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Menus Menu Item Contact Categories

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How To Access

To create a new List All Contact 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 the New Toolbar button to create a new menu item.
  • Click the Menu Item Type Select button Help30-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png and then click the List All Contact Categories link under Contacts link.

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

Description

Used to show a list of contact categories within a category.

Screenshot

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Details

Details Tab

The List All Contact Categories has the following settings:

  • 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").
  • Menu Item Type: The Menu Item Type selected when this menu item was created. This can be one of the core menu item types or a menu item type provided by an installed extension.
  • Top Level Category. Categories that are within this category will be displayed.
  • Link: The system-generated link for this menu item. This field cannot be changed and is for information only.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Menu: Shows which menu the link will appear in.
  • Parent Item: (Menu Item Root/Home/Site Map/Articles/Weblinks/Contacts/Login/...). Select a Parent Item
  • Ordering: Ordering will be available after saving
  • Status. (Published/Unpublished/Trashed) The published status of the item.
  • Default Page: (Yes/No). Sets this menu item as the default or home page of the site. You must have a default page set at all times.
  • Access: (Guest/Public/Registered/Special/Customer Access Level (Example)). The access level group that is allowed to view this item.
  • Language: (All/English (UK)). Assign a language to this menu item
  • Note: Enter some text here

For more information please see Menu Item Manager: Details


Categories Tab

The Categories Options control the way categories information is displayed in the layout. Things that you can modify are:

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  • Top Level Category Description. Show description of the top level category or optionally override with the text from the description field found in menu item. If using Root as top level category, the description field has to be filled.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Hide: Hide the description.
  • Show: Show the description.
  • Top Level Category Description <text box>. If you enter some text in this field, it will override the Top Level Category Description, if it has one.
  • Subcategory Levels. The number of subcategory levels to display.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • All: All subcategories under parent category.
  • <#>: Select a number, 1 to 5 to set depth of subcategories.
  • Empty Categories. If Show, empty categories will display. A category is only empty - if it has no Contacts or subcategories.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Hide: Hide the empty categories.
  • Show: Show the empty categories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. Show or hide the subcategories description.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Hide: Hide the description.
  • Show: Show the description.
  • # Contacts in Category. Show or hide number of contacts in a category.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Hide: Hide the number of contacts.
  • Show: Show the number of contacts.

Category Tab

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) If Show, the Category Title will show as a subheading on the page. The subheading is usually displayed inside the "H2"tag.
  • Category Description. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or hide the description of the selected Category.
  • 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 number of Contact in a Contact Category.

List Layouts Tab

List Layout Options control the appearance of the list layout.

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  • Filter Field: (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to show a Filter field for the list. Select Hide to hide the filer field
  • Display Select. (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 of how it is shown in the Front End (website) view 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 a list, like generic heading image shown below.
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If set to Show, this heading will show above the list. If set to Hide, the list will show with no headings.
  • Position. The position on the page where this module is displayed. Positions are locations on the page where modules can be placed (for example, "left" or "right"). Positions are defined in the Template in use for the page. Positions can also be used to insert a Module inside an Article using the syntax "{loadposition xxx}", where "xxx" is a unique position for the module.
  • Email. Set to control the Email's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • Phone. Set to control the Phone's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • Mobile. Set to control the Mobile's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • Fax. Set to control the Fax's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • City or Suburb. Set to control the City or Suburb's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • State or County. Set to control the State or County's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • Country. Set to control the Country's display in list.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show in list.
  • Hide: Do not show in list.
  • 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 listed items 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 Tab

Contact Display Options control the appearance of the list layout.

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  • Display Format. Determines the style used to display sections of the contact form.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Sliders: Slider contact view.
  • Tabs: Tabbed contact view.
  • Plain: Plain text contact view.
  • Contact Category. Set to control the Contacts Category display view.
The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Hide: Do not show the Category name of the contacts.
  • Show Without Link: Show Category name of contacts as heading styled text only.
  • Show With Link Show Category name of contacts as heading styled text linked to Category.
  • Show Contacts List. Allow the user to use a drop down list of all contacts in one contact category. Set one of the following options:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show to allow users to select a contact in a drop down list.
  • Hide: Do not display the Contact list.

 Common Contact Display Fields are:

  • Tags. Display the contact's Tags.
  • Name. Display the contact's Name.
  • Contact's Position. Display the contact's Contact's Position.
  • Email. Display the contact's Email.
  • Street Address. Display the contact's Street Address.
  • City or Suburb. Display the contact's City or Suburb.
  • State or County. Display the contact's State or County.
  • Postal Code. Display the contact's Postal Code.
  • Country. Display the contact's Country.
  • Telephone. Display the contact's Telephone.
  • Mobile phone. Display the contact's Mobile phone.
  • Fax. Display the contact's Fax.
  • Webpage. Display the contact's Webpage.
  • Misc. Information. Display the contact's Misc. Information.
  • Image. Display the contact's Image.
  • vCard. Display the contact's vCard.
  • Show User Articles. Display the contact's Articles.
  • # Articles to List. Display the contact's Number Articles to list.
  • Show Links. Display the contact's additional links. These could be links to Social Media accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook, Skype...
All of the Common Contact Display Fields have the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Show this field.
  • Hide: Do not display this field.
  • Link <letter> Label. <A to E> Labels (5) to override shown link's label.

Mail Options Tab

Contact Mail Options control the appearance of a Contact's   Contact Form if it is enabled.

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  • Show Contact Form. Display the contact's contact form.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Display this.
  • Hide: Do not display.
  • Send Copy to Submitter. Display the a check box to allow a Submitter to send a copy of email to themselves.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Show: Display this.
  • Hide: Do not display.
  • Banned Email. Email addresses not allowed to submit a contact form.
  • Banned Subject. Text not allowed in Contact form's Subject field.
  • Banned Text. Text not allowed in the Contact form's Message field.
  • Session Check. Check for the existence of session cookie. Users without cookies enabled will not be able to send emails.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Yes: Check for session cookie.
  • No: Do not check for session cookie.
  • Custom Reply. Turn on or off the custom message reply to contact form's submitter.
It has the following options available:
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the contacts options screen.
  • Yes: Send an automated reply email.
  • No: Do not send an automated reply email.
  • Contact Redirect. Enter alternative URL to redirect submitter after a successful contact form email was sent.

Integration Tab

The Featured Articles 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: Edit/New Menu Item for help on fields common to all Menu Item types, under the Advanced Details Tab which includes:

Module Assignments Tab

See Menu Item Manager: New Menu Item for help on fields in Module Assignments for this Menu Item.

Toolbar

At the top left 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 & Close. Saves the menu item and closes the current screen.
  • Cancel. 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

Related Information

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Components Contacts Categories Edit This is where you can add a Contact Category or edit an existing Contact Category. Contact Categories allow you to organize contacts in your web site. Contact Categories are separate from other types of Categories, such as those for Articles, Banners, News Feeds, and so on.
Components Contacts Contacts The Contact Manager screen allows you to add contact information to your Joomla! site. You can enter information such as name, address, phone and e-mail. You can also link contacts to registered users. Afterwards, you can use the Menu Manager to create front-end links to the the contacts.
Components Contacts Contacts Edit 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.
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