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In this tutorial, Installing a Joomla 3.0 template, we will be installing the Joomla 3.0 template that we created. The steps in this tutorial apply regardless of whether you are installing a Joomla 3 template that you've created yourself or downloaded from the internet.

Installation steps for a Joomla 3.0 Template

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard.
  2. Extention manager Joomla 3.0In the top menu, hover over Extensions and then click Extension Manager.
  3. Browse for the theme Joomla 3.0Under the Upload Package File heading, click the Browse button.
  4. upload the theme Joomla 3.0Find and select the Joomla 3.0 template on your computer, and then click the Upload & Install button.

    Successfull Joomla 3.0 When the template has been successfully installed, you should see the success message to the right.

    Even though our template has been installed, it is not yet the template designated for our site. Our next step will be to change the site template used by Joomla 3.0
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n/a Points
2015-03-29 7:30 pm

Every time I try to upload the zip file I get an error message:


"JInstaller: :Install: File does not exist /home/napiercp/domains/"

I believe I followed the instructions correctly, so I am not sure what the issue is. Thoughts?

n/a Points
2015-03-09 10:57 am

Just to confirm, the download and the code in the tutorial when zipped, do not install in Joomla 3.1 +.

I have not had a chance to work out why. Perhaps an error in the XML file shown here and in the download.

2013-10-18 8:09 am
It seems to be working fine now. After too many install errors, I took a different approach by starting with a basic template that installs ok and then replacing it with the code in the tutorial.

2013-10-18 8:00 am
Thanks for the reply.

I'm using the code as specified in this tutorial so I'm starting from scratch.
11,186 Points
2013-10-18 7:58 am
This error can be caused by a few reasons.

1) The theme that you are trying to install is for an older version of Joomla and is not compatible with the version of Joomla that you are on.
2) The permissions for the XML file within the theme has incorrect permissions. Try changing them to 755.
3) The XML file for the theme that you are trying to install has a coding error within the XML file.

If you have looked through all of these options and are still having trouble, I recommend speaking with the developer of that theme as they may be able to point you in the right direction.
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2014-05-30 12:40 am

"...Try changing them to 755."


For your information, 755 is the octal permission mode in Linux platforms where 7 represents read-write-execute permissions for the group, 5 represents read-write for owner and the other 5 represents read-write for other users.

7 - read,write,execute GROUP

5 - read,write OWNER

5 - read,write OTHERS

2013-10-18 3:57 am
Thanks for the tutorial.
At this point, I'm getting the following error: "JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find XML setup file". Where did I go wrong?

Version of Joomla is Joomla! 3.1.5

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