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A template is the type of Joomla! extension that changes the way your site looks. There are two types of templates: Front-end Templates and Back-end Templates.
Front-end templates change the way your site looks to average users. Most of the templates you use will be Front-end Templates. Two Front-end templates come preinstalled with Joomla!: rhuk_milkyway and beez.
Back-end Templates are much rarer than Frontend Templates. You will probably never need to change your Back-end Template. Back-end Templates allow you to change the way the administrator interface looks.
Where can I get new templates?
There are some wonderful templates that were made in the template contest. There are also many websites where both free and non-free Joomla! templates can be downloaded.
How can I create a new template?
If you are interested in creating your own template than there are a few thing that you might want to know before you start. first you will need to know CSS, html, and php. Joomla! has created a tutorial for those how would like to create their own template.
More Template Information.
Here is a list of Wiki articles in the Template category. Joomla Documentation Template Category