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Menu Item: Category List

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How To Access[edit]

To create a new List Category 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 Help30-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png and then click the 'Category List' menu item link under Articles link.

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

Description[edit]

Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a list layout.

Screenshot[edit]

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Details[edit]

Details Tab[edit]

For more information please see Menu Item Manager: Details Tab

Required Settings[edit]

This layout requires that you select a category.

  • Menu Title. The title that will display for this menu item.
  • Menu Item Type. The Menu Item Type selected when this menu item was created. This can be one of the core menu item types or a menu item type provided by an installed extension.
  • Choose a Category. The items that are within this category will be displayed.
  • Menu. Shows which menu the menu item will appear in.

Advanced Tab[edit]

Category Options[edit]

The Category Options control the way that category information is shown in the layout. The Category List Layout has the following Category Options, as shown below.

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  • Category Title. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If Show, the Category Title will show as a subheading on the page. The subheading is usually displayed inside the H2 tag.
  • Category Description. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the description of the selected Category.
  • Category Image. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the image of the selected Category.
  • Subcategory Levels. (Use Global/None/All/1-5) The number of subcategory levels to display. Select All to show all levels in the subcategory hierarchy.
  • Empty Categories. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If Show, empty categories will display. A category is only empty if it has no items or subcategories.
  • No Articles Message. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If set to Show, the message 'There are no articles in this category' will display when a category contains no articles.
  • Show Subcategories Text: (Use Global/Hide/Show) If show, the "Subcategories" will show as a subheading on the page. The subheading is usually dispayed inside the "H3" tag.
  • Subcategories Descriptions. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the subcategories descriptions.
  • # Articles in Category. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to show or hide the count of articles in each category.
  • Show Tags: (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show the tags for the category.
  • Page Subheading. Optional text to show as a page subheading.

List Layouts[edit]

List Layout Options control the appearance of the list layout.

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  • Display Select. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the Display # control that allows the user to select the number of items to show in the list.
  • Filter Field. The Filter Field creates a text field where a user can enter a field to be used to filter the articles shown in the list. The possible options in the Backend menu item edit:
    • Use Global: Use the value from Articles  Options. Only appears in Menu Item Type Options.
    • 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.
  • Table Headings. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If set to Show, this heading will show above the list. If set to Hide, the list will show with no headings.
  • Show Date. This option allows you to show a date in the list. The options are as follows.
    • Use Global: Use the value set in Articles options.
    • 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.
  • Date Format. Optional format string to control the format of the date (if shown). If left blank, the date will use the DATE_FORMAT_LC1 format from the language file (for example, "D M Y" for "31 December 2021" or "m-d-y" for "12-31-21"). See PHP Date Documentation for more information.
  • Show Hits in List. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the number of hits for this item.
  • Show Author in List. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to show or hide the name of the author.
  • Show Votes in List. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the articles votes in the list of articles.
  • Show Ratings in List. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the articles ratings in the list of articles.
  • Category Order. Order of Categories in this Layout. The following options are available.
    • 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 Categories.
    • Use Global: Use the default value from the component options screen.
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  • Date for Ordering. The date used when articles are sorted by date. The following options are available.
    • Created: Use the article created date.
    • Modified: Use the article modified date.
    • Published: Use the article start publishing date.
  • Pagination. Show or hide 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.
    • 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. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide 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.
  • # Articles to List: The number of articles to include in the list. Select the desired number from the list box.
  • Featured Articles: (Use Global/Hide/Show) Select to show, hide or only display featured articles.

Article Options[edit]

The Category List Layout has the following Article Options, as shown below. These options determine how the articles will show in the list layout.

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In addition to Yes/No or Hide/Show, these options allow the following settings.

The Article Options are as follows.

  • Show Title. (Use Global/Show/Hide). Whether or not to show the item's Title.
  • Linked Titles. (Use Global/No/Yes) If the item's Title is shown, whether to show it as a link to the item.
  • Show Intro Text. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If set to Show, the Intro Text of the article will show when you drill down to the article. If set to Hide, only the part of the article after the "Read More" break will show.
  • Show Category. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show the Article's Category.
  • Link Category. (Use Global/No/Yes) If the Article's Category is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Category layout (list or blog) for that Category.
  • Show Parent. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show the Article's Parent Category.
  • Link Parent. (Use Global/No/Yes) If the Article's Parent Category is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Category layout (list or blog) for that Category.
  • Show Associations. Multilingual only. If set to Show, the associated articles flags or URL Language Code will be displayed.
  • Show Author. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to show the author of the Article.
  • Link Author. (Use Global/No/Yes) If the Article's author is shown, whether to show it as a link to a Contact layout for that author. Note that the author must be set up as a Contact.
  • Show Create Date. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show the Article's create date.
  • Show Modify Date. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show the Article's modify date.
  • Show Publish Date. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show the Article's start publishing date.
  • Show Navigation. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show a navigation link (for example, Next or Previous article) when you drill down to the article.
  • Show Voting. (Use Global/Hide/Show). Whether or not to show the a voting icon for the Article.
    Note: The Plugin Content - Vote has to be enabled.
  • Show "Read More". (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether or not to show a "Read More" link to allow a drill down to the entire Article.
  • Show Title with Read More. (Use Global/Hide/Show) If set to Show, the Article's title will show in the "Read More" button.
  • Show Icons. (Use Global/Hide/Show). If set to Show, Print and Email will use icons instead of text.
  • Show Print. (Use Global/Hide/Show). Show or Hide the Print Article button.
  • Show Email. (Use Global/Hide/Show). Show or Hide the Email Article button.
  • Show Hits. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the number of times the Article has been hit (displayed by a user).
  • Show Unauthorised Links. (Use Global/No/Yes) If 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.

Integration Options[edit]

The Featured Articles 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.

  • Show Feed Link. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or hide an RSS Feed Link. A Feed Link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most browsers.
  • Include in Feed. (Use Global(Intro Text)/Intro Text/Full Text). If set to Intro Text, only the Intro Text of each article will show in the news feed. If set to Full Text, the whole article will show in the news feed.

Common Options[edit]

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[edit]

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

Toolbar[edit]

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.
    Note: This toolbar icon is only shown if you edit an existing 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.

Quick Tips[edit]

  • The Category List layout is a convenient way to list a compact directory of articles in a category that can include filtering and searching.

Related Information[edit]

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 Section and Category for an Article and indicate whether or not it is Published and if it is selected to appear on the Front Page.

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.

Content Featured Articles Used to control which 'Featured Articles' are displayed on the Front Page and in what order they are displayed. The Front Page is often the Home page of a web site, but it can be any page in the site. The Front Page is created using a Menu Item with the Front Page layout.
Menus Menu Item Article Archived 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 Categories 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.
Menus Menu Item Article Category Blog Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a blog layout. Controls the Introduction or Leading Article, additional Articles with intro text, and additional links to more Articles in the same category. Some examples of settings for the Blog Layout format include: number of articles, article columns, across or down layouts, and number of additional links. See the Advanced Details Tab for all this menu item.
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.