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How to manage articles in Joomla

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to manage articles in Joomla. We will assume that you are logged into your administrative panel of your Joomla site.

Note: Joomla organizes articles into sections and categories. Sections are the top level of organization followed by categories, which are ordered by the section they belong to.

  • Start by clicking on Content in the top menu and from the drop down menu, select Article Manager.
  • At the Article Manager page you can archive, unarchive, publish, unpublish, copy, move, edit, delete or create new articles.
  • To unarchive an article, select the checkbox in front of the article you wish to unarchive then click on the Unarchive Icon in the upper right corner. The screen will verify that the operation was successful.
  • To Archive an article, select the checkbox in front of the article then click on the Archive icon in the upper right corner. Again, you will get a message that the operation was successful. Archived articles are retained on the site as unpublished and cannot be published to other pages until they are unarchived.
  • To publish an article, select the article using the checkbox then click on the Publish icon in the upper right corner.
  • To unpublish an article, select the the article and click on the Unpublish icon in the upper right corner.
    • Any articles that appear on the front page are marked with a green checkmark.
    • To display an article on the front page, click the red X in the front page column.
  • Articles can be moved or copied to different categories. To move an article, select the article using the checkbox then click on the Move icon in the upper right corner to open a Move Articles page.
    • In the scrolling menu, select the Section/Category that you wish to move the article to by highlighting it.
    • Scroll right and click on the Save button in the upper right corner. You will now see a message that the move was successful.
  • Similary, to copy an article, select the article you wish to copy then click on the Copy icon in the upper right corner to open the Copy Articles page.
    • In the scrolling menu, select the Section/Category that you wish to copy the article to by highlighting it.
    • Scroll right and click on the Save Icon in the upper right corner.
  • To delete an article, click in the checkbox of the selected article then click on the Trash icon. A screen will verify that the article has been sent to the trash.
  • To edit an article, select the article using the checkbox then click on the Edit icon. This will open the article edit window where you can make any necessary changes. When you are done, click Save.

To create a new article, click on New in the upper right corner to open a new article screen, then:

  • Begin by entering a Title.
  • Next is an *Alias* which is an internal name that Joomla uses in the URL if you choose to enable the Search Engine Friendly (SEF) selection in Global Configurations. Entering an alias is optional, if you leave it blank, Joomla will create one based on the title by automatically converting the title to lowercase and replacing any spaces with a hyphen.
  • Next, choose the section this article should belong to. If there is more than one category under the section you chose, you will need to select that too.
  • By default, Published is set to yes, if you don't want to publish this article just yet, change it to no.
  • In the large box, enter your article using the what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor then click Save in the upper right corner.
  • The next screen will verify that your article has been saved and you will see it in the list of articles. Looking across, you can see if it is published, on the front page, what section and other information.

For additional assistance, contact us by submitting a support ticket.

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