Joomla – View not found Error Message

by Elaine on December 10, 2010

After a fresh install of Joomla on your site you get an error message  “Error 500 – View not found [name, type, prefix]: frontpage,html”.  If everything is fine on the backend and you only see this in the front end when you view your site then turn on your debugger.  Usually the Joomla debugger will tell you where the problem is.

On the Joomla frontend, the error message will look like this:

500 – View not found [name, type, prefix]: frontpage,html,contentView

You may not be able to visit this page because of:

1. an out-of-date bookmark/favourite
2. a search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site
3. a mistyped address
4. you have no access to this page
5. The requested resource was not found.
6. An error has occurred while processing your request.

Please try one of the following pages:

* Home Page

If difficulties persist, please contact the System Administrator of this site.

View not found [name, type, prefix]: Frontpage,html,contentView

If you preformed a debug on your site and you see the follow messages:

View not found [name, type, prefix]: Frontpage,html,contentView

Call stack
#    Function    Location
1    JSite->dispatch()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
2    JComponentHelper->renderComponent()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
3    require_once()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
4    JController->execute()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
5    ContentController->display()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
6    JController->display()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
7    JController->getView()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
8    JError->raiseError()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
9    JError->raise()    /home/mydomain/public_html/
10    JException->__construct()    /home/mydomain/public_html/

Analysis of the debugger:

  • From the debugging messages it looks like it’s missing certain libraries from the installation of Joomla.  Either the transfer was interupted or deleted.

Other checks you can do to fix the error:

  • Remove any old index.html file in the root of your Joomla site
  • Rename any old .htaccess file from your old Joomla site to .htaccess.old


  • To fix this error message, upload only the “libraries” folder from the downloaded Joomla installation package to your server.    Refresh your site and the error message will disappear.
 Joomla   View not found Error Message


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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