Joomla 1.6 Tips – How to Make an Article Sticky on the Frontpage

by Elaine on June 8, 2011

Articles that are assigned to the frontpage as featured articles gradually move down as newer featured articles are added to your Joomla 1.6 website.  If you want an article remain at the top of your website and to never move down no matter the number of newer Featured articles, you can make these articles “Sticky”.  This will prevent manual ordering every time a new article is added to the frontpage.

To do this you will assign the featured article a negative ordering number.  ie (-1, -2, -3).  It will always stay at the top because new featured articles will always be assigned a value of 1.   Lower ordered numbers are displayed first.

For example: I have articles:

Steps to Make an Article Sticky on the frontpage

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.

2.  Click on Content, Featured Articles

3.  See the column headings (Title, Status, Category etc), click on the header – “Ordering”

4.  This will make the ordering numbers editable and you can assign an ordering sequence number.

5.  Go to the row of the article you want to make sticky, in my case “Wordpress Themes”

6.  Assign the Ordering value = -1

7.  Click on the little save icon next to the “Ordering” header.

Refresh your Joomla 1.6 website and you will see the article that you chose to be sticky (in step 5) will be at the top of your featured articles.

Hope that helps!


 Joomla 1.6 Tips   How to Make an Article Sticky on the Frontpage


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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smika June 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thank you so much!!!!! This helps me a lot!



Elaine June 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hi Smika,
No problem, glad the post helped you!


elaine is my hero July 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

spent forever trying to do this.

thanks so much!


Elaine July 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

Hi Jeremy,
hah, You made me laugh. Thanks for your comment and your visit,


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