Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0

by Elaine on October 28, 2012

Joomla 3.0 – Manually Order featured articles in Joomla 3.0

I wanted to manually order my featured articles and I don’t know why they keep on making this feature so hard to find.  In Joomla 2.5, you had to click on the column heading to activate the manually ordering and it took me forever to find out how to manually re-order featured articles in Joomla 3.0.

To manually order your featured articles is pretty easy.  All you have to do is sort the table by ‘Ordering’.  Below is a tutorial on how to do this.

Overview of steps:

  1. Go to your Article ManagerFeatured Articles
  2. Change Sort table by – Ordering in Article Manager
  3. Click and drag the featured article up and down in Article Manager
  4. Change the Article ManagerFeatured Articles – Multi Column Order
  5. Go to Menu Manager – Main Menu
  6. Check the Menu Manager – Home Menu link
  7. Check Home Menu Link Sorting in Advanced Options

Steps:

1.  Go to your Article Manager – Featured Articles

You can select Joomla 3.0 articles from different categories to be a featured article.  In one of your menu items, you can choose to display a list of all the featured articles on your website.  In the Article Manager – Featured Articles you can see, delete, edit, publish, unpublish, or manually order these featured articles.

joomla 3 re order featured articles 1 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Content Featured Articles
  • Login to your Joomla 3.0 Administrator website
  • Click on ‘Content’, ‘Featured Articles’

2.  Change Sort table by – Ordering in Article Manager

If you want to manually sort your Joomla 3.0 Featured articles, you will have to sort your articles by ‘Ordering’.  In the past you could sort by numbers but now it’s more of a drag and drop feature.

joomla 3 re order featured articles 2 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Sort Featured Articles by Ordering
  • Click on the ‘Status’
  • Select ‘Ordering

3.  Click and drag the article up and down in Article Manager

After you sort your Joomla 3.0 featured articles table by ‘Ordering’, click on the 3 dots at the left side and drag your article up and down.  In my example below, I’m dragging the ‘Second Article Cmsmind’ to below the ‘First Article Elaine’.

joomla 3 re order featured articles 3 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Sort Featured Articles by Drag and Drop
  • Click on the 3 vertical dots
  • Drag the article and drop it to the position you want to place it.
  • In my example, click and drag the ‘Second’ Article to below the ‘First’ Article.

4.  Change the Article Manager – Featured Articles – Multi Column Order

By default Joomla 3.0 articles are displayed down and across, but I like my articles displayed across and down.  You have to play with it to see what I mean.  Anyways, here is how to display the articles across and down.

cmsmind order featured articles 4 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Article Options Featured Articles Multi Column Order
  • In the Article Manager – Click on ‘Options’ at the top right
  • Change tab to the ‘Blog/Featured Articles’
  • Set the following value:
    • Multi Column Order = Across
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

5.  Go to Menu Manager – Main Menu

Links to articles are created in the Menu Manager.  You can set a default Menu Item where users will land when they first visit your website.  The home icon in the Main Menu is where the default Menu item is located.  The star beside the Menu item is the Menu item that is the default page users will land on.  Typically the Featured Articles link is in the Main Menu – Home Menu Link.  That’s where I’m going now.

joomla 3 menu manager main menu Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Menus Main Menu
  • Click on ‘Menus’
  • Click on ‘Main Menu’

6.  Check the Menu Manager – Home Menu link – Advanced Options

Edit the sorting option in the ‘Home’ menu item.  You can tell that ‘Home’ is where the featured articles are defined from the description below the ‘Home’ menu item.

joomla 3 home featured articles 5 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Home Menu Item in Main Menu Manager
  • Click on ‘Home‘ to edit the Menu Item

7.  Check Home Menu Link Sorting in Advanced Options

You need to change the sorting in the advanced options to ‘featured articles’  of the Home Menu item otherwise Joomla 3.0 will not read the manually sorting you specified in Step 3.

joomla 3 main menu sort featured articles order 6 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0 Joomla 3.0 – Sort by Featured Articles in Home Menu Item Menu Manager
  • Click on ‘Advanced Options’ in Menu Manager – Edit Menu Item
  • Set the following value:
    • Article Order = Featured Articles Order
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

That’s it.  Now you can refresh your Joomla 3.0 website and you will see the Featured Articles sorted in the order you specified in Step 3.

Thanks,

Elaine

 Ordering Featured Articles in Joomla 3.0

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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Jessica Wilson November 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

These steps are great. Really appreciate your work in showing up these steps through images.

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Aaron January 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

Thank you! I spent hours on this, you were the only one that had a complete explanation I could find for Joomla 3.0! I was stumped, didn’t think to go to menu, home, advanced, that did the trick! Thanks! PS your captcha was hard to read, 3rd try!

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Elaine January 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Aaron,
no problem! I’m glad my post helped you. I’m sorry about the captcha, I still have to find a better one.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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