Many users have problems with the template installation or setting it up properly. If you want to have the same layout as we have in the live demos, make sure to install Joomla with sample date. Here is a screenshot of the installation process.
When Joomla installation is done follow these steps:

1) Download a template from your website. The newer the better (if there is a bug in an old template, there are chances that these are fixed in the newer templates).
2) Go to and log in with your administrator password.
3) Go to EXTENSIONS > EXTENSION MANAGER > click BROWSE and select the downloaded .zip file, click OK and UPLOAD AND INSTALL. You should get a success message.
4) Go to EXTENSIONS > TEMPLATE MANAGER > click on the template you’ve just installed and make it the default template (Default > ALL).

Now your template is installed and activated, but you will see that some modules are not active yet. It’s because each module has to be set to its own module position. This is how to find all module positions if no other documentation is available: On your computer open the same template .zip file and take a look in the templateDetails.xml file. This file contains some information about the template. Scroll down to ““. There you will find a list of module positions. Their names are pretty self explanatory, you will have to use these to activate your module.

Here is an example. The template is activated but you don’t see the main menu. To activate it go to EXTENSIONS > MODULE MANAGER > find the module you are looking for and click on it, in this case it’s MAIN MENU > in the POSITION dropdown menu select the module position called ‘MAINMENU’ and hit save (also make sure the module is PUBLISHED otherwise it will not show). If you go to your homepage you will see that the main menu is now activated.

You have to do this with all other modules as well. Simply find the module in EXTENSIONS > MODULE MANAGER and set it to its module positions. We usually use module positions like TOP1, TOP2, RIGHT, LEFT ….. but newer templates could have other names. Just check the templateDetails.xml file to see all available module positions.

If you need other features like activate submenus, that’s a joomla feature. You have to do it in the main menu options.
Remember that you have a lot of built in functions in the templates. To access these go to EXTENSIONS > TEMPLATE MANAGER> click on the template name > click on the OPTIONS tab. There you will find all built in functions. If you have questions leave a comment on the template page. We provide these templates for free and can’t provide proper support.

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This article has 5 comments

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  2. Bengkel Sofa Reply

    I want to ask, I use a stylishphotography template, the slideshow works on localhost, why when hosting doesn’t work, where is the error?

  3. René Reply

    Thank you for the free template. It is really beautyful.

    I don’t know if I can use this commentbox to ask a question, but I will try it. If it ‘s not, I’m very sorry!

    How can I change the background-color?

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