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How to Install a Xoops Template
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Complete Instructions for Installing a Xoops Template

When following the below instructions to install your Xoops Template you must already have the Xoops CMS installed on your website and you must have downloaded your ThemeStock.com template and have it readily available.

Step 1 in Installing a Xoops Template:

The file that you have downloaded from ThemeStock.com will have a file name similar to:


Locate the folder on your hard drive where that template was downloaded to, and extract the zip file with WinZip or another similar extraction program. Extracting the file is typically as simple as right-clicking the file and clicking on "extract to here" as illustrated below:

Extract Xoops Template
After you have successfully extracted your files you will have a folder name similar to TS-XOOPS-TemplateName which will contain 3 subfolders named PSD, HTML, and XoopsTemplate as pictured below:
3 Sub Folders

Step 2 in Installing a Xoops Template:

Next you will need to load your FTP client. A FTP client is used to transfer files from your computer to your website hosting space. If you do not have a FTP client, some popular choices include:

AceFTP Freeware

After your FTP software is downloaded and installed, you will need to contact your website host for specific details on how to connect to your website space.

Once you have  connected to your website space, you will need to FTP to your website and upload the files from your extracted Xoops template. In the left window pane, you will need browse to the location where the template was downloaded, which again, will have an extracted folder name similar to:


You will then enter a directory further to:


Once you have entered into the above directory on your hard drive, it is time to transfer your Xoops template files to your server. The template folder has a name similar to TS-TemplateName. This directory will need to be uploaded to the themes directory within Xoops.

To upload the file, select the TS-TemplateName folder that is stored within the "XoopsTemplate" directory and dragging it to the right hand window pane to the themes directory on your server.

After the template has been uploaded to your "themes" directory of Xoops, it will appear on both the left and right window panes of your FTP client:

Xoops Template FTP Upload

Note: The above screen shot is of the FileZilla FTP program. The appearance and features of your own FTP program may be different.

Step 3 in Installing a XoopsTemplate:

Now that your Xoops Theme has been uploaded, it is time to log into your Xoops administration area and activate the template. To login to your xoops admin, you must first login on your main Xoops website wich may be similar to




The login area will appear on the left hand side of your Xoops site as shown below:
Xoops Template Install 1
You will need to enter your master admin Username and Password into the login boxes. This information would have been set up when your Xoops program was first installed. If you do not know this information, you will need to contact your website host or administrator.
Step 4 in Installing a Xoops Template:

When you have completed your login, a new set of menu options will appear on the left side navigation. Click on "Administration Menu" from these options to go to your Control Panel Home page.
WordPress Dashboard

Step 5 in Installing a Xoops Template:

Once at Control Panel Home page, click the large "System Admin" icon on the left hand side of the screen.

Xoops Template Install 3
A new set of options will appear in the main body with a heading labeled System Configuration. From these options, click on the "Preferences" link which is highlighted in orange below.
Xoops Template Install 4

Step 6 in Installing a Xoops Template:

Next you will be taken to the "Site Preferences" page. Click on "Edit" next to "General Settings" on this page.

Xoops Template Install 5
Step 7 in Installing a Xoops Template:

From the general settings page there will be a "Default theme" section with a drop down menu. Click on this menu and select the name of the template that you uploaded in Step 2 of this tutorial.
Xoops Template Install 6
After the theme has been selected scroll to the bottom of the page and press the GO! button, and your new template theme will be applied!
Xoops Template Install 7
If your new theme does not apper when you return to the Xoops homepage then it may be necessary to delete your web browser's cache and cookies and reboot your browser before the changes are visible.

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