Joomla 1.7 Help – How to Customize Who’s Online Module

by Elaine on September 16, 2011

Joomla 1.7 Tutorial – How to customize the module “Who’s Online” text – “We have one guest and no members online”

Joomla 1.7 module ‘Who’s Online” provides statistics on the number of guests visiting  and members logged into your site.  If your Joomla website does not utilize the user registration feature then latter part of the message is redundant as there will never be any members online.    You can easily customize this message to announce only the number of visitors on your website: ie:  We have one guest online.

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Joomla 1.7 Display Guests and Members Online

Steps to Customize the “Who’s Online” Module

1.  Login to your FTP Manager backend and access files on your webhosting

2.  Go to the directory:


3.  Edit the file:


4. Find the following code:

; %1$s is for guests and %2$s for members
MOD_WHOSONLINE_WE_HAVE=”We have %1$s and %2$s online”

and modify it to:

; %1$s is for guests and %2$s for members
MOD_WHOSONLINE_WE_HAVE=”We have %1$s online”

5.  If you want to change the wording “Guests” to “Visitors”, find the following code (in the same file):


and modify to the text in red italics:


6.  Save your file and refresh your website.

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Joomla 1.7 Visitor Who's Online



 Joomla 1.7 Help   How to Customize Whos Online Module


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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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

David Pérez March 6, 2012 at 12:52 am

Thanks man, you were a really blessing to me, greetings from El Salvador


Elaine March 6, 2012 at 3:53 am

Hi David from El Salvador!
No problem. Glad the post was helpful to you.
Thanks for your visit,


Hell August 4, 2012 at 12:54 am

Thanks man you saved my life your the best just keep up the good work
thanks again


fil November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Super now i know how to edit everything on joomla thanks to you!
Many thanks mate!


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