla versions.

  • yes, JModelLegegacy::getInstance('trademark', 'BusinessServicesModel'); worked fine, but model file was not including using JLoder::import method, i came with your solution to add it manually using require_oince. Thanks a for the answer! Oct 10, 2014 at 10:54
  • PHP itself, though, has a specific DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR constant that can be used instead of DS. Much longer, of course.
    – Ian Hunter
    Sep 9, 2015 at 23:27

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