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Article

<translate> In Joomla! an Article is a piece of content consisting of text (HTML), possibly with links to other resources (for example, images). Articles are the basic units of information in the content system and the bottom level in the content hierarchy. Since Joomla! 2.5 Joomla 2.5, each Article is in exactly one Category. A Category can be in another Category making it a sub Category. It is also possible to have Uncategorised Articles. These articles exist without being associated with any Category.

Before Joomla! 2.5 and earlier versions, an Article was the third level in the hierarchy Sections  Categories  Articles. Now an Article is a bottom level and will always be the second level or greater in hierarchy.

Articles are maintained using the Article Manager (see the Content Article Manager for Joomla 3.3 or the Content Article Manager for Joomla 2.5) which can be reached in the Administrator (Back-end) by clicking on the Content menu, then the Article Manager menu item.

See also: Category</translate>

Category

<translate> Every part of Joomla! powered web site or any CMS type of web site needs a method to display and store its content logically. The usual method is by categories and subcategories. Joomla! allows for multiple ways to display and use content controlled by categorisation. Some of the content types which have categorisation are articles (Main content of web pages), banners, contacts and web links.

Uncategorised is the default category assigned to any and all content types, it is the default category. The uncategorised category is not descriptive and should be used on a as needed basis for content types which do not fall under a specific category.

When creating and assigning categories, you should have a planned structure. As an example, this is one way of how you would categorise several Joomla articles on birds. Create two article categories called "Animals" and "Plants". Under the "Animals" category, you might have sub categories called "Birds" and "Mammals". Under the "Birds" category, you might have 3 articles named "Hawks," "Parrots" and "Sparrows".

The example above could be expanded even more with specific articles on different species of Hawks, Parrots and Sparrows. Start with using an "Animal" top Category. Placing the sub categories "Birds" and "Mammals" are under the Animal category, and then a "Hawks," "Parrots" and "Sparrows" sub category under the "Birds" Sub Category as shown.

  • Animals
    • Birds
      • Hawks
      • Parrots
      • Sparrows
    • Mammals

Now you can create multiple articles in the Hawk, Parrot and Sparrow Categories using the different genus or common names of the specific types of these 3 birds.

Categories are maintained using the Category Manager which can be reached in the Administrator (Back-end) interface by clicking on the Content menu type, then the Category Manager menu item for the type.

See also: Article</translate>

Section

<translate> In Joomla! versions up to and including Joomla 1.5, a Section is a collection of Categories. It is the top level in the hierarchy Sections -> Categories -> Articles. For example, a website might have Sections called "Animals" and "Plants". Within the "Animals" Section, the website might have Categories such as "Birds" and "Mammals".

Sections are maintained using the Section Manager (help screen) which can be reached in the Administrator (Back-end) by clicking on the Content menu, then the Section Manager menu item.

See also: Category, Article</translate>