Your ecommerce website needs some style to attract customers.
We are now familiar with the administration interface, we created some products, tax rates and a lot of theoretical stuff.
In this chapter we want to have a look at the design of our online store!
Joomla as a content management system uses so called templates for the design of your website. A template is a layer on top of your data that defines e.g. the size and colour of a headline, the layout of an image, the font of a text, and all the little bits and pieces of your website that are displayed in your browser. A template is the implementation of a style guide for your website. The same data can be displayed in a totally different way by using different templates.
Joomla comes with a few preinstalled templates. These templates can be found in Extensions -> Templates -> Template Manager. The creation of a template is a lot of work and often people only want to change some colours, logo, font and a few other pieces. To make this possible the Joomla team introduced template styles in Joomla 1.6. A template style is just a set of different parameters (colours) for the same template. One template can have unlimited styles and each style can be tied to a menu link in Joomla.