Installing a template on Joomla

Install via Admin Panel (packed template file)

Log into the back-end of your site (

Click on: Extensions -> Install/Uninstall


You see the page “Extension Manager”

From here you can install your Templates, Plugins, Modules, Components and Languages. You have three options:

  • Upload Package File – (select a package from your PC, upload and install it)
  • Install from Directory – (enter the path where the package is located on your server)
  • Install from URL – (enter the URL to the package)

Here, we choose the first method: Upload Package File

Select the package from your PC and click the button “Upload File & Install”

If the package contains no errors you are done and get a success message like the one below.


Install via FTP (unpacked template file)

Templates can also be installed via FTP without packaging them. Simply select the template folder on your PC and upload it to your server, using your favorite FTP software. Be sure you upload the template folder to the directory: /path_to_joomla/templates/ – where /path_to_joomla/ is the location of your Joomla! installation on the server. This method is mostly used when you have created a template yourself, and do not want to have to package it to install the template, or if you want to upload more than one template at once.

Note: Do not try to use FTP to install Components, Modules and Plugins if you are a beginner/novice. These items need database entries which have to be inserted manually if you bypass the package installer.

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Installing Joomla on a localhost

Joomla Installation on a XP

What you’ll need:


  • Install Wamp
  • unzip joomla into your wamp’s www folder (eg C:\wamp\www\joomla
  • start wamp
  • open a browser window and go to http://localhost/joomla
  • follow the on screen prompts to install joomla

On screen prompts and what to enter in the boxes

  • Host Name = localhost
  • MySQL User Name = root
  • MySQL Password = blank (don’t put anything in this box)
  • MySQL Database Name = anyhting you like (eg joomladb)
  • MySQL Table Prefix = jos_ (this is set as default but you can change it)
  • Make sure that install sample data is ticked
  • Click “next”

step 2:

  • Site name = your site name

step 3:

  • VERY IMPORTANT!! Change the admin password to something memorable (as this is only for testing locally I’d suggest setting the password to admin or password or similar

step 4:

  • Remove or rename BOTH of the following: INSTALL.PHP and the installation folder (eg C:\wamp\www\joomla\installation\)

step 5:

  • in your browser window click on either the “view site” button or the “Administration” button

Voila!! you now have a local copy of Joomla for testing purposes

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