Content Editing

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.

Modyfying the order of your articles is very easy in Joomla. This is really usefull if you require particular articles to be published towards the top of your page, or other specific articles published in a particular order.

Unlocking an article or module that has been "checked out"

While an article is being created or edited in Joomla, it is given a locked status to avoid a second user logging in and modifying the same article at the same time. This is very important when there are multiple content editors managing a website but there may be times when the locked status is left on the articles, modules or items even though the user that it is locked to is no longer using or editing on the system.


In large organisations there are may be a requirement for development and staging servers of a website. This allows publishers and editors with easily view and play around with content on a working version of the website before it is published to the live servers.

The development and staging servers also allow for testing and evaluation of extensions and content that is setup on the site but when the editor or web administrator is happy with the content on the site, instead of redoing all of their work again on the live server, the administrator should be able to push their new content and changes live rather than rebuilding again.

This tutorial shows how to publish content live from a staging server using a Joomla component called "Working Copy".

At times you may wish to create a link to another article from inside the article you are currently creating.

In Joomla! a Section is a collection of Categories. It is the top level in the hierarchy for content in Joomla:

Sections > Categories > Articles

A website might have Sections called "Countries" and "Planets". Within the "Countries" Section, the website might have Categories such as "Asia" and "Europe".

Websites can have multiple Sections but Sections can't be sub Sections of one another. 

An anchor is a point in your article or item that jumps to another point on the same page. For instance, you may have a long article with many sub-headings. Towards the top of your page, you might list your sub-headings and have them jump or 'link' to the relevant paragraph further down the page when clicked.

Anchors on a website are similar to a contents page in a book or magazine.

Your website uses an advanced Rich Text Editor called 'Joomla Content Editor' or JCE. In this chapter, you'll learn how to make the most of this feature to enhance the presentation of data in your website.

One of the most common functions that users use in the editor of Joomla is inserting a link into an article or a module. Inserting a link into Joomla can be done in just a few sets.

There are several different types of links that can be created in editor.

  1. Link to an external site
  2. Link to DocMan documents
  3. Links to internal pages within the system
  4. Links to menu items
  5. Links to images and other documents
  6. Linking to an email address
  7. Anchors and linking internally on a page

This part of the manual will explain and demonstrate just how to create all of these links:

In some situations you may want to link an email address directly to the email itself. This will cause the browser to invoke the default mail program on the computer, such as Microsoft Outlook, and create a new blank email to the desired email address. Linking to an email address is quite easy to do in Joomla.

Images and documents can be inserted into your joomla articles and items. It is very easy to upload them from your computer and store them on your website server.

In most situations it is a good idea to link to the menu structure within the site. This is usually required as module positions are assigned to menu items and for them to appear, links to these menu items are required.

A link to a page within the website (hyperlink) may be inserted into an Item as follows:

1. Open the Item you wish to add a link to:

K2 > Items > selected Item

2. Locate and highlight the text or image you wish to use as the link

3. Select the Insert/edit link button on the JC Editor.

4. Select K2 Content to reveal Iist of Items.  Select the Item you wish to link to from the drop

down list.


5. The link has now been activated.  Select Update to insert the link.


* Clicking the Cancel button closes the screen without inserting a link.

If your site is using DocMan to manage all of its documents then the easiest way to link to all of these documents is to use the advanced link manager within the editor to browse to these documents that are stored within the system and the website.

From time to time, you may need to link to another part of your server, pr to another website entirely.

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.

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.

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.

Modyfying the order of your articles is very easy in Joomla. This is really usefull if you require particular articles to be published towards the top of your page, or other specific articles published in a particular order.

Images in joomla are treated differently depending on thier usage. Articles can be assigned a full article image (This is a the primary image for an article that is usually positioned at the top of the article), an intro image (For category views), and content images (Images that appear throughout the body of text).

Joomla allows attachments such as PDF and other documents to be assigned to articles. Attachments can be documents stored on the website server or even hosted on another website.

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