HOW TO: Add a Module in Joomla?



Joomla is a customized and adaptable user management platform that currently has millions of websites built upon it such as eBay, McDonalds, Barnes and Noble and Ikea. It is a CMS (content management system) that lets you create and build your own website and online applications. Joomla offers numerous extensions and designs to help you customize your website to fit you needs.

One of the many types of Joomla extensions you can add into your website are called modules. There are five basic types of extensions that Joomla offers, the five are components, modules, plug-ins, templates and languages. The most recognized and simplest to create module is the login module, which most people use on a day to day basis.

A module is a block of codes that pulls information from your websites database (content.) Modules can be placed in any defined position. Modules can be created for a variety of reasons; some examples are a calculator, a tooltip, a slideshow, or a link to social media like twitter and Facebook.

With Modules a website manager can change its position on a page and its location. For example with a login module, you only want it to be on page one, so that is the where you position it. If you don’t hide it on the other pages it will be visible and probably highly irritating to those who use your website

The simplest way to create a module on Joomla! is to follow these basic steps.

Set up the module:

1. Go to “Extensions-Module Manager”

2. Go to module “Main Menu”

3. Check the box beside the title

4. Choose “Copy”

5. New module is created called “Copy of Main Page”

6. Make sure the enabled tab is set on yes

7. Click on “Copy of Main Menu”

8. Type in your title

9. Show title: yes or no

10. Enabled: yes or no

11. Position: type in new module name

12. Order: Copy of Main Menu

13. Access level: public

14. Field Menu Assignment: make sure you select “All”

15. Save the module

Create the content page

1. Go to Article Manager and create a new article

2. Enter text into article “(loadposition____)”

3. Make sure loadposition matches module position created in step A11

4. Save the article

Test it

Very simple thing to do, just go to your website and see what pops up and where, and then if necessary you can edit your created modules.

Downloadable Modules

Not every client wants to create their own modules, or has the time to create lengthy modules. Joomla can help by offering a variety of downloadable modules to help clientele maximize the creativity and vision of their website. Modules like mini event calendar, Genius slider and HWD YouTube video Box are just a few samples of these tools websites can have.

Joomla is so quick and easy to use and to maintain that everyday businesses, large corporations, governments and even celebrities use with ease.

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