Joomla Templates Mall for 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0
Wading through hundreds of free and paid templates on dozens of websites is not only time consuming but can be overwheliming. Joomla Templates Mall provides info on the best of the best and gives you an idea of what the top Joomla template sites offer in style and price.
How to Choose A Joomla Template
With so many Joomla templates to choose from, how do you pick the right one? Plan your website content! Start with your layout to determine how many columns and menus you need; what will be above, below and inside the header; whether you'll want banner ads and/or Google adSense; where you'll place the footer and copyright sections and so on. Thorough planning will tell you what type of template you need and how many module positions are necessary. Flexibility is key for growth so always look at module positions. However, if you're building a simple website that will remain fairly static, you should be able to browse the multitude of templates, choose a look you like, and make your content fit that template. Of course, if you have advanced knowledge of Joomla's structure and choose a ready-made template for expediency, you should be able to add your own module positions wherever needed.
Shopping on Joomla template websites can be overwhelming and, as you move through pages of choices, you may forget the ones you like. While previewing, add any template you like to the shopping cart so you can click on the cart and quickly review the ones you're seriously considering. Before you move to the next template website store, write down the website name and URL you're visiting and the template numbers. Or if you don't want to make a list, you can bookmark the template site and bookmark each template page so you can revisit them to make a final decision.
From my experience, I found the Joomla learning curve to be fairly steep since I had previously worked only in WordPress and jumped into Joomla without any training for this particular Content Management System (CMS). If I were starting fresh today, I would definitely study something like Joomla Explained and maybe go through Joomla training. I did purchase a Joomla Book but didn't take the time to actually study each chapter. I used it only for reference after I ran into trouble. True, when you get stuck, you can find most of the answers you need in the Joomla forum, but it would save you hours of frustration and wasted time if you have at least some knowledge of the Joomla structure before you begin your website. This knowledge is especially useful when when you begin customizing a Joomla Template.