Joomla 1.6 – Featured Articles Layout Options Not Changing

by Elaine on June 12, 2011

Joomla 1.6 Help – Trying to change the featured article settings to show 2 columns instead of 3 and the number of articles to show 10 instead of only 4.  I went to the normal place of featured article settings but the frontpage layout still did not change.  It was very puzzling.  What I did to change the featured article settings and didn’t change:

1. Login to Joomla 1.6 backend administrator

2.  Click on Content, Article Manager

3.  Click on the ‘Options’ button on the right

4.  Click on the Article Manager Options, Blog/featured articles tab

5.  Set the following values:  (eg change columns = 2 and number of articles to show on frontpage = 10)

  • # Intro Articles = 10
  • # Columns = 2

6. Click on Save & Close.

After saving the Featured Article options the frontpage did not change layout.    Very strange.   So next step was to check the default Menu Menu item.  You know, the menu item with a star icon Joomla 1.6   Featured Articles Layout Options Not Changing beside it.  This is the menu item for your Frontpage of your Joomla 1.6 website.   And lo and behold, the answer was there.  In the layout options it states:

Guess what, none of the fields there were blank.  So the values in my Main Menu, Home menu item was overriding my featured articles Article Manager settings (Global Settings).   So there are 2 ways to fix this problem.

  • Override Global Settings – Change your layout options here

7.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.

8.  Click on Menus, Main Menu star icon Joomla 1.6   Featured Articles Layout Options Not Changing.

9.  Edit the ‘Home’ menu item star icon Joomla 1.6   Featured Articles Layout Options Not Changing

10.  Under Layout options, change the values here.

11.  Chose to Override Global Settings, just change the above values to your desired layout.

  • # Intro Articles = 10
  • # Columns = 2

12.  Click on Save & Close.

After you refresh your Joomla 1.6 website it should reflect your desired featured articles layout options.

Elaine

Elaine@cmsmind.com

 Joomla 1.6   Featured Articles Layout Options Not Changing

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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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe July 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Elaine! I looked everywhere on my site(s) and could not figure out what was going on. You have saved the day!

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Elaine July 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hi Joe,
No problem! Thanks for your visit.
Elaine

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Jamie Smart July 14, 2011 at 5:46 am

You just saved me various hours of stress. I had to look for this your leave your comment down here to say thank you

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shahzad August 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

thx alot was going crazy due to this problem i really appreciate it thx ^__^

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Elaine August 15, 2011 at 1:42 am

Hi Shahzad,
No problem!
Thanks for your visit,
Elaine

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Anita August 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thank you for your article! It saved me some time in re-ordering my articles!

Anita

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Elaine August 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Hi Anita,
No problem.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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0zz1 October 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

I saw this article and I was sure i found the solution but I still have the same problem. I set both in the category settings as well as in the menu manager to 2 columns, 6 intro articles. leading 0. and multi-column order across and what i see is still 6 articles 1 in a row. Using joomla 1.7 =(

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Elaine October 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hey 0zz1,
Thanks for your visit, I’m sorry that you are still having the problem. If you want to email me at elaine@cmsmind.com with details of your site, I can log in to try to help you resolve it.
Talk to you later,
Elaine

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andy_c December 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Many Thanks, Item a great help!!

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Aditya Nangia December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

Thank you! That was a big help, had been trying to resolve this since morning!!

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Elaine December 17, 2011 at 5:27 am

Hi Aditya,
No problem! Glad it worked for you.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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amjad December 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thank You so much Elanie for this article, it was a big help for me.

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Mark December 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for posting this. Big Help.

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Leon February 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hi,

thank you very much for this!
It was a great help =]

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Elaine February 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hi Leon,
I’m glad my post helped you.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Emylee March 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Thank you so much! Exactly what i was looking for!

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Elaine March 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Hi Emylee,
No problem, glad the post helped you!
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Björn March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Thanks. I have searched for hours for this solution!
:-)

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Hylke April 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks!

This really helped a lot! I looked everywhere to find out where the problem was. Thanks for the help ;)!

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Basanta November 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Really Useful tips Thank for help

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Chris December 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thanks! Should have searched on Google earlier!

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Elaine January 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

Hi Chris,
hehe no problem! Glad I was able to help.
elaine

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