Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

Posted on 25 September 2011 by

Joomla Tutorials

In this Joomla Tutorials, i will be using Category Manger in Joomla 1.7. To manage categories in Joomla 1.7, login to the Joomla 1.7 website as administrator, by simply entering the yoursite.com/administrator in your Browser. Enter the appropriate username and password {which was provided while installing Joomla 1.7 } and then click on Log in.

After logging in as Joomla 1.7 Admin, a Control Panel page opens as shown in.

The Control Panel provides access to many default Joomla! functions and features. From the Control Panel, you can create and manage articles and categories. Other features available in the Control Panel are the media, menu, language, and user managers.

In the top menu, locate the link the Content. Click on Content. From the drop down menu that appears click on Category Manager as shown in Image 1.

OR

Click on Category Manager in the Control Panel.

Image 1: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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The Category Manager screen opens. This is where you can create new categories or edit existing categories.

Click on New at the top-right hand corner to create a new category as shown in Image 2.

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Enter the following details for the category as shown in Image 3. The following are the list of options provided:

Title: Enter the title for the category. This may or may not display on the page, depending on the parameter values you choose.

Alias: Enter the internal name of the category. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters with no blank spaces. You can use a hyphen (-) to indicate blank spaces. The Alias will be used in the URL when SEF is activated.

Parent: The item (category, menu item, and so on) that is the parent of the item being edited.

Status: Select the status of the item. The options provided are:

  • Published: The item is published. This is the only state that will allow regular website users to view this item.
  • Unpublished: The item is unpublished. Website users cannot view this item
  • Archived: The item has been archived.
  • Trashed: The item has been sent to the Trash.

Access: This determines who can access this category. The options are:

  • Public: Everyone has access
  • Registered: Only registered users can have access
  • Special: Only users with author status or higher can have access
  • Customer Access level: Only registered customer group level can have access.

Permissions: You can set category permissions by clicking on Set Permissions.

Language: Set a language for this category.

Description: Enter the description for the category. Category descriptions for Articles may be shown on web pages, depending on page parameter settings. The description is entered using the same editor that is used for Articles.

NOTE: Category descriptions may not be edited from the front end.

Image 3: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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On the right hand side, set the following parameters for the category.

Publishing Options:

Created by: It contains the user that created the item. Click the Select User to select the user as shown in Image 4.

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Basic Options:

– Alternative Layout: Specify a different layout than are supplied by the component view or template.

– Image: Choose an image to be displayed with this item/category in the front-end.

– Note: Enter the description for the Item.

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Metadata Options:

– Meta Description: Text entered here will be added to the page’s HTML output and may be displayed in search engine results which are an optional.

– Meta Keywords: Comma-separated list which will be added to the HTML keywords output. This is also an optional.

– Author. The author of this content.

– Robots. This will be added to the page’s HTML output. Options are: Use Global, Index-Follow, No index-Follow, Index-No follow, No index-No follow, and Don’t display robots tag.

Image 6: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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Category Permissions:

This section is where you can view and edit permissions for items that are part of this category as shown in the Diagram 9. You can view the category permissions by clicking Set Permissions. The left hand side represents the user groups of your Joomla site, while the right hand side displays permissions for the currently selected group:

Action: The various actions for the currently selected user group. they are as follow:

– Create: Users can create new objects (for example: users, menu items, articles, weblinks, and so on).

– Delete: Users can delete existing objects.

– Edit: Users can edit existing objects.

– Edit State: User can change existing objects state (Publish, Unpublish, Archive, Check In and Trash).

– Edit Own: User can edit objects that they created themselves.

Select New Setting. The permission you want to apply for a given action. Possible values are:

– Inherited. Permissions from the parent category will be used if there is a parent category or those from the component if there is no parent category.

– Allowed. The group being edited will be able to take this action within this category.

– Denied. The group being edited cannot take this action within this category.

Image 7: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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Click on Save and Close as shown in Image 8, in order to save the category and close the edit screen.

You can either click on Save, in order to save the category data updated and stay on the editable screen.

Image 8: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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Category successfully saved” message will be displayed as shown in Image 9.

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Verify that category is created and is present in the list of categories as shown in Image 10.

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Manage Categories

Unpublish a category:

To unpublish a category, select the checkbox adjacent to category you want to Unpublish as shown in Image 11.

Image 11: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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OR

After selecting the checkbox adjacent to category, click on Unpublish at the top right hand corner as shown in Image 12.

Image 12: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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The category will be successfully unpublish as shown in Image 13. The red colored circle indicates that the item is unpublished.

Image 13: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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Publish a category:

To publish a category select checkbox adjacent to the category you want to publish and either you can click on the red colored circle as shown in Image 14.

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Or, click on Publish at the top right hand corner or as shown in Image 15.

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1 category successfully published” successful message will be displayed as shown in Image 16.

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Move / Copy a Category:

To move/copy a Category, select the checkbox adjacent to the category that has to be moved/copied.

In Batch process the selected categories, Select Categories for Move/Copy from the drop down list. After selecting the categories, set the radio button to Copy and click on Process as shown in Image 17.

OR set the radio button to Move and click on Process as required.

Image 17: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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A new category will be added to the selected category as shown in Image 18.

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Edit a Category:

To edit a category, select the checkbox adjacent to the category that has to be edited and click on Edit as shown in Image 19.

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The Edit An Articles Category window will open.

Edit details and then click on Save and Close as shown in Image 20, in order to save the category and close the edit screen.

You can click on Save, in order to save the updated category data and stay on the edit screen.

Image 20: Category Manager in Joomla 1.7

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Delete a Category:

To delete a Category select the checkbox adjacent to the category that has to be deleted as shown in the Image 21.

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Then click on Trash as shown in Image 22.

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One category successfully trashed” message will be displayed as shown in Image 23.

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