Installing a ThemeKat template is pretty straight-forward. It will install just like any other Joomla template or plugin.
- Install the template: Go to Extension Manager > Upload Package File > Browse. Find the template folder and click open. Then click upload and install.
- Set the newly installed template as default: Go to Extension Manager > Template Manager. Then click the check box next to the newly installed template and then click make default at the top of the screen. Now when you view the front page of your website you should see the new template
Note: If you downloaded the template from Joomla24 you will need to unzip the "unzip before install" folder before installing. This is because the widgetkit lite is included in the zip package and both the template and widgetkit need to be installed separately. If you downloaded the template here and would to use the widgetkit lite for slideshows, etc. (as shown in the demos), you can download it here free: http://www.yootheme.com/widgetkit/downloads
When you first install the template and set it as default, chances are it will look nothing like the live demo; people are often baffled by this. But don't worry: that's the way it's supposed to look. When people ask about this it's usually because they are unfamilar with the way Joomla templates and collapsible module positions work.
Most Joomla templates, including ThemeKat templates, use collapsible module positions. This means that if there is no module published in a certain position, that position will be invisible. Once a position has a module published in it, that position will be visible. Collapsible module positions are a good thing because after all, if you didn't have a module published in the top-a position, you wouldn't just want a big empty space up there, right?
The other thing many people are unaware of is that different Joomla templates from different providers usually use different names for their module positions. This can really throw you off if you are not aware of it. Let's say you are using the default Beez template and you have your menu module place in position-27. Now you install a ThemeKat template, set it as default, and the menu has vanished! Don't panic! The menu module still exists, it justs needs to be moved to the position that is compatible with the ThemeKat template, which is the menu position. You can move the module in Module Manager.
Hopefully this will clear up any confusion about why the template looks the way it does when you first install it. If you want, you can install the universal sample data on your local computer. This will give you a lot of phoney content to play around with in order to get used to the module positions and configurations. Below is a diagram of all the warp module positions which can help too: