How to Find and Download Joomla Templates on the Internet

Would you like to use a template that offers more color and pizzazz than the built-in templates in Joomla? You can get fancy templates by the hundreds on the Internet and install them in Joomla, because Joomla is built to be extended.

Templates you find on the Internet aren’t always marked for the version of Joomla they’re designed for, so be careful and make sure to only install templates designed for the version of Joomla you’re running.

A word about security: When you download and install new templates, components, modules, or plug-ins, you’re asking Joomla to run unknown PHP code on your computer or your host’s server. This situation can be a significant security risk. Before you download and install something, make sure that you feel comfortable about it. If you wouldn’t feel good about running an executable program from a given source, think twice.

Find and download a new template

To find templates to install, just search the Internet. At this writing, a Google search for Joomla templates turns up a mere 13.9 million matches, whereas a search for free Joomla templates yields 823,000 matches, including such sites as Lonex, Joomlashack, and Joomla24.com.

For this exercise, you download a free template from Lonex. Follow these steps:

  1. Point your web browser to http://www.joomla-monster.com/free-templates/jm-0013-free-template-for-joomla-1.6.html.

  2. Scroll down the page to find the template you want.

    For this exercise, select the JM 0013 template.

  3. Click the Free for Download link.

    The template’s .zip file downloads to your computer.

Most of the items you can install in Joomla come in compressed files, such as .zip files. Usually, all you have to do is to tell Joomla what to install, and it uncompresses and installs the item for you.

Install a new Joomla template

To install your new template, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Joomla, and choose Extensions→Install/Uninstall.

    You use this command to install or uninstall any extension, including plug-ins, modules, components, and templates.

    Extension Manager opens.

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  2. In the Upload Package file section, click the Browse button to find and select the new template file on your hard drive.

  3. Click the Upload File & Install button.

You can make the new template the default template, if you want, by selecting the Graffiti template’s radio button in Template Manager and then clicking the Default button.

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