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Menus Menu Item Article Categories

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How To Access

To create a new List All Categories Menu Item:

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation (for example, Menus  Main Menu).
  • Click the New Toolbar button to create a new menu item.
  • Click the Menu Item Type Select button File:Help-4x-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png and then click the List All Categories Menu Item link under Articles link.

To edit an existing List All Categories Menu Item, click its Title in Menu Manager: Menu Items.

Description

Used to show a list of Categories. Categories are shown in a hierarchical list, as shown below. Depending on the selected options for this layout, you can click on a category Title to show the articles in that category.

Screenshot

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Details

Details Tab

For more information please see Menu Item Manager: Details Tab

Required Settings

This layout requires a starting top-level category selection. This is done in the list box shown above in the screenshot. To include all article categories, select Root. Otherwise, select the desired top-level category. All child categories of the selected category will show in the layout. Chunk4x:Help screen column header Menu Title\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Menu Item Type\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Select a Category\en

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

Advanced Details Tab

Categories Options

The Categories Options allow you to control various aspects of this layout, as shown below. If you select Use Global for any option, the value from the Article Manager Options will be used.

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Category Options

Category Options control the appearance of the screen when you click on a category link. The following options are available.

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Blog Layout Options

When you drill down a category, it will normally be in a list or blog layout. Which one will depend on the settings in the Article Manager Options and the Category Edit Basic Options. Blog Layout Options control the appearance of the category drill down if that results in a blog layout. Important Note: If there is a Category Blog menu item defined for a category, the drill down will navigate to that menu item and the options for that menu item will control the layout. The options here only take effect if there is no menu item for a category.

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List Layout Options

The List Layout Options control the appearance of the category drill-down page when that is presented as a Category List. The following options are available:

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Shared

The Shared Options apply for Shared Options in List, Blog and Featured unless they are changed by the menu settings. The following options are available:

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  • Pagination. Hide or Show Pagination support. Pagination provides page links at the bottom of the page that allow the User to navigate to additional pages. These are needed if the listed items will not fit on one page. An example is shown below.
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The following options are available.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the component options screen.
  • Auto: Pagination links shown if needed.
  • Show: Pagination links shown if needed.
  • Hide: Pagination links not shown. Note: In this case, Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
  • Pagination Results. Hide or Show the current page number and total pages (e.g., "Page 1 of 2") at the bottom of each page. Use Global will use the default value from the component options.

Article Options

The List All Categories Layout has the following Article Options, as shown below.

File:Help-4x-Menus-Menu-Item-Article-Categories-article-options-parameters-en.png

The List All Categories Layout has the following Article Options, as shown below. In addition to Yes/No or Hide/Show, these options allow the "Use Global" setting. This uses the default value from Article Manager Options.

The Article Options are as follows. Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Title\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Linked Titles\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Intro Text\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Category\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Link Category\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Parent\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Link Parent\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Author\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Link Author\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Create Date\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Modify Date\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Publish Date\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Navigation\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Voting\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Read More\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Title with Read More\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Icons\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Print Icon\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Email Icon\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Hits\en Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Unauthorised Links\en

Integration Options

The List All Categories layout has the following Integration Options.

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These determine whether a news feed will be available for the page and what information it will show. Chunk4x:Help screen column header Show Feed Link\en

  • For each feed item show. (Use Global/Intro Text/Full Text) If Intro Text, only the article's intro text will show in the feed. Otherwise, the entire text of the article will show.

Common Options

See Menu Item Manager: Edit/New Menu Item for help on fields common to all Menu Item types, under the Advanced Details Tab which includes:

Module Assignments Tab

See Menu Item Manager: New Menu Item for help on fields in Module Assignments for this Menu Item.

Toolbar

At the top left you will see the toolbar:

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The functions are:

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

Front End Site Screenshot

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Example Front End Site images are generic images using Joomla! core installation supplied free Front End Templates. The actual view can depend on the installed custom template used and the template's style for those views on a Joomla! website.

Quick Tips

  • Categories can be "nested" into levels, similar to folders on a disk drive. In theory there is no absolute limit on the number of levels you can have. However, as a practical matter it is recommended to keep the levels to a minimum. The Show All Categories layout may not work correctly if the number of levels shown is greater than five.
  • If you set up category titles as linkable, the user can drill down on the category. When they do, they will normally see either a Category List or Category Blog layout, depending on which option is selected. If there is a pre-existing menu item for this category (for example, a Category Blog menu item), then that menu item will show in the drill down and the options set for that menu item will control the page display. Otherwise, the options set for the current Show All Categories menu item will control the page display.
  • You can set the option to drill down to a list or blog in two places.

Related Information

Related Help Screens Description
Components Article Manager 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.
Content Article Manager The Article Manager is used to find, mark featured, add and edit articles. See Toolbar below for a detailed list of all functions.
Content Article Manager Edit This is the back-end screen 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 Category for an Article and indicate whether or not it is Published and if it is selected to appear on the Front Page.
Content Featured Articles The Article's content is edited using the default editor selected in the User Manager - New/Edit. The Joomla! default editor is called TinyMCE.

A number of Parameters can be set for the Article. Metadata can also be entered.

Menus Menu Item Article Archived This Module shows a list of Articles that are related to the current Article being viewed by the user (for example, a Article Layout or a Blog or List layout where the user has clicked on an Article link). Articles are considered to be related to each other if they share at least one Keyword in the Article's Metadata Information. Article Keywords are entered in the Metadata Information section of the Article Manager - New/Edit screen.
Menus Menu Item Article Category Blog Used to show a list of Archived Articles. The Archived Article list can be displayed by date, filtered, and intro text added as shown below.
Menus Menu Item Article Category List Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a list layout.
Menus Menu Item Article Create Allows users to submit an article. Normally this is available only to users who have logged in to the front end of the site. Users must have permission to create articles. When the Create Article page is shown in the front end, the screen shows as examples in the following Front End Screenshots section
Menus Menu Item Article Featured Used to show all Articles that have been tagged as Featured. Articles are shown in a Blog Layout.
Menus Menu Item Article Single Article Used to show one article in the front end of the site.