Joomla 2.5 – How to Uninstall Joomla Template

by Elaine on February 29, 2012

Joomla 2.5 – How to Uninstall / Delete a Joomla 2.5 Template

While going through the most obvious way of Uninstalling a Joomla 2.5 template in the Template Manager, I got an error message that said:

Cannot delete last style of a template

I really have no idea what this error message means.  But I managed to uninstall and delete my Joomla template.  Below is an overview of what I did:

1.  Make sure template is not the default site template in the Template Manager

Your site must have a default template assigned to it, so you must make sure that the template you want to delete is not assigned as a default.  If it is, then you must select another template to be the default site template.  This is easily done in the template manager:

  • Login to Joomla 2.5 Administrator Panel
  • Click on ‘Extensions‘ , ‘Template Manager’
  • Select any site template, for example – Beez2 – Default
  • Click on the ‘Make Default‘ button along the top right
  • You will see an orange star appear beside Beez2 – Default and under the column ‘Default’
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Joomla 2.5 - Set Beez_20 as Default Site Template

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2. Joomla 2.5 - Extensions Manager

2.  Manage Extensions in the Extensions Manager

Manage Extensions is where you manage – uninstall, edit any component, module, language, plugin, or template you installed in your Joomla 2.5 website.

  • Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘ Extensions Manager’
  • Switch to the ‘Manage‘ tab
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2. Joomla 2.5 - Extensions Manager - Manage

3.  Select and Uninstall Template

Now you can select the Joomla 2.5 template to uninstall.  Here you will uninstall the Joomla 2.5 template.  For example I’m uninstalling ‘artqueenblack’ template.

  • Use the checkbox to select the template to uninstall
  • Click on ‘Uninstall‘ button at the top right
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3. Joomla 2.5 - Uninstall Joomla Template in Extensions Manager

4.  Done and Joomla Template Deleted

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4. Joomla 2.5 - Uninstall Template Successful

After you are done with uninstalling the template in the Extensions Manager, the template is now successfully deleted from your site.  You can check all the below locations and you will not find any reference to the deleted template:

  • Extensions Manager – Manager
  • Template Manager – Site
  • Template Manager – Templates
  • Module Manager – Template

That’s it.  Hope this helped you.

Thanks,

Elaine

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Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Deanna March 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

Thanks! I had the same problem deleting a template, and this is just the info I needed. (-:

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Elaine March 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Hi Deanna,
No problem, I’m glad the post helped you.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Danny Gunawan April 8, 2012 at 7:25 am

I have to search with Google twice before I got this great article. Now I can delete my unused Joomla templates. Thank you.

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Elaine April 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi Danny,
That’s great! I’m glad my posts helped you.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Brett April 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Way to go. Had the problem but now solved. Your instructions are fantastically clear and simple to follow. Thanks so much.

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Elaine April 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hi Brett,
Thanks for your kind comments. I’m glad I was able to help!
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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shiva May 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

it still can’t work..have any solution??

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Paul June 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

Awesome – thanks 😀
Just what I was looking for !

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Elaine June 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Paul,
No problem! Glad it worked for you.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Bri April 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Notice you didn’t reply to the guy who it didn’t for… and it didn’t work me either! Solutions? I doubt it!

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Elaine April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Hi Bri,
I will look into it later…sorry for the late response.
Thanks for visiting,
Elaine

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