Starting in Joomla 2.5, there is a function that makes is easy to copy or duplicate a template. For example, say you want to use the default Beez5 template, but you need to modify it. If you make modifications directly to the default Beez template, your modifications will be overwritten every time you upgrade Joomla. To overcome this problem, use the Copy Template function.
The following tutorial explains how to copy a Joomla template. When you use this feature, Joomla creates an exact duplicate of the template and installs it, all in a few seconds. Once you complete this procedure, you will see a new folder in your /templates directory with the name you gave to the new template; for example, /templates/beez5-new
- From the Joomla Admin menu, select Extensions > Template Manager.
Joomla displays the Template Manager screen.
- From the Template column, click the template you want to duplicate.
Joomla displays the Customize Template screen.