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Acquiring And Changing Joomla User Templates

Shortly after you’ve installed setup and configured Joomla to drive your website, you are going to feel the itch of requiring additional Joomla user templates other than the user templates that were installed when Joomla was installed.

There are ton of websites that offer Joomla templates, both free and premium.

A ton of the free Joomla templates are awesome and functionally just as good as any premium Joomla template. Excellent – User Forum – based support is generally available

Template Download Warning

Do be careful that you download Joomla templates that are compatible with the version of Joomla you have installed on your webhost. Here we are assuming that the Joomla version is Joomla 2.5.7. Hence download Joomla templates that are compatible with Joomla 2.5.X.

Templates that have been created to work with older versions of Joomla ( i.e. Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 ) may not work on the latest version of Joomla 2.5.X.

Any template that works with Joomla 2.5 should load and run successfully on Joomla 2.5.7 which is the latest version of Joomla when this manuscript was being written.

Here are some URLs that you may find useful in your search for additional Joomla templates.

Free Joomla Templates

Joomlaskins – There are a couple of nice Joomla 3.X templates available on this website.

Once you’ve found a website that has the perfect Joomla template for your website, it’s time to download and save the template to a folder on your local hard disk.

We recommend you use d:\downloads\Joomlatemplates.

Uploading The Joomla Template To Your Joomla Installation

To upload the Joomla template you’ve downloaded to your computer you must login to Joomla as administrator. Locate the Extension Manager link in the right hand sideof the Joomla 3.X Admin User interface as shown in diagram 1.

diagram1 Diagram 1

The Joomla Extensions Manager: Install user interface will be displayed in the Browser as shown in diagram 2.

diagram2 Diagram 2

Click Choose File as shown in diagram 2. A File Browser will open in the Browser window. Use the File Browser to navigate to the folder on your hard disk where you’ve saved the downloaded Joomla template.

Select the template file by clicking the file name. The file name will be immediately assigned to the File Name text box at the bottom of the screen as shown in diagram 3.

Click Open as shown in diagram 3.

diagram3 Diagram 3

The file name gets immediately assigned to the Package File text box in the Extension Manager User interface as shown in diagram 4.

diagram4 Diagram 4

Click Upload & Install as shown in diagram 4.

The Joomla template is installed within your Joomla driven website and the installing template was successful message is displayed as shown in diagram 5.

diagram5 Diagram 5

The Joomla template has been uploaded into Joomla 3.X CMS.

Next return to the Joomla Admin User interface as shown in diagram 6.

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Click the link Template Manager.

diagram7 Diagram 7

The new template, just uploaded ( i.e. Magma ) and will be visible in the Joomla
Template Manager: Styles User interface as shown in diagram 7.

Now all that is left is to apply the newly uploaded template, as the default User Template to the Joomla 3.X driven website.

To do this you have to:
Change the – default template – currently in use
Make magma ( i.e. the template just uploaded ) the default template

Click / Select the checkbox adjacent to the magma.Locate the Make Default top menu item.
Click – Make Default. As shown in diagram 8.

diagram8 Diagram 8

The Default style successfully set message will be displayed in the Template Manager User interface as shown in diagram 9.

diagram9 Diagram 9

Next enter the URL of the website in your favorite Browser and hit GO or the Enter Key. The Home Page content will be displayed but in an entirely different template as shown in diagram 10.

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You have successfully uploaded a Joomla template of your choice and changed the Look and Feel of your Joomla driven website. This is how easy it is to skin ( or re-skin ) your Joomla driven website.

April 5, 2016
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