Joomla 1.6 – How to Make a Featured Article

by Elaine on February 16, 2011

A featured article in Joomla 1.6 is simply an article that you want to highlight and show on your frontpage.  They are the first few articles that you want your visitors to see when they visit your Joomla 1.6 website.  featured articles are managed in your featured articles Article Manager.    Not all articles that you publish for your site have to be shown on the frontpage.   If they aren’t on the front page, visitors can access published articles through your category menu items.    At the same time, published articles that you selected as featured will display on the front page as well as in their designated category page.

How to make your article featured on the frontpage?  There are 3 ways to make your article as featured.   I’ve listed the options below as A, B, and C.

A.   Speed Pass : This is the ultra speedy way to change published articles to featured articles.

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 Administrator backend.

2.  Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’, click on the ‘Articles’ tab

3.  See the column named ‘Featured’, you will see little grey circles.

4.  Go to the article you want to make featured, and click the little grey circle.

5.  After you click it, it will turn blue with a white star, meaning it’s a featured article now.

B.  Slightly Longer way: This way is just a little longer because you need to wait for the article to open, save and close.

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 Administrator backend.

2.  Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’, click on the ‘Articles’ tab

3.  Select and edit the article you want to make featured.

4.  In the article settings, you will see a dropdown titled ‘Featured’.  Use the dropdown to change it to “Yes”.

5.  Save and close the article.

6.  Back in Article Manager you should see that article has a blue star beside it, meaning it is a featured article now.

C.  New Articles: When you create a new article you can make it a featured article before saving it.

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 Administrator backend.

2.  Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’, click on ‘Add New Article’

3.  After you enter all the contents of you article, look near the top for your article settings.

4.  See the setting ‘Featured’.  Use the dropdown and select ‘Yes’.

5.  After you save and close the article there is a blue star beside it meaning it’s a featured article now.

So those are the simple instructions on how to change articles to featured articles.    If you want to make them unfeatured, just follow the same steps above just toggle the ‘feature’ icon, or change the ‘featured’ article setting to ‘no’.  Have fun!  Oh, if you lost track of all the featured articles you created, you can find them all very easily in the featured articles article manager.  Found here in the Content, Article Manager, just 2 tabs over under ‘featured articles’.  You can manage all your featured articles from there.

 Joomla 1.6   How to Make a Featured Article

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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