Joomla 2.5 Error – A first level menu item alias cannot be ‘templates’ because ‘templates’ is a sub-folder of your joomla installation folder

by Elaine on July 16, 2012

In Joomla 2.5 – While saving a menu item in my Main Menu, I got this error message:

A first level menu item alias cannot be ‘templates’ because ‘templates’ is a sub-folder of your Joomla installation folder.

This is because a folder in your Joomla installation folder is called ‘Templates’, so you cannot name your menu item alias to be Templates as well.  Just rename your alias and save it again and it will work.

For example:

I created a category blog menu item in my Main Menu and saved it as Templates, with the alias Templates.  See my error message below:

cmsmind joomla2 5 first level menu alias cannot be sub folder joomla 1 Joomla 2.5 Error   A first level menu item alias cannot be templates because templates is a sub folder of your joomla installation folder

Error: A first level menu item alias cannot be ‘templates’ because ‘templates’ is a sub-folder of your Joomla installation folder.

How to fix the problem:

  • Edit the menu item in your Menu Manager
  • Simply change the alias to another name, example:
    • templates-cmsmind
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’
  • See screenshot below to see how I saved my Menu item successfully.
cmsmind joomla2 5 first level menu alias cannot be sub folder joomla 2 Joomla 2.5 Error   A first level menu item alias cannot be templates because templates is a sub folder of your joomla installation folder

Thanks,

Elaine

 Joomla 2.5 Error   A first level menu item alias cannot be templates because templates is a sub folder of your joomla installation folder

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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