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Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby pfergi42 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:25 am

Can anyone recommend a good free Joomla 3.0 template? This will be for a brand new site, so ideally the template is lightweight, fast and designed for Joomla 3.0 and looks great on mobile, tablets and desktops.

Thanks in advance!

Bonus points if anyone knows of one that supports eCommerce, or something like a job site, where users can post services requested and a price they are willing to pay, and other users can bid on those projects. The site would facilitate the transaction and take a small fee (like eBay).

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby Aidan38 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:42 am

Hello,

you can also see Joomlashine:
http://www.joomlashine.com/joomla-templates.html
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby ozneilau » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:10 am

The Gantry Framework from RocketTheme is free and a default template is available too:

http://gantry-framework.org/download
http://demo.gantry-framework.org

Gantry has been responsive for a while and works really well whether it's on a desktop, tablet or mobile.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby AvengerXP » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:20 am

thank you for the links

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby NipTuck170 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:51 pm

Do all free templates have the "designed by" tags at the bottom? I can't seem to find one that doesn't. I've bought a template for my company's site, but for some other sites I wanna play around with and work on, I'd rather use a free template, but I can't find one with a copyright at the bottom that you can't remove.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby pfergi42 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:04 pm

I wanted to follow here as I have done a lot of research. This looks like a really great option for those going this direction:

The Wright Framework by Joomla Shack
http://wright.joomlashack.com/demo/
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby tanitani » Wed May 29, 2013 6:05 pm

Aidan38 wrote:Hello,

you can also see Joomlashine:
http://www.joomlashine.com/joomla-templates.html


... which does not appear to be free.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby shaji » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:18 am

It was so beautiful Free joomla template ZT Xenia

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http://www.zootemplate.com/demo25/zt_xenia

But unfortunately I'm not able to download this beautiful theme and I use it!
Please guide me in this regard?

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http://www.siteground.com/joomla-templates.htm

What is your opinion about this website layouts?

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby ZenoLabs » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi, Joomfreak is my choice:

http://www.joomfreak.com/

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby vbsouthern » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:50 pm

OUTSTANDING!
ozneilau wrote:The Gantry Framework from RocketTheme is free and a default template is available too:

http://gantry-framework.org/download
http://demo.gantry-framework.org

Gantry has been responsive for a while and works really well whether it's on a desktop, tablet or mobile.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby GenConnect » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:33 pm

I have no prior Joomla experience, and I just had a great experience designing my first website with Gavick Pro's Meet Gavern template that is fully responsive as well - http://www.gavick.com/download/joomla-3 ... avern.html

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby juliusm518 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:45 pm

ozneilau wrote:The Gantry Framework from RocketTheme is free and a default template is available too:

http://gantry-framework.org/download
http://demo.gantry-framework.org

Gantry has been responsive for a while and works really well whether it's on a desktop, tablet or mobile.

Neil.


I will vote for Gantry also, I am using it on my website and so far so good!

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby jloyzaga » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:41 am

I just need a black background 3 part template as I got hacked and decided to upgrade to 3.0 si I njeed to rebuild it

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Postby WallBB » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:16 am

Siteground will be my suggestion for the free theme
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby jloyzaga » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:48 am

is that the name of the theme - where can I see it?

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby HristoP » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:20 am

We have quite a lot of free Joomla 3.0 templates: http://www.siteground.com/joomla-templates.htm available for free download :)
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby pishro » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:11 pm

A few suggestions for free Joomla 3.x templates: ;)

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http://joomlavisually.com/jstuff/jtemplate.html
http://yjsimplegrid.com
http://joomlatemplates.youjoomla.info/yougrids
http://www.joomla-mart.com/joomla-3-1-templates

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby juliusm518 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:53 pm

pishro wrote:A few suggestions for free Joomla 3.x templates: ;)

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http://joomlavisually.com/jstuff/jtemplate.html
http://yjsimplegrid.com
http://joomlatemplates.youjoomla.info/yougrids
http://www.joomla-mart.com/joomla-3-1-templates


Good looking templates but some are not free!

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby Langer » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:31 pm

Best for me is http://gantry-framework.org/
Very usefull, and fast-loading templates, what is important for me.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby fanboy84 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:57 am

If you would like to avoid a headache. Avoid Gavick Pro. The templates look real sleek and nice, but are broken garbage bags.

Just go through some of the template forum posts if you don't believe me.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby glynster » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:26 pm

I don't get any of these frameworks, why use Joomla at all if you then use proprietry software on top of it? Thats like buying a Raspberry Pi and installing Windows on it.

All of these frameworks are bloated and slow, full of junk code and unnecessary feature-bloat - it's just 1001 more things that can and do go wrong. They add a completely unnecessary steeper curve to learning Joomla too. You'd be better off taking a good quality html theme and hiring somebody to convert it to a Joomla template using native Joomla code and good templating practices for you - many a freelancer will do so for around $200.

If you are going to get into bed with what is still essentially a commercial application (free though they are they are still owned and can be discontinued at any time) bear in mind that they can change the licensing whenever they like and they are designed to promote the brand of their themes and establish their theming format as the dominant one. And, guess what will happen when they rule the market for theming protocol? They'll charge for the framework.

Ironically, many of the free themes out there are much better since they tend not to be built on "Whizzbandwhallop Framework Version 397" and just employ proven, robust NATIVE Joomla code rather than a whole application layer that does God knows what.

In my humble opinion not enough Joomla template designers design without a framework - soon as I see the words "Gavern, warp, wright, T3 etc etc" I hit the back button

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby dermi » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:49 pm

glynster wrote:...why use Joomla at all if you then use proprietry software on top of it? ...

You'd be better off taking a good quality html theme and hiring somebody to convert it to a Joomla template using native Joomla code and good templating practices ...

... robust NATIVE Joomla code rather than a whole application layer that does God knows what.

In my humble opinion not enough Joomla template designers design without a framework - soon as I see the words "Gavern, warp, wright, T3 etc etc" I hit the back button
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby glynster » Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:23 am

I'm confused - Joomla doesnt use LESS in a live capacity. LESS files are included but are intended to be compiled into CSS and not provide live styling on a website. You can, technically, with a Javascript compiler called less.js, compile LESS files into css "on the fly", but it's slow and adds a LOT of browser overhead - it is intended for development and not a live site as it would be too slow and crash your server if you had any sizable traffic. Either way, as i understood it, LESS files are included for faster easier offline development of new CSS themes which are then uploaded. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby juliusmike » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:41 am

I also want to recommend the Wright template that pfergi42 first mentioned in this thread. I have been using this template for one of my Joomla powered websites and it works very well. If you want a nice clean responsive template then Wright is the way to go ;)

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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby telme » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:40 pm

hi anyone recommend a great template for a newspaper site? I need something I can really customize to what I want.
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby float-right » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:21 am

You are not wrong Glynster, you have a perfect grasp of the realities and I agree with your assessment of frameworks 100% (my own excepted of course, as it's a Sass framework but a standalone template in the Joomla sense).
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby float-right » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:44 am

@dattard - You missed the best* one; http://joomlafuture.com/ ;)

*I am personally biased, of course, I wrote this.
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Re: Best free Joomla 3.0 templates

Postby dattard » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:08 pm

If it's free, it's going on the list too ;) Bias is good when you need to get to know about things :) Updated!

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