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Revision as of 22:06, 3 January 2011
This screen is accessed from the back-end Joomla! administrator panel. It is used to create or edit contacts in your Joomla! website.
How to Access
Navigate to the Contact Manager. To add a new Contact, press the "New" icon in the toolbar. To edit an existing Contact, click on the Contact's Name or click the Contact's checkbox and then click on the "Edit" icon in the toolbar.
This is where you can add a Contact or edit an existing Contact. Contacts allow you to list people on your web site. They also allow users to send e-mails to those people.
Details and Options
In this section, you can enter information about the Contact, such as name, address, e-mail, and so on. The options allow you to control settings such as what information gets displayed for each Contact.
This section will be labeled New Contact if you are creating a new contact. If you are editing an existing contact this section will be labeled Edit Contact.
- Name. The full name of the Contact.
- Alias. The internal name of the item. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla! will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters and hyphens (-). No blank spaces or underscores are allowed. The Alias will be used in the URL when SEF is activated. Note: If the title consists of non-Latin characters, the Alias will default to the current date and time, for example "2009-02-11-17-54-38".
- Linked to User. Select the User, if any, that this Contact is linked to from the drop-down list box. This allows you to link this Contact's information to a registered Joomla! User. If this Contact is not linked to a User, select "-No User-".
- Category. Select the Category for this Contact from the drop-down list box. Note that you must have at least one Contact Category defined before you can add a Contact.
- State. Whether or not Users can view this Contact's information
- 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
- Enter the desired level using the drop-down list box.
- Ordering. Indicates the order of this Contact in the Contact Manager. The default Order is to add the item to the end of the list. This Contact will move to the position just after the Contact selected from the drop-down list. Note that the Order of Contacts can also be changed in the Contact Manager.
- 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.
- Other Information. Other information about this Contact. No HTML is allowed in this field.
- Created by.
- Created By Alias.
- Created date.
- Start Publishing.
- Finish Publishing.
- Image. Image to display for this Contact. Select an image file from the drop-down list box. This lists images in the 'images/stories' folder. Images can be uploaded using the Media Manager.
- Contact's Position: The Contact's current position.
- E-mail. The Contact's e-mail address. Note that e-mail addresses in Joomla! can be protected from "spambots" by enabling "Content-Email Cloaking" in the Plugin Manager. This is enabled by default.
- Address. The Contact's street address.
- City or Suburb. The Contact's town or suburb.
- State or Province. The Contact's state or county.
- Postal / ZIP Code. The Contact's postal code.
- Country. The Contact's country.
- Telephone. The Contact's phone number.
- Mobile. The Contact's mobile phone number.
- Fax. The Contact's fax number.
- Website. The Contact's web site address.
- First Sort Field.
- Second Sort Field.
- Third Sort Field.
- Show Category.
- Show Contact List.
- Display format.
- Name. Hide or Show the Contact's Name.
- Contact's Position. Hide or Show the Contact's Position.
- E-mail. Hide or Show the Contact's e-mail address.
- Street Address. Hide or Show the Contact's street address.
- City or Suburb. Hide or Show the Contact's town or suburb.
- State or County. Hide or Show the Contact's state or county.
- Postal Code. Hide or Show the Contact's postal code.
- Country. Hide or Show the Contact's country.
- Telephone. Hide or Show the Contact's telephone number.
- Mobile phone. Hide or Show the Contact's mobile phone number.
- Fax. Hide or Show the Contact's fax number.
- Webpage. Hide or Show the Contact's web site URL.
- Misc. Information. Hide or Show any miscellaneous information entered for this Contact.
- Image. Hide or Show the Contact's image.
- vCard. Hide or Show the vCard link for this Contact. Note that the "Enable vCard" parameter in the Contact Manager - Parameters must be set to "Yes" for this option to work correctly. Otherwise, pressing the vCard link will just show a blank screen.
- Show User Articles.
- Show Profile.
- Show Links.
- Link A Label.
- Link A URL.
- Link B Label.
- Link B URL.
- Link C Label.
- Link C URL.
- Link D Label.
- Link D URL.
- Link E Label.
- Link E URL.
- Alternative Layout.
- Show Contact Form. Hide or Show the E-mail form. If Show is selected, a form is displayed that allows the user to send an e-mail to the Contact from the web site.
- Send Copy to Submitter. Hide or Show the checkbox: 'E-mail a copy of this message to your own address.'
- Banned Email. Enter any e-mails to be banned from the site. E-mail addresses containing any of the listed text will be banned. Separate different words with semi-colons ';'. For example, the entry "spam;junk" would ban e-mail addresses such as "myspam@.com" or "email@example.com".
- Banned Subject. Enter any e-mail subject words to be banned from the site. Separate different words with semi-colons ';'. For example, the entry "spam;junk" would ban e-mail subjects such as "This is not spam" or "I Like Junk".
- Banned Text. Enter any e-mail text words to be banned from the site. Separate different words with semi-colons ';'. For example, the entry "spam;junk" would ban e-mail content such as "This is not spam" or "I Like Junk".
- Session Check. Check for the existence of session cookie. This means that users without cookies enabled will not be able to send emails.
- Custom Reply. Turns off the automated reply, allowing for Plugins to handle integration with other systems.
- Contact Redirect. Enter an alternative email address, where information will be sent.
- Meta Description. An optional paragraph to be used as the description of the page in the HTML output. This will generally display in the results of search engines.
- Meta Keywords. An optional comma-separated list of keywords and/or phrases to be used in the HTML output.
- Robots. Robots Instructions.
- Rights. Publication rights for the content.
At the top right you will see the toolbar:
- Save. Saves the item and stays in the edit screen.
- Save & Close. Saves the item and closes the edit screen.
- Save & New. Saves the item and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another item.
- Cancel. Returns to the previous screen without saving your work. If you press Close while adding a new item, this new item will not be created. If you were modifying an existing item, the modifications will not be saved.
- Help. Opens this Help Screen.
- At least one Contact Category must be added before adding the first Contact.