Install a Template Manually with Joomla's Discover Feature

How to Install a Joomla Template Manually with Joomla's Discover

It is very common that large Joomla templates with many features are over 2 MB in size. On some servers, this can make these templates hard to install in the standard way.

Luckily, Joomla provides an alternative for those cases - the "Joomla Discover" core feature.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to install a large template by uploading it through cPanel and installing it with the "Joomla Discover" core component.

Step #1. Find the template's name

  • To determine your template's name, open the templateDetails.xml file in a code editor of your choice. The file dwells inside the template installer.
  • Look for the value in the <name> tag. In my example, the template's name is fx_ganbate.

<name>fx_ganbate</name>


Step #2. Upload the template installer

  • Through cPanel, open File manager:

Using File Manager during Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Navigate to the /templates/ folder and create inside it a new folder:

Creating a new folder during Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Type the name of the template from Step #1. In my example, the name is "fx_ganbate".
  • Click "Create New Folder".

Creating a new template folder during Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • This is my current progress, the new folder is at the same level as "protostar".

Folder setup during Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Double click over the new folder.
  • Click "Upload".

Uploading a template file during Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Browse the template installer (zip file), and wait until the upload process ends. In the right-bottom corner, you can see the status.

The Joomla Template upload process


Step #3. Decompress the template installer

  • In the File Manager, go to templates/your-new-template/ folder.
  • Right-click over the installer.
  • Click "Extract".

Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Click the "Extract file(s)" button.
  • Close when it's done.
  • Then, click the "Reload" button to see the extracted files.

see the extracted files for your Joomla template

  • Now you can delete the zip file since it is s no longer required. Right-click and choose "Delete".

Step #4. Discover template and install

  • In your Joomla administrator panel, go to "Extensions" > "Manage" > "Discover":

Install a Joomla Template through Discover

  • Click the "Discover" button:

click the discover button

  • Check the template from the results and click "Install".

If everything is correct, a success message will appear.


Step #5. Set the new template as default</

  • Go to Extensions > Templates.
  • Set the new template as default by clicking the star icon.

Set the new template as default

Note: this tutorial was originally published on January 21, 2016.


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