Extensions Module Manager Tags Popular

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This module displays tags used on the site in a list or a cloud layout. Tags can be ordered by title or by the number of tagged items and limited to a specific time period.

How to Access

Add a new module 'Tags - Popular'

  • Select Extensions  Modules from the dropdown menu of the Administrator Panel.
  • Click the New button in the toolbar
  • Select the Module Type Tags - Popular.

Edit an existing module 'Tags - Popular'




  • Title. The title of the module. This is also the title displayed in the Frontend for the module depending on the Show Title Form Field.


  • Parent Tag. Limit tags shown to the children of this Parent Tag.
  • Maximum Tags. (1/2/3/4/5/...) Sets the maximum number of tags to display in the module.
  • Time Period. (All time/Last hour/Last day/Last week/Last month/Last year) Sets the time period for which to calculate popularity.
  • Order. (Title/Number of Items/Random) The order that tags will show in.
  • Direction. (Ascending/Descending) Sort order. Descending is highest to lowest. Ascending is lowest to highest.
  • Display Number of Items. (Yes/No) Choose if the number of tagged items should be displayed next to each tag.
  • Show "No results" text. (Yes/No) Will show a message if no matching tags are found instead of hiding the module.

Common Details

  • Show Title. (Show/Hide) Show or Hide module title on display. Effect will depend on the chrome style in the template.
  • Position. You may select a module position from the list of pre-defined positions or enter your own module position by typing the name in the field and pressing enter.
  • Status. (Publish/Unpublish/Trash) The published status of the module.
  • 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 Use this field if you want to have content automatically changed to Unpublished state at a future time (for example, when it is no longer applicable).
  • Access. Who has access to this module. Default options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access.
    • Guest: Everyone has access.
    • Registered: Only registered users have access.
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access.
    • Super Users: Only super users have access.
  • Ordering. This shows a dropdown of every module in the position that the current module is in. This is the order that the modules will display in when displayed on in the Frontend as well as in the Module Manager.
  • Language. Module's language. If you are not using the multi-language feature of Joomla, default is 'All'.
  • Note. Module note. This is normally for the site administrator's use (for example, to document information about this item) and does not show in the Frontend of the site.

Menu Assignment


On this tab there is a list of menu items. You can choose between:

  • On all pages
  • No pages
  • Only on the pages selected
  • On all pages except those selected

from the List.

If the latter two options are selected a list will show with all the menu items on as shown in the screenshot above. This allows you to assign modules to some but not all pages, and by selecting the menu links that you want the module associated with you can customize on what pages modules appear/don't appear.

Cloud Layout

  • Minimum font size: The minimum font size used for the tags, proportional to the site's default font size (e.g. "2" means 200% of the default size).
  • Maximum font size: The maximum font size used for the tags, proportional to the site's default font size (e.g. "2" means 200% of the default size).


  • Layout. If you have defined one or more alternative layouts for a module either in the template or Joomla Core, you can select the layout to use for this module.
  • Module Class Suffix. A suffix applied to the CSS class of the module. This allows you to create customized CSS styles that will apply just to this module. You would then modify the "template.css" (or "custom.css") file of your template to apply styling to this new class.
    Enter this parameter with a leading space to create a new CSS class for this module. Enter the parameter without a leading space to change the CSS class name for this module.
  • Caching. (Use Global/No Caching) Whether or not to cache the content of this module. A setting of "Use Global" will use the 'Cache Settings' from Global Configuration.
  • Cache Time. The number of minutes for which to cache the item locally. It can safely be left at the default.
  • Module Tag. The HTML tag for the module to be placed in. By default this is a 'div' tag but other HTML5 elements (address/article/, …) can also be used.
  • Bootstrap Size. (0/…/12) This allows you to choose the width of the module via the span element built into bootstrap.
  • Header Tag. (h1/h2/h3/h4/h5/h6/p/div) The HTML tag to use for the modules header or title. Note that you must use a module style (chrome) of html5 or add your custom module styles in [mytemplate]/html/modules.php.
  • Header Class. Here you can add optional CSS classes to add to the modules header or title element.
  • Module Style. You can use this option to override the templates style for its position.


  • Delete. (Inherited/Allowed/Denied). Allow or deny Delete for users in the Public group. Delete Allows users in the group to delete any content in this extension.
  • Edit. (Inherited/Allowed/Denied). Allow or deny Edit for users in the Public group. Edit Allows users in the group to edit any content in this extension.
  • Edit State. (Inherited/Allowed/Denied). Allow or deny Edit State for users in the Public group. Edit State Allows users in the group to change the state of any content in this extension.
  • Frontend Editing. (Inherited/Allowed/Denied). Allow or deny Edit from the frontend of the site for users in the group.


At the top left you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

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

Related Information

  • More about Modules: what is a module position, Description of the default Site and Administrator Modules.