Components Web Links Manager Options

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Web Links Options configuration allows setting of parameters used globally for all web link menu items.

How to Access[edit]

On Web Links Manager: Web Links, click Options button at top.




Click the Options button to open the Web Links Manager Options window which lets you configure this component.

Web Link Tab[edit]

These settings apply for single Web Links unless they are changed for a specific menu item or Web Link.

  • Allow Captcha on Web Link. Select the captcha pugin that will be used in the web link submit form. You may need to enter required information for your captcha plugin in the Plugin Manager. If 'Use Default' is selected, make sure a captcha plugin is selected in Global Configuration.
  • Target. Target browser window when the link is selected.


  • Count Clicks. (No/Yes) If Yes, the number of times the link has been clicked will be recorded.
  • Text/Icon/Web Link Only. Shows a text, icon, or nothing with the Web Link. Default is Icon.
  • Select Icon. This allows you to select an image file to use as the default icon for web links. When you click on the Select button, a modal window opens that allows you to browse through the image files on your site.
  • Image Float. (Right/Left/None). Where to display the image on the page.
  • Show Tags. (Hide/Show). Hide or Show the feed's tags.

Category Tab[edit]

Category Options control how weblinks will show when you drill down to a weblinks to view its links.


  • Choose a layout. (Blog/List/user defined). This lets you select the default layout to show when you click on a Category link. If you create an alternative layout for a category layout, you may select that as the default.
  • Category Title. (Hide/Show) Hide or Show the title of the category.
  • Category Description. (Hide/Show) Hide or Show the description for the category.
  • Category Image. (Hide/Show) Hide or Show the category image.
  • Subcategory Levels. (None/All/1-5). Categories in Joomla can be created in a hierarchy. This lets you control how many levels of subcategories to show when showing a category view.
  • Empty Categories. (Hide/Show) Hide or Show categories that don't contain any items or subcategories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. (Hide/Show) Hide or Show the descriptions for subcategories that are shown.
  • # Web Links. Show or Hide the number of web links in each category.
  • Show Tags. Show or Hide the tags for a single category.

Categories Tab[edit]

These settings apply for Web Links Categories Options unless they are changed for a specific menu item.


  • Top Level Category Description. (Hide/Show). Hide or Show the description of the top-level category.
  • Subcategory Levels. (All/1-5). How many levels in the hierarchy to show.
  • Empty Categories. (Hide/Show). Hide or Show categories that contain no items and no subcategories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. (Hide/Show). Hide or Show the description of each subcategory.
  • # Web Links. Show or Hide the number of web links in each category.

List Layouts Tab[edit]

These settings apply for Weblinks List Options unless they are changed for a specific menu item.


  • Filter Field. The Filter Field creates a text field where a user can enter a field to be used to filter the weblinks shown in the list. An example of how this looks in the front-end layout is shown below.
The possible options for this (in the back-end menu item edit) are shown below.
  • Hide: Don't show a filter field.
  • Title: Filter on weblink title.
  • Author: Filter on the author's name.
  • Hits: Filter on the number of weblinks hits.
  • Display Select. (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 is shown below.
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. (Hide/Show) Table Headings show a heading above the weblinks list, as shown below.
If set to Show, this heading will show about the list. Otherwise the list will show with no headings.
  • Links description. (Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the description of the web link.
  • Hits. (Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the number of times this web link has been accessed.

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Integration Tab[edit]

These settings determine how the Weblinks Component will integrate with other extensions.


Show Feed Link. (Hide or Show) Show or hide the feed links URLs. A feed link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most browsers.

Permissions Tab[edit]

This section shows permissions for web links. The screen shows as follows.


To change the permissions for this extension, do the following.

  • Select the Group by clicking its title located on the left.
  • Find the desired Action. Possible Actions are:
    • Configure ACL & Options. Users can edit the options and permissions of this extension.
    • Configure Options Only. Users can edit the options except the permissions of this extension.
    • Access Administration Interface. Users can access user administration interface of this extension.
    • Create. Users can create content of this extension.
    • Delete. Users can delete content of this extension.
    • Edit. Users can edit content of this extension.
    • Edit State. User can change the published state and related information for content of this extension.
    • Edit Own. Users can edit own created content of this extension.
  • 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 permissions of this extension.
    • 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.
  • Click Save in Toolbar at top. When the screen refreshes, the Calculated Setting column will show the effective permission for this Group and Action.


At the top left of the Web Links Manager Options window you will see the toolbar.


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the 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.

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Quick Tips[edit]

  • If you are a beginning user, you can just keep the default values here until you learn more about using global options.
  • If you are an advanced user, you can save time by creating good default values here. When you set up menu items and create web links, you will be able to accept the default values for most options.
  • All values set here can be overridden at the menu item, category, or web link level.

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