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How do you add a new module position?

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Preface

The list of available positions where you can insert a module is controlled by the template you are using. It is possible to add new positions to a template.

Joomla! 2.5 Joomla 2.5

Inserting the code

  • Open the index.php file of the Template you wish to edit
  • Locate the place in the Template where you wish to put the new position.
  • Insert
<jdoc:include type="modules" name="newposition"   />
  • The variable can be used (between existing tags) to replace an image by replacing the <img src="xxx" border="0" alt="">. Or By creating a new tag with its own class/id.
  • Open the Template's TemplateDetails.xml file and locate the
<positions></positions> Start and end tags 
  • Then add
<position>newposition</position>
  • Example
<positions>
         <position>debug</position>
         <position>position-0</position>
         <position>position-1</position>
         <position>position-2</position>
         <position>position-3</position>
         <position>position-4</position>
         <position>position-5</position>
         <position>position-6</position>
         <position>position-7</position>
         <position>position-8</position>
         <position>position-9</position>
         <position>position-10</position>
         <position>position-11</position>
         <position>position-12</position>
         <position>position-13</position>
         <position>position-14</position>
         <position>position-15</position>
         <position>newposition</position>
</positions>

Viewing the changes

With Joomla 2.5 to see all of the existing template locations in your browser edit the Template manager options.

Template manager options







Then append "?tp=1",to the end of your normal URL (for example, "http://www.yoursite.com/?tp=1").


Joomla! 1.5 Joomla 1.5

In this example, we will add a new position to the default rhuk_milkyway template. Here are the steps.
  • Open the file "<your Joomla! home>/templates/rhuk_milkyway/index.php" for editing and determine where your new position will be on the page. Note that you can see all of the existing template locations in your browser by adding "?tp=1" to the end of your normal URL (for example, "http://www.yoursite.com/?tp=1").
  • In our example, we will add a new location after the "breadcrumb" position called "mynewposition". To do this, find the line in the file <div id="whitebox"> and insert a new line <jdoc:include type="modules" name="mynewposition" /> as shown below:
<div id="pathway">
   <jdoc:include type="modules" name="breadcrumb" />
</div>
   <div class="clr"></div>
   <div id="whitebox">
      <jdoc:include type="modules" name="mynewposition" />
   <div id="whitebox_t">
  • Open the file "<your Joomla! home>/templates/rhuk_milkyway/templateDetails.xml" for editing and find the "<positions>" section of the file. Add the new entry for "mynewposition" as shown below:
<positions>
   <position>breadcrumb</position>
   <position>left</position>
   <position>right</position>
   <position>top</position>
   <position>user1</position>
   <position>user2</position>
   <position>user3</position>
   <position>user4</position>
   <position>footer</position>
   <position>debug</position>
   <position>syndicate</position>
   <position>mynewposition</position>
</positions>

Now, when you look at your site with the "?tp=1" URL, you should see the new position as shown below:

New template position2.png

In the Module:[Edit] screen, the new position should display in the drop-down list box of available positions, as shown below.

New template position1.png