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35 Beautiful Commercial And Free Joomla Templates

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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.

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Commercial Templates Link

Mynxx | Demo | Support
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 RocketTheme

Akiraka | Demo | Website
One of RocketTheme’s finest templates. The fully transparent design gives you complete control over the color of the website.

Akiraka by RocketTheme

Lightfast | Demo | Website
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 Joomlashack

Simple Praise | Demo | Website
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.com

Social Praise | Demo | Website
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.com

NewsPro | Demo | Website
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.com

Periphelion | Demo | Website
One of the best grunge-themed templates for Joomla. Multiple color styles make this template incredibly versatile.

Periphelio by RocketTheme

City Portal | Demo | Website
A clean, smooth template, perfect for a magazine or portal.

City Portal by Shape5

News Link | Demo | Website
As the name states, a great news template with built-in news rotator with tons of features.

News Link by Shape5

Gridiron| Demo | Website
A simple but elegant alternative to the clutter of a typical Joomla template.

Gridiron by PixelParadise

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

Vertigo by RocketTheme

Small Robot| Demo | Website
Another simple design for websites with less informaiton to display on the front page.

SmallRobot by PixelParadise

CelebsPlazza | Demo | Website
An eye-catching design with four styles built right in.

CelebsPlazza by Template Plazza

The News | Demo | Website
Another slick news template with a smooth image slideshow.

The News by Gavick

Jet30 | Demo | Website
A Web 2.0-style template for a blog or information portal.

Jet30 by DesignforJoomla

Free Templates Link

Brown Kick | Download | Demo | Website
A cool coffee-themed template with unobtrusive navigation and nice blog styling.

Brown Kick by IbolDsign

Optimus | Download | Demo | Website
A straightforward Joomla template that could work for almost any kind of website.

Optimus by JoomlaShack

Novus | Download | Demo | Website
An incredibly versatile template, ready for complete customization.

Novus by RocketTheme

Simplify | Download | Demo | Website
Three color combinations and a block design make this template great for a professional presentation.

Simplify by Estime Templates

Contaminated | Download | Demo | Website
Another cool grunge theme with nice touches, like full typography options.

Contaminated by JoomlaJunkie

RokWebify | Download | Demo | Website
A Web 2.0 template with many color options and a simple interface.

RokWebify by RocketTheme

EMagazine | Download | Demo | Website
As the name suggests, a good magazine template without being too heavy on bandwidth-eating images.

EMagazine by IbolDesign

Portfolio | Download | Demo | Website
One of the best portfolio options for Joomla, perfect for artists and Web designers.

Portfolio by PortfolioDesign.org

Jakarta Times | Download | Demo | Website
A super-simple news and blog template that loads fast but can hold tons of information.

Jakarta by Tobacamp

VJ-08 | Download | Demo | Website
This simplest of simplistic designs provides one big header image to get your message across fast.

VJ-08 by Veero.net

Nova | Download (free registeration required) | Demo | Website
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.com

Jamba | Download (free registeration required) | Demo | Website
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.com

Back to Nature | Download | Demo | Website
This 3-column template is an out-of-the-box option for blogging or an online community.

Back to Nature by Themza.com

Praise Corp | Download | Demo | Website
An incorporated login form and search field compliment the boxy style of this template.

PraiseCorp by JoomlaPraise.com

Contest Entry | Download (free registration required) | Demo | Website
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.com

Enchanted | Download (free registration required) | Demo | Website
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.com

Pluralism | Download | Demo | Website
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.com

Epic | Download | Demo | Website
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.com

Webmedie | Download | Demo | Website
This rounded template has glossy module styling and an oversized header.

Webmedie by Webmedie.dk

ContentPortal | Download (free registration required) | Demo | Website
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.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.

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    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.

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  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)?

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    Just the right stuff I was looking for.

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  6. 6

    Good work. Nice to see that Smashing likes joomla !

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  7. 7

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

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  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.

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    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.

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  10. 10

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

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  11. 11

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

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    I think you missed some YooTheme interesting theme…

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  13. 13

    Excellent! Thank you!

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

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    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!?

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    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.

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    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?)

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

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    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*

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  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!

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    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.

    Thanks!

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  27. 27

    really cool templates… better than WP

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

    Good list otherwise.

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    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..
    :-)

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    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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