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I edit my Joomla 3 template but my website is not changing

Category: Joomla 3

2013-09-09 10:11 am EST

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The template that is presented for editing in administrator (which is set as default) is NOT the template that shows up when I view the site.

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2013-09-09 10:53 am EST
Hi rchorsch,

If you are editing your Joomla template and you are not seeing the changes:

<h2>Ensure that you are editing your "Site" Template</h2>
Within Joomla, there are <strong>Site</strong> templates and there are <strong>Administrator</strong> templates. The <em>Site</em> template controls the look and feel of your website (your front-end site), while the <em>Administrator</em> template controls what you're Joomla dashboard - <em>/administrator</em> looks like.

<h2>Ensure the template you're editing is activated</h2>
Keep in mind too that when you install a template, it does not auto matically activate it. You may be making changes to a template that is not activiated. The following tutorial has more information on this:
<a href='/support/edu/joomla-3/create-template/switch-site-template' target='_blank'>How to change your Joomla 3.1 Site Template</a>

<h2>Clear your browser's cache</h2>
If you're doing everything right, it could be you're not seeing the changes because you need to clear your browser's cache. For help with this, please see this tutorial:
<a href='/support/website/how-to/clear-browser-cache' target='_blank'>How to clear your browser's cache</a>

I hope this helps, keep us updated! Thanks,
- Brad

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