35 Beautiful Commercial And Free Joomla Templates


Joomla is one of the most powerful, robust and feature-rich content management systems out there. Besides being open-source, Joomla is capable of some really stunning designs through the use of modules and built-in display customizations. Below, we present a list of 20 35 of the coolest, slickest, most eye-catching Joomla template designs.

Also consider our previous article:

Commercial Templates Link

Mynxx2 | Demo3 | Support4
This theme incorporates the popular Joomla ecommerce / shopping component, Virtuemart. This integration is applied in a variety of platforms, such as modules, a custom virtuemart theme and template coding. The custom Virtuemart theme allows us to override the core output, which results in a more seamless integrated with the Virtuemart shopping component.

Mynx by RocketTheme5

Akiraka6 | Demo7 | Website907544288
One of RocketTheme’s finest templates. The fully transparent design gives you complete control over the color of the website.

Akiraka by RocketTheme9

Lightfast10 | Demo11 | Website12
The definition of a light and fast template. Joomla is powerful, but it is also big. Because of all the possible features to take advantage of, templates are often bloated with tons of code. Lightfast is Joomlashack’s response to this problem. The entire file is only 13k and is SEO optimized right out of the box. Template costs $39.95.

Vintage by Joomlashack13

Simple Praise14 | Demo15 | Website16
A very smooth rotating content module and lots of module positions makes this a very versatile Joomla template. Club membership costs $75 for 1 year.

SimplePraise by JoomlaPraise.com17

Social Praise18 | Demo19 | Website20
SocialPraise is built for community collaboration. It is templates like this that really show what Joomla! can do as a content management system. SocialPraise integrates completely with the most popular Joomla community building components like Community Builder and Fireboard forum. Club membership costs $75 for 1 year.

SocialPraise by JoomlaPraise.com21

NewsPro22 | Demo23 | Website24
A sliding content module crams headlines into this easy to navigate template. The small body text and expansive menu suggests this template would work well as a magazine layout. Club membership costs $99 for 1 year.

Newspro by Joomlaxtc.com25

Periphelion26 | Demo27 | Website907544288
One of the best grunge-themed templates for Joomla. Multiple color styles make this template incredibly versatile.

Periphelio by RocketTheme29

City Portal30 | Demo31 | Website32
A clean, smooth template, perfect for a magazine or portal.

City Portal by Shape533

News Link34 | Demo35 | Website36
As the name states, a great news template with built-in news rotator with tons of features.

News Link by Shape537

Gridiron38| Demo39 | Website40
A simple but elegant alternative to the clutter of a typical Joomla template.

Gridiron by PixelParadise41

Vertigo42 | Demo43 | Website907544288
A template with “Paralax Motion” built in. Check out the demo, because this template is about as cool as it gets.

Vertigo by RocketTheme45

Small Robot46| Demo47 | Website48
Another simple design for websites with less informaiton to display on the front page.

SmallRobot by PixelParadise49

CelebsPlazza50 | Demo51 | Website52
An eye-catching design with four styles built right in.

CelebsPlazza by Template Plazza53

The News54 | Demo55 | Website56
Another slick news template with a smooth image slideshow.

The News by Gavick57

Jet3058 | Demo59 | Website60
A Web 2.0-style template for a blog or information portal.

Jet30 by DesignforJoomla61

Free Templates Link

Brown Kick62 | Download63 | Demo64 | Website65
A cool coffee-themed template with unobtrusive navigation and nice blog styling.

Brown Kick by IbolDsign66

Optimus67 | Download68 | Demo69 | Website70
A straightforward Joomla template that could work for almost any kind of website.

Optimus by JoomlaShack71

Novus72 | Download73 | Demo74 | Website907544288
An incredibly versatile template, ready for complete customization.

Novus by RocketTheme76

Simplify77 | Download78 | Demo79 | Website80
Three color combinations and a block design make this template great for a professional presentation.

Simplify by Estime Templates81

Contaminated82 | Download83 | Demo84 | Website85
Another cool grunge theme with nice touches, like full typography options.

Contaminated by JoomlaJunkie86

RokWebify87 | Download88 | Demo89 | Website907544288
A Web 2.0 template with many color options and a simple interface.

RokWebify by RocketTheme91

EMagazine92 | Download93 | Demo94 | Website95
As the name suggests, a good magazine template without being too heavy on bandwidth-eating images.

EMagazine by IbolDesign96

Portfolio97 | Download98 | Demo99 | Website100
One of the best portfolio options for Joomla, perfect for artists and Web designers.

Portfolio by PortfolioDesign.org101

Jakarta Times102 | Download103 | Demo104 | Website105
A super-simple news and blog template that loads fast but can hold tons of information.

Jakarta by Tobacamp106

VJ-08107 | Download108 | Demo109 | Website110
This simplest of simplistic designs provides one big header image to get your message across fast.

VJ-08 by Veero.net111

Nova112 | Download (free registeration required)118113 | Demo114 | Website120115
This “pure CSS” template is great for a blog because of the front and center main body content. Three module positions are available for pushing RSS, a quick blurb or a login module.

Nova by Joomlashack.com116

Jamba117 | Download (free registeration required)118113 | Demo119 | Website120115
Ten module positions and five preset color settings make this a truly versatile template. A newsflash module position lets you highlight important information.

Jamba by Joomlashack.com121

Back to Nature122 | Download123 | Demo124 | Website125
This 3-column template is an out-of-the-box option for blogging or an online community.

Back to Nature by Themza.com126

Praise Corp127 | Download128 | Demo129 | Website130
An incorporated login form and search field compliment the boxy style of this template.

PraiseCorp by JoomlaPraise.com131

Contest Entry132 | Download (free registration required)133 | Demo134 | Website135
This template was JoomlaPraise’s entry into the Joomla 1.5 template contest. With no shortage of module positions this template was good enough to be considered for part of the Joomla core.

Contest Entry by JoomlaPraise.com136

Enchanted137 | Download (free registration required)138 | Demo139 | Website140
Several module styles let you customize this template to fit your needs. Incorporation with the fireboard forum is a bonus feature of this template as well.

Enchanted by Pure-Joomla.com141

Pluralism142 | Download143 | Demo144 | Website145
This simple template is one of the rare Joomla templates with a right sidebar. A big header draws attention to the content quickly.

Pluralism by JoomlaBamboo.com146

Epic147 | Download148 | Demo149 | Website150
This template can be customized in many ways. The free version comes with one color option but also a smooth image slideshow with a transparent caption feature. PRO Version available for $25.

Epic by JoomlaShine.com151

Webmedie152 | Download153 | Demo154 | Website155
This rounded template has glossy module styling and an oversized header.

Webmedie by Webmedie.dk156

ContentPortal157 | Download (free registration required)158 | Demo159 | Website160
An incorporated search field fits nicely in this template. A large module position on top is perfect for a large banner or newsflash.

ContentPortal by Estimetemplates.com161

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  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/05/joomla-developers-toolbox/
  2. 2 http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla-templates/mynxx
  3. 3 http://demo.rockettheme.com/?template=mynxx
  4. 4 http://www.rockettheme.com/forum/index.php?f=186&rb_v=viewforum
  5. 5 http://demo.rockettheme.com/?template=mynxx
  6. 6 http://www.rockettheme.com
  7. 7 http://demo.rockettheme.com/feb09?xyz=1213
  8. 8 http://www.rockettheme.com
  9. 9 http://www.rockettheme.com
  10. 10 http://www.joomlashack.com
  11. 11 http://demotemplates.joomlashack.com/lightfast/
  12. 12 http://www.joomlashack.com/pro-joomla-templates/30-js-lightfast-template
  13. 13 http://www.joomlashack.com
  14. 14 http://www.joomlapraise.com/
  15. 15 http://simple2.joomlapraise.com/
  16. 16 http://www.joomlapraise.com/club-joomla-templates/simplepraise2.php
  17. 17 http://www.joomlapraise.com/
  18. 18 http://www.joomlapraise.com/
  19. 19 http://social.joomlapraise.com/
  20. 20 http://www.joomlapraise.com/club-joomla-templates/socialpraise.php
  21. 21 http://www.joomlapraise.com/
  22. 22 http://www.joomlaxtc.com
  23. 23 http://joomlaxtc.com/newspro_dark/
  24. 24 http://www.joomlaxtc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=908&Itemid=157
  25. 25 http://www.joomlaxtc.com
  26. 26 http://www.rockettheme.com
  27. 27 http://demo.rockettheme.com/aug08?xyz=1213
  28. 28 http://www.rockettheme.com
  29. 29 http://www.rockettheme.com
  30. 30 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/city_portal_-_january_2009_joomla_club_template.html
  31. 31 http://www.shape5.com/demo/city_portal/city_portal15/
  32. 32 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/city_portal_-_january_2009_joomla_club_template.html
  33. 33 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/city_portal_-_january_2009_joomla_club_template.html
  34. 34 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/news_link_-_december_2008_joomla_club_template.html
  35. 35 http://www.shape5.com/demo/news_link/
  36. 36 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/news_link_-_december_2008_joomla_club_template.html
  37. 37 http://www.shape5.com/product_details/club_templates/news_link_-_december_2008_joomla_club_template.html
  38. 38 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=21&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=129&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  39. 39 http://www.gridiron.pixelsparadise.com/
  40. 40 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=21&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=129&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  41. 41 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=21&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=129&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  42. 42 http://www.rockettheme.com
  43. 43 http://demo.rockettheme.com/dec08?xyz=1213
  44. 44 http://www.rockettheme.com
  45. 45 http://www.rockettheme.com
  46. 46 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=19&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=128&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  47. 47 http://www.smallrobot.pixelsparadise.com/
  48. 48 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=19&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=128&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  49. 49 http://www.pixelsparadise.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=19&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=128&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27
  50. 50 http://www.templateplazza.com/
  51. 51 http://demo.templateplazza.net/celebs_plazza/index.php?tpstyle=style4&option=com_content&Itemid=62
  52. 52 http://www.templateplazza.com/
  53. 53 http://www.templateplazza.com/
  54. 54 http://www.gavick.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=53
  55. 55 http://demo.gavickpro.serwery.pl/joomla10/jan2008/
  56. 56 http://www.gavick.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=53
  57. 57 http://www.gavick.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=53
  58. 58 http://designforjoomla.com/index.php?option=com_acctexp&task=register&Itemid=0
  59. 59 http://demo.designforjoomla.com/joomla_templates/club_templates/jet_30/
  60. 60 http://designforjoomla.com/index.php?option=com_acctexp&task=register&Itemid=0
  61. 61 http://designforjoomla.com/index.php?option=com_acctexp&task=register&Itemid=0
  62. 62 http://www.demo.iboldesign.com/brownkick/
  63. 63 http://www.iboldesign.com/component/option,com_remository/Itemid,31/func,download/id,48/chk,72c1c4ec0935961dea652b5c36dd127c/
  64. 64 http://www.demo.iboldesign.com/brownkick/
  65. 65 http://www.iboldesign.com/free-joomla-templates/brownkick-its-coffee-time.html
  66. 66 http://www.demo.iboldesign.com/brownkick/
  67. 67 http://www.joomlashack.com/free-joomla-templates
  68. 68 http://www.joomlashack.com/get-free-joomla-templates
  69. 69 http://demotemplates.joomlashack.com/optimus/
  70. 70 http://www.joomlashack.com/free-joomla-templates
  71. 71 http://www.joomlashack.com/free-joomla-templates
  72. 72 http://www.rockettheme.com
  73. 73 http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla-downloads/folder/114-novus
  74. 74 http://demo.rockettheme.com/novus-j10/index.php?xyz=1213
  75. 75 http://www.rockettheme.com
  76. 76 http://www.rockettheme.com
  77. 77 http://demo.estimetemplates.com/simplify/index.php?jos_change_template=simplify_green
  78. 78 http://www.joomcss.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/simplify_black.zip
  79. 79 http://demo.estimetemplates.com/simplify/index.php?jos_change_template=simplify_green
  80. 80
  81. 81 http://demo.estimetemplates.com/simplify/index.php?jos_change_template=simplify_green
  82. 82 http://www.joomlajunkie.com/free-downloads
  83. 83 http://www.joomlajunkie.com/index.php?option=com_ionfiles&func=download&download=1&file=NQ==&Itemid=111
  84. 84 http://www.joomlajunkie.com/demo/free/contaminated/
  85. 85 http://www.joomlajunkie.com/free-downloads
  86. 86 http://www.joomlajunkie.com/free-downloads
  87. 87 http://www.rockettheme.com
  88. 88 http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla-downloads/free/rokwebify/600-rokwebify-template/download
  89. 89 http://demo.rockettheme.com/rokwebify?xyz=1213
  90. 90 http://www.rockettheme.com
  91. 91 http://demo.rockettheme.com/rokwebify/
  92. 92 http://www.iboldesign.com/free-joomla-templates/emagazine-new-template.html
  93. 93 http://www.iboldesign.com/component/option,com_remository/Itemid,31/func,download/id,44/chk,906da0ff0e86efa123823f4044d161ef/
  94. 94 http://www.demo.iboldesign.com/emagazine/
  95. 95 http://www.iboldesign.com/free-joomla-templates/emagazine-new-template.html
  96. 96 http://www.iboldesign.com/free-joomla-templates/emagazine-new-template.html
  97. 97 http://portfoliodesign.org
  98. 98 http://portfoliodesign.org/downloads.html
  99. 99 http://joomlatemplates.portfoliodesign.org/myportfolio/
  100. 100 http://portfoliodesign.org/
  101. 101 http://portfoliodesign.org
  102. 102 http://www.tobacamp.com/templates/joomla-jakartatime-template
  103. 103 http://www.tobacamp.com/download/jakartatimes.zip
  104. 104 http://premium.tobacamp.com/index.php?template=jakartatimes
  105. 105 http://www.tobacamp.com/templates/joomla-jakartatime-template/
  106. 106 http://www.tobacamp.com/templates/joomla-jakartatime-template
  107. 107 http://www.veero.net
  108. 108 http://www.veero.net/View-document-details/7-VJ-13.html
  109. 109 http://joomlatemplates.veero.net/demo/?template=vj-08
  110. 110 http://www.veero.net
  111. 111 http://www.veero.net
  112. 112 http://www.joomlashack.com
  113. 113 http://www.joomlashack.com/get-free-joomla-templates?task=view
  114. 114 http://demotemplates.joomlashack.com/nova/
  115. 115 http://www.joomlashack.com
  116. 116 http://www.joomlashack.com
  117. 117 http://www.joomlashack.com
  118. 118 http://www.joomlashack.com/get-free-joomla-templates?task=view
  119. 119 http://demotemplates.joomlashack.com/jamba/
  120. 120 http://www.joomlashack.com
  121. 121 http://www.joomlashack.com
  122. 122 http://www.joomlashack.com
  123. 123 http://www.themza.com/joomla1.5/back-to-nature-template.html#
  124. 124 http://demo.themza.com/joomla15/?joomla15-template=themza_j15_13
  125. 125 http://www.themza.com/joomla1.5/back-to-nature-template.html
  126. 126 http://www.themza.com
  127. 127 http://www.joomlapraise.com
  128. 128 http://www.joomlapraise.com/downloads/praisecorp/
  129. 129 http://corp.joomlapraise.com/
  130. 130 http://www.joomlapraise.com/free-joomla-templates/praisecorp.php
  131. 131 http://www.joomlapraise.com
  132. 132 http://www.joomlapraise.com
  133. 133 http://www.joomlapraise.com/downloads/joomlapraise/
  134. 134 http://contest.joomlapraise.com/
  135. 135 http://www.joomlapraise.com/free-joomla-templates/joomlapraise-1.5-contest-entry.php
  136. 136 http://www.joomlapraise.com
  137. 137 http://www.pure-joomla.com
  138. 138 http://www.pure-joomla.com/services/free-template-pj-enchanted-for-1.0-or-1.5.html
  139. 139 http://www.demo.pure-joomla.com/pj_enchanted_15/
  140. 140 http://www.pure-joomla.com/services/free-template-pj-enchanted-for-1.0-or-1.5.html
  141. 141 http://www.pure-joomla.com
  142. 142 http://www.joomlabamboo.com
  143. 143 http://www.joomlabamboo.com/downloads/download-document/123-pluralism-j1-5-native
  144. 144 http://joomla15.bamboopixel.com/pluralism/
  145. 145 http://www.joomlabamboo.com/downloads/view-document-details/123-pluralism-j1-5-native
  146. 146 http://www.joomlabamboo.com
  147. 147 http://www.joomlashine.com
  148. 148 http://www.joomlashine.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=2&Itemid=38
  149. 149 http://demo.joomlashine.com/joomla-templates/jsn_epic/j10/index.php
  150. 150 http://www.joomlashine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=38
  151. 151 http://www.joomlashine.com
  152. 152 http://www.webmedie.dk/
  153. 153 http://www.joomla24.com/remository/startdown/3750.html
  154. 154 http://www.joomlademos.de/home?template=wm_03_j15
  155. 155 http://www.edbmedie.dk
  156. 156 http://www.webmedie.dk/
  157. 157 http://www.estimetemplates.com
  158. 158 http://www.estimetemplates.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=21&Itemid=62
  159. 159 http://demo.estimetemplates.com/content/index.php?jos_change_template=content_portal
  160. 160 http://www.estimetemplates.com/free-joomla-templates.html
  161. 161 http://www.estimetemplates.com
  162. 162 http://www.rockettheme.com/
  163. 163 http://docs.joomla.org/Tutorial:Creating_a_basic_Joomla!_template
  164. 164 http://www.thebestofjoomla.com/
  165. 165 http://www.joomlatemplatebuilder.com/

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  1. 1

    They’re very good templates; although I don’t use Joomla, I can see some of these being good inspiration for my WordPress templates.

  2. 2

    Well, This list never gonna complete as there is so many good designs available for joomla. I personally think there is a need of more good free designs as all the free themes available is not very good or atleast good.

    I using joomla for 2 of my projects and i made my own themes for that purpose.

    Thanks for the collection Cyrus….Nice Overview !!

    DKumar M.

  3. 3

    Very nice post! :)

    I keep noticing that Joomla has a big choice of templates for portfolios. Does anyone know where I can find some for WordPress (just got into it)?

  4. 4

    Hmm, the commercial ones are nice.
    But the other templates…

  5. 5

    Just the right stuff I was looking for.

  6. 6

    Good work. Nice to see that Smashing likes joomla !

  7. 7

    What a great resource – inexpensive web design is becoming sophisticated very quickly. I’ll pass this on to other developers!

  8. 8

    Great choice of commercial templates, as for the free ones, these are truly the best out of free, unfortunately. Rockettheme.com guys are my favorites.

  9. 9

    Nice selection. Many of these are RocketTheme, who are deservedly one of the best Joomla template sites. It would be nice if some of the other major players (Shape5, etc.) were featured, as they do have some nice templates.

    Those of you searching for similarly excellent WP templates should do searches at Smashing Magazine and you’ll find lots of links to “Best x number of free WP themes” articles.

  10. 10

    That’s one hellova resource !!! Keep it up smashing !

  11. 11

    great work, as always, but a drupal list would be AMAZING!

  12. 12

    I think you missed some YooTheme interesting theme…

  13. 13

    Excellent! Thank you!

  14. 14

    Can’t wait to see your wordpress templates again… you guys always come up with good ones like LINK

  15. 15

    It’s interesting that the commercial Jet30 template is simply an almost unchanged adaptation of the free Jet30 template from Template World. See http://www.templateworld.com/free_templates.html.

    At least the person acknowledges the source for the design in the footer, but still…

  16. 16

    If this article was published in another site, I would think that it’s a sponsored article. Because it’s very surprising that there is no template from Joomlart.
    They have many beautiful templates, which fits to any need, and each of them has a lot of color, layout options.
    In my opinion, Joomlart is the best template provider on the internet. And one of their templates is already coming with the default Joomla distribution.
    You can see their demo templates , and decide on your own.
    As a footnote, I am not a Joomlart shareholder, employee, reseller or partner.

  17. 17

    Wow. Joomla designing has come a LONG way. I was a fan and user of Joomla (dating all the way back to the Mambo days) and these designs are leaps and bounds above what was being offered back then.

  18. 18

    I feel you all left out some great websites.

    They also have great tools for free and commerical that are quite excellent.

    http://www.joomlart.com is also a great site.

  19. 19

    Yootheme.com has one of the most amazing themes for Joomla !

    Anyway, good list – can’t wait for more Joomla inspired posts.

  20. 20

    while i saw the templates i just though… all this can be done in WordPress, what more have Joomla to offer? im talking about the design area, i dont know the system specs or capabilities, that would be good to know… some kind of WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal maybe!?

  21. 21

    I totally agree with – arda –

    Rockettheme and Yootheme maybe look nice in demo on IE but when you start working with theme, all things change. They have serious IE bugs, and if the developers don’t know how to resolve them, how can a usual joomla user…. Anyway, I strongly recommend joomlart . I’m not a joomlart staff member or something, just is just my point of view.

  22. 22

    You should add here one more template club: http://www.gavick.comThis guys have very nice and pro templates.
    I don’t understand why the admins publush only tempaltes from the Rockettheme. (cash?)

  23. 23

    we see .. the best Templates for Joomla comes from Rockttheme … and this for a nice Price

  24. 24

    Nice templates, I’ve seen many more that work like a charm for any type of website niche you might be working on. Joomla might not be the smartest piece of of programming but it does a damn good job and it’s been improving every time a new release version comes out. *thumbs up*

  25. 25

    Nice list. Though you missed some nice templates but it’s hard to keep up with joomla – there’s something new all the time!

  26. 26

    Thank you everyone for the great feedback!

    To the people concerned that their favorite wasn’t listed here, there are tons of template providers, and this is just short list. Hopefully there will be more Joomla posts in the future, so we will get to see more of them.

    Also, both Gavick and Shape5 are listed.


  27. 27

    really cool templates… better than WP

  28. 28

    Would agree, where’s YooTheme? Only templates I’ve ever bought for Joomla.

    Good list otherwise.

  29. 29

    You people at smashing magazine always astonish me !! I’ve just started working with Joomla and the need for a great theme arised.. This article is very helpful…
    Thank you a lot..

  30. 30

    I know that it’s hard to write such articles, because you can not include every template in the market. And anyway, someone will be always angry about why you included or not included something in the list :) I hope that you will include some Joomlart templates in the future posts. Because they really deserve it much more than some templates in this article.
    And finally, Best of Joomla! is a great resource for people who search for a free or commercial Joomla template. (This is not the one which is mentioned in the ‘resources’ section of this article.) Here is the link : Link

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    Nice article! The link of `Back to Nature` is incorrect. This template is made by themza.com and not by joomlashack.


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    hira kumar maharjan

    April 13, 2009 12:32 am

    superb deisgn collection of joomla

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    Post about Joomla are always welcome!

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    Does anyone else around here use Umbraco? I’ve poked my head into Joomla and Drupal, and while I can see them as being very powerful and flexible, they don’t seem to have the grace of Umbraco. Or maybe it’s that I don’t go down the theme road..ever.


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    Sweet themes, but I prefer making my own theme. I love being an artist with these themes. My clients usually love it too.

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    Good Templates. But not the best.

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    I really gotta start learning how to code Joomla and Drupal. Would love to see a smashing post about that….

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    This article was illustrative in one unintentional way for sure: people can see what I’ve said before is true, and that Joomla’s community is paltry in comparison to WordPress. You can fall ass-backwards into great looking, free templates for WordPress, but the options for Joomla are increasingly barren (and what the hell is with that double top “navigation” and left or right column “menu” that Joomla template makers so adore? Has anyone ever felt that two blocks of links for finding your way around was a good idea?)

    And for the record: I don’t use either, so the Joomla Jihadis can shout out their OPEN SOURCE MATTERS fatwas at someone else.

    In any case, the gulf between pro Joomla templates and free ones is HUGE. I’m curious, outside of the staggeringly large base of WordPress vs. the small one of Joomla, why that is. Certainly there’s some enterprising students just messing around that want to share their creations with the world in every format.

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    Seems, they forgot two WordPress-Template conversions for Joomla: Imprezz and Magazeen ;-)



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    I think this article is poorly researched. So many good Joomla template designers are missing. Looks a little like the author is PRO Rockettheme. No doubt, they make greate templates, but not to mention all the other great Joomla designers is a shame.

    I ask myself if Smashing Magazine is not reading over the articles. Or let someone of the Joomla community read it before publishing. It is obvious that this article is not really objectively…

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    We need more post like this !!!! Tanks
    Necesitamos mas posts como este !!!! Gracias

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    thank you so much for this post…I wish there were more joomla connected posts in the future

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    A post about how to create Joomla templates (tips and advice on best practice for creating templates) would be useful.

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    Thanks, I hadn’t seen those conversions. So many times I’ve seen a great WP theme I wish was converted to Joomla.

    It’s a short article, only 35 of thousands of Joomla templates. Nowhere did it say it was an “Ultimate” or “Comprehensive” list of templates.

    If anyone was offended that I left off their favorite template, I apologize. If I was asked to select one template from every commercial provider, the article would have looked a little different. Instead, I was asked to compile a list of some of my favorite Joomla templates. Rockettheme just happens to have created a number of my favorites.

    Also, I take accountability for my article, by publishing my article SmashingMagazine did not endorse any particular template creator. That is why my name is under the title, not theirs.

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    sorry, should be joomla-monster instead of “joomla-monseter” :)

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    Great Article…
    What about this Web Design Agency?

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    Good listing of Joomla templates, specially those given in the beginning.

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    Nice one. Some great templates there.

    I’ve used RocketTheme loads in the past and heavily modded some of them. They are very easy to use once you know how. Never too keen on the YooTheme ones, I find the designs are a bit on the ott side for my liking.

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    Vernon Decossas

    April 28, 2009 4:31 am

    Great list, some of the templates are really nice. Thanks


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