Components Fields Field Groups Edit

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This is where you can

  • add a new Field Group
  • edit an existing Field Group

for Articles, Users or Contacts.

How to Access

Add a new Field Group for Articles

  • Select Content  Field Groups from the drop-down menu of the Administrator Panel

Edit an existing Field Group for Articles

  • Check the Field Group's check box and then click the Edit button in the Toolbar.

In the same way you can add or edit Field Groups for Users in the Users Manager and for Contacts in the Contacts Manager.





This section allows you to enter parameters for this Field Group.

  • Title. The name or title of the field. Make it as descriptive as possible.

These entries are optional. Joomla! automatically creates default entries for these values.

  • Description. A description of the field that will be displayed in the label tooltip.
  • Status. The published status of this Field Group.
    • Published: Field Group is visible in the front end of the site.
    • Unpublished: Field Group will not be visible to guests in the front end of the site. It may be visible to logged in users who have edit state permission for the Field Group.
    • Archived: Field Group will no longer show on blog or list menu items.
    • Trashed: Field Group is deleted from the site but still in the database. It can be permanently deleted from the database with the Empty Trash function in Field Group Manager.
  • Language. Item language.
  • 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.



  • Created Date. Date the item was created.
  • 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.
  • Modified Date: (Informative only) Date of last modification.
  • Modified By: (Informative only) Username who performed the last modification.
  • 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.



  • Display When Read-Only. Whether to display the field on forms when read-only. Inherit defaults to value set in field group.


Joomla lets you set permissions for fields at four levels, as follows.

  1. Globally, using Global Configuration.
  2. For all articles, using Article Manager→Options.
  3. For all articles in a category, using Category Manager.
  4. For an individual article, using Article Edit.

This is where you can enter permissions for this one field group. The screen shows as follows.


To change the permissions for this field group, do the following.

  1. Select the Group by clicking its title.
  2. Find the desired Action. Possible Actions are:
    Create. Users can create this field group.
    Delete. Users can delete this field group.
    Edit. Users can edit this field group.
    Edit State. User can change the published state and related information for this field group.
    Edit Own. User can edit own field group.
    Edit Custom Field Value. Users can edit the Custom field group value.
  3. Select the desired permission for the action you wish to change. Possible settings are:
    Inherited. Inherited for users in this Group from the Global Configuration, Article Manager Options, or Category permissions.
    Allowed. Allowed for users in this Group. Note that, if this action is Denied at one of the higher levels, the Allowed permission here will not take effect. A Denied setting cannot be overridden.
    Denied. Denied for users in this Group.
  4. Click Save. When the screen refreshes, the Calculated Setting column will show the effective permission for this Group and Action.


At the top, you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the field group and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the field group and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the field group and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another field group.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current field group. Does not affect the current field group. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new field group.
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

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