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

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:

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.
A first level menu item alias cannot be 'templates' because 'templates' is a sub-folder of your joomla installation folder.

Thanks,

Elaine

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