How to Access

To add a new article, navigate to the back end of the site and perform one of these actions:

To Edit an existing article, in Article Manager click on an Article's Title or click the Article's check box and then click the Edit button in the Toolbar.


This is the back-end screen where you can add and edit Articles. The same screen is used for adding a new Article and editing an existing Article. You can also select the Section and Category for an Article and indicate whether or not it is Published and if it is selected to appear on the Front Page.

The Article's content is edited using the default editor selected in the User Manager - New/Edit. The Joomla! default editor is called TinyMCE.

A number of Parameters can be set for the Article. Metadata can also be entered.





Article Content

Details (Right Sidebar)

Shown under <page title name>

Article Text

This is where you enter the contents of the article. The editor you use depends on the settings for your site and your user. Joomla core includes three editor options: TinyMCE (the default), Code Mirror, and None.

Editor Buttons

Five buttons are located just below the edit window, as shown below:

Article. This button opens a modal window that allows you to easily create a link to any article on the current site. The link is created using the article's title as the link text. The modal window is the same as for selecting an article for a Single Article Menu Item.
To create a link to the desired article:
Image. This button provides an easy way to insert an image into an Article. Images may be inserted from the 'images' folder and may also be uploaded. When you click the Image button, a window pops up, as shown below:
Pagebreak. This button allows you to insert a pagebreak inside an Article. A pagebreak allows for page navigation when the article is displayed on a layout. This is useful for long articles. When this button is pressed, a popup window is displayed as shown below:
Read more... This button inserts a 'Read more...' break in the Article. This shows as a red dotted line across the Article. If an Article has a 'Read more...' break, only the text before the break, called the Into Text, will initially display, along with a 'Read more...' link. If the User clicks this link, either the entire Article or just the part after the 'Read more...' link is displayed. This depends on the setting of the 'Intro Text' parameters for the Article and in the Global Configuration. The 'Read more...' break allows you to save space on pages by just showing the Intro Text. Note that the 'Read more...' break only shows in the Front Page, Section, and Category Blog layouts. If you want to insert breaks for an Article shown in an Article Layout, use the Page Break button.

<translate> Toggle Editor: If you are using the TinyMCE editor, a Toggle Editor button will show. This button allows you to toggle between the TinyMCE editor and No Editor.</translate>

Publishing Options

Note: This slider can be hidden by users with Admin Permission for the article manager.

This section allows you to enter parameters and metadata for this Article. Metadata is information about the Article that is not displayed but is available to Search Engines and other systems to classify the Article. This gives you more control over how the content will be analyzed by these programs. All of these entries are optional. Metadata is shown inside HTML meta elements.


These entries are optional. Joomla! automatically creates default entries for these values.
















Images and Links

<translate> This section lets you display images and links in your articles using standardized layouts.</translate>
<translate> Note: This can be hidden by a user with Admin permissions in the Article Manager Options.</translate>




Article Options

Note: This tab can be hidden by users with Admin Permission for the article manager.

This is a set of options you can use to control how this article will show in the Featured or Category blog layout. Joomla allows you to set these options at the following levels:

  1. In Article Manager→Options
  2. When you set up a Category Blog or Featured Articles menu item.
  3. When you create the article here.

When you create the blog menu item, you can set each of these options as follows:

The following Article Options can be set:


Configure Edit Screen


Note: This tab by default is only visible to those with Admin permissions for the Article Manager permissions.

On some installations you may need to save the Content Options in order for these options to work.

Article Permissions

Joomla lets you set permissions for articles at four levels, as follows.

  1. Globally, using Global Configuration.
  2. For all articles, using Article Manager→Options.
  3. For all articles in a category, using Category Manager.
  4. For an individual article, using this screen.

This is where you can enter permissions for this one article. The screen shows as follows.


To change the permissions for this article, do the following.

  1. Select the Group by clicking its title.
  2. Find the desired Action. Possible Actions are:
    Delete. Users can delete this article.
    Edit. Users can edit this article.
    Edit State. User can change the published state and related information for this article.
  3. Select the desired permission for the action you wish to change. Possible settings are:
    Inherited. Inherited for users in this Group from the Global Configuration, Article Manager Options, or Category permissions.
    Allowed. Allowed for users in this Group. Note that, if this action is Denied at one of the higher levels, the Allowed permission here will not take effect. A Denied setting cannot be overridden.
    Denied. Denied for users in this Group.
  4. Click Save. When the screen refreshes, the Calculated Setting column will show the effective permission for this Group and Action.

Article Editors

TinyMCE Editor

TinyMCE is the default editor for both front-end and back-end users. TinyMCE is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor that allows users a familiar word-processing interface to use when editing Articles and other content. TinyMCE can be configured with three different sets of toolbar buttons: advanced, simple, and extended. This is set as an option in the Plugin Manager for the 'Editor - TinyMCE' plugin.

Advanced Toolbar

The advanced toolbar provides a three-row toolbar as shown below:


This is the default setting. The 3-row toolbar below provides many standard editing commands, as follows:

Top Row.

Second Row.

Third Row.

Simple Toolbar

The simple toolbar provides one row of buttons as shown below. They are located on the bottom of the edit window.


First Row.

Extended Toolbar

The extended toolbar provides the most extensive editing options, as shown below.


This option provides all of the same buttons as documented in the Advanced Toolbar above. In addition, the following options are available:

First Row.

Second Row.

Third Row.

Fourth Row.

Code Mirror Editor

The CodeMirror editor is designed to make it easy to enter HTML code in an article or description. CodeMirror supports syntax highlighting and auto-completion, as shown in this screenshot.


CodeMirror offers some of the same advantages of using No Editor, but makes it somewhat easier to work with raw HTML code.

No Editor

If 'No editor' is selected for a User, then a simple text editor displays. This allows you to enter in raw, unformatted HTML. You can use the toolbar 'Preview' button to preview how the HTML will display.

Note that the 'No Editor' option can be useful if you are entering in 'boilerplate' or custom HTML, for example to create a PayPal link. TinyMCE automatically re-formats and strips some HTML when a file is saved. This can cause complex HTML to not work correctly.

If this happens, you can temporarily change the editor to 'No Editor' and create the desired content. Note that if you wish to edit this content in the future, you should be careful to change your editor to 'No Editor'. Otherwise, if you open and save the content with TinyMCE, you may lose your custom HTML.


At the top left you will see the toolbar for a Edit Item or New Item

Article Manager: Edit Article:










Article Manager: Add New Article:








Quick Tips

  1. Parameters - Advanced for the specific Article. A setting other than 'Use Global' here always controls the setting.
  2. Parameters - Component for the Menu Item. If the Parameters - Advanced above is 'Use Global' and this setting is not 'Use Global', then this controls the setting.
  3. Global Configuration settings in the Article Manager/Parameters section. Settings here only apply if both of the above are set to 'Use Global'.
Example: The 'Title Linkable' setting in the Article's 'Parameters - Advanced' section is set to 'Use Global'. The Menu Item is an Article Layout, and 'Title Linkable' in the 'Parameters - Component' is 'No'. The Global Configuration 'Title Linkable' is set to 'Yes'. The result will be 'Yes', since the Menu Item overrides the Global Configuration.

Related Information

Related Help Screens Description
Components Article Manager Options

Used to set global defaults for menu items that display articles. These default values will be used when "Use Global" is selected for an option in an Articles menu item. For example, to show the 'Create Date' for an article in your Articles menu items, then set that option to "Show" here and it will be the default value. You do not need to set any of these options. Your Joomla site will work with the default settings.

Content Article Manager

The Article Manager is used to find, mark featured, add and edit articles. See Toolbar below for a detailed list of all functions.

Content Featured Articles

Used to control which 'Featured Articles are displayed on the Front Page and in what order they are displayed. The Front Page is often the Home page of a web site, but it can be any page in the site. The Front Page is created using a Menu Item with the Front Page layout.

Extensions Module Manager Articles Archive

This module shows a list of the calendar months containing archived articles. After you have changed the status of an article to archived, this list will be automatically generated.

Extensions Module Manager Articles Categories

This module displays a list of articles from one or more categories.

Extensions Module Manager Articles Category

This module displays a list of published articles from one or more categories.

Extensions Module Manager Articles Newsflash

The Article Newsflash Module will display a fixed number of Articles from a specific Category or a set of Categories.

Extensions Module Manager Articles Related

This Module shows a list of Articles that are related to the current Article being viewed by the user (for example, a Article Layout or a Blog or List layout where the user has clicked on an Article link). Articles are considered to be related to each other if they share at least one Keyword in the Article's Metadata Information. Article Keywords are entered in the Metadata Information section of the Article Manager - New/Edit screen.

Menus Menu Item Article Archived

Used to show a list of Archived Articles. The Archived Article list can be displayed by date, filtered, and intro text added as shown below.

Menus Menu Item Article Categories

Used to show a list of Categories. Categories are shown in a hierarchical list, as shown below. Depending on the selected options for this layout, you can click on a category Title to show the articles in that category.

Menus Menu Item Article Category Blog

Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a blog layout. Controls the Introduction or Leading Article, additional Articles with intro text, and additional links to more Articles in the same category. Some examples of settings for the Blog Layout format include: number of articles, article columns, across or down layouts, and number of additional links. See the Advanced Details Tab for all this menu item.

Menus Menu Item Article Category List

Used to show articles belonging to a specific Category in a list layout.

Menus Menu Item Article Create

Allows users to submit an article. Normally this is available only to users who have logged in to the front end of the site. Users must have permission to create articles. When the Create Article page is shown in the front end, the screen shows as examples in the following Front End Screenshots section.

Menus Menu Item Article Featured

Used to show all Articles that have been tagged as Featured. Articles are shown in a Blog Layout.

Menus Menu Item Article Single Article

Used to show one article in the front end of the site.