Help310:Extensions Template Manager Templates Edit Source

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This screen is where the source code of template files is edited. It provides a plain text interface to edit the template files. HTML and PHP programming syntax is highlighted to make the source code files easier to read.

How to Access

Navigate to the Template Manager: Customise Template screen. Click on the name of the template you want to edit. Then click the link to the template file that you want to edit.





  • Source Code. The contents of the selected template file is displayed and editible here.

Create Overrides

Click on a component and you'll get all the possibilities inside that one component.


Template Description



At the top you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the item and closes the current screen.
  • Copy Template. Copy template by using a new template name.
  • Template Preview. Open a window showing frontend startpage.
  • Manage Folders. Create or delete folders.
  • New File. Create different file types, upload or copy files.
  • Rename File. Rename selected file.
  • Delete File. Delete selected file.
  • Close File. Close open file.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

Quick Tips

  • Important: Do not delete the default template files using FTP because it generates an error in both the frontend and backend.
  • Before editing the HTML and the CSS file of the template, it is a good idea to make a backup of the file you are editing. Also, you can edit these files outside of Joomla using the HTML or CSS editor of your choice.

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