Extensions Language Manager Content

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How to Access

Select Extensions → Language Manager from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation or click the icon Language in the control center then click the Content tab.


In the Language Manager: Content Languages tab you can set the Native Title, Language Code, SEF Prefix, and Image Prefixes of the installed or to be installed languages.

These are used when you set your site as multilanguage. See Language Switcher Tutorial.



Column Headers

Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • Ordering: (default). The column in which to sort displayed items in the table. The values are the same as the column heading names.
  • Checkbox: Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Title. The names of the installed Languages on this web site.
  • Native Title. Language title in the native language.
  • Language Code. The language tag - example: en-GB for English (UK). This should be the exact prefix used for the language installed or to be installed.
  • SEF Prefix. SEF for this language. If 'en' is used then it will be added after the site URL. Example: Note: The prefix must be unique over all the languages.
  • Image Prefix. Name of the image file for this language when using the "Use Image Flags" Language Switcher basic option. Example: If 'en' is chosen, then the image shall be en.gif. Images and CSS for this module are in media/mod_languages/
  • Access. The viewing Access Level for this item.
  • Home. Wether there is a default page set for this language or not.
  • 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.

Column Filtering

Above the column headers on the right, there are 2 drop down input fields, Sort Table by: (preset to Ordering ascending) and a number (preset to 20) to display.


These column sorting input fields shows the current method of sorting applied to the table. Use the drop down field choices and click the column heading name. Alternatively, click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value. This will also change the value in the drop field to correspond with the column header name. The list will then be sorted in order by that column and a sort icon(up or down arrow) will show next to the column name. Click a second time to reverse the sort, which will change the corresponding drop field.

  • Ordering: (default). The column in which to sort displayed items in the table. The values are the same as the column heading names.
  • Ascending (default). Shows ordering of selected column, ascending or descending.
  • # (default is 20). Shows the number of items to display on one page, default is 20 items. If there are more items than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons located at the bottom of the table. (Start, Prev, Next, End, and page numbers) to navigate between pages.


At the top you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • New. Opens the editing screen to create a new content language.
  • Edit. Opens the editing screen for the selected content language. If more than one content language is selected (where applicable), only the first content language will be opened. The editing screen can also be opened by clicking on the Title or Name of the content language.
  • Publish. Makes the selected content languages available to visitors to your website.
  • Unpublish. Makes the selected content languages unavailable to visitors to your website.
  • Trash. Changes the status of the selected content languages to indicate that they are trashed. Trashed content languages can still be recovered by selecting "Trashed" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the content languages to Published or Unpublished as preferred. To permanently delete trashed content languages, select "Trashed" in the Select Status filter, select the content languages to be permanently deleted, then click the Empty Trash toolbar icon.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.

Toolbar Links

At the top left you will see the links as shown below:


  • Installed. Shows the Languages available for the Front-end of the web site or administrator area, depending on the filter location at left that is current. See Extensions Language Manager Installed.
  • Content. Shows the Content Languages available for the web site.
  • Overrides. Shows the Language Overrides created for this web site.

List Filters

Search Tools

Search Tools Above the table is a filter or search field and two buttons, as shown below.

  • To filter in title, enter part of the title and click Search.
Click Clear to clear the Filter field and restore the list to its unfiltered state.
  • To enable more Filters, click on Search Tools

Filter by Status or Access

Filter by Published Status. Lets you show only items with the selected published status.


  • - Select Status -: Shows items that are Published and Unpublished. Does not show items that are Trashed or Archived.
  • Published: Shows only items that are Published.
  • Unpublished: Shows only items that are Unpublished.
  • Archived: Shows only items that are Archived.
  • Trashed: Shows only items that are Trashed. Important Note: To permanently delete items:
    1. Change the status of the items to Trashed.
    2. Change the Status filter to Trashed. At this point the trashed items will show and an icon called "Empty trash" will show in the toolbar.
    3. Select the desired trashed items and click on "Empty Trash" in the toolbar. The items will be permanently deleted.
  • All: Shows all items regardless of published status.

Filter by Viewing Access Level. Lets you show only items that have a specified viewing access level. The list box will show the access levels defined for your site, similar to the example below.


  • - Select Access -: Show items with any viewing access level.
  • <access level group>: Show items only with this viewing access level.

Automatic Pagination

Page Controls: When the number of items is more than one page, you will see a page control bar as shown below. The current page number being viewed is shaded.


  • Start: Click to go to the first page.
  • Prev: Click to go to the previous page.
  • Page numbers: Click to go to the desired page.
  • Next: Click to go to the next page.
  • End: Click to go to the last page.

Quick Tips

  • Users can use any Language from the list of installed Languages, either by having it assigned in the User Manager or by filling out a Menu Item Manager - New/Edit - User Form Layout at the Front end. This will cause the Joomla! system prompts to be generated in this Language just for this User. For example, if a User chooses Spanish as their language, then the Search Module will show with prompts in Spanish.
  • This User's choice is not affected by the Default Language set for the Front-end.
  • Changing a User's Language or the Default Language does not affect the web site's Articles and other content.
  • Important: Do not delete the default language files (for example, with FTP). This will create errors on both the Front-end and Back-end.
  • If desired, you can show the Front-end site in one Language and show the Back-end administration pages in a different Language. Also, individual articles can be configured to use a different language in the Advanced Parameter pane when editing the Article.

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