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How to access

Click on the Article Manager icon in the Control Panel, or click on 'Article Manager' in the 'Content' menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation.

Description

The Article Manager is the place on the back-end where you add and manage all of the articles for your web site.

Screenshot

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Column Headers

  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Title. The name of the item. For a Menu Item, the Title will display in the Menu. For an Article, Section, or Category, the Title may optionally be displayed on the web page. This entry is required. You can open the item for editing by clicking on the Title.
  • Published. Whether the item has been published or not. You can change the Published state by clicking on the icon in this column.
  • Front Page. Whether or not the Article will show on the Front Page. You can change an Article's published state by clicking on the icon in the column.
  • Order. The order to display items. If the list is sorted by this column, you can change the order by clicking the arrows or by entering the sequential order and clicking 'Save Order'.
  • Access Level. Who has access to this item. Current options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access
    • Registered: Only registered users have access
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access
You can change an item's Access Level by clicking on the icon in the column.
  • Section. The Section this item belongs to. Clicking on the Section Title opens the Section for editing. See Section Manager - Edit.
  • Category. The Category this item belongs to. Clicking on the Category title opens the Category for editing. See Category Manager - Edit.
  • Author. Name of the Joomla! User who created this item. Clicking on the Author opens the User for editing. See User Manager - Edit.
  • Date. The date this Article was created. This date is added automatically by Joomla!, but you may change it in the Parameters - Article section of the Article Manager - New/Edit.
  • Hits. The number of hits for an Article. A hit is the number of times a page has been viewed. Hits can be reset to 0 in the Article Manager - New/Edit screen.
  • ID. The ID number. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla!. It is used to identify the item internally, for example in internal links. You can not change this number.

Toolbar

At the top right you will see the toolbar:

Article manager toolbar.png

The functions are:

  • Unarchive. To remove one or more Articles from Archived status, select them and press this button. Archived Articles are retained on the site and are available for viewing on Menu Items with a Type of Archive Layout. Note that when an Article is unarchived, its status is changed to 'Not Published'. Also, if an Article does not have a status of 'Archived', this button has no effect.
  • Archive. To change one or more Articles to Archived status, select them and press this button. Archived Articles are retained on the site and are available for viewing on Menu Items with a Type of Archive Layout. They can not be published to other pages while set to Archived status. Note that Articles assigned to the "Uncategorized" Section will not show on the Archived Article List layout.
  • Publish. To publish one or more items, select them and click on this button.
  • Unpublish. To unpublish one or more items, select them and click on this button.
  • Move. Select one or more items and click on this button to move them. A new screen will display showing the possible "Move to" locations on the left and the list of item(s) being moved on the right. To complete the move, select the desired "Move to" location and press the "Save" button. To cancel the operation, press "Cancel".
  • Copy. Select one or more items and click this button to copy them. A new screen will display showing the possible "Copy to" locations on the left and the list of item(s) being copied on the right. To complete the copy, select the desired "Copy to" location and press the Copy button. To cancel the operation, press Cancel.
  • Trash. Select one or more Articles and click on this button to move them to the Trash Manager. Note that Articles can be restored from the Trash Manager as long as they are not permanently deleted. See Trash Manager for more information.
  • Edit. Select one item and click on this button to open it in edit mode. If you have more than one item selected (where applicable), the first item will be opened. You can also open an item for editing by clicking on its Title or Name.
  • New. Click on this button to create a new item. You will enter the New page for this item.
  • Parameters. Click this button to open the Global Configuration window. This window allows you to set default parameters for Articles. This default parameter will take effect if the corresponding Menu Item parameter and Article parameter are both set to 'Use Global'. See Global Configuration below.
  • Help. Opens this Help Screen.

Function

Global Configuration

Click Parameters from the Toolbar in the Articles List View in the Administrator.

Show Unauthorized Links
No Yes
Show Article Title
No Yes
Title Linkable
No Yes
Show Intro Text
Hide Show
Section Name
Hide Show
Section Title Linkable
No Yes
Category Title
Hide Show
Category Title Linkable
No Yes
Author Name
Hide Show
Created Date and Time
Hide Show
Modified Date and Time
Hide Show
Show Navigation
Hide Show
Read more... Link
Hide Show
Article Rating/Voting
Hide Show
Icons
Hide Show
PDF Icon
Hide Show
Print Icon
Hide Show
E-mail Icon
Hide Show
Hits
Hide Show
For each feed item show
Intro Text Full Text
Filter Groups
This sets the user groups that you want filters applied to. Other groups will have no filtering done.
Filter Type
Black List (Default), White List, No HTML
Filter Tags
The extra tags to use in a Black List, or the only tags to use in a White List
Filter Attributes
The extra tag attributes to use in a Black List, or the only tag attributes to use in a White List

More on Filtering

Joomla! 1.5.2 brings new filtering options to give you more control over the HTML that your content providers submit. You can be as strict or as liberal as you require to suit your site needs. The filtering is opt-in and the default settings afford good protection against markup commonly associated with web site attacks.

You can define which user groups are to receive additional filtering, and then control the type and extent of that filtering.

Black Lists allow all tags an attributes except for those in the black list. The default black list includes the following tags:

'applet', 'body', 'bgsound', 'base', 'basefont', 'embed', 'frame', 'frameset', 'head', 'html', 'id', 'iframe', 'ilayer', 'layer', 'link', 'meta', 'name', 'object', 'script', 'style', 'title', 'xml'

They also only all tags except for those in the black list. The default black list includes the following attributes:

'action', 'background', 'codebase', 'dynsrc', 'lowsrc'

You can black list additional tags and attributes by adding to the Filter Tags and Filter Attributes fields, separating each tag or attribute name with a space or comma.

White Lists allow only the tags listed in the Filter Tags and Filter Attributes fields.

Finally, No HTML removes all HTML tags from the content when it is saved.

Please note that these settings work regardless of the editor that you are using. Even if you are using a WYSIWYG editor, the filtering settings may strip additional tags and attributes prior to saving information in the database.

Examples

To allow people in your Author group to only submit content with basic HTML tags, use the following settings:

  • In the Filter Groups box, select Registered and Author.
  • Select White List as the type
  • Set the Filter Tags to: p, br, a, ul, ol, li
  • Set the Filter Attributes to: href, target

Developers Notes

The filtering parameters in config.xml have the new parameter menu="hide". This hides the filters from the Menu Item's Component pane as you do not want cascading overrides to occur at the menu item level.

Quick Tips

  • In Joomla! versions prior to 1.5, there were separate processes for creating a Static Content Item and normal Content Items. Both processes are now done just by adding Articles. Normal Content Items are now just called Articles, and Static Content Items are now called Uncategorized Articles.
  • To create a static content item, create a new Article in the same way as for normal content and assign it to the 'Uncategorized' Section and Category. You can then use the Menu Item Type called Article Layout to show the Article in a page.
  • The way a 'Read more...' is created is new for version 1.5. When you are adding or editing an article, just press the 'Read more...' button located at the bottom of the screen, next to Image and Pagebreak buttons. This inserts a 'Read more...' break in the Article. The text before the break will display as the Intro Text, and the text after the break will display when the 'Read more...' link is pressed.


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