Installing a Joomla 1.6 template is very easy and simple. But everything you do the first time can be a challenge. So here is a small "how to..." tutorial video.
It can be done in four simple steps:
1. Login to your Joomla admin backend
2. Go to your Extension Manager (click on "Extensions->Extension Manager")
3. Select the installation file from your local HD and install it
4. Go to your Template Manager (click on "Extensions->Template Manager") and activate your new template
Do you see the "Join Now" button in the mainmenu in the upper right corner? Click on it!
On the next screen you can select your membership plan. You can choose between "Basic", "Professional" and "Developer".
On the next screen you can enter your user details. IMPORTANT!: USE A REAL MAIL ADRESS! No fake mails, or you can´t activate your account. Finalize the process and you will be taken to the PayPal (our selected payment provider) website where you can enter your bank, credit card or PayPal account data. No fear: You don´t need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. Just if you want to pay from your bak account or (of course) from your PayPal balance, you need a account. Finalize the payment process and you will receive a email with an activation link. Use it to enable your account. Now go to www.pixelsparadise.com, login with your username and password and start downloading the templates!
A Joomla template club is basically a template provider who offers Joomla templates to all members for one fixed price. So you get access to all templates without paying again and again for single templates. Mostly you pay for a certain membership periode. During this periode you can access the full website, download templates, receive support etc.
A Joomla template is responsible for the layout, design and structure of a Joomla powered website. While the CMS itself manage the content, a template manage the look&feel of this content elements and the overall design on a Joomla driven website.
Both parts, the content and the design, is separated and can be edited, changed deleted etc. separately. This separation is one of the main advantages of a CMS, especially if you work as a team on a website project. A content author don´t have to touch the HTML or CSS source code, while the designer/developer don´t need to transfer the whole content to the new design. It can be done with a few clicks and you can roll out a new design in seconds.
For short: Joomla is a PHP/MySQL based open source web CMS.
The long version:
A CMS is a "Content Management System" which is normally used to maintain and administrate a internet or intranet site. With such a system a whole team of authors can add and edit articles, text and other content items to a website without coding. And Joomla is one of the (maybe THE) best of ´em.
It is released under a open source license, which means you can download, install, edit, use and hack it without any license costs and it is free to use. If you want to learn more about Joomla you can visit the official site here or read the Wikipedia article about Joomla here.
All you need to start with Joomla is the latest version of the CMS (check here for the latest version), some webspace (about 30MB for a basic installation) with PHP support and a MySQL database.
Joomla 1.5 installation:
Joomla 1.6 installation: