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Welcome to JoomlaCT User Group Blog. Very often I will come across some tidbit of information that I think would be interesting or helpful to the JoomlaCT community, and I will share that with you. I invite you to comment and share your discoveries as well. If you would like to be a Blogger on this site, that can be arranged. Just get in touch with me via the Contact page.

Adding an article to more than one category

Ever want ot have the same article in more than one category? Since Joomla 2.5, tags were introduced..

Go to Components>Tags to create your tags. They can be nested under Parent tags.

Just assign the same tag(s) to those articles you want to group together.

Then there are modules and menus that will enable you to present them by tags.

Popular Tags Module (demonstated on sidebar)  displays tags used on the site in a list or a cloud layout. Tags can be ordered by title or by the number of tagged items and limited to a specific time period.

Menu items include a List of all tags, or Tagged Items (as demonstated on sidebar).

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How to add an article in a module?

Ever want to add an article in a module? Well, of course you can always use the Custom HTML module and reproduce it, but that is not the most efficient way to do it. Besides having duplicate content, if you ever have to edit it, you must do it in 2 places.  Also, if you prefer editing from the front end, even though Joomla 3 enables it, some templates don't allow it. But if the content of the module is in an article, you can edit it as you do any article.

There is a handy plug-in called Articles Anywhere by Regular Labs (formerly NoNumbers) that allows you to insert articles anywhere on your site that you can enter text. There are 2 versions, a free one and and inexpensive Pro version. You can see the comparison of the two here, but unless you need the extra features that the Pro version offers, the free version is quite sufficient.

Articles Anywhere is easy to use. You write your article as usual.  Then go to your module manager and create a new module using the Custom HTML module. You will notice a new button under the editing box called Insert Article. Click on it and a dialog box pops up for you to select the article you want to insert in the module. You can also choose to add the title of the article, an intro text and read more link. The syntax looks something like this:  .

Of course you can hard code the syntax yourself, but the editor button makes it effortless.

Hope this was helpful!

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How to put a module in an article

Ever have a situation where you want to put a module in an article? Maybe a login form or a menu? Well, in Joomla 3 there is a core plug-in that provides for this.

To use it, create your module. Do not choose a position.  Make sure the module is published. Page assignment is irrelevant since the position isn't on any page, it won't show up even if you set it to all pages.

Save the module, and navigate to the article that you want it to show up in. Place your cursor where you want the module placed and below the content box is a Module button. Click that and navigate to the module you just created. Save and go to the page on the front end and refresh the page. You should see your module in the article. That is all there is to it!

Want to do the opposite? Put an article in a module?

That is not part of the core of Joomla, but there is a free extension that makes it easy.

Click here to read a tutorial.


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How to see the module positions in a template

It used to be, in Joomla 1.5, that if you wanted to see the module positions you can either click on the Preview button in the Template editable area, or add ?tp=1 to the end of your URL to see the different module positions from the front-end of your website.

However, for security purposes,since Joomla 2.5, you must enable this option in the back-end first. If you are in the Template Manager> Template tab, you will see the Preview link is disabled.

To enable it:

  • log in to the back-end
  • go to Extensions>Template Manager
  • Click on Options in the upper right corner of the page
  • Set Preview Module Positions to Enabled
  • now the Preview links are enabled from the back-end. Click on it to see the module positions of the template you are using
  • To see them from the front end, add ?tp=1 to the end of your URL and you will see an overlay of the modules on your template
  • It is possible some modules are not visible because if a template defines those module positions as conditional on there being modules enabled in that position, it may not show up.

It is recommended that after you are done with development, you disable it again.

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