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How to Access

Click on the Section Manager icon in the Control Panel or click on 'Section Manager' in the 'Content' menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation.


The Section Manager is where you can edit existing Sections and create new ones. Articles in Joomla! are organized into Sections and Categories. Sections are the top-level of organization and Categories go under Sections. For example, a web site might have the following organization:

  • People
    • Volunteers, Staff, Board Members
  • Projects
    • Major Projects, Small Projects
  • Events
    • Local Events, National Events

In this example, 'People', 'Projects', and 'Events' would be the Sections. The sub-topics under each Section (for example, 'Volunteers', 'Staff', and 'Board Members') would be the Categories for each Section. When an Article is added, it would be assigned a Section (for example 'People') and a Category (for example, 'Board Members').

You can have an many or as few Sections and Categories as you need. Joomla! has a built-in Section and Category called 'Uncategorized'. This allows you to create Articles without creating or assigning any Section or Category. You just assign the Article to the 'Uncategorized' Section.

Sections are used for two reasons. The first reason is for organizing Articles on your web pages. The Section Blog Layout and Section Layout allow you to display multiple Articles on a page for a given Section. So, in the example above, you could have a page for 'People' that shows Articles related to this Section. A second reason to use Sections is to help manage your Articles in the back-end Article Manager. If you have a large number of Articles, you can filter by Section so you only see the Articles one Section.


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Column Headers

Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Title. The name of the item. For a Menu Item, the Title will display in the Menu. For an Article, Section, or Category, the Title may optionally be displayed on the web page. This entry is required. You can open the item for editing by clicking on the Title.
  • Published. Whether the item has been published or not. You can change the Published state by clicking on the icon in this column.
  • Order. The order to display items. If the list is sorted by this column, you can change the order by clicking the arrows or by entering the sequential order and clicking 'Save Order'.
  • Access Level. Who has access to this item. Current options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access
    • Registered: Only registered users have access
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access
You can change an item's Access Level by clicking on the icon in the column.
  • # Categories. The number of Categories within this Section. Categories are added in the Category Manager.
  • # Active. The number of active Articles within this Section or Category. Active articles include published and unpublished articles but not Articles that have been moved to Trash.
  • # Trash. The number of Articles from this Section or Category that are currently in Trash. These articles can be seen in the Article Trash screen. An Article in Trash is still stored on the site and may be either Restored or Deleted permanently.
  • ID. The ID number. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla!. It is used to identify the item internally, for example in internal links. You can not change this number.
  • Display #. The number of items to display on one page. 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 (where applicable).

Checkbox: You can select this box to select a section. You will need to do this for several actions, for example editing and deleting.

Title: The title of the section. When you click on this title, you will go to the edit page of this section. You can find the help screen about this part of the Section Manager here: Screen.sections.edit.15.

Published: In this column you can see whether the section is pubished or unpublished. A green hook is shown when the section is published, a red cross sign when the section is unpublished. Click on the icon to toggle between published and unpublished.

Order: The order of the sections. You can change this order by changing the number and click on the save icon at the column header, or by using the small green triangles.

Access Level: The access level of the section. It will display the word Public (everyone can see it), Registered (all logged-in users can see it) or Special (every one with a higher group then 'Registered' can see it). Click on it to toggle between the different access levels.

# Categories: The number of categories within this section. The categories can be made for a section in the Category Manager.

# Active: The number of active articles within this section. The active articles include the published and unplished articles, but not the trashed ones.

# Trash: The number of trashed articles from this secticon. These articles can be found at the Article Trash. You can restore or delete them there.

ID: The ID number of the section. You can not change this number.


At the top right you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

Publish: Select one or more sections who are currently unpublished and click on this button. The selected sections will then get an unpublished state.

Unpublish: Select one or more sections who are currently published and click on this button. The selected sections will then get a published state.

Copy: Select one or more sections and click on this button. Fill in the title for the new section, and click on the Save button. A new section will be created with the categories and articles from the copied sections.

Delete: Select one or more sections and click on this button. The sections you selected will be deleted.

Edit: Select a section and click on this button. You will enter the Section Manager - Edit page. More information about this page can be found here: Screen.sections.edit.15.

New: Click on this button to create a new section. You will enter the Section Manager - New page. More information about this page can be found here: Screen.sections.edit.15.

Help: Click on this button to access the Help Screen for the Section Manager. That is the same screen you are reading right now.


Version Changes

The differences between the Joomla! 1.0.x Section Manager and the Joomla! 1.5 Section Manager are mostly about the sorting of the sections. In the Joomla! 1.0.x versions you were not able to click on the column headers to sort the sections by the specific column, ascending or descending. In Joomla! 1.5 there is only a Title, while there was a Section Name and a Title in Joomla! 1.0.x. In Joomla! 1.5 you are able to set the Alias, used for SEF, in Joomla! 1.0.x this option was not available.

Typical Usage

You will use the Section Manager when you want to do some actions with your section database. Here you will find some of the reasons for the use of this screen.

  • You want to take a look at the sections of your Joomla! site.
  • You want to search for particular sections, or sort your sections in a specific way.
  • You want to edit existing sections, for example there title, state or image.
  • You want to create a new section.
  • You want to see how many categories, active and trashed articles a particular section contains.

Quick Tips

  • Click on the title of a section to edit this section.
  • Click on the green hook or red cross in the Published column to toggle between the states Published and Unpublished.
  • Click on the Column Headers to sort the sections by that column, ascending or descending.

Points to Watch

  • You need to select one or more sections when you want to publish or unpublish the section(s).
  • You need to select one or more sections when you want to copy the section(s)
  • When you selected more then one section and clicked on the Copy button, a new section with all content from these sections will be created.
  • You need to select one or more sections when you want to delete the section(s).
  • You need to select one or more sections when you want to edit the section(s).
  • The sorting and filtering options overrule each other.

Related Information

When you change the state of a section, this section will not be displayed in a Section Layout or a Section Blog Layout. When you create a new section, you can choose this section when creating a new category or a new article.

More dependencies about editing the sections can be found here Screen.sections.edit.15#Dependencies.