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==How To Access==
 
==How To Access==
*'''To Create a New Menu Item''': Select Menus → [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "Main Menu", select Menus → Main Menu → Add New Menu Item. Or you can navigate to the [[Help25:Menus_Menu_Manager|Menu Manager]] and click on the icon in the toolbar to create a new Menu Item.
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*'''To Create a New Menu Item''':  
*'''To Edit a Menu Item''': Select Menus → [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "Main Menu", select Menus → Main Menu. Or you can navigate to the [[Help25:Menus_Menu_Manager|Menu Manager]] and select the item(s) you wish to edit by selecting their checkboxes or clicking on the item's title.
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:# Select Menus → [name of the menu] → Add New Menu Item from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "About Joomla", select Menus → About Joomla → Add New Menu Item.[[File:Help25-chunk-menu-item-edit-access.png|frame|none]]
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:# Or navigate to [[Help25:Menus_Menu_Item_Manager|Menu Manager: Menu Items]] and click on the "New" icon in the toolbar.
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*'''To Edit a Menu Item''': Select Menus → [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "Main Menu", select Menus → Main Menu. Then either click the title of the menu item or select the menu item and click the "Edit" icon in the toolbar.
  
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
The first step to creating a new Menu Item is to select it's Type. The Menu Item Type determines the type of page that will display when this menu choice is selected by the User. In this screen, you will select the Menu Item Type for the Menu Item you are creating.
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Menu items are the core structure of a Joomla website. Each Menu Item is a link to a webpage. The Menu Item Type determines the type of page that will display when this menu choice is selected by the User. The core distribution of Joomla provides 29 different Menu Item types. If you install third-party extensions, these may add more menu types.
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In this screen, you will select the Menu Item Type for the Menu Item you are creating and then fill in information about this specific Menu Item. Some of these fields are common to all Menu Item types. These include the following sections: Details, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignment for this Menu Item. These common fields are documented in this help screen.
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In addition to these common fields, different Menu Item types may require different fields unique to that type. These are documented in the help screen for each type.
  
 
==Screenshot==
 
==Screenshot==
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Note: If you install one or more Joomla! extensions, these extensions may add new Menu Item Types. In this case, your list will have additional types.
 
Note: If you install one or more Joomla! extensions, these extensions may add new Menu Item Types. In this case, your list will have additional types.
  
==Menu Item Types==
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==Column Headers==
Menu Item Types are organized into sections: Contacts, Newsfeeds, Weblinks, Articles, Search, Users Manager, Wrapper and System Links. With a few exceptions, these sections are further narrowed down so that you can select:
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{{Chunk25:Menu Item Details}}
*'''A list of the categories in that section. '''
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*'''A list of the items in a specific category of that section. '''
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*'''A single item within a section.  '''
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Article Links are the most commonly used and will display content pages on your web site. External Links are used to display links to external web sites. Separators are used to place a graphic or other separator between menu options.
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==Articles==
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Under the Article Section, you have the following options.
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===Archived Article List===
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Used to show a list of Articles that have been Archived and can be searched by date. Archived articles are no longer published but are still stored on the site. Articles are Archived using the [[screen.content.15|Article Manager]] screen. Note that Articles assigned to the "Uncategorized" Section will not show on the Archived Article List layout.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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This Menu Item Type Archived Article List allows you to set the sort order of Archived Articles, as shown in the screenshot below.
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[[Image:menu_item_archive_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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The Default order is most recent first. The Order option sorts Articles by the Order column in the [[screen.content.15|Article Manager]].
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===Article Layout===
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Used to show a single article on the page. Note: This layout replaces the ''Static Content'' and ''Link Content'' used in Joomla! version 1.0.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Article Layout has one Parameter, the Article to include in the layout, as shown below.
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[[Image:menu_item_article_parameters.png|frame|center]]Press the Select button to select the desired Article for this layout.
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===Article Submission Layout===
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Allows users to submit an article. This only works for users who are members of the Authors, Publishers, or Editors groups. Members of the Registered or Public groups will not be able to submit articles even if this page is visible to them. If the page is visible to a user without the correct access level, they will get an error message when trying to load the page.
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This type has no Basic or Advanced Parameters.
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===Category Blog Layout===
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Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category, in a blog layout.
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{{colheader|Blog Layout}}
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Category Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:category_blog_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Parameter}}
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{{colheader|Description Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|Description Image Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|No. Leading}}
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{{colheader|No. Intro}}
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{{colheader|Columns}}
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{{colheader|No. Links}}
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'''Parameters - Advanced'''
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The Category Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:front_page_parameters_advanced.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Order}}
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{{colheader|Primary Order}}
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{{colheader|Multi Column Order}}
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{{colheader|Pagination}}
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{{colheader|Pagination Results}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Category List Layout===
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Used to show articles belonging to one Category, in a list layout. A list layout lists each Article's Title and allows the User to link to the Article. An example is shown below:[[Image:category_list_layout_example.png|frame|center]]
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:category_list_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Parameter}}
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{{colheader|Number of Links}}
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{{colheader|Table Headings}}
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{{colheader|Date Column}}
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{{colheader|Date Format}}
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{{colheader|Filter}}
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{{colheader|Filter Field}}
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'''Parameters - Advanced'''
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The Category List Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:Category_list_advanced_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Primary Order}}
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*'''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.[[Image:blog_layout_pagination.png|frame|center]]The following options are available.
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**''Hide:'' Pagination links not shown. Note: In this case, Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
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**''Show:'' Pagination links shown if needed.
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*'''Display Select:''' Show or Hide the Display # drop-down list box. This allows you to limit the number of Articles listed on one page.
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Front Page Blog Layout===
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Used to show all Articles that have been published to the Front Page, in a Blog Layout.
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{{colheader|Blog Layout}}
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Front Page Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:front_page_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|No. Leading}}
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{{colheader|No. Intro}}
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{{colheader|Columns}}
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{{colheader|No. Links}}
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'''Parameters - Advanced'''
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The Category Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:Front_page_parameters_advanced.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Order}}
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{{colheader|Primary Order}}
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{{colheader|Multi Column Order}}
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{{colheader|Pagination}}
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{{colheader|Pagination Results}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Section Blog Layout===
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Used to show Articles belonging to one Section, in a Blog Layout.
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{{colheader|Blog Layout}}
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Section Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:section_blog_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Section Parameter}}
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{{colheader|Description Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|Description Image Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|No. Leading}}
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{{colheader|No. Intro}}
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{{colheader|Columns}}
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{{colheader|No. Links}}
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'''Parameters - Advanced'''
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The Section Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:Front_page_parameters_advanced.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Order}}
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{{colheader|Primary Order}}
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{{colheader|Multi Column Order}}
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{{colheader|Pagination}}
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{{colheader|Pagination Results}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Section Layout===
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Used to show Articles by Category in one Section, in a list layout. This layout shows a list Categories in the Section. An example is shown below: [[Image:section_layout_example.png|frame|center]]
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Each Category links to a page that is similar to a Category List Layout, providing links to each Article in that Category. Note that you cannot directly set parameters to control the display of these Category List Layouts from within this screen. However, it is possible to do this using separate Menu Items for each Category. See the article [[How_to_control_Category_List_layouts_when_drilling_from_a_Section_Layout|How to control Category List layouts when drilling from a Section Layout]] for more information.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Section Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:section_layout_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Section Parameter}}
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{{colheader|Section Description Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|Description Image Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|Category List - Section}}
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{{colheader|Empty Categories in Section}}
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{{colheader|No. Category Items}}
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{{colheader|Category Description}}
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'''Parameters - Advanced'''
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The Section Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.
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[[Image:section_layout_advanced_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Order}}
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{{colheader|Primary Order}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Parameters - Component for Articles===
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All Articles Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. For each of these components, you may select one of three options: No/Hide, Yes/Show, or Use Global. An example of this section is shown below.[[Image:Article_parameters_component.png|frame|center]]
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These values work with the values set in the [[Screen.content.15|Article Manager/Parameters]] and the values set in the [[Screen.content.edit.15|Article Manager New/Edit]] to determine the action on the page. The parameters in all three places work together in a hierarchy, as follows.
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# The value from the Parameters - Advanced section of the [[Screen.content.edit.15|Article Manager New/Edit]] is examined. If this value is set to Yes/Show or No/Hide, then that action is taken and no further checking is done.
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# If the value above is set to "Use Global" then the value from the Parameters - Component section of the [[screen.menus.type.15|Menu Item Type]] (this screen) is examined. If this value is set to Yes/Show or No/Hide, then that action is taken and no further checking is done.
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# If ''both'' of the values above are set to "Use Global" then the value from [[Screen.content.15|Article Manager/Parameters]] is used to determine the result.
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The individual Parameters are described below.
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{{colheader|Show Unauthorized Links}}
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{{colheader|Show Article Title}}
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{{colheader|Title Linkable}}
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{{colheader|Show Intro Text}}
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{{colheader|Section Name}}
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{{colheader|Section Title Linkable}}
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{{colheader|Category Title}}
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{{colheader|Category Title Linkable}}
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{{colheader|Author Name}}
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{{colheader|Created Date and Time}}
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{{colheader|Modified Date and Time}}
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{{colheader|Show Navigation}}
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{{colheader|Read more... Link}}
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{{colheader|Article Rating/Voting}}
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{{colheader|Icons}}
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{{colheader|PDF Icon}}
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{{colheader|Print Icon}}
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{{colheader|E-mail Icon}}
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{{colheader|Hits Parameter}}
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{{colheader|For each feed item show}}
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==Contacts==
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When the Contacts link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.
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[[Image:menu_item_type_contacts.png|frame|center]]
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Each of these is described below.
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===Contact Category Layout===
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Used to show all of the published Contacts in a given Category. Note that Contact Categories are separate from Article Categories. Contacts and Contact Categories are entered by selecting Components/Contacts. See [[screen.contactmanager.15|Contact Manager]] and [[screen.categories.15|Category Manager]] for more information.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Contact Category Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:Menu_Item.Contact.Category_Layout_Params.Basic.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Parameter}}
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*'''# Links'''. Number of contacts to show.
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{{colheader|Contact Image}}
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{{colheader|Image Align}}
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{{colheader|Limit Box}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Standard Contact Layout===
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Used to show the details of a single Contact.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Standard Contact Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:contact_standard_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Contact}}
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{{colheader|Drop Down}}
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{{colheader|Show Category in Breadcrumbs}}
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===Parameters - Component for Contacts===
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All Contacts Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is
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shown below.
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[[Image:contact_parameters_component1.png|center]]
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These settings work with the settings in the [[screen.contactmanager.15#Contacts Parameters|Contacts: Global Configuration]] and the [[screen.contactmanager.edit.15#Contact Parameters|Contact Manager - New/Edit]]. The setting in the [[screen.contactmanager.edit.15#Contact Parameters|Contact Manager - New/Edit]] takes priority. If the setting there is 'Use Global', then the setting here takes effect. If both of these settings are 'Use Global', then the setting in [[screen.contactmanager.15#Contacts Parameters|Contacts: Global Configuration]] takes effect.
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{{colheader|Icons/Text}}
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{{colheader|Address Icon}}
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{{colheader|Contact E-mail Icon}}
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{{colheader|Telephone Icon}}
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{{colheader|Mobile Icon}}
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{{colheader|Fax Icon}}
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{{colheader|Miscellaneous Icon}}
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{{colheader|Show Table Headings}}
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{{colheader|Show Contact's Position}}
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{{colheader|Show E-mail Address}}
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{{colheader|Show Telephone Number}}
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{{colheader|Show Mobile Number}}
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{{colheader|Show Fax Number}}
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{{colheader|Enable vCard}}
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{{colheader|Banned E-mail}}
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{{colheader|Banned Subject}}
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{{colheader|Banned Text}}
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{{colheader|Session Check}}
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{{colheader|Custom Reply}}
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==Newsfeeds==
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When the News Feeds link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.
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[[Image:menu_item_type_news_feeds.png|frame|center]]
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Each of these is described below. Note that News Feed Categories are separate from Article Categories. News Feeds and News Feed Categories are entered by selecting Components → News Feeds. See [[screen.newsfeeds.15|News Feeds Manager]] and [[screen.categories.15|Category Manager]] for more information.
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===Category List Layout===
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Used to show a list of all News Feed Categories.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:news_category_list_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Limit Box}}
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{{colheader|News Feed Description Hide Show}}
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{{colheader|Description Text}}
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{{colheader|Image}}
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{{colheader|Image Align}}
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===Category Layout===
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Used to show a list of News Feeds in a Category.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Category Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:news_category_layout_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Category Parameter}}
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{{colheader|Limit Box}}
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===Single Feed Layout===
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Used to show a single News Feed.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Single Feed Layout has the following Basic Parameter, as shown below. [[Image:news_single_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Feed}}
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===Parameters - Component for News Feeds===
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All News Feed Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is shown below.[[Image:News_feed_parameters_component1.png|frame|center]]
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These settings work with the settings in the [[screen.newsfeeds.15#Global Configuration|News Feeds: Global Configuration]]. If a parameter here is set to 'Hide' or 'Show' then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in [[screen.newsfeeds.15#Global Configuration|News Feeds: Global Configuration]] is used.
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{{colheader|Table Headings}}
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{{colheader|Name Column}}
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{{colheader|No. Articles Column}}
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{{colheader|Link Column}}
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{{colheader|Category Description}}
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{{colheader|No. Category Items}}
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{{colheader|Feed Image}}
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{{colheader|Feed Description}}
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{{colheader|Item Description}}
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{{colheader|Word Count}}
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[[Link title]]
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==Search==
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When the Search link is selected, it expands to display the Search layout. This is used to show the Search form and the Search results as shown below. [[Image:search_layout_example.png|frame|center]]
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Search Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.[[Image:search_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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*'''Use Search Areas.''' Whether or not to show the Search Areas check boxes. These check boxes allow a User to limit the search to any combination of Articles, Web Links, Contacts, Categories, Sections, and News Feeds.
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*'''Show Created Date.''' Hide or Show the Date and Time the Article was created when displaying the Search results.
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'''Parameters - Component'''
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Search Layout has the following options under Parameters - Component:
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[[Image:search_parameters_component1.png|frame|center]]
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These setting work with the settings in the [[screen.stats.searches.15|Search Statistics]]. If a parameter here is set to 'Yes', 'No', 'Show', or 'Hide', then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in [[screen.stats.searches.15|Search Statistics]] is used.
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*'''Gather Search Statistics.''' Whether or not to enable the gathering of Search Statistics. Yes/No/Use Global.
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*'''Show Created Date.''' Whether to Hide or Show the Created Date for an Article. This parameter can be overridden at the Menu Item and Article level.
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==Users Manager==
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When the User link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.
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[[Image:menu_item_type_user.png|frame|center]]
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Each of these is described below.
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===Default Login Layout===
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Allows a user to login to the site, as shown below.
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[[Image:default_login_layout.png|frame|center]]
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Default Login Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.[[Image:default_login_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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*'''Show Login Page Title.''' Hide or Show the Title of this Page.
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*'''Login Page Title.''' Title to display as the Page Title. If blank, the Title of the Menu Item will be used.
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*'''Login Redirection URL.''' The URL of the Page that the User will be redirected to after a successful login. If blank, the Front Page will be used.
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*'''Login JS Message.''' Hide or Show the JavaScript pop-up that indicates a successful login.
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*'''Login Description.''' Hide or Show the Login Description Text, entered below.
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*'''Login Description Text.''' Text to display on a successful login. If blank, the variable "LOGIN_DESCRIPTION" will be used.
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*'''Login Image.''' Image for the Login Page. This must be in the "images/stories" folder.
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*'''Login Image Align.''' Align image to the left or right of the page.
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*'''Show Logout Page Title.''' Hide or Show the Logout Page Title.
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*'''Logout Page Title.''' Text to display at the top of the Page. If blank, the Menu Item Title will be used.
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*'''Logout Redirection URL.''' The URL of the Page the User will be directed to after a successful logout. If blank, the Front Page will be used.
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*'''Logout JS Message.''' Hide or Show the JavaScript pop-up that indicates a successful logout.
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*'''Logout Description.''' Hide or Show the Logout Description Text, entered below.
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*'''Logout Description Text.''' Text to display on a successful logout. If blank, the variable "LOGOUT_DESCRIPTION" will be used.
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*'''Logout Image.''' Image for the Logout Page. This must be in the "images/stories" folder.
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*'''Logout Image Align.''' Align image to the left or right of the page.
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===Default Registration Layout===
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Allows a user to register for the site, as shown below.
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[[Image:default_user_registration_layout.png|frame|center]]This Layout has no unique Parameters.
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===Default Remind Layout===
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Allows the user to receive an e-mail with their username, as shown below.
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[[Image:default_remind_layout.png|frame|center]] This Layout has no unique Parameters.
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===Default Reset Layout=== 
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Allows the user to reset their password, as shown below.
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[[Image:default_reset_layout.png|frame|center]] This Layout has no unique Parameters.
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===Default User Layout===
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Shows a welcome message when the User enters the registered zone. This Layout has no unique Parameters.
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===User Form Layout===
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Allows a User to edit their account details, choose a new password, change the language for both the Back-end and Front-end, and modify their time zone. Users with publishing permissions may choose a text editor. Users with administrator permissions may choose the Help Site they want to use in the back-end. The layout for users in the Registered and Author groups is shown below.[[Image:user_form_layout.png|frame|center]] This Layout has no unique Parameters.
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==Web Links==
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When the 'Web Links' link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.
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[[Image:menu_item_web_links.png|frame|center]]
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Each of these is described below.
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===Web Link Category List Layout===
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Shows a list of all the Web Link Categories. The User may click on a Category to see the links for that Category.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Web Link Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:web_link_category_list_parameters1.png|frame|center]]
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{{colheader|Image}}
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{{colheader|Image Align}}
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Category List Layout===
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Shows a list of all of the Web Links in a Category.
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:Category_list_web_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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*'''Category.''' Web Link Category for this Page. Select a Web Link Category from the drop-down list box. Note that these Categories are different from Article Categories and are entered from the selection Components/Web Links/Categories.
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{{colheader|Show a Feed Link}}
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===Web Link Submission Layout===
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Shows a form that allows a Registered User to submit a Web Link, as shown below. [[Image:submit_web_link.png|frame|center]] This only works for users who are members of the Authors, Publishers, or Editors group. Members of the Registered or Public groups will not be able to submit articles even if this page is visible to them. If the page is visible to a user without the correct access level, they will get an error message when trying to load the page.
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===Parameters - Component for Web Links===
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All Web Links Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is shown below.[[Image:web_link_parameters_component1.png|frame|center]]
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These settings work with the settings in the [[screen.weblink.15#Global Configuration|Web Links: Global Configuration]]. The a parameter here is set to 'Hide' or 'Show' then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in [[screen.weblink.15#Global Configuration|Web Links: Global Configuration]] is used.
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{{colheader|Web Links Description}}
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{{colheader|Web Links Introduction}}
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{{colheader|Web Links Hits}}
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{{colheader|Link Descriptions}}
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{{colheader|Other Categories}}
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{{colheader|Table Headings}}
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{{colheader|Target}}
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{{colheader|Icon}}
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==Wrapper==
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When the Wrapper link is selected, it expands to display the Wrapper layout. This is used to show an external web site inside a page in your web site, using an HTML [[:Wikipedia:IFrame|IFrame]]. The external web site is contained inside the Wrapper. You can navigate to different pages in the wrapped web site, all inside the page of your web site. The example below shows the Joomla! web site inside a Wrapper. [[Image:menu_item_type_wrapper.jpg|frame|center]]
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'''Parameters - Basic'''
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The Wrapper Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below. [[Image:wrapper_basic_parameters.png|frame|center]]
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*'''Wrapper URL.''' URL for the web site to open inside the Wrapper IFrame.
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*'''Scroll Bars.''' Whether or not to include horizontal and vertical scroll bars. Auto will add the scroll bars automatically when needed.
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*'''Width.''' Width of the IFrame Window. You can enter in a number of pixels or enter in a percentage by including a "%" at the end of the number. For example, "550" means 550 pixels. "75%" means 75% of the page width.
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*'''Height.''' Height of the IFrame window, either in pixels or percent (by adding "%" to the number).
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==System Links==
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===External Link===
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This Menu Item Type is used to create a menu choice that links to an external web site or page.
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This Menu Item Type creates a Link to an existing Menu Item. It allows you to have identical Menu Items on two or more different Menus without duplicating the settings. So, for example, if you change a parameter of a Menu Item that has an Alias linked to it, the Alias will automatically acquire the same change.
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The 'Menu Item Details' and the 'Parameters - System' parts are the same for each Menu Item. These are documented below. The 'Parameters - Component' part is different for each Internal Link group -- Articles, Contacts, News Feeds, Polls, Search, User, Web Links, and Wrapper. Therefore, these are documented in each group's section above.
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This section, shown below, allows setting additional parameters. [[Image:menu_item_parameters_system.png|frame|center]]
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===Module Assignment for this Menu Item===
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==Quick Tips==
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==Toolbar==
 
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==Related Information==
 
==Related Information==
* To add or edit Articles: [[Screen.content.edit.15|Article Manager - New/Edit]]
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* To work with Banners: [[Screen.banners.15|Banner Manager]]
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* To add a Featured Articles menu item: [[Help25:Menus_Menu_Item_Article_Featured|Featured Articles]]
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* To add or edit Menus: [[Screen.menumanager.new.15|Menu Manager New/Edit]]
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* To create a 'main_menu' Module to Add a Menu to One or More Pages: [[screen.modules.15|Module Manager]]
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<noinclude>{{cathelp|2.5|Menu Item Manager Help Screens|Menus Help Screens}}</noinclude>

Latest revision as of 07:23, 27 February 2013

Contents

How To Access

  • To Create a New Menu Item:
  1. Select Menus → [name of the menu] → Add New Menu Item from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "About Joomla", select Menus → About Joomla → Add New Menu Item.
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  2. Or navigate to Menu Manager: Menu Items and click on the "New" icon in the toolbar.
  • To Edit a Menu Item: Select Menus → [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. For example, if a Menu is called "Main Menu", select Menus → Main Menu. Then either click the title of the menu item or select the menu item and click the "Edit" icon in the toolbar.

Description

Menu items are the core structure of a Joomla website. Each Menu Item is a link to a webpage. The Menu Item Type determines the type of page that will display when this menu choice is selected by the User. The core distribution of Joomla provides 29 different Menu Item types. If you install third-party extensions, these may add more menu types.

In this screen, you will select the Menu Item Type for the Menu Item you are creating and then fill in information about this specific Menu Item. Some of these fields are common to all Menu Item types. These include the following sections: Details, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignment for this Menu Item. These common fields are documented in this help screen.

In addition to these common fields, different Menu Item types may require different fields unique to that type. These are documented in the help screen for each type.

Screenshot

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Note: If you install one or more Joomla! extensions, these extensions may add new Menu Item Types. In this case, your list will have additional types.

Column Headers

Details

The left side of the screen contains the Details section. This section is the same for all menu item types and has the following fields.

  • Menu Item Type. The first step when creating a menu item is to select the menu item type. Click the Select button to open a modal window that lists the available menu item types, as shown below.
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Click on the link for the desired type to select that type. Note that more types may be available if you install third-party components.
When the menu item type is selected, the modal window will close and the Menu Item Type field is filled in automatically. When the screen redisplays, the available options on the right side of the screen will vary depending on which type is selected. The Details section, on the left, and the Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignment for this Menu Item, will show for all menu item types. Other options specific to the selected type may also be available.
  • Menu Title. The title that will display for this menu item.
  • Alias. The internal name of the item, also used in the URL when SEF is activated. 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. Non-Latin characters can be allowed in the alias if you set the Unicode Aliases option to Yes in Global Configuration. If this option is set to No and the title includes non-Latin characters, the Alias will default to the current date and time (for example "2012-12-31-17-54-38").
  • Note. Item note. This is normally for the site administrator's use (for example, to document information about this item) and does not show in the front end of the site.
  • Link. The system-generated link for this menu item. This field cannot be changed and is for information only.
  • Status. (Published/Unpublished/Archived/Trashed) The published status of the item.
  • Access. The viewing level access for this item.
  • Menu Location. The menu that this menu item (choice) will be part of. The menus defined for the site will show in the list box.
  • Parent Item. The parent menu item for this menu item. Used to determine whether a Menu Item is a top-level item or a submenu item. Select 'Menu Item Root' (the default value) if this is a top-level Menu Item. Otherwise, select the Menu Item that is this item's parent.
  • Ordering. Indicates the order of this Menu Item in the Menu. The default Order is to add the Menu Item to the end of the Menu. This Menu Item will moved to the order position just after the Menu Item selected from the drop-down list. Note that the Order of Menu Items can also be changed in the Menu Item Manager.
  • Target Window. This determines how the new page will be opened. Options are:
    • Parent: Open new menu item in parent window. This is the default.
    • New Window With Navigation: Open menu item in a new window with full browser navigation (for example, "back" button).
    • New Without Navigation: Open menu item in a new window without browser navigation.

Default Page. If Yes, this menu item is the default or home page for the site. There must be exactly one menu item set as the default page. You can change the default page in two ways:

  1. Click on the Home column of the desired menu item in the Menu Manager: Menu Items screen.
  2. Open the menu item for the new default page and change the Default Page setting to Yes.
  • Language. Item language.
  • Template Style. Controls the template style for this menu item. A list box will show the available template styles for your site, similar to the following:
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    Select "Use Default" to use the default style for the site. Select a specific template style to always show this menu item with that style.
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla!. It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.

Link Type Options

This layout has the following Link Type Options.

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These let you control attributes of the link for this menu item in the Joomla menu.

  • Link Title Attribute. An optional custom description for the title attribute of the menu hyperlink.
  • Link CSS Style. An optional custom CSS style to apply to the menu hyperlink.
  • Link Image. An optional image to be used with the menu hyperlink.
  • Add Menu Title. (No/Yes) If an optional image is added, whether to add the menu title next to the image.

Page Display Options

This layout has the following Page Display Options.

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  • Browser Page Title. Optional text for the "Browser page title" element. If blank, the Menu Item Title is used.
  • Show Page Heading. Whether or not to show the Browser Page Title in the heading of the page. The page heading is normally displayed inside an h1 HTML element.
  • Page Heading. Optional alternative text for the Page Heading.
  • Page Class. Optional CSS class to add to elements in this page. This allows CSS styling specific to this page.

Metadata Options

This layout has the following Metadata Options.

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  • 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. If entered, this creates an HTML meta element with a name attribute of "description" and a content attribute equal to the entered text.
  • Meta Keywords. Optional entry for keywords. Must be entered separated by commas (for example, "cats, dogs, pets") and may be entered in upper or lower case. (For example, "CATS" will match "cats" or "Cats"). Keywords can be used in several ways:
  1. To help Search Engines and other systems classify the content of the Article.
  2. In combination with Banner tags, to display specific Banners based on the Article content. For example, say you have one Banner with an ad for dog products and another Banner for cat products. You can have your dog Banner display when a User is viewing a dog-related Article and your cat Banner display for a cat-related Article. To do this, you would:
    1. Add the keywords 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Articles.
    2. Add the Tags 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Banners in the Banner Manager New/Edit screen.
    3. Set the Banner module Parameter 'Search By Tags' to 'Yes in the Banner Module Edit screen.
  3. For articles only, in combination with the Related Articles module, to display Articles that share at least one keyword in common. For example, if the current Article displayed has the keywords "cats, dogs, monkeys", any other Articles with at least one of these keywords will show in the Related Articles module.
  • Robots. The instructions for web "robots" that browse to this page.
    • Use Global: Use the value set in the Component→Options for this component.
    • Index, Follow: Index this page and follow the links on this page.
    • No index, Follow: Do not index this page, but still follow the links on the page. For example, you might do this for a site map page where you want the links to be indexed but you don't want this page to show in search engines.
    • Index, No follow: Index this page, but do not follow any links on the page. For example, you might want to do this for an events calendar, where you want the page to show in search engines but you do not want to index each event.
    • No index, no follow: Do not index this page or follow any links on the page.
  • Secure. Whether or not to use SSL and the Secure Site URL for this page.
    • Off: Do not use SSL.
    • On: Use SSL.
    • Ignore: Ignore this setting and use the global setting for the site.

Module Assignment for this Menu Item

This part of the screen gives you access to a list of the site's modules as shown below.

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If you click on a module name, a modal window is opened with the same format as when you add or edit a module in Module Manager. For example, clicking on Archived Articles opens a modal window as shown below.

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Using this modal window, you can assign the module to this or any other menu item and also enter the module's position and other options.

The Display column indicates whether this module will display on this menu item. Note that this column is not updated until you save the menu item.

Quick Tips

  • The first thing you need to do from this screen is choose a Menu Item Type. To do this, click on the Select button and select one of the types. Then you can fill in the remaining fields as needed. There is a separate help screen for each different menu type.

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.
  • 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.

Related Information