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Installing Joomla Themes:

Changing your default Joomla template is an easy process. There are two different ways to get the template files on to your site:
Option 1: Uploading Your Template:
  1. First, download the desired template that you want to use. The themes offered here at are all Zip archives.
  2. Extract the files into a temporary folder on your computer somewhere.
  3. Using an FTP client to access your Web host, upload the template files (including the containing directory) into the /templates directory. For example, the "Pretty Much Purple" template would belong in templates/prettymuchpurple.
Option 2: Importing Your Template:
  1. Log in to the administration area of your Joomla site.
  2. Hover your mouse over the 'extensions' link in the top menu, then click on the first link "Install/Uninstall".
  3. Click on the "browse" button and locate the Zip archive on your computer that contains the template files.
  4. Once located, click on "Upload and Install" to upload the archive. Joomla will automatically unzip the files where to the appropriate directory.
Selecting Your Theme:
After you've uploaded/imported your template files, you still need to tell Joomla to use it instead of the currently selected theme.
  1. If you're not still there, log into your Joomla administration area.
  2. Hover your mouse over the 'extensions' link in the top menu, and click on "Template Manager".
  3. Click on the little radio button next to the template name you wish to use, then click on the "Default" button on the top right of the page.