How do you add a new module position?

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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
  • Example

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, "").

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, "").
  • 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 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:

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