Hi the only way I can see the html file is if I right click on any page of my Joomla 3.4 site and select "inspect element" tool from my Windows PC. Then I can see the index.html of that page...

There are a few things I would like to change there so I am testing things around.

How can I access these files? .... They are not in my host server control panel file manager, and I can't see them in Joomla admin either.

I have grabbed the home page index.html using HTML editors like CoffeCup via FTP and then pasted the file back into my cp, but the changes I created in the html file did not take effect, it didn't override the live site one. I have a Linux hosting service, I use Webmatrix as well connected via ftp.

My follow up question to your initial comments without all the images and links I sent which took so long to put together.

Hi FFrewin and moomoochoo I am adding more info to my initial question above. Just one of the many things I need to edit in my site I will give you 3 examples why I need to figure out how to access the html files and if you can let me know how would be GREAT !!! Zoom in the images so you can see the code:

1) The phrase, "Slogan", under the logo. I want to center that. For now I had to put a line under for spacing. If I go the usual admin way template manager/styles/protostar/advanced centering it in Joomla admin is not an option and it's not there in any php file either.

basically now the html file div is <div class="site-description">_The Luxury only Tube</div>

but it needs to be <div class="site-description">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Luxury only Tube</div>

2) The heading in the forms cannot have a link in it. Meaning if I go to Joomla admin I can't edit the heading there to have a url that links

So heading (phrase above the forms) is now

<div class="page-header">
        <h1>You must Sign-up at www.mysite.com before you can register here.</h1>

But it should be

<div class="page-header">
        <h1>You must Sign-up at <a href="http://www.mysiteb.com/">www.mysiteb.com </a>before you can register here.</h1>

3) Also on the same form www.mysite.com/basic I need to change only one of the text boxes padding width size in the form in item "store type".

If I change that on the css file it will affect all the other boxes in the form too. I tried changing it in the plugin xml file too but it won't work either.

and the modified

So again I need to change the index.html.

it is now <select id="jform_profile_storetype" name="jform[profile][storetype]" class="required" required="required" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false">

But needs to be <select id="jform_profile_storetype" name="jform[profile][storetype]" class="required" required="required" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" style=" width: 144.22222137451172px; ">

Therefore on one of my code editors I plugged in the home page index.HTML file but once I paste it back to my hosting cp it does not plug in the changes. I really need someone to kindly let me know how to make these changes in the Joomla html files. Thank you in advance

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    You really need to learn how Modern CMS applications work and maybe generally get an idea on web development : html, css, js, php, mysql. W3Schools is a good place to start.
    – FFrewin
    Jun 13, 2015 at 8:05
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    But if you want us to have you up and running with direct advises on the actual changes you want to do, then please give us a link to your website and pages and describe what you want to change.
    – FFrewin
    Jun 13, 2015 at 8:09
  • I'm afraid it's going to be much more complicated than just editing an index.html file. If that is all you need or want than Joomla is probably not for you.
    – TryHarder
    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:30
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    You rant on about how JSE sucks, yet you do not appear to read anything before progressing. Firstly, JSE is not a forum. Secondly, we're in beta due to the long queue of other beta sites than require designing. In regards to your actual question, the reason why you have been down-voted is simply due to the fact that you have not read any simply beginners guide to Joomla and the way you've written your question. Joomla is a CMS written in PHP, therefore does not use HTML files for content. If you have read any documentation page, you would have known this.
    – Lodder
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:38
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    Also, you then went on to ask multiple questions like you have a long list of things to achieve. It doesn't work like that here. Create a New Question for each question you have. In each question, explain what you have tried, including any references you have and code examples. Try to take negative feedback positively as it will help you ask better questions in the future. Now, you have a good answer written by @moomoochoo - which actually answers you initial question asked
    – Lodder
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:39

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The reason you can't edit the HTML files is that they don't exist. The whole point with a CMS is that each page is generated dynamically, based on your template, articles, modules, components etc. The source code you see in your code inspector is not stored anywhere, it's generated on the fly by Joomla when someone requests that page.

I’ll try to give you a very brief idea of where to look, but it's much more complicated than what I’ve outlined below because there are many different parts that can be used to make the page you are looking at. Joomla is made up of articles, plugins, modules, components and templates which all work together to produce the pages on your website. It is a steep learning curve.

At it's simplest, you'd probably want to edit the article and template.To edit the article go to the administrative backend. To do that enter www.yourwebsitename.com/administrator in your browser then enter the admin username and password for your website. Then goto Content -> Article Manager

How to log into and edit a Joomla article

You should see an article or list of articles. Choose the one relevant to you and open it. Generally speaking this will mostly contain the textual information that is on the page, but you will have to look at it to know if this is the case.

The styling of the page is usually done from the template. To determine which template to edit go to the administrative backend again. Then choose Extension -> Template ManagerJoomla template manager then select the template that is being used for the page you are trying to edit. In the simplest of cases there will be two templates assigned to your website- the one you want to edit is assigned to SITE. The other one that you do not want to edit is assigned to ADMINISTRATOR. A yellow star will be next to any template that is used as default.

In the example below, the Protostar template is the one that you would want to edit as it is the default template and is assigned to the site.

Edit Joomla template

To actually edit that file go to Joomlaroot/templates/protostar/index.php you should be able to do this using your FTP program. If there is an index.html file ignore it as it is not used.

You will also want to edit the Joomlaroot/templates/protostar/css/template.css file. This is an over simplification of how to edit your Joomla page. I hope it sets you in the right direction.

Your 3 examples

As for the changes you want to make, you have to think a little different when using a CMS. If you need to heavily customize the way your content (HTML) is generated, you should use template overrides. In many cases, CSS can save the day:

  1. Never use spaces (&nbsp;) for layout purposes. A single line of CSS can fix this issue:

    .site-description { text-align: center; }
  2. <h1>-tags should be used for the main heading, not for information. Instead of using the Page Heading parameter, see if your form has an option to add text. If not, create a Custom HTML module with your content (use HTML as much as you want), hide the header in the module settings if needed, and publish it to a position above the form.

  3. Again, CSS saves the day. If your CSS changes too many elements, you have to be more specific:

    select#jform_profile_storetype { width: 144.22222137451172px; }
  • please kindly see my response under
    – kd9000
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:35
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    Just to be clear, editing index.html will have absolutely no effect on your website whatsoever (at least not in anyway that you are expecting). index.html files are used in Joomla to hide the contents of directories. They are not used for the actual styling of the website.
    – TryHarder
    Jun 14, 2015 at 12:48
  • well I used to have an Azure Microsoft, windows hosting service for this same site in Joomla and I was able to modify the html files live from my code editor tools. I have a Linux mow so I am wondering what to do now.... regardless can you kindly advise how to fix the issue under?
    – kd9000
    Jun 15, 2015 at 1:34

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