Introduction

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In this article we cover how to create and edit website Categories and Articles.

Definitions

An ARTICLE is some written information (text and images) to be displayed in your website.

A CATEGORY is a container for organising ARTICLES.

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Article Visibility

When you create a NEW Article it will ONLY be visible in the Front End of your website when you:

  • publish it,
  • make it accessible to the Public, and
  • create a Menu Link to it or a Link from within another Article.

You can also control the times when Articles are visible.

For example: set a Start and End date.

These settings are controlled via the Publishing tab when editing Articles.

 

Featured Articles

The very first Articles you will see in a default WYNCHCO website design will be the Featured Articles presented on the Home Page.

These Featured Articles are brought to the screen whenever someone selects the HOME Menu Link.

Note: when someone enters your website domain name in a browser address bar, they are effectively choosing the HOME Menu Link.

The selection of this Menu Link triggers the fetching to the screen of those Articles you choose to be Featured!

Read more: Featured Articles.

 

Linking to Non-featured Articles

All other Articles (i.e. non-featured Articles) are brought to the screen in the same way i.e. courtesy of the trigger effect of someone selecting either a Menu Link or Link.

Read more: How to create a Menu Link.

Read more: How to create a Link.

Content outside Articles & Categories

Not all website content is presented by Categories and Articles.

Much of your website's content is displayed by Modules.

Example: Menu modules, custom modules, latest news modules etc.

These can be presented from within Articles but are mostly presented outside Articles.

Example: the right sidebar or top of the screen.

Read more: Working with Modules.

 

Global Article Options

We show you how to change Global Article OPTIONS, including the above setting, in our separate article.

Read more: Gobal Article OPTIONS.

 

Article Management

 

Article Options

 

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CATEGORIES

A CATEGORY is a container for organising ARTICLES.

Before you can create a new Article you need a CATEGORY to put it in.

Follow the steps below to create a new CATEGORY.

Nested Categories

The Category you create can be held in another Category if you wish.

Categories within categories are called nested categories.

Front End vs Dashboard

Categories can be created after logging into your website's Dashboard.

Categories cannot be created after logging into the Front End.

 

How to create a Category

How to edit a Category Introduction

You can add content to a Category's Introduction after signing into your website's dashboard.

First, select the Category to be edited from the Categories screen.

The Category tab will open by default, enabling you to use the Content Editor to insert text and images.

 

Getting Started with Categories

 


ARTICLES

An ARTICLE is some written information (text and images) to be displayed in your website.

Before you can create a new ARTICLE you need a CATEGORY to put it in.

If you already have a CATEGORY, create a new ARTICLE following the steps below.

Front End vs dashboard

Articles can be created and edited after logging into both the website dashboard and the Front End.

 

How to create an Article: dashboard 

How to create an Article: Front End

You can also instantly create and publish new Articles after logging into the Front End of your website.

This is a great if you frequently update a blog.

Read more: Blogging with Joomla!

 

How to edit an Article

 

Getting started with Articles

 


Featured Articles

Here we tell you how to manage Featured Articles.

Featured Articles are those which appear on the Home Page.

They are indicated in the Articles screen by a yellow star. 

 


Tabs, Modals & Sliders

Inserting tabs. modals or sliders into any Article is an excellent way to break it up into more digestible chunks.

We mostly use sliders on our website because they are easy for visitors to use on small screen mobile devices.

 

Custom Styling

Whether you decide to use Tabs, Modals or Sliders, there may come a time when you would like to customise the styling of the way these plugins present your website content.

Just ask.

 


How to use Page Breaks

& the Page Break Plugin

Page Breaks are a great way to:

  1. break up a long Article into smaller easier to read chunks, and
  2. to save your reader's time by presenting an Article Index (as shown here in this Article) for visitors to browse through.

Page Breaks are controlled by a Joomla! Plugin called Content - Page Break Plugin.

This plugin offers three different ways for splitting up lengthy content within the same Article by:

  1. pages (the default method),
  2. sliders, or
  3. tabs.

 

The Article Index

If you do not choose to change the method of breaking up a large Article into smaller parts, you will see an Article Index at the top of an Article when you create a Page Break.

You can change:

  • page break features including the Article Index Heading via the Content - Page Break Plugin screen;
  • Article Index appearance via the Templates screen.

The image below shows the Article Index Heading displayed as Article Index.

You may change the wording or hide this heading.

By default in a WYNCHCO website design the Article Index Heading is hidden.

example pagebreak

How to insert Page Breaks

Page Breaks can be inserted in Articles using the JCE Content Editor.

How to insert Page Breaks.

 

How to change Page Break features

You can change some of the page break features via your website's dashboard.

Sign in, open the Plugins screen and use the filter field to find the Content - Page Break Plugin.

plugin page break

When you do you can:

  1. hide the index title,
  2. change the name of the index title, and
  3. choose a different presentation method (page, slider or tab).

See image below.

plugin page break change title small

 


How to use Read More

The Read More button is a great tool for truncating a long Article when you:

  1. want to present several Articles on screen at one time (Example: a blog), or
  2. you want to save your reader's time by offering a summary and then provide them with the option of visiting the FULL article.

 

Example:

read more

How to insert the Read More Button

The Read More button can be inserted using the Content Editor.

How to insert the Read More Button.

 


Article Information

There is a wide range of article information that you can choose to display either above or below any one or all Articles published in your website.

For example: Author Details and Published Date.

WYNCHCO website designs by default hide most article information, including:

  • User Rating,
  • Author Details,
  • Published Date Details,
  • Number of Hits.

Reason: to achieve a nice clean uncluttered display.

The  one piece of information which is displayed by default is the date when an Article was last updated.

This tells readers whether or not an Article is current - see image below.

article details eg 

How to change which Article Information is displayed

You can determine which Article Information is displayed by changing Article OPTIONS on two different levels:

  • globally (ALL Articles), or
  • locally (ONE Article at a time).

Your choice of which information will be displayed globally (ALL Articles) will be overridden by whatever choice you make locally (for any ONE Article).

 


How to change Article Editing Layout 

Select the OPTIONS button from the top right of the ARTICLES screen - see image below - to determine LAYOUT when editing an ARTICLE.

cp article options button

Then select the EDITING LAYOUT tab - see image below.

articles options screen edit layout tab

When we configure a WYNCHCO website design we choose to simplify the EDITING LAYOUT.

You may however change the EDITING LAYOUT settings via the Editing Layout tab of the OPTIONS screen.

 

How to LOCALLY change Editing Layout settings

When editing an Article you can LOCALLY change the EDITING LAYOUT options.

To do so select the CONFIGURE EDIT SCREEN tab and change the settings.

This is what this tab looks like in a WYNCHCO website design.

editing layout articles local

Select YES for each of the settings highlighted in the above image:

  • Administrator Images and Links,
  • Front End Images and Links,

to display an additional tab called Images and Links - highlighted in the image below.

articles images links tab 

Select YES to see the Images and Links tab be displayed (highlighted in the above image).

Visit the following link for more information about the Images and Links tab.

Read more: How to Create and Edit Articles.

 


How to reset the Article Hits Counter

This is not an uncommon request.

There are two ways:

  1. install a 3rd Party Extension, or
  2. run an SQL Query in PhpMyAdmin via your Hosting dashboard.

The second option sounds the most challenging but it is the quickest method.

And the one we recommend.

Joomla! Extensions Directory

We prefer to use as few 3rd party extensions as possible, but if you would rather use one for this task then you will find a number listed in the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED).

To find them, visit the JED and search for 'reset article hits'.

Visit: Joomla! Extensions Directory.

 

How to reset Article Hits by running an SQL Query

First, sign into your Hosting dashboard.

Then select the button  labelled PhpMyAdmin to access your website's database.

You will then be able to run the necessary SQL Query.

Caution

You will not be able to undo this change except be restoring a previous back up copy of your website.

For this reason, we advise making a FULL backup of your website before resetting the Article Hits Counter.

Read more: How to back up your Joomla! CMS website.


How to archive an Article

You can archive any Article via the Articles screen in the website dashboard.

Archived Artiles will not be visible in the Front End until someone either:

  • clicks on a link in the ARCHIVED ARTICLES MODULE, or
  • selects an ARCHIVED ARTICLES MENU LINK.

Read more: Archived Articles Module.

How to view a List of Archived Articles

Select the SEARCH TOOLS Button and then toggle the STATUS button and select ARCHIVED.

The image below shows a list of ARCHIVED ARTICLES in the Articles screen.

articles view list of archived

How to archive an Article

Select the check box (highlighted) next to the Article and then select the ARCHIVE button.

See image below.

The chosen Articles will be archived.

article archive how to

Alternative Method

View a list of Articles and select the check box next to those you wish to archive.

Select the check box at the top of the highlighted column and then select the ARCHIVE button.

All the selected Articles will be archived.

Note

Administrators can also archive an Article after signing in the Front End.


Global Article OPTIONS

Article OPTIONS also determine how Categories are displayed.

To review and change Global Article OPTIONS, select the button from the top right of the Content > Articles screen in your website dashboard.

cp article options button

Note the button is also visible on the Content > Categories screen.

And you can also change Global Article OPTIONS via the Global Configuration screen.

When you do you will see a range of tabs (see image) and a blue box which states:

These settings apply for article layouts unless they are changed for a specific menu item.

articles options global tabs

You will see a similar notice at the top of the other tabs shown.

Global vs Local OPTIONS

We refer to Global Article OPTIONS in different parts of our guide.

For example, we compare global with local BLOG/FEATURED LAYOUT options in our separate article: Blogging with Joomla!

By local we mean the settings applies to a specific Menu Item.

Harden your website's security

In Joomla! 3.9 and earlier, Article Options enabled you to SHOW or HIDE ICONS with every Article in your website.

This feature was withdrawn with the release of Joomla! 4.