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Introduction to Template Development

This page contains many links to selected documentation concerning Template Development for Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.x. A good place to start is with the Recommending Reading articles below as they provide a good introductory base of knowledge to build on.

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What's a Joomla! Template?

A template is a type of Joomla! extension that changes the way your site looks. There are two types of templates used by the Joomla! CMS: Front-end Templates and Back-end Templates. The Front-end Template controls the way your website is presented to the user viewing the website's content. The Back-end Template controls the way your website's administrative tasks are presented for controlling management functions by a Joomla! Administrator. These would include common tasks such as: user, menu, article, category, module, component, plugin and template management. See also: Component, Module, Plugin

As a developer, you are probably are more interested in how to create a Front-End Template.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Our template development documentation contains many articles, FAQs and tutorials. A first step to developing a template is understanding how templates are executed.

Beginners

Intermediate

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Template Development Tutorials

Template Developer Tutorials