Totally new to Joomla. I find the "new article" page in the administrator dashboard is very ugly, and I don't like writing prose in an ugly environment. What's the correct way to customize the look of this page? To be more specific:

  1. Is there a way I can customize the HTML and CSS for just this page?
  2. If so, how can I copy the default HTML and CSS so as to just make the modifications I want?
  • Might you take a screenshot of the current page, then scribble on it to show which modifications you'd like to make? As a general rule here, those who seek coding support are expected to show evidence of research and provide any coding attempt. Jan 20, 2019 at 15:03
  • @mickmackusa I don't really see how explaining what I'd like to change constitutes "research"... I don't really know what I'd like to change yet, to be honest, if I can work out how to modify the HTML and CSS I'll probably just play with it till I like it.
    – Jack M
    Jan 20, 2019 at 15:19
  • Okay, have you done any research at all? Jan 20, 2019 at 15:20
  • @mickmackusa Looked around the Extensions > Templates menu for anything that looked relevant, but I didn't see anything relating to the New Article page. Googled a few keywords, nothing obviously relevant came up.
    – Jack M
    Jan 20, 2019 at 15:21
  • Truth is, I'm new to Joomla myself, so I am not going to be offering a solution. I just like to help craft fully expressed questions here (especially when I don't have a solution). Jan 20, 2019 at 15:23

2 Answers 2


If you want to customize the page, you can override the "New Article" view of the Content component (com_content). Here is a article about overriding templates in Joomla, and it works for both backend and frontend:

Understanding Output Overrides

Using the override feature, you dont need to install a new template for the entire backend, you change the layout of specific pages, and your changes will not be lost, even when the component is updated.


Its all about templates - there are some templates for the administrator interface. Find them with google: joomla administrator templates. May be there is one that you like.

Have you tried switching the administrator template? From Isis to Hathor is quite a difference. Go to extensions, styles, select Administrator instead of Site, then set a new default.

  • So if I want real customization, I suppose what I should be looking up is how to create my own administrator template?
    – Jack M
    Jan 20, 2019 at 18:59
  • Yes - and i would start with an existing one Jan 20, 2019 at 19:31

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