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Description

In this screen you have the ability to look at your categories and sort them in different ways. You can also edit existing categories and create new ones. You can enter the Category Manager by clicking on the Category Manager icon in the Control Panel, or by clicking on 'Category Manager' in the 'Content' menu at the Back-end of your Joomla! 1.5 installation.

Screenshot

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Column Headers

In the table with all sections from your Joomla! site displayed, you will see different columns. Here you can read what they mean and what is displayed in each column.

Checkbox: You can select this box to select a category. You will need to do this for several actions, for example editing and deleting.

Title: The title of the category. When you click on this title, you will go to the edit page of this category. You can find the help screen about this part of the Category Manager here: Screen.categories.edit.15.

Published: Whether the category is published or unpublished. A green hook is shown when the category is published, a red cross sign when the category is unpublished. Click on the icon to toggle between published and unpublished.

Order: The order of the categories. This order is used when a Section Blog Layout is defined with Category Order of "Order". You can change this order in two different ways. One is to change one or more numbers in the Order field and then click on the Save Order icon in the column header. Another is to click on the small green triangles to move the current row up or down one position.

Access Level: The access level of the category. It will display the word Public (everyone can see it), Registered (all logged-in users can see it) or Special (every one with a higher group then 'Registered' can see it). Click on it to toggle between the different access levels.

Section: The section to which the category belongs to. When you click on the title, you will go to the edit screen of this section.

# Active: The number of active articles within this category. The active articles include the published and unplished articles, but not the trashed ones.

# Trash: The number of trashed articles from this category. These articles can be found at the Article Trash. You can restore or delete them there.

ID: The ID number of the category. You can not change this number.

Sorting of table

You can sort the rows of the table in different ways. You can also decide to only show categories from a specific section, the published categories or the unpublished categories.

Title: Click on this column header to sort the categories by title, ascending, or when you click another time on it, descending.

Published: Click on this column header to sort the categories by their state, ascending (Published first), or when you click another time on it, descending (Unpublished first).

Order: Click on this column header to sort the categories by order, ascending, or when you click another time on it, descending.

Access Level: Click on this column header to sort the categories by their access level, ascending, or when you will click another time on it, descending.

Section: Click on this column header to sort the categories by section, ascending, or when you will click another time on it, descending.

ID: Click on this column header to sort the categories by their ID, ascending, or when you will click another time on it, descending.

Select Section: Select from the drop-down box the section from which you want to display the categories.

Select State: Select from the drop-down box 'Published' to only display the published sections, or select 'Unpublished' to only display the unpublished sections.

Filter: Enter words to search for particular categories. Click on the 'Go' button to search, and on the 'Reset' button to go back to the main screen of the Category Manager and delete the search results.

Display #: Select from the drop-down box how many categories there should be displayed on one page.

Toolbar

At the top right you will see the toolbar:

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The functions are:

Publish: Select one or more categories who are currently unpublished and click on this button. The selected categories will then get an unpublished state.

Unpublish: Select one or more categories who are currently published and click on this button. The selected categories will then get a published state.

'Move: Select one or more categories and click on this button. Choose the section to which these categories should be moved, and click on the Save button. The categories will be moved to another section and you will return to the Category Manager main screen.

Copy: Select one or more categories and click on this button. Choose the section to which these categories should be copied, and click on the Save button. The categories will be copied to another section and you will return to the Category Manager main screen.

Delete: Select one or more categories and click on this button. The categories you selected will be deleted.

Edit: Select a category and click on this button. You will enter the Category Manager - Edit page. More information about this page can be found here: Screen.categories.edit.15.

New: Click on this button to create a new category. You will enter the Category Manager - New page. More information about this page can be found here: Screen.categories.edit.15.

Help: Click on this button to access the Help Screen for the Category Manager. That is the same screen you are reading right now.

Version Changes

The differences between the Joomla! 1.0.x Category Manager and the Joomla! 1.5 Category Manager are mostly about the sorting of the categories. In the Joomla! 1.0.x versions you were not able to click on the column headers to sort the categories by the specific column, ascending or descending. In Joomla! 1.5 there is only a Title, while there was a Category Name and a Title in Joomla! 1.0.x. In Joomla! 1.5 you are able to set the Alias, used for SEF, in Joomla! 1.0.x this option was not available.

Typical Usage

You will use the Category Manager when you want to do some actions with your category database. Here you will find some of the reasons for the use of this screen.

  • You want to take a look at the categories of your Joomla! site.
  • You want to search for particular categories, or sort your categories in a specific way.
  • You want to edit existing categories, for example there title, state or image.
  • You want to create a new category.
  • You want to see how many active and trashed articles a particular category contains.

Quick Tips

  • Click on the title of a category to edit this category.
  • Click on the title of a section to edit this section.
  • Click on the green hook or red cross in the Published column to toggle between the states Published and Unpublished.
  • Click on the Column Headers to sort the sections by that column, ascending or descending.

Points to Watch

  • You need to select one or more categories when you want to publish or unpublish the categories.
  • You need to select one or more categories when you want to copy or move the categories.
  • You need to select one or more categories when you want to delete the categories.
  • You need to select one or more categories when you want to edit the categories.
  • The sorting and filtering options overrule each other.

Dependencies

When you change the state of a category, this category will not be displayed in a Category Blog Layout or a Category List Layout. When you create a new category, you can choose this category when creating a new article.

More dependencies about editing the categories can be found here Screen.categories.edit.15#Dependencies.