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How to Customize a Template in Joomla

Depending on the template you’re working with in Joomla, you may have a number of customization options available to you, or very few. The only way to find out which is the case is to look. To do so, navigate to the Template Manager. From the Templates tab, click the checkbox next to the name of the template you want to edit. The Customize Template page opens.

For this exercise, open the Customize Template page for the Milky Way template. Take a look at some of the options available for altering the template’s style.

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Change colors, backgrounds, and widths in Joomla

The Customize Template page allows you to edit some settings, but your options are pretty limited. You can set the main color of elements such as menu borders, for example, with the Color Variation drop-down menu, found in the Basic options pane on the right side of the Edit Style page. The Color Variation drop-down menu contains these options:

  • Blue

  • Red

  • Green

  • Orange

  • Black

  • White

You can also set background colors with the Background Variation drop-down menu. Here are the possibilities:

  • Blue

  • Red

  • Green

  • Orange

  • Black

  • White

Finally, by opening up the Advanced Options pane, you can set the Template Width drop-down menu to one of these options:

  • Fluid with Maximum (fluid means that it resizes with window width)

  • Medium

  • Small

  • Fluid

Assign templates by page in Joomla

The Menu Assignment setting is a great feature that lets you assign templates on a page-by-page basis, in much the same way that you can set a menu or module to appear on an individual page or all of your site’s pages.

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Using different styles on your site can be a good idea if your site is broken up into sections on discrete topics — sports and fashion, for example.

Although the ability to use different styles and templates for different pages is a very powerful feature, you should use it with care to keep your site from looking chaotic. When designing your site’s aesthetic, consider using a different style when you want to emphasize the content of a specific area of your site.

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