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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Gridiron| Demo | Website A simple but elegant alternative to the clutter of a typical Joomla template.
Small Robot| Demo | Website Another simple design for websites with less informaiton to display on the front page.
Brown Kick | Download | Demo | Website A cool coffee-themed template with unobtrusive navigation and nice blog styling.
Contaminated | Download | Demo | Website Another cool grunge theme with nice touches, like full typography options.
EMagazine | Download | Demo | Website As the name suggests, a good magazine template without being too heavy on bandwidth-eating images.
Jakarta Times | Download | Demo | Website A super-simple news and blog template that loads fast but can hold tons of information.
VJ-08 | Download | Demo | Website This simplest of simplistic designs provides one big header image to get your message across fast.
Nova | | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out some of these template resources:
- RocketTheme Template Club
- Official Joomla Template Documentation
- Announcements of new Joomla templates and extensions
- A Web-based template builder for Joomla