Joomla! 2.5 Tutorial – Modules

Joomla! 2.5 Tutorial – Modules

September 12, 2019 8 By Bernardo Ryan


Hi, I am Robert Vining This is another JoomlArt training video. Today we’re going to take a look at Joomla! 1.6
and focus on the front-end modules. Modules Overview Joomla 1.6 comes with a built-in Module Manager
to easily manage various types of modules for both back-end and front-end. You can access the Modules Manager from quick
icons or from the drop-down “Extensions” menu. Joomla 1.6 comes with various types
of modulus such as content, menus, advertising, links,
search and login. The administration section allows you to filter
modules by “site” or “administrator”, publish state, position, module
type, access and language. The toolbar allows you to create, edit, duplicate, publish
or unpublish, check-in and trash modules. Modules that have been edited
by lower level users can be checked in by superusers as they have
properly saved each module. Modules Management Let’s click the “New” button. A window will pop up to display a list of
all modules installed in your Joomla website. These are the module types supplied by default
with the Joomla distribution package, just enough for you get started publishing
your website in no time. Third-party content modules provide better
presentation such as animated effects or various stage settings. To select a module type, just click one on the list and for example
let’s select “Articles category” module type. This module type provides various options to
display article links from a category. As you can see, we selected “Joomla” category. The new filter feature provides “include” or
“exclude” methods so you can filter articles by “featured”, “category”, “author”, “date”
and even “article ID”. There are some ordering options such as “by title”,
“article ID”, “creation / modified / publishing date” “author” or “hits” and “descending” or “descending”. Another new feature is the “Article Grouping” options. You can group your article links by
“author”, “year”, “month” or “category” then you could set a grouping direction and finally set a format for the month and year. The “Display Options” allows you to set
the header level, show or hide the date, hits, author, intro text and “Read more..” link. Now let’s set a module position and publish
the newly created module. We’ll use the “position-7” of the “Beez” template. Click the “Save & close” button
when finished editing Let’s refresh our front-end. Any newly-created
module is assigned to all menu items by default, but you can edit the module and change that. On development stage you should set special
access level for your modules so you can preview before publishing them. If the module doesn’t fit your needs you can
just unpublish it or trash it for later use. The best way to change the order of appearance
for your modules within a position is to make use of the “Ordering” feature.
Here’s a quick How-to. Click the “Ordering” table header. Notice the blue arrows? Now you can just click the up-and-down arrows
to change the order of appearance. Let’s move the “About Joomla!” module just below
“This site” module. Click the up arrow for “This site” module and the page
will automatically refresh with the module ordering. OK! Let’s check the front-end.
The modules have been reordered. Modules Showcase Joomla 1.6 comes with lots of module types
so let’s go ahead expore each of them. We’re going to have a closer look at the options
for each specific type. Let’s start with the “Archived Articles” module type. All content articles which witch present no real interest
to your visitors can be archived. This means that they’ll still be published,
but they’re not listed in the category pages. You can set the number of months to list the
archived articles from. The “Advanced Options” tab allows you to set
some layout and cache settings. The “Articles Newsflash” module type provides
a very basic way to show your latest articles on other pages than the home page. You can select a category to display articles from,
show or hide article images, article title, set the title to be linkable, set the
header level, show the “Read more..” link, set the number of articles to be shown and ordering
options. The ordering feature also provides
a “randomize” option. The “Related Articles” module type allows you
to display articles that are related by keywords. while browsing the content article page. This module only has the option to show or
hide the article creation date, along with the layout control and cache options. The “Categories” module type allows you to show
subcategory links of a parent category. It’s a useful way to provide handy navigation
for category pages with deep structure. As you can see, you can select the parent category, show or hide the category description, and set the depth of the category shown. The “Advanced Options” panel allows you to set
the layout, cache and also a heading level. The “Articles – Most read” module type can be used
to display the most popular articles on your site. You can set to display the featured articles, set the number of articles to be displayed and select a category of articles
to display items from. The “Advanced Options” provide same
layout control and cache options. The “Banners” module type allows you to display
banners from the Banners Component. You can set the target for the banner links, set how many banners to load, select the client, select a banner category, match keywords for search pages and set the behavior of the randomize feature. Additionally you can set a header text and a footer text. The “Breadcrumbs” module type displays a pathway
for your website to make navigation easy on large websites. As you can see you have the option to
show or hide a short pretext “You are here”, show or hide the “Home” link, customize the text
for the “Home” link and show or hide the title of the current page.
You can also set a separator character. Here some examples. The “Custom HTML” module type gives you full
control over the content layout and design. It gives you the option to enable content plug-ins
and integrates TinyMCE editor for easy editing. The “Feed Display” module type allows you
to display external content. You could set the feed URL, text direction, show or hide the feed title, description, images and number of feed items. Additionally you can set to show or hide the
item description or intro text and set a word count. The “Footer” module type can display
copyright information. You can only set “Advanced Options” for
layout control and cache. The “Language Swhicher” module type allow your users
to switch the language for your website. This means that you need to install and configure
additional language packs for the front-end. We’ll cover that in a future video. You can set a pre-text to instruct users on
how to switch the language and also a post-text for further notices
like “Available languages: Spanish, French, etc” Additionally you can set to use image flags
for your languages. The “Latest Users” module type will display a short
list of users that have just registered on your website. You could set how many users to display and
set links to the profiles or contact pages. The “Login” module type allows your registered users
to log into your website. You can set a pre-text and post-text, a redirection after login and after log out. While logged in, they’ll be shown greetings
and their full name or username. You can also encrypt the login form
as a security measure. The “Who’s online” module allows you to inform your
visitors about guests and logged in users browsing your site. You can set to show logged in users and/or
visitors and also you can enable links to the registered users’ contact pages
or their profiles. The “Menu” module type allows you to publish
menus to make navigation handy. You can select the menu you have configured
in the Menu Manager, set a start and an end level for rendering the menu and set the show
the sub-menu items. Here the “Advanced Options” provide the same
layout control and cache options, but additionally you can set a menu class suffix and a position for pop-up messages. Hovering the parameters you’ll see
some hints on usage. The “Random image” module type allows you to
display images from your “images” folder. You can set the images format to be loaded, images folder, link and force
a custom width or height. The “Search” module type allows your front end users
to easily find content on your website. This module allows you to set a box label,
the width of the box, the box text, show or hide the search button, the button position, a button image, a button text and an ItemID value to show modules assigned to this menu
item on the search page results. The “Statistics” module type shows statistics
for your website such as: server information, site information, hit counter, and a box to increase the hit count if you choose. The “Feed display” module type allows you to provide
a feed link for your website content. This panel allows you to set the item text and feed
format: RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.0 The “Weblinks” module type allows you to share
resources to your readers. You can select the weblinks category,
set a number of links to display, set the ordering, target window, “follow” or “no-follow” and you have the possibility to show
description of the web links. The “Wrapper” module allows you to display external
content on your website. You can set the URL of the external page,
auto add “http://” URL prefix, set the scroll bars, width and height, auto-high if possible and the target name. This is another JoomlArt training video covering Joomla 1.6 Module. I am Robert Vining and thanks for watching.