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== How to create a new article ==
This shows how to create a new article.
This shows how to create a new article.
When a new article is 'published' it can continue to be edited and worked on.  
After a new article is 'published' it can continue to be edited and worked on.  
=== Who is it written for?===
=== Who is it written for?===

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Index to the other documents in this series

How to create a new article

This shows how to create a new article. After a new article is 'published' it can continue to be edited and worked on.

Who is it written for?

  • Everyone

You also need:

  • access to a Joomla! site
  • to be logged in with a username with an appropriate level of permission

Where will the Article be located?

  • You need to know where the new Article is to be located
This depends on the organisation of the Web site. If you are using an existing site, you need to be told which Section and Category it will be assigned to.

About Sections and Categories: briefly: maybe - -

or do it in a practical way when we get to the publisher part of the editor

Starting a new article

You can easily start a new article for yourself although exactly how you do this depends on how the Web site you use is set up.


Many sites have a USER MENU with several options about things users might want to do. (It is not always called a USER MENU - it depends on the site!). One of the common options is to Submit an Article (Sometimes called Create an Article). If this option is available - use it:-
Find the USER MENU
Click on Submit an Article


Sometimes the site has been set up to show a small icon New.png that looks like a sheet of paper at the bottom of many of the list pages. (This icon does not appear on pages with just one article - it does appear on pages where there is a list of articles.)
Click on the New Article icon New.png

Adding content

The editing screen (called Submit an Article) is loaded. This is the same editor as used for editing Articles, except that it has no content and no title.

  • Type in a title in the title box
  • Type in some text - or copy text from another document

Saving your work

This part is not right but the info has to be given somewhere - probably later - as part of the action of doing it with some asides.

Before saving a new article for the first time, you need to enter some information in the Publishing section of the editor, including whether it is published and where it is to be located.

Publishing: there are differences between Authors and Publishers:-

  • Authors can create and alter articles
  • Authors cannot 'publish' articles - which means that they do not display until someone with publish permissions has ticked the right box.
  • Publishers can see the Published tick-box when they edit or create an article - so they can publish their own articles.
  • Publishers can edit documents that they did not create.

To get it published depends on the way the site is managed. Publishing is often done by the site Adminstrator and you are likely to need to ask for it to be published before you can do more work on it.

More on permissions link

  • If you are a Publisher, type a few lines and then go to the Publishing part of the editor and Save it. You will then be able to continue editing.
  • If you are an Author it is worth typing quite a bit of content at this stage before adding the details in the Publishing part of the editor. This is because you will not be able to return to editing until it has been published.

Both publishers and authors need to know which Menu the Article will be in after it has been saved.

The Publishing part of the editor

  • Scroll down to the Publishing section.

Here you must make a number of choices about where the new Article will be located and who will be able to read it.


The choice of Section and Category will depend on those available on the site you are using. Getting the Section and Category correct usually means that it will display in the right place. The screen shot is of the Sample data in 'localhost' and shows the Section and Category chosen.

Section: choose from the pull-down list
Category: the choices depend on the Section chosen
Published: Leave this as Yes. This choice is not available if you are an Author
Front Page: always leave this as No
Access Level: choose the appropriate one for your site.

Access Level: Public means that anyone visiting the Web site can read it. Registered means that people who have logged in but do not have any write access can read it. Special means that Authors, Publishers and Administrators can view and edit it.

Save the article

If you are a publisher - you should now be able to find the article in the place you expect!

--Lorna Scammell December 2010