What's a Joomla template?

A Joomla template controls the overall look and layout of a site. It provides the framework that brings together common design elements, modules and components for the site. More importantly it frees up the site owner to concentrate on developing truly useful site content rather than dwelling on design. That's essential to your success on the web!

Joomla template vendors typically operate from the Internet. Some provide free templates while many others sell them. Here is our "short list" of our favored vendors:

If you choose JoomlaPatterns to create a new website or remodel an existing site, a template of our choosing will initially be installed.  Once the site has been completed and should you desire to transition to a different template, we will assist you in the process.

I installed the template but it looks nothing like I expected.

You need to assign your modules or blocks to the available module positions for the particular template you installed. It is typically in a block diagram format and was including in your template package or might even be available on the template vendors website. Also, make sure you read the QuickStart Guide that came with the template. It has a section on setting up modules to conform with the templates design scheme.

How can I determine my template's design scheme (module position block diagram).

Open your browser and type the following address in the url window:

http://www.(your site)/index.php?tp=1 This will bring up your site with your template makers designated module position superimposed.

How do I manually update my Joomla installation to the latest version?

The easiest way to do this is to go to http://www.joomla.org/download.html and download the upgrade package to your desktop. Then, using your browser, log in to the CPanel for your site.

  • Click on "File Manager"

To upload the archive file to your web server:-

  • Navigate to the directory where you want to place the upgrade.zip file.
  • Click on "Upload Files".
  • In the popup window navigate to the archive file. For example, a typical archive file would have a file extension of .zip, .tar.gz or .tar.bz2.
  • Click on the "Okay" or "Save" button to upload the file.

To extract the contents of the archive file:-

  • Click on the uploaded file.
  • Click on the "Extract" icon. The files will then be extracted automatically overwriting necessary files.

note:  Newer Joomla versions perform the update process more automatically by prompting the site administrator that an update is availablwe