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How to Access
Select Extensions → Template Manager from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation.
The visual experience of your site front-end and back-end can be controlled in the Template Manager by choosing an installed template. A default template is used on all pages, but different templates can be assigned to various pages. The Template Manager also provides editing capabilities for the main index file of the template and the style sheet (CSS) file.
- #. An indexing number automatically assigned by Joomla! for ease of reference.
- Template Name. The name given to each Template by the Template author. Click the Name to open the Template for editing. If you hover the mouse over the Template Name, a small preview for the Template displays in a pop-up window. The Template Name normally corresponds to the sub-directory name that contains the Template in the <path-to-Joomla!>/templates/ directory. For example, the files for the "rhuk_milkyway" Template are in the directory "<path-to-Joomla!>/templates/rhuk_milkyway".
- Default. Indicator of Default Template.
- Assigned. Shows whether this Template has been assigned to any specific menu items. To assign a template to menu items, open the Template for editing.
- Version. The version number of the Extension.
- Date. The date this Article was created. This date is added automatically by Joomla!, but you may change it in the Parameters - Article section of the Article Manager - New/Edit.
- Author. Name of the Joomla! User who created this item. Clicking on the Author opens the User for editing. See User Manager - Edit.
Important: Do not delete the default template files using FTP because it generates an error both front-end and back-end!
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.
The Preview will only display positions that contain published modules. To make sure you can see all positions defined in the template, you can create custom modules for them.
You cannot assign the default template to specific menu items.
You can switch between the already installed templates for the Site and the Administrator by selecting the desired template and clicking on the Default toolbar icon on the upper right part of the screen.
The templates listed in the Template Manager can be installed in the Extension Manager from Extensions -> Install/Uninstall menu item. The unnecessary templates can be removed on the Templates tab of the Extension Manager. Only those templates that may be uninstalled are displayed as accessible, the default templates (site and administrator) cannot be removed.
Template - Edit
If you hover over the name of the template, a thumbnail image of that template is displayed. Clicking on the template name will present the template configuration screen, which provides all the basic details of the template. Parameters available for configuration appear in the Parameters pane.
Template HTML Editor
Clicking the Edit HTML button will display the basic text editor, which was designed to allow minor adjustments.
Template CSS Editor
If you click on the Edit CSS button on the template screen, the text editor will be displayed with the style sheet file of the template. For a template with multiple style sheets, you can select which one to edit.
Template Site Preview
Note: The preview of an administrator template does not show you the administrator module positions.