I'm running a lamp stack on ubuntu 14.04. Just upgraded my local site from 2.5.28 to 3.3.6. It upgraded okay but all the menus are messed up. The formatting is shocking!

See menus top right and layout of save boxes

poor formatting- unworkable

Can anyone advise as to why the formatting of my backend is so bad? I've tried changing the template but it doesn't help.

  • Have you tried clearing both Joomla and browser cache? Also, when changing admin template, does it still look weird?
    – johanpw
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 13:57
  • Thanks you're right it was down to the backend templates. Some kind of conflict. Uninstalled all but isis default one. Cleared cached of Joomla and browser. Now perfect! :-)
    – user2205
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 17:53
  • @user3258396 - Please add your process as a proper answer and accept it so other users can benefit from it, should they have the same issue ;)
    – Lodder
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 0:11

2 Answers 2


First of all, the admin template in your screenshot is the default Joomla 2.5 template called "Bluestork", and it's not made for Joomla 3. Joomla 3.x comes with a new default template called "Isis", so the first thing to do is to set "isis" as default admin template in Extensions > Template Manager:

Setting default template

That will probably solve the problem, but if it doesn't, here's a couple of other things to try:

  1. Clear your browsers cache
  2. Clear Joomla cache (System > Clear cache)
  3. Copy the folder administrator/templates/isis and all of it's content from another Joomla 3.x installation (or from the full installation package available here) to the same location on your local site, and replace any existing files if prompted.
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    Thanks both your. Answers have greatly helped me :-) sorted !
    – user2205
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 10:37

There is another solution to this I discovered, which is to check that the admin user has the correct template selected. Changing from the user's default Bluestork to Isis sorted this issue out for me.

  • thanks for your suggestion. May well have sorted it out. I'm up and running again now anyway so cannot confirm that your fix works,but I imagine it would.
    – user2205
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 20:39

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