Content Editing & Management

Creating a new category

A Category is a collection of Articles. It is the middle level in the hierarchy:

Sections > Categories > Articles 

A website might have Sections called "Planes" and "Cars". Within the "Cars" Section, the website might have Categories such as "Station Wagons" and "Sports Cars". Within the "Sports Car" Category, the website might have Articles detailing various types of sports cars.


 To create a new Section. Select Content from the top menu, and then Category Manager from the drop-down menu that appears.

Click the button titled New situated towards the top right corner of the screen (Highlighed in yellow in the following image)

Enter the Title and Alias in the following screen. It doesn't matter what you enter in these fileds, but it is a good idea to make them relevent to the content. For instance, If I call my category "Sports Cars", I can give it the alias "Sports Cars" as well.

A description can also be entered from this screen. This will be shown at the top of the page for that section. For instance, In our category "Sports Cars", you may want to have an introductory paragraph or image. Enter this information in the Description field.

Make sure to press the Save button (Situated towards the top right hand corner of the page).

Creating a new category

The latest version of Joomla has made the process of managing your articles even easier, with a much more streamlined logic behind the process of cataloging your articles. 

Sections are no longer used in Joomla 1.6 onwards, instead Categories can be nested within one another to create a more efficient hierarchy of articles and categories.


To create a category click on Content button in the top menu, and follow the rollover from Category Manager to Add New Category.

Enter the Title and Alias in the following screen. It doesn't matter what you enter in these fileds, but it is a good idea to make them relevent to the content. For instance, If I call my category "Sports Cars", I can give it the alias "Sports Cars" as well.

A description can also be entered from this screen. This will be shown at the top of the page for that section. For instance, In our category "Sports Cars", you may want to have an introductory paragraph or image. Enter this information in the Description field.

Make sure to press the Save button (Situated towards the top right hand corner of the page).

Categories can be nested inside other Categories. To do this, Click on the drop down menu entitled Parent, and select the category that you wish to use as the parent category.

Category Manager

In Joomla, all articles need to be placed into a category. You can have as many categories as you like.The advantages of using categories is simple - Being able to group different items and articles together gives you greater control on how your website is managed. 


The category manager allows you to administer how your categories are displayed, and create or delete categories.

categoryManager

1. The options placed towards the top right of the page allow users to create new categories, edit existing one, and toggle on or off the published status of existing categories.

2. The filter allows you to search for specific categories using specific words contained with the category name. Just be sure to remember to "Clear" the filter once you have finished using it.

3. Searches can be further refined using the drop down menu filters:

Select Max Levels 
Determines how many hierarhial levels will be displayed in the filtered results

Select State
Use this to display articles matching a certain c riteria: Published. Unpublished, Archived, Trash, or All

Select Access
Use the drop-down list box to select the desired Access Level. Only items with the specified Access Level will be displayed in the list.

Select Language
Use this drop-down list box to select a desired Language. Only items for the specified language will be displayed in the list.

4. Ordering allows you control on how articles are displayed within a blog layout. To change the order of the articles, re-number each box, or click the arrow icons up and down to move articles respectively. When you have finished, click the diskette icon (found at the top of the column) to save the order.

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