Where to find good Joomla themes?
The Joomla Resource Directory (located at resources.joomla.com) is an excellent directory which contains many sites where you can obtain themes for your site. It’s regularly updated and contains contact information and helpful customer reviews.
Joomla24.com has an incredible selection of more than 4000 templates complete with live previews and user comments/reviews for each theme.
Joomla-Themes.co.uk is another excellent resource which contains all the latest theme related news and reviews. You can submit your own news and participate in the lively community to satisfy all your theming needs. They also discuss various Joomla theme companies and the pros and cons of each which is very helpful when attempting to make a purchase.
Rockettheme.com – Specialist in clean, flexible, responsive yet highly advanced Joomla themes. You must purchase a membership to access the themes on this site, memberships start at $50 for 60 days of access to the site.
There are many varieties of themes available for Joomla to address everyone’s needs, from themes used for personal hobby sites to themes catered for business or ecommerce sites.
Theme features include flash based intro videos or navigation systems and JQuery/Ajax based contact forms. Many themes also include customizable homepage sliders in which you can load your own text and images.
What makes a good theme?
A good theme includes all of the necessary files you need to customize it, this may include full source code and PSD files to enable you to edit the graphics in Photoshop. A good theme should also include all of the features necessary for developing your site and managing it by means of a simple to use GUI based interface rather than having to hack away at countless lines of confusing code yourself. The best themes should also come with full support from the author and lifetime updates for when new Joomla versions are released.
It’s important to choose a Joomla template that functions in the manner you want it to and that difficult changes are not necessary. The template layout is another important aspect to consider. You should imagine how you want your homepage and sub-pages to look like. Another important part is cross-browser compatibility and making sure that the template is SEO friendly. The best Joomla templates are usually created by a combination of both experienced designers and programmers to ensure that not only does it look nice but performs great too and is bug free.