How to install a Joomla Template

This article will assist you with installing a Joomla template on your Joomla hosting.

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When you first install Joomla, the default theme will be loaded, which looks similar to the below screenshot:
default-theme

If you search the web for “Joomla Templates“, you’ll find that there are quite a few templates available online that you can download. At this point, it is assumed that you have downloaded a template to your desktop.

You’ll first need to log into your Joomla Administrator section. To do this, visit your joomla site and access the administrator folder. For example, if your joomla driven site can be found at domain.com, then you’ll go to domain.com/administrator.

To log in, use the username and password that you set when you first installed Joomla.

joomla-login

After you have logged in, click “Extensions” and then click “Install / Uninstall“.
extensions-install

Under “Upload Package File“, choose “Browse” and find the template file on your desktop. After choosing the file, click “Upload File & Install“.
upload

When your template has been uploaded and installed successfully, you’ll receive a success message.
success-msg

From here, click “Extensions” and then click “Template Manager“.
template-mgr

Then, select the template you just uploaded, and then click “Default” in the upper right hand corner menu.
select-template

Congratulations, your new template has been installed! When you access your website, your new template will be activated.
installation-complete

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