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Articles: Options

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Description[edit]

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.

How To Access[edit]

Content  Articles

  • click the Options toolbar button

Screenshot[edit]

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Form Fields[edit]

Articles[edit]

Options used in articles and the menu items Blog, List, Featured Articles, List All Categories, and Single Article.

Layout

  • Choose a Layout. Select the default value for Single Article menu items.
  • Title. Show the Article's Title.
  • Linked Titles. Show the title as a link to the article.
  • Intro Text.
    • Show: The Intro Text of the article will show when you drill down to the article.
    • 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 'Details' on top of the article information block.

Category

  • Category. Show the Article's Category Title.
    • Link Category. Show the title as a link to that Category.
      Note: You can set this to be either a blog or list layout with the Choose a Layout option in the Category Tab.
  • Parent Category. Show the Article's Parent Category Title.
    • Link Parent Category. Show the title as a link to that Category.
      Note: You can set this to be either a blog or list layout with the Choose a Layout option in the Category Tab.

Associations

  • Associations. Show the associated flags or Language Code. Multilingual only.
    • Use Image Flags. Display language choice as image flags.

Author

  • Author. Show the author of the Article.
    • Link to Author's Contact Page. Show it as a link to a Contact layout for that author.
      Note: The author must be set up as a Contact. Also, a link will not show if there is an Author Alias value for the article.

Date

  • Create Date. Show the Article's create date.
  • Modify Date. Show the Article's modify date.
  • Publish Date. Show the Article's start publishing date.

Options

  • Navigation. Show a navigation link 'Prev' or 'Next' when you drill down to the article.
  • "Read More" Link. Show the Read More link to link from the part of the article before the Read More break to the rest of the Article.
  • Read More with Title.
    • Show: The article title is part of the Read More link. The link will be in the format "Read More: [article title]".
    • Hide: The link will be "Read more".
  • Read More Limit (characters). The maximum number of characters from the title to include.
    Note: This can prevent the Read More text to become excessively long if the article has a very long title.
  • Tags. Show the tags for each article.

  • Record Hits. Record the number of times the article has been viewed.
  • Hits. Show the number of times the article has been displayed by a user.
  • Unauthorised Links.
    • Yes: The Intro Text for restricted articles will show. Clicking on the Read more link will require users to log in to view the full article content.
    • No: Articles that the user is not authorised to view (based on the viewing access level for the article) will not show.
  • Positioning of the Links.
    • Above: Links are shown above the content.
    • Below: Links are shown below the content.

Editing Layout[edit]

Options of the article editing page.

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  • Allow Captcha on submit. Select the captcha plugin that will be used in the article submit form. If 'Use Global' is selected, make sure a captcha plugin is selected in Global Configuration.
  • Publishing Options. Hide the Publishing Options tab in the Backend when editing Articles. This means that Backend users will not be able to edit the fields in this tab. These fields will always be set to their default values.
  • Article Options. Hide the Article Options tab in the Backend when editing Articles. This means that Backend users will not be able to edit the fields in this tab. These fields will always be set to their default values.
  • Edit Screen Options. Hide the Configure Edit Screen tab when editing Articles.
  • Article Permissions. Hide the Permissions tab when editing Articles.
  • Multilingual Associations. Hide the Associations tab when editing Articles.
  • Enable Versions. Save version history for Articles and Categories.
  • Maximum Versions. The maximum number of versions to store for an Article or Category. If an Article or Category is saved and the maximum number of versions has been reached, the oldest version will be deleted automatically. If set to "0", then versions will never be deleted automatically. Learn more.
  • Frontend Images and Links. Hide the Images and Links tab in the Frontend article editor screen.
  • Administrator Images and Links. Hide the Images and Links tab in the Backend when editing Articles.

  • URL A Target Window. Sets the default value for the target for the first Link in the article. Choices are:
    • Open in parent window: Opens the in the main browser window, replacing the current Joomla article.
    • Open in new window: Opens the link in a new browser window.
    • Open in popup: Opens the link in a popup browser window (without full navigation controls).
    • Modal: Opens the link in a modal popup window.
  • URL B Target Window. Sets the default value for the target for the second Link in the article. Same options as URL A.
  • URL C Target Window. Sets the default value for the target for the third Link in the article. Same options as URL A.

  • Intro Image Class. Sets the class attribute for an Intro Image selected in the Intro Image field. Learn more.
  • Full Text Image Class. Sets the class attribute for an Full Article Image selected in the Full Article Image field. Learn more.

Category[edit]

Options control how a Category and its articles will show. They are used in categories and the menu items Blog, List, and List All Categories.

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  • Choose a Layout. Select the default layout to show when you click on a Category link.
  • Category Title. Show the title of the category.
  • Category Description. Show the description for the category.
  • Category Image. Show the category image.
  • Subcategory Levels. Control how many levels of subcategories to show.
  • Empty Categories. Show categories that don't contain any articles or subcategories.
  • No Articles Message. Show a message "There are no articles in this category".
  • Subcategories Heading. Show the Subcategories as subheading on the page.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. Show the descriptions for subcategories.
  • # Articles in Category. Show a count of the total number of articles in each category.
  • Tags. Show the tags for the category.

Categories[edit]

Options control the display of the menu item List All Categories.

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  • Top Level Category Description. Show the description for the top-level category.
  • Subcategory Levels. Control how many levels of subcategories to show.
  • Empty Categories. Show categories that don't contain any articles or subcategories.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. Show the description for subcategories.
  • # Articles in Category. Show a count of the total number of articles in each category.

Blog/Featured Layouts[edit]

Options control the layout of the menu items Blog, Featured Articles, and List All Categories.

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  • # Leading Articles. Number of Articles to show using the full width of the main display area. "0" means that no Articles will show when using the full width. If an Article has a "Read more..." break, only the part of the text before the break (the Intro text) will display.
  • Leading Article Class. You can add any CSS class for your own styling ideas. Add a border on top with class boxed.
    For image position use for example image-left, image-right. Add image-alternate for alternate ordering of intro images.
  • # Intro Articles. Determines the number of Articles to display after the leading Article. These Articles will display in the number of columns set in the Columns parameter below. If an Article has a "Read more..." break, only the text before the break (Intro text) will display, followed by a "Read more..." link. The order in which to display the articles is determined by the Category Order and Article Order parameters below.
  • Article Class. You can add any CSS class for your own styling ideas. Add a border on top with class boxed.
    For image position use for example image-left, image-right. Add image-alternate for alternate ordering of intro images.
  • # Columns. The number of columns to use in the Intro Articles area. This is normally between 1 and 3 (depending on the template you are using). If 1 is used, the Intro Articles will display using the full width of the display area, just like the Leading Articles.
  • Multi Column Direction. In multi-column blog layouts, whether to order articles Down the columns or Across the columns.
    • Down: Order articles going down the first column and then over to the next column, for example:
      article 1
      article 2 article 4 article 6
      article 3 article 5 article 7
    • Across: Order articles going across the columns and then back to the first column, for example:
      article 1
      article 2 article 3 article 4
      article 5 article 6 article 7
  • # Links. The number of Links to display in the Links area of the page. These links allow a User to link to additional Articles, if there are more Articles than can fit on the first page of the Blog Layout.
  • Include Subcategories.
    • None: Only articles from the current category will show.
    • All: All articles from the current category and all subcategories will show.
    • 1-5: All articles from the current category and subcategories up to and including that level will show.
  • Linked Intro Image. If Yes, a click on the intro image shows the article.

List Layouts[edit]

Options control the layout of the menu items List and List All Categories.

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  • Display Select. Show the Display # control that allows the user to select the number of articles to show.
  • Filter Field. Show a text field in the Frontend where a user can filter the articles.
    Options in the Backend menu item edit.
    • Hide: Don't show a filter field.
    • Title: Filter on article title.
    • Author: Filter on the author's name.
    • Hits: Filter on the number of article hits.
    • Tags: Filter on the article tags.
    • Month (published): Filter on the month of published articles.
  • Table Headings. Show a heading in the article list in the Frontend.
  • Date. Show a date in the list.
    • Hide: Don't show any date.
    • Created: Show the created date.
    • Modified: Show the date of the last modification.
    • Published: Show the start publishing date.
  • Hits. Show the number of hits for articles.
  • Author. Show the name of the author.
  • # Articles to List. Number of articles shown in the list.

Shared[edit]

Options shared by the menu items Blog, List, and Featured Articles.

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  • Category Order.
    • No Order: Articles are ordered only by the Article Order, without regard to Category.
    • Title Alphabetical: Categories are displayed in alphabetical order (A to Z).
    • Title Reverse Alphabetical: Categories are displayed in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
    • Category Order: Categories are ordered according to the Order column entered in Articles: Categories.
  • Article Order.
    • Most Recent First: Articles are displayed starting with the most recent and ending with the oldest.
    • Oldest First: Articles are displayed starting with the oldest and ending with the most recent.
    • 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 Articles.
    • Ordering Reverse: Articles are ordered reverse to the according of the Order column entered in Articles.
  • Date for Ordering. The date used when articles are sorted by date.
    • Created: Use the article created date.
    • Modified: Use the article modified date.
    • Published: Use the article start publishing date.
  • Pagination. Pagination provides page links at the bottom of the page that allow the User to navigate to additional pages. These are needed if the Articles will not fit on one page.
    • Hide: Pagination links not shown. Note: Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
    • Show: Pagination links shown if needed.
    • Auto: Pagination links shown if needed.
  • Pagination Summary. Show the current page number and total pages (e.g., "Page 1 of 2") at the bottom of each page.
  • Featured Articles.
    • Show: Display featured articles and non-featured articles.
    • Hide: Display only non-featured articles.
    • Only: Display only featured articles.

Integration[edit]

Options control how Articles integrate News Feeds, Routing, Custom Fields, and Workflow.

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News Feeds

  • RSS Feed Link. If set to Show, a Feed Link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most browsers.
  • Include in Feed.
    • Intro Text: Only the article's intro text will show in the feed.
    • Full Text: The entire text of the article will show in the feed.
  • "Read More" Link. Show a "Read more" link in the feed.

Routing

  • Remove IDs from URLs. Remove the database id of articles in a link.

Custom Fields

  • Edit Custom Fields. Enable the creation of custom fields. Learn more.

Workflow

  • Enable Workflow. Use customised workflows to manage articles. Learn more.

Permissions[edit]

This section lets you set up the default Access Control List permissions for all articles in all categories.

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To change the permissions for articles and categories, do the following.

  1. Select the Group by clicking its title located on the left.
  2. Find the desired Action.
    • Configure ACL & Options. Users can edit the options and permissions.
    • Configure Options Only. Users can edit the options exept the permissions.
    • Access Administration Interface. Users can access user administration interface.
    • Create. Users can create articles and categories.
    • Delete. Users can delete articles and categories.
    • Edit. Users can edit articles and categories.
    • Edit State. User can change the published state and related information.
    • Edit Own. Users can edit own created articles and categories.
    • Edit Custom Field Value. Users can edit any value of custom fields submitted in articles and categories.
    • Manage Workflows. Users can manage workflows.
    • Execute Transition. Users can execute transitions.
  3. Select the desired permission for the action you wish to change.
    • Inherited. Inherited for users in this Group from the Global Configuration permissions.
    • Allowed. Allowed for users in this Group.
      Note: 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.
  4. Click Save in Toolbar at top. When the screen refreshes, the Calculated Setting column will show the effective permission for this Group and Action.

Toolbar[edit]

At the top of the page you will see the toolbar shown in the Screenshot above.

  • Save. Saves the articles options and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the articles options and closes the current screen.
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Toggle Inline Help. Show help text below some options.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

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 articles, 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 article level.

Related Information[edit]

  • This Portal brings together information related specifically to Joomla 4.
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.
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. 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.
Articles: Featured Used to control which 'Featured Articles' are displayed on the Front Page and in what order they are displayed.
Articles: Categories The Articles Categories list is used to find, add, and edit articles categories.
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 Leading Articles, Intro Articles and additional links to more Articles.
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.