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Joomla has been one of the most popular Content Management Systems for a decade, and there is a good reason for that: Joomla is a perfect choice for just about any type of website. Thousands of modules, both free and premium, can turn your homepage into a blog, a store, a magazine or even a site for video hosting.

What’s really important – it keeps pace with the times. Modern Joomla templates incorporate all the latest trends in web design and development – such as responsiveness, flat and material design, parallax effect and social media integration.

In this article we will introduce you to some of the best free Joomla templates. Most of them are compatible with the latest Joomla 3 engine, so you shouldn’t worry about compatibility issues. If you are looking forward to creating your own website with no extra expense, this handpicked list is for you.

1. Ulmus

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Ulmus is a top-notch Joomla template by TemplateMonster for home and furniture themed websites. It incorporates all the features of premium templates, yet it’s 100% free. Perhaps, the most remarkable thing in Ulmus is the balanced combination of austere elements of the user interface and gentle colors. It makes this template perfect for creative blogs, online portfolios and business websites.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

2. JM Services

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Services is a clean free Joomla template made for business. It uses flat UI elements to create a trendy metro-style look. Powered by E4 framework, DJ-ImageSlider and DJ-Menu plugins this template is a one stop solution for modern business websites. Make sure that you have the latest Joomla version and E4 plugin installed.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

3. Echo

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A free and modern template built with T3 Framework and Bootstrap. It features a clean contemporary layout with emphasis on large images with parallax effect. With this template you can easily modify the look of your website via the powerful admin panel. Echo also has native support of K2, Joomla’s most popular content extension.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

4.Classic

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Classic means “stable and well-tried”, but not “boring and outdated”. That’s why “Classic” Joomla template is modern to the core, being at the same time clean and minimalist. It includes dozens of pre-made module positions, 6 layout options, a StickUp menu and, of course, responsive design.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

5.Magazine

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What is the difference between blogs and online magazines? While blogs are usually written by one person, magazines provide more topics and more diverse content – that’s why they require more complicated navigation. A Magazine template offers a number of options for guiding your readership from one article to another – rich navigation menu, multiple tabs with related and featured content and an additional sidebar with social buttons.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

6. Eximium

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It’s minimalistic, it’s fast, and it’s content-centered. That’s all you need to know about this responsive Joomla template. Eximium is the embodiment of the “good design is no design” principle – it is packed with shortcodes, layout customization options and other features, but in the end you will only *see* content and *feel* functionality. This template is a great choice for any website, regardless of type or topic. LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

7.Section

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Section is a free modern business template for Joomla. It incorporates clean layout and advanced visual effects, so popular nowadays. With the integrated pricing tables module it can be a great launch pad for an online business.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

8.Free Estate

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Initially created for real estate and home décor websites, Free Estate is perfect for eCommerce. It includes Real Estate Manager with Google Maps, PayPal integration and other features. Free Estate is built with Bootstrap, so it’s responsive by default.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

9. ZT F7

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This business template comes with wide and boxed layouts (both responsive), pricing tables and testimonials to set up your business online easily. You may think that it is a good fit only for hosting websites, but in fact it’s multipurpose: just change the imagery and a color scheme. LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

10. Favourite Dark

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The main distinctive feature of this particular template is light text on a dark background. It may be exactly what is needed for a website about music, nightlife or photography.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

11. LT Spa

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LT Spa is a stylish one-page template for beauty websites. It comes with 6 ready-made color schemes, but also features a color picker and a drag-and-drop layout builder, so you may create a truly unique home page for your beauty business. And don’t forget about built-in pricing tables: they are a “must” for any business website today, and LT Spa has them too.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

12. StylishPhotography

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This free template was created with photographers in mind. It has a minimalist content – first layout and features a full-page width slider for showcasing your best works. The template’s bright colors are perfect for artist portfolios and other creative websites.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

13. Purity III 

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Its name speaks for itself. Purity III is a free ultraminimalist Joomla template from JoomlArt. It supports 8 different layouts and is 100% responsive. If you are looking for a lightning fast and reliable template, this one is definitely for you – a perfect example of web-minimalism without bells and whistles. Be it a blog, a portfolio or a corporate website – Purity III looks the same in any browser with any screen resolution.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

14. Ixion

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This universal template is based on Warp 7 framework and available for two platforms – Joomla and WordPress. It features a customizer that allows you to change color schemes, layout and typography without CSS knowledge. The Joomla version supports the latest Joomla 3.x engine.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

15. ReniBiz

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ReniBiz is a simple, clean and responsive free Joomla 3 template. It supports FontAwesome and Google web fonts, so you may endlessly customize the typography of your website. It is a great choice for small business websites.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

16. Wanderers

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Wanderers is a free social template for Joomla. It is quite simple and minimalist but its secret is in rich social options. You may rate articles and comments, subscribe to authors and conversations and even specify your location on Google Maps. In other words, Wanderers is a mini social network in your Joomla website.

LIVE DEMO / DOWNLOAD

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Downloaded more than 50 million times, Joomla is one of the most commonly used CMS. And, as the list of beautiful free templates above has proven, Joomla is as popular now as 10 years ago. So, if you decided to join the Joomla community today, which template would you choose and why? Tell us more about your project.


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