Components Newsfeeds Feeds

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How to Access

Select Components → News Feeds → Feeds from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation, or select the "Feeds" link from the News Feeds Manager - Categories.


The News Feed Manager screen allows you to add News Feeds from other sites to your Joomla! site. You can add links to these feeds for users by creating News Feed layouts in Menu Item Manager - New/Edit.



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 or title of the feed. Make it as descriptive as possible.
  • Published. Whether the item has been published or not. You can change the Published state by clicking on the icon in this column.
  • Category. The Category to which this News Feed belongs. See Category Manager - Edit (News Feeds). Note that News Feed Categories are separate from other Categories, such as those for Articles, Banners, Contact, and Web Links.
  • Ordering. 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 the 'Save Order' icon. Note that the display order on a page is set in the Parameters - Advanced section for each Menu Item. If that order is set to use something other than 'Order' (for example, 'Title - Alphabetical'), then the order value in this screen will be ignored. If the Menu Item Order parameter is set to use 'Order', then the items will display on the page based on the order in this screen.
  • Access The Access Level assigned to the feed.
  • Feed Count The number of articles included in the feed.
  • Cache Time. The number of seconds for which to cache the feed locally. It can safely be left at the default.
  • Language The language of the feed.
  • 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.


At the top right you will see the following toolbar:

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The functions are:

  • New. Click on this button to create a new item. You will enter the New page for this item.
  • Edit. Select one item and click on this button to open it in edit mode. If you have more than one item selected (where applicable), the first item will be opened. You can also open an item for editing by clicking on its Title or Name.
  • Publish. To publish one or more items, select them and click on this button.
  • Unpublish. To unpublish one or more items, select them and click on this button.
  • Archive. To change one or more Articles to Archived status, select them and press this button. Archived Articles are retained on the site and are available for viewing on Menu Items with a Type of Archive Layout. They can not be published to other pages while set to Archived status. Note that Articles assigned to the "Uncategorized" Section will not show on the Archived Article List layout.
  • Check In. Checks-in selected items. Works with one or multiple items selected.
  • Trash. Select one or more Articles and click on this button to move them to the Trash Manager. Note that Articles can be restored from the Trash Manager as long as they are not permanently deleted. See Trash Manager for more information.
  • Options Open the configuration window. This window allows you to set default parameters for feeds.
  • Help. Opens this Help Screen.


Click on the Options button to open the News Feed Manager Options window. This window allows you to set default parameters for News Feeds, as shown below.



This tab has the following options:

  • Feed Layout: Allows users to set the specific content layout for newsfeed items.
  • Feed Image. Hide or Show the image of the News Feed.
  • Feed Description. Hide or Show the description text of the News Feed.
  • Feed Content: Allows the user to show or hide the content in the newsfeed.
  • Characters Count: Allows users to define how many text characters are shown.


Newsfeed Manager Options Category Tab

This tab has the following options:

  • Choose a Layout: Allows users to set the default content item layout for newsfeed articles.
  • Category Title: Can Show or Hide the Category Title for the newsfeed items.
  • Category Description: Can Show or Hide the Category Description for newsfeed items.
  • Category Image: Can Show or Hide the Category Image for the newsfeed items.
  • Subcategory Levels: Can set how many sub-category levels will be displayed in the newsfeed.
  • Empty Categories: Can Show or Hide empty categories (categories with no active articles in them).
  • Subcategories Descriptions: Can Show or Hide the Description for Subcategories in the newsfeed.
  • # of Feeds in Category: Can Show or Hide the number of categories in the newsfeed.

NOTE:These options can be modified on a per-menu-item basis.


Newsfeed Manager Options Categories Tab

This tab has the following options:

  • Top Level Category Desctription: Can Show or Hide the description for the top level category shown in the newsfeed. This may be changed in the menu item configuration window for specific menu items.
  • Subcategory Levels: Can determine how many subcategory levels to display.
  • Empty Categories: Can Show or Hide Empty Categories. (Categories with no active content articles in them)
  • Subcategories Descriptions: Can Show or Hide Subcategory Descriptions.
  • # of Feeds in Category: Can show or Hide the number of newsfeeds in each category.

NOTE: These options may be changed on a per-menu-item basis.

Permissions Tab

The "Permissions" tab, shown below, lets you specify who can perform each type of action:


The Permissions table contains various columns:

  • User Groups. Lists the user groups that are available on your Joomla! site. You can specify permissions for each of these groups by using the dropdown controls in the other columns, which represents actions that can be performed by users.
  • Admin. Grants users the right to edit this component's Options.
  • Manage. Grants users the right to open this component's main screen ("Manager" screen).
  • Create. Create new objects (for example, users, menu items, articles, weblinks, and so on).
  • Delete. Delete existing objects.
  • Edit. Edit existing objects.
  • Edit State. Change object state (Publish, Unpublish, Archive, Check In and Trash).

For each user group / action, possible permission options are:

  • .... Represents the "Inherit" option, which means that the permission for this group/action is inherited from the site's Global Configuration.
  • Deny. Denies this action for this users group.
  • Allow. Allows this action for this users group and for child groups.

For more information, please refer to the ACL Tutorial for Joomla 1.6.

List Filters

Filter by Partial Title

You can filter the list of items either by typing part of the title or the ID number.

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If you have a large number of items on the list, you can use this filter to find the desired item(s) quickly. Enter either part of the title or an ID number and press 'Search' to display the matching items. You can type whole words or part of a word. For example, "ooml" will match all titles with the word "Joomla!" in them.

Filter by Access, State, Category and Language

In the upper right area, above the column headings, there are 4 drop-down list boxes as shown below:


The selections may be combined. Only items matching both selections will display in the list.

  • Select Access. Use the drop-down list box to select the access level.
  • Select Status. Use the drop-down list box to select the published state: Published, Unpublished, Trashed, or All. For Articles, you may also select Archived. Important: With the default setting of -Select Status-, the screen only shows Published and Unpublished items. If you have the filter set to -Select Status- and you change items to Trashed, the Trashed items will disappear from the screen. However, they have not been permanently deleted. To do that you need to:
  1. Change the filter to Trashed. The Delete icon will now show in the toolbar.
  2. Select the items you want to permanently delete.
  3. Click on the Delete icon.
You can see all items, regardless of their published state, by selecting All for this filter. You can also re-publish Trashed items by selecting them and clicking on the Publish icon in the toolbar.
  • Select Category. Use the drop-down list box to select the desired Category. Only items in this Category will display.
  • Select Language. Use the drop-down list box to select the language.

Quick Tips

  • You need to add at least one Category for news feeds before you add the first feed. Categories are added using the Category Manager by clicking on 'News Feeds', and then on 'Categories' in the 'Components' menu.

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