In order for Module positions to be available for selection in the Module Manager they must be declared in the templateDetails.xml file for your template. The <positions> element in this file contains sub-elements for each Module position that is supported by the template.
templateDetails.xml file contains all the installation and core information for a template, including the module positions it utilizes and displays. Here is a brief list of the commonly used names for the various module positions.
<positions> <position>top</position> <position>left</position> <position>right</position> <position>bottom</position> <position>banner</position> <position>syndicate</position> <position>footer</position> <position>user1</position> <position>user2</position> <position>user3</position> <position>user4</position> <position>debug</position> </positions>
Although these are commonly used, it is up to the template developer to choose both a module position name and an accompanying display style.
The addition of module positions, as displayed above, is implemented in between the
</positions> tags. In between those tags in the
templateDetails.xml file, add the name of the module position in between a set of
You can add and define new Module positions and give them any name you like, but it is recommended that you support at least those shown in the example above. This is so that some level of consistency is maintained when switching Templates or using multiple Templates on a single site.
Further information on placement of the module position in the template file can be found in Use and Implementation.
A Joomla! template displays a set of modules added to a specific position using the
<jdoc:include /> statement shown below (for further information about
<jdoc:include /> see jdoc statements):
<jdoc:include type="modules" name="name of module position" style="xhtml" />