Components Contacts Contacts Edit

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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.

How to Access

  • Select Components  Contacts from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel.

Click the New button to create a new Contact. To Edit an existing Contact, in Contacts Manager click on an Contact's Title or click the Contact's check box and then click the Edit button in the Toolbar.




In this section, you can enter information about the Contact, such as name, address, e-mail, and so on. The options allow you to control settings such as what information gets displayed for each Contact.


Here you enter the basic information about the contact and its details.

  • Name. The full name of the Contact.
  • 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 "2021-09-22-12-04-10").
  • Linked User. Select the User, if any, that this Contact is linked to from the drop-down list box. This allows you to link this Contact's information to a registered Joomla! User. If this Contact is not linked to a User, select "- No User -".
  • Image. Image to display for this Contact. Select an image file from the drop-down list box. This lists images in the 'images/' folder. Images can be uploaded using the Media Manager.
  • Position: The Contact's current position.
  • Email. The Contact's e-mail address. Note that e-mail addresses in Joomla! can be protected from "spambots" by enabling "Content-Email Cloaking" in the Plug-in Manager. This is enabled by default.
  • Address. The Contact's street address.
  • City or Suburb. The Contact's town or suburb.
  • State or County. The Contact's state or county.
  • Postal/ZIP Code. The Contact's postal code.
  • Country. The Contact's country.
  • Telephone. The Contact's phone number.
  • Mobile. The Contact's mobile phone number.
  • Fax. The Contact's fax number.
  • Website. The Contact's web site address.
  • First Sort Field. The part of the name to use as the first sort field.
  • Second Sort Field. The part of the name to use as the second sort field.
  • Third Sort Field. The part of the name to use as the third sort field.
  • Status: Published status of the item. Possible values are:
    • Published: The item is published. This is the only state that will allow regular website users to view this item.
    • Unpublished: The item is unpublished.
    • Archived: The item has been archived.
    • Trashed: The item has been sent to the Trash.
  • Category. The Category this item belongs to. You may create new categories by entering them here.
  • Featured. (Yes/No) Select 'Yes' if the Contact will be shown in the Featured menu item.
  • Access. The viewing Access Level for this item. You can change an item's Access Level by clicking on its name to open it up for editing.
  • Language. Item language.
  • Tags. Enter one or more optional tags for this item. You can select existing tags by entering in the first few letters. You may also create new tags by entering them here. Tags allow you to see lists of related items across content types (for example, articles, contacts, and categories).
  • Version Note. Optional field to identify this version of the item in the item's Version History window.

Miscellaneous Information


Other information about this Contact can be entered using the editor.



  • Show Category. Show or hide the Contact's category.
  • Show Contact List. Show or hide the Contact list.
  • Display format. Determines the style used to display sections of the contact form.
  • Show Tags. (Use Global/Show/Hide). Show or hide the tags for this item.
  • Contact Information. Hide or Show the Contact information.
  • Miscellaneous Information. Hide or Show the Miscellaneous information.
  • vCard. Hide or Show the vCard link for this Contact.
  • Show User Articles. If this contact is mapped to a user, and if this is set to Show, then a list of articles created by this user will show.
  • # Articles to List. Number of articles to list.
  • User Profile. If this contact is mapped to a user, and if this is set to Show, then the profile of this user will show.
  • Show User Custom Fields. Show user custom fields which belong to all or only selected field groups.
  • Contact Links. Show or hide the contact links.
  • Link A Label. Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link A URL. The additional link URL for this contact.
  • Link B Label. Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link B URL. The additional link URL for this contact.
  • Link C Label. Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link C URL. The additional link URL for this contact.
  • Link D Label. Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link D URL. The additional link URL for this contact.
  • Link E Label. Label for an additional link for this contact.
  • Link E URL. The additional link URL for this contact.
  • Layout. Use a different layout from the supplied component view or overrides in the templates.



  • Contact Form. Hide or Show the E-mail form. If Show is selected, a form is displayed that allows the user to send an e-mail to the Contact from the web site.
  • Send Copy to Submitter. Hide or Show the checkbox: 'E-mail a copy of this message to your own address.'
  • Session Check. Check for the existence of session cookie. This means that users without cookies enabled will not be able to send emails.
  • Custom Reply. Turns off the automated reply, allowing for Plugins to handle integration with other systems.
  • Contact Redirect. Enter an alternative url, where user will be redirected to after the mail is sent.



  • Start Publishing. Date and time to start publishing. Use this field if you want to enter content ahead of time and then have it published automatically at a future time.
  • Finish Publishing. Date and time to finish publishing. Use this field if you want to have content automatically changed to Unpublished state at a future time (for example, when it is no longer applicable).
  • Created Date. This field defaults to the current time when the Contact was created. You can enter in a different date and time or click on the calendar icon to find the desired date.
  • Created By. Name of the Joomla! User who created this item. This will default to the currently logged-in user. If you want to change this to a different user, click the Select User button to select a different user.
  • Created by Alias. This optional field allows you to enter in an alias for this Author for this Contact. This allows you to display a different Author name for this Contact.
  • Modified Date: (Informative only) Date of last modification.
  • Modified By: (Informative only) Username who performed the last modification.
  • Revision. (Informative only) Number of revisions to this Contact.
  • Hits. The number of times an Contact has been viewed.
  • 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:
    • To help Search Engines and other systems classify the content of the Contact.
    • In combination with Banner tags, to display specific Banners based on the Contact 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 Contact and your cat Banner display for a cat-related Contact. To do this, you would:
      • Add the keywords 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Contact.
      • Add the Tags 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Banners in the Banner Manager New/Edit screen.
      • Set the Banner module Parameter 'Search By Tags' to 'Yes' in the Banner Module Edit screen.
    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.
    • noindex, 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, nofollow: 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.
    • noindex, nofollow: Do not index this page or follow any links on the page.
  • Rights. Describe what rights others have to use this content.


At the top you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the contact and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the contact and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the contact and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another contact.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current contact. Does not affect the current contact. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new contact.
  • Versions: Opens the Item Version History window to show any prior versions of this item. This allows you to view older versions of this item and, if desired, restore from an older version. See Version History for more information.
  • 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

At least one Contact Category must be added before adding the first Contact.

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.
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.