Tue, 31 Mar 2021 14:38:42 +1100 MYOB en-gb Adding a YouTube Video to Joomla 1.6+

Adding videos such as embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos take a few steps in Joomla 1.6 to get right. There are new settings in Joomla 1.6 that have to be tweaked in order to get the videos working. These new settings help improve the output of the code from the WYSIWYG Editors as well as protecting your website from malicious code.

Here is the overview from the backed of Joomla about text filters.

Please note that the latest version of Joomla has moved the text filter to the Global Configuration and by default now has no text filter applied to super users. This tutorial is mainly for users that are using Joomla versions 1.6 to pre 2.5.x.

These are the text filters that will be applied to articles submitted by users in the selected groups.

These filtering options give more control over the HTML your content providers submit. You can be as strict or as liberal as you require to suit your site needs. The filtering is opt-in and the default settings provide good protection against markup commonly associated with Web site attacks."

This is on top of the filters and malicious code strippers that are found in the Editors.

Currently, at the time of this article, there are no other content editors available for Joomla 1.6 nor are there any plugins such as JoomlaWorks AllVideos plug-in that will allow for the easy embedding of videos.

So, at this point in time, to embed YouTube videos or the like you have to follow these steps.

Turning Off Your WYSIWYG Editor In Global Configuration

Navigate via the administration menu to Site -> Global Configuration and select the Site sub menu.

Switch your editor to "No Editor" in the Site Settings area.

global configuration editor selection

Modifying the Article Manager Options

Navigate via the administrator menu to Content -> Article Manager.

In the top right corner of the screen click on the Options button for the article manager.

article manager options

Article Manager Options Screen Joomla 1.6

A new modal window will appear with all the article options on scree. Navigate to the Text Filter tab.

Turn off all levels of filtering for your access level. e.g. Super Administrator only and hit Save & Close.

article manager options text filtering

You should be now able to embed your YouTube code into Joomla 1.6.

After which you may want to switch back to the default editor, TinyMCE for further editing on your website.

Alternative Method of Video Embedding Using a Plugin

A quick and easy way of embedding videos is with a video plugin such as AllVideos from JoomlaWorks.

The plugin allows for the use of short plugin code such as {videoprovider}videoID{/videoprovider} to easily embed and display videos.

]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Wed, 12 Jan 2021 07:39:25 +1100 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.


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.

]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Tue, 11 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +1100 Article Permissions

When creating a new article, Access to an article can be specified using the Article Permissions settings. These setting allow users to be able to edit or even delete articles if they have the authorised access.

First select a profile from the menu on the left, and define the access level from the form on the right. The actions corrospomd with the settings you choose from the drop down menu.


]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Tue, 11 Jan 2021 14:13:26 +1100 Exploring an article's Publishing Options

When creating a new article, there are many parameters that can be set to display specific information and layouts for your article.

In this tutorial we will explore the publishing options, displayed on the right hand side of the screen.




Publishing Options

1. Created by Allows you to select an author for the article

2. Created by alias allows you to use an alternate name, rather than the account name you use to login.

3. Created allows you to time stamp your article. Select the date by clicking on the small calender icon next to this field.

4. Start publishing allows you to select a date to commence the publication status of the article.

5. Finish publishing allows you to select a date to terminate the publication status of the article.

6. Modified details the date of which the article was previously modified.

7. Revision details how many times the article has been modified.

8. Hits details how many times the article has been viewed on the website.



Article options

The pulldown box for each parameter give you an option to toggle the parameter on or off, or use the global settings (which can be modified from the Article Manager screen).

1. Show title allows you to toggle the display of the articles title.

2. Linked title allows you to have the artilce title link to the article itsellf. This is commonly used in a blog layout, where many articles are listed on a single page.

3. Show intro text will display any text written before the placement of the "Read More" divider.

4. Show Category allows you to display from what category the article is assigned to.

5. Link Category allows you to make the category title link to a list of articles contained within that category.

6. Show Parent displays the parent category that the article is assigned to.

7. Link Parent makes the article click through to the parent category.

8. Show Author will display the authors name at the top of the article.

9. Link Author will link through to a list of other articles written by that author when the user clicks the authors name.

10. Show Create Date displays the date that the article has been time stamped for.

11. Show Modify Date displays the date the article was last modified on

12. Show publish date displays the date the article was originally published

13. Show Navigation displays navigation buttons to the "previous" and "next" article.

14. Show Icons toggles the display of the the Print / Email icons.

15. Show Print Icon toggles the display of this icon.

16. Show Email Icon toggles the displa y of this icon.

17. Show Voting toggles the displays the Rating form. Viewers can rate the article by selecting a score from the radio buttons.

18. Show Hits displays the number of times the article has been opened.

19. Show Unauthorised Links will display links to articles based on the users authorised access.

20. Read More Text allows the author to customise the "read more" text that appears when a read more divider is placed within the article.

21. Alternative Layout allows the author to assign the article to a custom layouts.



Meta Options

These options are used to determine your ranking in search engince results. It's recommended (but not essential) that you give consideration to your meta options.

1. Meta Description is a unique description of the article, written within 160 characters. This is most commonly used as the description displayed in Google search reults.

2. Keywords should be kept to a minimum and be relelvent to the articles content. Keywords should also be seperated with a comma.

3. Robots allows you to specify instructions to search engines. The options are as follows:

Index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and follow through all links contained within the page.

No index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, but should follow through all links contained within the page.

Index. No follow
Search engines should index the page in their search results, but should disregard any links links contained within the page.

No index, No follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and should also disregard all links contained within the page.

4. Author is the name specified to be used within search results.

5. Content Rights Describe what rights others have to use this content, and by what rights the content is protected.

6. External Refernce can be used to retrieve the article. For instance, Create a test article with the external reference "xxxx". On the front-end, enter the URL: index.php?option=com_content&task=findkey&keyref=xxxx and your article should be displayed

]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Tue, 11 Jan 2021 13:46:56 +1100 Linking in Articles

This Joomla video tutorial looks at how to link to articles, menu items and external websites within Joomla.

It assumes that you are using the JCE editor as your default editor for Joomla.


YouTube -

]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:39:55 +1000