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Help4.x:Menu Item: Article Archived

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Description

The Archived Articles menu item type shows a customised list of articles ordered by date or title.

Archived articles are no longer published but are still stored on the site. Articles are Archived using the Articles list screen. Articles assigned to the 'Uncategorised' Category will not show on the Archived Article List layout.

How To Access

To create a new menu item:

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu] from the Administrator menu. Then...
    • Click the New Toolbar button. Then...
    • Click the Menu Item Type Select button.
    • Then in the dialog select the Articles item to open a list and then select the Archived Articles item.

To edit an existing menu item:

  • Select its Title in Menu Items list.

Screenshot

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Form Fields

  • Title. The title that will display for this menu item.
  • Alias. The internal name of the menu item. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla will fill in a default value Title in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. Learn more.

Details Tab

Left Panel

  • Menu Item Type. The Menu Item Type selected when this menu item was created. This can be one of the core menu item types or a menu item type provided by an installed extension.
  • Category. Select one or more categories from the drop-down list.
  • Link. The system-generated link for this menu item. This field cannot be changed and is for information only.
  • Target Window. Select from the drop-down list.
  • Template Style. Select from the drop-down list.

Right Panel

  • Menu. Shows which menu the link will appear in.

Archive Tab

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Note: Options include "Use Global". If this is selected, the setting from the Articles: Options will be used.

  • Article Order. Order of articles in this Layout. The following options are available.
    • Oldest First: Articles are displayed starting with the oldest and ending with the most recent.
    • Most Recent First: Articles are displayed starting with the most recent and ending with the oldest
    • Title Alphabetical: Articles are displayed by Title in alphabetical order (A to Z)
    • Title Reverse Alphabetical: Articles are displayed by Title in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A)
    • Author Alphabetical: Articles are displayed by Author in alphabetical order (A to Z)
    • Author Reverse Alphabetical: Articles are displayed by Author in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A)
    • Most Hits: Articles are displayed by the number of hits, starting with the one with the most hits and ending with the one with the least hits
    • Least Hits: Articles are displayed by the number of hits, starting with the one with the least hits and ending with the one with the most hits
    • Ordering: Articles are ordered according to the Order column entered in the Article Manager.
  • Date for Ordering. The date used when articles are sorted by date. The following options are available.
    • Created: Use the article created date.
    • Modified: Use the article modified date.
    • Published: Use the article start publishing date.
  • # Articles to List: The number of articles to include in the list. Select the desired number from the list box.
  • Filter Field. Whether to show a Filter Field for the list of articles. If Hide, no Filter Field is shown. Otherwise, the Filter Field is shown.
  • Intro Text Limit. The maximum number of characters of the Intro Text to show. If the Intro Text is longer than this value, it will be truncated to this length.

Options Tab

The Archive Article Options has the following options, as shown below. These options determine how the article will show on the Front End Site layout.

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  • Intro Text. If set to Show, the Intro Text of the article will show when you drill down to the article. If set to Hide, only the part of the article after the "Read More" break will show.
  • Position of Article Info.
    • Above: Puts the article information block above the text.
    • Below: Puts the article information block below the text.
    • Split: Splits the article information block into 2 separate blocks. One block is above and the other is below the text.
  • Article Info Title. Displays the 'Article Info' title on top of the article information block.
  • Category. Whether or not to show the Article's Category.
  • Link Category. If the Article's Category is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Category layout (list or blog) for that Category.
  • Parent Category. Whether or not to show the Article's Parent Category.
  • Link Parent Category. If the Article's Parent Category is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Category layout (list or blog) for that Category.
  • Linked Titles. If the Article's Title is shown, whether to show it as a link to the article.
  • Author. Whether to show the author of the Article.
  • Link to Author's Contact Page. If the Article's author is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Contact layout for that author. Note that the author must be set up as a Contact in Contact: Edit.
  • Create Date. Whether or not to show the Article's create date.
  • Modify Date. Whether or not to show the Article's modify date.
  • Publish Date. Whether or not to show the Article's start publishing date.
  • Navigation. Whether or not to show a navigation link (for example, Next or Previous article) when you drill down to the article.
  • Hits. Show or Hide the number of times the article has been hit (displayed by a user).

Common Options

See Menus: New Item for help on fields common to all Menu Item types, including:

  • Right Panel Options
  • Link Type Options
  • Page Display Options
  • Metadata Options
  • Associations Options (only visible on multilingual sites)
  • Module Assignments Options

Toolbar

At the top of the page you will see the toolbar shown in the Screenshot above. The functions are:

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

Quick Tips

  • The Archived Articles layout allows you to access old or outdated articles that you don't want to remove entirely from the site.
  • If you want to be able to see old articles in a category blog or list, create a category for older articles and move them to this category (instead of changing the Published state to Archived).

Related Information

Related Help Screens Description
Articles: Options Used to set global defaults for menu items that display articles. These default values will be used when 'Use Global' is selected for an option in an Articles menu item. For example, to show the 'Create Date' for an article in your Articles menu items, then set that option to 'Show' here and it will be the default value. You do not need to set any of these options. Your Joomla site will work with the default settings.
Articles The Article list is used to find, mark featured, add and edit articles.
Articles: Edit This is where you can add and edit Articles. The same screen is used for adding a new Article and editing an existing Article. You can also select the Section and Category for an Article and indicate whether or not it is Published and if it is selected to appear on the Front Page. The Article's content is edited using the editor selected in the User Profile. The default editor is called TinyMCE.
Articles: Featured Used to control which 'Featured Articles' are displayed on the Front Page and in what order they are displayed. The Front Page is often the Home page of a web site, but it can be any page in the site.
Menus: Archived Articles Shows a customised list of articles ordered by date or title. Archived articles are no longer published but are still stored on the site.
Menus: Category Blog Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a blog layout. Controls the Introduction or Leading Article, additional Articles with introductory text, and additional links to more Articles in the same category. Some examples of settings for the Blog Layout format include: number of articles, article columns, across or down layouts, and number of additional links.
Menus: Category List Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a list layout.
Menus: Create Article Allows users to submit an article. Normally this is available only to users who have logged in to the Frontend of the site. Users must have permission to create articles.
Menus: Featured Articles Used to show all Articles that have been tagged as Featured. Articles are shown in a Blog Layout.
Menus: List All Categories in an Article Category Tree Used to show a hierarchical list of Categories. Depending on the selected options for this layout, you can click on a category Title to show the articles in that category.
Menus: Single Article Used to show one article.