Working with Modules

Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKModules enable you to control the display of almost any kind of website content in a Joomla! CMS website.

Each Module can be separately configured to determine when and where it will display content in the Front End.

For example, when someone:

  1. selects a Menu Link,
  2. signs into your website,
  3. visits your website from a particular device (example: smartphone).

This is called 'assigning the Module'.

In this article we cover how to assign a Module to a Position and Menu Link.

And how to determine whether the Module will be visible depending upon the device and screen size used by the visitor.

Editing Modules

Users with special permissions (Example: Administrators and Super Users) may edit Module content either after signing into the website's Dashboard or the Front End.

Sign into the Front End.

Select the button shown below to edit the features of a Module.

edit module

Note:

You will not see this button when you sign into the Front End if Global Configuration - Site -  Frontend Editing = None.

See our separate article for more information.

Read more: Global Configuration.

Sign into your website Dashboard.

Select the Modules button from the Site panel in your website's Dashboard.

modules

Creating new Modules

Daunted at the prospect of creating a new Module?

No worries.

WYNCHCO Website Designs include lots of exemplar Modules which have been pre-assigned by:

  • Position, and
  • Menu Link.

Look for an existing Module that appears similar to one that you want to create.

Duplicate it.

And then tweak its settings as required.

We cover how to create and duplicate Modules in this article.

 

Core and 3rd Party Modules

The Joomla! CMS already contains a wide range of useful pre-installed Core Modules.

You will also find a long list of optional 3rd Party Modules created by Joomla! developers in the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

To see all the available Core Module types available for you to use in your website, follow these steps.

  1. Sign into your website Dashboard.
  2. Select the Modules button in the Site panel to browse, edit and create new Modules.

These images show the available Core Module types included with the Joomla! 4.1 CMS.

modules type 1

modules type 2

modules type 3

Over time the Joomla! Project are decoupling a number of components from the Core Joomla! CMS.

The first such component to be decoupled was Web Links.

The Web Links Module is therefore also decoupled i.e. no longer included in the Core Joomla! CMS.

  • Web Links.

If your Joomla! CMS does not include this module then you will need to visit the Joomla! Extensions Directory to download and install the Web Links Component.

Read more: Web Links.

A 3rd Party Module is one created by a developer, and which does not form part of the core Joomla! CMS.

The installation process is the same for all 3rd Party Extensions (Components, Plugins and Modules).

Read more: How to install an Extension.

You can view the vast range of 3rd Party Modules created by developers in the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

Visit: Joomla! Extensions Directory.

Getting started with Modules

 

Contents include:

Editing Modules.
Core and 3rd Party Modules.
How to edit a Module.
How to create a Module.
How to duplicate a Module.
How to assign a Module to a Position.
How to assign a Module to a Menu Link.
How to control when Modules are displayed.
How to display Modules inside Articles.

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