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Menus Menu Item Contact Categories

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How To Access

To create a new Categories Menu Item:

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation (for example, Menus  Main Menu).
  • Click New to create a new menu item or click on an existing item to edit.
  • Click the Menu Item Type Select button and then click the List All Contact Categories link under Contacts.

To edit an existing Contacts Categories Item, click its Title in Menu Manager: Menu Items.

Description

Used to show a list of all Contact Categories.

Screenshot

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Column Headers

Required Options

The Categories layout has the following Required Setting.

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  • Select a Top Level Category. Shows a dropdown allowing the selection of any contact category.

Categories Options

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  • Top Level Category Description. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the top category description.
  • Top Level Category Description. Enter the text for the Top Level Category Description (see parameter above for whether this is shown on the page).
  • Subcategory Levels. (Use Global/All/1-5) The number of levels of subcategories to show in the layout. Select All to show all levels in the subcategory hierarchy.
  • Empty Categories. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the categories that contain no content items or subcategories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the category description of subcategories.
  • # Contacts in Category. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the count of contacts in each category.

Category Options

The Category Options control the way that category information is shown in the layout. The Category List Layout has the following Category Options, as shown below.

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  • Category Title. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the title of the category.
  • Category Description. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Description of this category, which can optionally be displayed in the front-end.
  • Category Image. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the category image.
  • Subcategory Levels. (Use Global/All/1-5) The number of levels of subcategories to show in the layout. Select All to show all levels in the subcategory hierarchy.
  • Empty Categories. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the categories that contain no content items or subcategories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the category description of subcategories.
  • # Contacts in Category. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the count of contacts in each category.

List Layouts

List Layout Options control the appearance of the list layout.

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  • Display #. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the Display # control that allows the user to select the number of items to show in the list. An example is shown below.
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    If there are more items than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons (Start, Prev, Next, End, and page numbers) to navigate between pages. Note that if you have a large number of items, it may be helpful to use the Filter options, located above the column headings, to limit which items display.
  • Table Headings. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Table Headings show a heading above the article list, as shown below.
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    If set to Show, this heading will show about the list. Otherwise the list will show with no headings.
  • Position. Show or Hide the position of the contacts in the table.
  • Email. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the email of the contact.
  • Phone. Show the phone number of the contacts in the table.
  • Mobile. Show the mobile number of the contacts in the table.
  • Fax. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the fax number of the contact.
  • City or Suburb. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the city or suburb of the contact.
  • State or County. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the State or County of the contact.
  • Country. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the Country of the contact.
  • Pagination. Hide or Show Pagination support. Pagination provides page links at the bottom of the page that allow the User to navigate to additional pages. These are needed if the Articles will not fit on one page. An example is shown below.
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    The following options are available.
    • Use Global: Use the default value from the component options screen.
    • Auto: Pagination links shown if needed.
    • Show: Pagination links shown if needed.
    • Hide: Pagination links not shown. Note: In this case, Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
  • Pagination Results. Hide or Show the current page number and total pages (e.g., "Page 1 of 2") at the bottom of each page. Use Global will use the default value from the component options.

Contact Display Options

The Category List Layout has the following Contact Options, as shown below. These options determine how the contacts will show in the list layout.

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In addition to Yes/No or Hide/Show, these options allow the following settings.

The Contact Options are as follows.


  • Display format. (Use Global/Sliders/Tabs/Plain) Determines the style used to display sections of the contact form.
  • Contact Category. (Use Global/Hide/Show Without Link/Show With Link) Shows or Hides the contacts category with or without a link.
  • Show Contact List. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide a drop down allowing the selection of any other contact from the same category.
  • Name. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the name of the contact.
  • Position. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the position of the contact.
  • Email. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the email of the contact.
  • Street Address. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the street address of the contact.
  • City or Suburb. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the city or suburb of the contact.
  • State or County. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the State or County of the contact.
  • Postal Code. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the Postal/ZIP code of the contact.
  • Country. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the Country of the contact.
  • Telephone. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the telephone number of the contact.
  • Mobile Phone. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the mobile number of the contact.
  • Fax. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the fax number of the contact.
  • Webpage. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the Webpage of the contact.
  • Miscellaneous Information. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the Miscellaneous Information of the contact (note this is called Contact Information in the Contact Component).
  • Image. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide an image to be displayed with this item/category in the front-end.
  • vCard. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the vCard (electronic business card) link for this Contact. Note that the "Enable vCard" option in the Contact Manager - Options must be set to "Show" for this option to work correctly.
  • Show User Articles. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If the contact selected has a Joomla profile linked - then all the articles that user has posted will be displayed.
  • Show Links. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show extra links for the contact (see the parameters below).
  • Link A Label. (Input Field) Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link B Label Same as Link A label
  • Link C Label Same as Link A label
  • Link D Label Same as Link A label
  • Link E Label Same as Link A label

Mail Options

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  • Show Contact Form. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide contact form.
  • Send Copy to Submitter. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide checkbox to allow copy of email to be sent to submitter.
  • Banned Email. Email addresses not allowed to submit information with the contact form.
  • Banned Subject. Subjects not allowed in contact form.
  • Banned Text. Text not allowed in contact form body.
  • Session Check. (Use Global/No/Yes) Check for the existence of session cookie. This means that users without cookies enabled will not be able to send emails.
  • Custom Reply. (Use Global/No/Yes) 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 to.

Integration Options

The Contact List layout has the following Integration Options.

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These determine whether a news feed will be available for the page and what information it will show.

  • Show Feed Link. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to Hide or Show a link to a news feed (RSS Feed). If set to Show, a Feed Link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most modern browsers).

Common Options

See Menu Item Manager: New Menu Item for help on fields common to all Menu Item types, including Details, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignments for this Menu Item.

Toolbar

At the top right you will see the toolbar:

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The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the menu item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the menu item and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the menu item and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another menu item.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current menu item. Does not affect the current menu item. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new menu item.
  • Cancel/Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

Quick Tips

  • The Contact Categories is a convenient way to allow people to see contacts from a range of different categories on your website.

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