To change the default Template for the Site (Front-end) or Administrator (Back-end), follow these steps:
Access the template manager
- Click on: Extensions → Templates
You will now see the Template Manager screen.
Note: If you do not see Templates listed as an option on the Extensions menu, then it is most likely because you are not logged in as a Super Administrator. Only Super Administrators will see this menu item.
Managing default template
From here you manage your templates for Front-end and Back-end. The default view shows your installed Front-end templates styles. The default style for the Front-end is marked with a star; in the image below it is protostar - Default.
To change the default style to beez3:
- click the checkbox left from the style name to select it;
- click "Default" on the toolbar;
the star changes from protostar to beez3 and you are done. Alternatively, you can click on the shadow of a template's default star to quickly set the template as default.
You can use the filter drop downs on the left or the filter search to limit the number of templates shown in the list of templates. Other options are:
- edit - edit the pages a template is shown on (see below)
- delete - delete a template (must not be default template)
- options - set options for templates
Assigning more than one template for the Front-end
Joomla! gives you the option of switching between two or more styles on the Front-end. This is done with "Menu Assignment", so you can set different styles for each menu or only a menu item. This allows specific "pages" that are defined by menu links to set for a "specific" style. Styles can be of different templates.
Template manager method
Click on: Extensions → Template Manager
- You will see your installed template styles, now choose a style which is not set as your default one. Yellow star indicates the style is a default.
- Click on the style name or hit the checkbox to the left of the style name, and click "Edit" on the toolbar.
- You now see the page "Template: [ Edit style] ", and go to the section "Menu Assignment" block and choose the menu items on which the style should be shown.
- Click "Save" on the toolbar and you´re done. The menu item will now show the selected template.
- Go to the front-end of your website and refresh the page to view the modifications.
- Access menu item Menus → Menu Name
- Choose a menu item by checking the box to the left of its name and then click on the Edit toolbar button. Alternatively, simply click the name of the menu item to edit it.
- On the Edit Menu Item screen, in Template Style, choose the desired template style and click on the Save button.
- Go to the frontend of your website and refresh the page to view the modifications.
That choice was much better. I did this just to illustrate the kinds of problems you run into when you start adding templates without research. There are some ways around this that make it a little easier. One way would be to use templates based on a framework system. They are ideally suited to this type of modification because the module positions from one template to another always stay the same. The only things that change are the graphic design and the color scheme.
Some examples would be the Gantry Framework, the JA-T3 framework, or the Blueprint framework. The atomic theme is actually built on the Blueprint framework and is intended as a base theme.
You may already have a wonderful template that is not based on a framework and want to use that. Probably a lot easier than changing everything from the ground up. Here's how you can use a copy of an existing template. Use it as a theme for alternate sections or pages. The big advantage is that everything will be in the same place, and you can get the changes you want with CSS and avoid major reworks.