Joomla 1.6 Module Manager Menu Assignment features

by Elaine on November 7, 2010

Managing Modules is a lot easier in Joomla 1.6.  In Joomla 1.5 or in earlier versions, I’ve always had an issue with selecting all the pages that I want to show the module on.  If I didn’t hold down the control key properly to select multiple menus, I would accidentally lose all my previous selections and would have to reselect all the menus again.  This was a huge tedious task that I always hated.  I’m sure this module menu assignment task was a big headache for you too.  And I’m sure you know of the other headaches with the Module Manager.  Another headache in Joomla 1.5 was if you created a new menu item, you would have to change all your other modules menu assignments to include the new menu item created, otherwise the module would never show up on that page.  Maintenance of my Joomla site grew as I created more pages and menus.

These are FIXED in Joomla 1.6!!   Now with the new Module Manager, the menu assignment is so much easier.  A dropdown list with the following options is available:

  • On all pages – Include this module on all pages of your site
  • No Pages – Do not include this module on any page of your site
  • Only on those selected – Include this module only on the selected pages/menus from the checkbox list of menus.
  • On all pages except those selected – You can choose not to display the module on certain pages chosen by you from the checkbox list of menus.  ie,  You don’t want to show the module on the home page, contact page, about us page, you would select those pages from the checkbox list of menus.  Previously you would have to assign the module individually to all the pages (except home page, contact page and about us page). Then when you created a new page or menu item, you would have to remember to assign that module to that page as well. This new alternative solves that problem.

There is a list of all the pages/menus available to show the module which can be selected via a checkbox.  You can also toggle your selection.

In an additional bonus, you can assign modules from the menu item screen. This New Feature saves you from having to create the menu item, then go to each individual module you need assign to the page.

 Joomla 1.6 Module Manager Menu Assignment features

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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