Joomla Template framework

9 Joomla Template framework solutions for developers


Below is my criteria list when selecting a new framework:

  • Stable usage: I can use it without bugs.
  • Reasonable and flexible layout: Module positions are divided suitably, crisply and cleanly. And it is easy to adjust their width. So I can see the layout I want and customize it quickly.
  • Easy to use: It has a well constructed user interface with clear usage instructions and its code is neatly structured.
  • Fast loading speed: I can set and save its parameters in the blink of an eye. And the customized website is loaded quickly.
  • Rich features: It provides various tools for crafting a modern template: Mobile ready, Google Analytic code insertion, Social media integration and so on.
  • Extensible ability: It is compatible with other extensions.
  • Easy to update: I can update it quickly, without breaking up previous settings and database.  
  • Detailed documentation: Documentation with full introduction, features list, customization instruction, etc.

General reviews


Standalone template skeleton (*)

Joomla supported



Free/Commercial (**)

JA T3 framework

No 1.5, 2.5 – Nice design

– Quite comprehensive features

– Complicated code

– Complicated installation with various elements if you want to use all of its features

– Code editing requirement to customize layout

Free + Commercial

Gantry framework

No 1.5, 2.5 – Easy to use and customize

– Very detailed documentations

– Social media integration lacking Free + Commercial

Warp framework

No 1.5, 2.5 – Fast loading speed – Social media integration lacking Commercial

Gavern framework

No 2.5 – Social media integration

– Fast loading speed

– Limited available templates Commercial

Zen Grid framework

No 1.5, 1.7, 2.5 – Nice design

– Easy to use

– Rich features

– No mobile support Commercial

Helix framework

No 1.5, 2.5 – Easy to use

– Fast loading speed

– No mobile support

– Layout is not flexible

Free + Commercial

Construct Template Development framework

No 2.5 – Quite easy to use

– Fast loading speed

– No special features or functionalities Free + Commercial

Morph framework

No 1.5 – Keyboard shortcuts added

– Sophisticated features.

– Complicated usage

– Slow loading speed

Free + Commercial

JV framework

Yes and No. There are two versions:

– One requires templates

– One doesn’t

1.5, 1.7,2,5 – Drag and drop feature

– Built-in themes editor

– Limited mobile layout Free + Commercial

(*) Standalone template skeleton: A framework is used with a template. Some frameworks are standalone so you need to install them with templates to use them. Some other frameworks have templates integrated in the package so you just need to install it only once.

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