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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 | Website595134228
One of RocketTheme’s finest templates. The fully transparent design gives you complete control over the color of the website.

Akiraka by RocketTheme9

Lightfast10 | 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 Joomlashack11

Simple Praise12 | Demo | Website13
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.com14

Social Praise15 | Demo | Website16
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.com17

NewsPro18 | 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.com19

Periphelion20 | Demo21 | Website595134228
One of the best grunge-themed templates for Joomla. Multiple color styles make this template incredibly versatile.

Periphelio by RocketTheme23

City Portal24 | Demo25 | Website26
A clean, smooth template, perfect for a magazine or portal.

City Portal by Shape527

News Link28 | Demo29 | Website30
As the name states, a great news template with built-in news rotator with tons of features.

News Link by Shape531

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

Gridiron by PixelParadise

Vertigo32 | Demo33 | Website595134228
A template with “Paralax Motion” built in. Check out the demo, because this template is about as cool as it gets.

Vertigo by RocketTheme35

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

SmallRobot by PixelParadise

CelebsPlazza36 | Demo | Website37
An eye-catching design with four styles built right in.

CelebsPlazza by Template Plazza38

The News39 | Demo | Website40
Another slick news template with a smooth image slideshow.

The News by Gavick41

Jet3042 | Demo | Website43
A Web 2.0-style template for a blog or information portal.

Jet30 by DesignforJoomla44

Free Templates Link

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

Brown Kick by IbolDsign

Optimus45 | Download | Demo | Website46
A straightforward Joomla template that could work for almost any kind of website.

Optimus by JoomlaShack47

Novus48 | Download49 | Demo50 | Website595134228
An incredibly versatile template, ready for complete customization.

Novus by RocketTheme52

Simplify53 | Download | Demo54 | Website55
Three color combinations and a block design make this template great for a professional presentation.

Simplify by Estime Templates56

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

Contaminated by JoomlaJunkie

RokWebify57 | Download | Demo58 | Website595134228
A Web 2.0 template with many color options and a simple interface.

RokWebify by RocketTheme60

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

EMagazine by IbolDesign

Portfolio61 | Download62 | Demo | Website63
One of the best portfolio options for Joomla, perfect for artists and Web designers.

Portfolio by PortfolioDesign.org64

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

Nova65 | Download (free registeration required) | Demo | Website6966
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.com67

Jamba68 | Download (free registeration required) | Demo | Website6966
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.com70

Back to Nature71 | Download72 | Demo | Website73
This 3-column template is an out-of-the-box option for blogging or an online community.

Back to Nature by Themza.com74

Praise Corp75 | Download76 | Demo | Website77
An incorporated login form and search field compliment the boxy style of this template.

PraiseCorp by JoomlaPraise.com78

Contest Entry79 | Download (free registration required)80 | Demo | Website81
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.com82

Enchanted83 | 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.com84

Pluralism85 | 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.com86

Epic87 | Download88 | Demo89 | Website90
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.com91

Webmedie92 | Download93 | Demo94 | Website
This rounded template has glossy module styling and an oversized header.

Webmedie by Webmedie.dk95

ContentPortal96 | Download (free registration required)97 | Demo98 | Website99
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.com100

Further Resources Link

Check out some of these template resources:

  • RocketTheme Template Club101
  • Official Joomla Template Documentation
  • Announcements of new Joomla templates and extensions
  • A Web-based template builder for Joomla


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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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)?

  3. 3

    Just the right stuff I was looking for.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Good work. Nice to see that Smashing likes joomla !

  7. 7

    Eric Garland

    April 11, 2009 7:01 am

    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. 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.

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    Danish Refai

    April 11, 2009 8:01 am

    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

    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.

  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.

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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. is also a great site.

  19. 19 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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