How To Access

To access the New Menu Creation wizard, navigate to the Menu Item Manager for the desired menu and press the New button on the toolbar.

Description

In this screen, you will select the Menu Item Type for this Menu Item. The Menu Item Type determines the type of page that will display when this menu choice is selected by the User.

Screenshot

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Note: If you install one or more Joomla! extensions, these extensions may add new Menu Item Types. In this case, your list will have additional types.

Menu Item Types

Menu Item Types are organized into four groups: Internal Link, External Link, Separator, and Alias. Internal Links are the most commonly used and will display pages on your web site. External Links are used to display links to external web sites. Separators are used to place a graphic or other separator between menu options. Alias Item Types are used to point back to an already existing Menu Item.

Internal Link - Articles

When the Articles link is selected, it expands to show the options shown below.

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Each of these is described below.

Archived Article List

Used to show a list of Articles that have been Archived and can be searched by date. Archived articles are no longer published but are still stored on the site. Articles are Archived using the Article Manager screen. Note that Articles assigned to the "Uncategorized" Section will not show on the Archived Article List layout.

Parameters - Basic This Menu Item Type Archived Article List allows you to set the sort order of Archived Articles, as shown in the screenshot below.

Menu item archive parameters.png

The Default order is most recent first. The Order option sorts Articles by the Order column in the Article Manager.

Article Layout

Used to show a single article on the page. Note: This layout replaces the Static Content and Link Content used in Joomla! version 1.0.

Parameters - Basic The Article Layout has one Parameter, the Article to include in the layout, as shown below.

Menu item article parameters.png

Press the Select button to select the desired Article for this layout.

Article Submission Layout

Allows users to submit an article. This only works for users who are members of the Authors, Publishers, or Editors groups. Members of the Registered or Public groups will not be able to submit articles even if this page is visible to them. If the page is visible to a user without the correct access level, they will get an error message when trying to load the page.

This type has no Basic or Advanced Parameters.

Category Blog Layout

Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category, in a blog layout.

A Blog Layout in Joomla! has 3 main areas: Leading, Intro, and Links. These are shown in the diagram below.

Help25-articles-featured-example.png

Articles in the Leading Area always display in one column, using the full display width. Articles in the Intro Area may display in one, two, or three columns, depending on the Columns setting. The parameters below control the number of Articles in each area and the order in which they display. If an Article has a "Read more..." break, only the text before the break (called the Intro Text) will display, along with a "Read more..." link.

Parameters - Basic The Category Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Category blog basic parameters.png

Parameters - Advanced The Category Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.

Front page parameters advanced.png
article 1 1 (continued)
article 2 article 4
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Category List Layout

Used to show articles belonging to one Category, in a list layout. A list layout lists each Article's Title and allows the User to link to the Article. An example is shown below:

Category list layout example.png

Parameters - Basic The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Category list basic parameters.png

Parameters - Advanced The Category List Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.

Category list advanced parameters.png

Front Page Blog Layout

Used to show all Articles that have been published to the Front Page, in a Blog Layout.

A Blog Layout in Joomla! has 3 main areas: Leading, Intro, and Links. These are shown in the diagram below.

Help25-articles-featured-example.png

Articles in the Leading Area always display in one column, using the full display width. Articles in the Intro Area may display in one, two, or three columns, depending on the Columns setting. The parameters below control the number of Articles in each area and the order in which they display. If an Article has a "Read more..." break, only the text before the break (called the Intro Text) will display, along with a "Read more..." link.

Parameters - Basic The Front Page Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Front page basic parameters.png

Parameters - Advanced The Category Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.

Front page parameters advanced.png
article 1 1 (continued)
article 2 article 4
article 3 article 5
article 1 1 (continued)
article 2 article 3
article 4 article 5

Section Blog Layout

Used to show Articles belonging to one Section, in a Blog Layout.

A Blog Layout in Joomla! has 3 main areas: Leading, Intro, and Links. These are shown in the diagram below.

Help25-articles-featured-example.png

Articles in the Leading Area always display in one column, using the full display width. Articles in the Intro Area may display in one, two, or three columns, depending on the Columns setting. The parameters below control the number of Articles in each area and the order in which they display. If an Article has a "Read more..." break, only the text before the break (called the Intro Text) will display, along with a "Read more..." link.

Parameters - Basic The Section Blog Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Section blog basic parameters.png

Parameters - Advanced The Section Blog Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.

Front page parameters advanced.png
article 1 1 (continued)
article 2 article 4
article 3 article 5
article 1 1 (continued)
article 2 article 3
article 4 article 5

Section Layout

Used to show Articles by Category in one Section, in a list layout. This layout shows a list Categories in the Section. An example is shown below:

Section layout example.png

Each Category links to a page that is similar to a Category List Layout, providing links to each Article in that Category. Note that you cannot directly set parameters to control the display of these Category List Layouts from within this screen. However, it is possible to do this using separate Menu Items for each Category. See the article How to control Category List layouts when drilling from a Section Layout for more information.

Parameters - Basic The Section Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Section layout basic parameters.png

Parameters - Advanced The Section Layout has the following Advanced Parameters, as shown below.

Section layout advanced parameters.png

Parameters - Component for Articles

All Articles Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. For each of these components, you may select one of three options: No/Hide, Yes/Show, or Use Global. An example of this section is shown below.

Article parameters component.png

These values work with the values set in the Article Manager/Parameters and the values set in the Article Manager New/Edit to determine the action on the page. The parameters in all three places work together in a hierarchy, as follows.

  1. The value from the Parameters - Advanced section of the Article Manager New/Edit is examined. If this value is set to Yes/Show or No/Hide, then that action is taken and no further checking is done.
  2. If the value above is set to "Use Global" then the value from the Parameters - Component section of the Menu Item Type (this screen) is examined. If this value is set to Yes/Show or No/Hide, then that action is taken and no further checking is done.
  3. If both of the values above are set to "Use Global" then the value from Article Manager/Parameters is used to determine the result.

The individual Parameters are described below.

Internal Link - Contacts

When the Contacts link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.

Menu item type contacts.png

Each of these is described below.

Contact Category Layout

Used to show all of the published Contacts in a given Category. Note that Contact Categories are separate from Article Categories. Contacts and Contact Categories are entered by selecting Components/Contacts. See Contact Manager and Category Manager for more information.

Parameters - Basic

The Contact Category Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

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Standard Contact Layout

Used to show the details of a single Contact.

Parameters - Basic

The Standard Contact Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Contact standard basic parameters.png

Parameters - Component for Contacts

All Contacts Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is shown below.

Contact parameters component1.png

These settings work with the settings in the Contacts: Global Configuration and the Contact Manager - New/Edit. The setting in the Contact Manager - New/Edit takes priority. If the setting there is 'Use Global', then the setting here takes effect. If both of these settings are 'Use Global', then the setting in Contacts: Global Configuration takes effect.

Internal Link - News Feeds

When the News Feeds link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.

Menu item type news feeds.png

Each of these is described below. Note that News Feed Categories are separate from Article Categories. News Feeds and News Feed Categories are entered by selecting Components → News Feeds. See News Feeds Manager and Category Manager for more information.

Category List Layout

Used to show a list of all News Feed Categories.

Parameters - Basic

The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

News category list parameters.png

Category Layout

Used to show a list of News Feeds in a Category.

Parameters - Basic

The Category Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

News category layout parameters.png

Single Feed Layout

Used to show a single News Feed.

Parameters - Basic

The Single Feed Layout has the following Basic Parameter, as shown below.

News single parameters.png

Parameters - Component for News Feeds

All News Feed Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is shown below.

News feed parameters component1.png

These settings work with the settings in the News Feeds: Global Configuration. If a parameter here is set to 'Hide' or 'Show' then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in News Feeds: Global Configuration is used.

Internal Link - Polls

When the Polls link is selected, it expands to display the Poll Layout. This is used to show the results of a Poll, as shown below.

Poll layout example.png

Parameters - Basic

The Poll Layout has the following Basic Parameter, as shown below.

Poll parameters.png

Internal Link - Search

When the Search link is selected, it expands to display the Search layout. This is used to show the Search form and the Search results as shown below.

Search layout example.png

Parameters - Basic

The Search Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Search basic parameters.png

Parameters - Component

Search Layout has the following options under Parameters - Component:

Search parameters component1.png

These setting work with the settings in the Search Statistics. If a parameter here is set to 'Yes', 'No', 'Show', or 'Hide', then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in Search Statistics is used.

Internal Link - User

When the User link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.

Menu item type user.png

Each of these is described below.

Default Login Layout

Allows a user to login to the site, as shown below.

Default login layout.png

Parameters - Basic

The Default Login Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Default login parameters.png

Default Registration Layout

Allows a user to register for the site, as shown below.

Default user registration layout.png

This Layout has no unique Parameters.

Default Remind Layout

Allows the user to receive an e-mail with their username, as shown below.

Default remind layout.png

This Layout has no unique Parameters.

Default Reset Layout

Allows the user to reset their password, as shown below.

Default reset layout.png

This Layout has no unique Parameters.

Default User Layout

Shows a welcome message when the User enters the registered zone. This Layout has no unique Parameters.

User Form Layout

Allows a User to edit their account details, choose a new password, change the language for both the Back-end and Front-end, and modify their time zone. Users with publishing permissions may choose a text editor. Users with administrator permissions may choose the Help Site they want to use in the back-end. The layout for users in the Registered and Author groups is shown below.

User form layout.png

This Layout has no unique Parameters.

Internal Link - Web Links

When the 'Web Links' link is selected, it expands to display the options shown below.

Menu item web links.png

Each of these is described below.

Web Link Category List Layout

Shows a list of all the Web Link Categories. The User may click on a Category to see the links for that Category.

Parameters - Basic

The Web Link Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Web link category list parameters1.png

Category List Layout

Shows a list of all of the Web Links in a Category.

Parameters - Basic

The Category List Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Category list web parameters.png

Web Link Submission Layout

Shows a form that allows a Registered User to submit a Web Link, as shown below.

Submit web link.png

This only works for users who are members of the Authors, Publishers, or Editors group. Members of the Registered or Public groups will not be able to submit articles even if this page is visible to them. If the page is visible to a user without the correct access level, they will get an error message when trying to load the page.

Parameters - Component for Web Links

All Web Links Layouts have the same options under Parameters - Component. An example of this section is shown below.

Web link parameters component1.png

These settings work with the settings in the Web Links: Global Configuration. The a parameter here is set to 'Hide' or 'Show' then that action is taken. If a parameter here is set to 'Use Global', then the setting in Web Links: Global Configuration is used.

Internal Link - Wrapper

When the Wrapper link is selected, it expands to display the Wrapper layout. This is used to show an external web site inside a page in your web site, using an HTML IFrame. The external web site is contained inside the Wrapper. You can navigate to different pages in the wrapped web site, all inside the page of your web site. The example below shows the Joomla! web site inside a Wrapper.

Menu item type wrapper.jpg

Parameters - Basic

The Wrapper Layout has the following Basic Parameters, as shown below.

Wrapper basic parameters.png

External Link

This Menu Item Type is used to create a menu choice that links to an external web site or page.

Parameters - Basic The External Link has one Basic Parameter.

Separator

This Menu Item type creates a Menu Placeholder or a Separator within a Menu. These can be used to break up a long Menu.

Parameters - Basic The Separator has one Basic Parameter.

Alias

This Menu Item Type creates a Link to an existing Menu Item. It allows you to have identical Menu Items on two or more different Menus without duplicating the settings. So, for example, if you change a parameter of a Menu Item that has an Alias linked to it, the Alias will automatically acquire the same change.

Parameters - Basic The Alias has one Basic Parameter.

Menu Item Details and Parameters - System

When any of the Menu Item Types listed above are selected, a details screen similar to the one below displays. Category blog layout1.png

The 'Menu Item Details' and the 'Parameters - System' parts are the same for each Menu Item. These are documented below. The 'Parameters - Component' part is different for each Internal Link group -- Articles, Contacts, News Feeds, Polls, Search, User, Web Links, and Wrapper. Therefore, these are documented in each group's section above.

The Parameters - Basic section is different for each Menu Type. Also, some Menu Types contain a Parameters - Advanced section, which is also different for each Menu Type. These are documented for each individual Menu Type above.

Menu Item Details

Enter the desired level using the drop-down list box.

Parameters - System

This section, shown below, allows setting additional parameters.

Menu item parameters system.png

These are described below.

Quick Tips

The parameter set for the individual Article or Contact always takes first priority. If the individual parameter is set to "Use Global", then the parameter set in the Menu Item takes priority. If both of these are set to "Use Global", then the parameter in the Global Configuration takes priority.

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Related Information

License: Joomla! Electronic Documentation License
Source page: http://docs.joomla.org/Screen.menus.edit.15
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