How to create a child template in Joomla 5

Child templates are a great way to customize your Joomla site without modifying the parent template. This is especially useful if you want to make changes to a template that is under active development, as you can be sure that your changes will not be overwritten when the parent template is updated.

To create a child template in Joomla 5, follow these steps:

  1. Go to System > Site Templates in the Joomla admin panel.
  2. Click the Create Child Template button for the parent template that you want to create a child template for.
  3. Enter a name for the child template and click the Create button.
  4. Download the child template package and unzip it.
  5. Upload the contents of the unzipped package to the following directories:
    media/templates/site/child_template_name
    templates/child_template_name
  6. Go to System > Site Templates again and click the Details and Files button for the child template that you just created.
  7. Click the Set as Default button.
  8. Click the Save button.

Your child template is now set as the default template for your Joomla site. You can now start customizing it to your liking.

Benefits of using child templates

There are several benefits to using child templates in Joomla:

  • Protect your changes from being overwritten: When the parent template is updated, your changes in the child template will be preserved.
  • Keep your code organized: Child templates allow you to keep your custom code separate from the parent template, making it easier to manage and maintain.
  • Experiment without risk: If you make a change to the child template that you don't like, you can simply revert to the parent template.

Examples of how to use child templates

Here are some examples of how you can use child templates in Joomla:

  • Customize the look and feel of your site: You can use a child template to make changes to the CSS, HTML, and PHP files of your site.
  • Add new features to your site: You can use a child template to add custom modules, plugins, and components to your site.
  • Override the behavior of the parent template: You can use a child template to override the behavior of the parent template, such as changing the way that menus are displayed or how articles are processed.

Conclusion

Child templates are a powerful tool that can help you to customize your Joomla site without affecting the parent Joomla template. If you are making any changes to your site's template, it is a good idea to create a child template so that you can protect your changes and keep your code organized.