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Joomla 2.5 – How to Assign Articles to Multiple Categories

Joomla 2.5 TutorialAssign Articles to Multiple Categories.   Currrently in Joomla 2.5 you cannot assign articles to multiple categories.  One article belongs to one category.  I also want to create a category blog that includes articles from different categories and that’s also impossible.  I recommend to download a free Joomla 2.5 Component called Multicategories Component from the Joomla Extension Directory (JED).  You can use this Joomla component to pick a category and assign articles to it.  Then you can also create a category blog that includes categories from different categories.  I’ve listed the steps below.  Below is a screenshot of the Free Joomla component to help assign articles to multiple categories.

Joomla 2.5 Free Component to assign articles to multiple categories - multicategories
Joomla 2.5 Free Component to assign articles to multiple categories – multicategories

Overview of Steps to Assign Articles to Multiple Categories

  1. Download Joomla MultiCategories from JED
  2. Upload & Install Joomla MultiCategories to Joomla 2.5
  3. Go to Multicategories Component – Categories
  4. Pick a Category in the Multicategories Component
  5. Assign Articles to Category in Multicategories Component
  6. See Articles Assigned to Category in MultiCategories Component

Overview of Steps to Create a Category Blog with Articles from Multiple Categories

  1. Go to Main Menu, Create New Menu Item
  2. Create a Category Blog with MultiCategories Component
  3. Select Multicategories, Category Blog Menu Type
  4. Choose Category in Multicategories Menu Item

Steps:

1.  Download Joomla MultiCategories from JED

Search for the free Joomla 2.5 extension named Multicategories.

Joomla 2.5 Free Component to assign articles to multiple categories - multicategories
Joomla 2.5 Free Component to assign articles to multiple categories – multicategories

The extension features:

  • multilevel category content site structure support;
  • multicategory article support (single article can be assigned to several categories);
  • deep visual and functional integration with Joomla!1.5;
  • standard Joomla! Category association for auto adding articles to associated Multicategories Category;
  • default caching system support;
  • system SEF support

 2.  Upload & Install Joomla MultiCategories to Joomla 2.5

I’ve created a post on how to upload and install Joomla Components.  You can follow the tutorial here:

3.  Go to Multicategories Component – Categories

Now the component is installed in your Joomla 2.5 Website.  I made the mistake of thinking it would affect how the Article Manager would look like or the individual articles, but that’s not where you go.  You will have to go to the Components and in there, there is a new Component Manager – Multicategories.

Joomla 2.5 Assign Articles to Multiple Categories - Component Manager
Joomla 2.5 Assign Articles to Multiple Categories – Component Manager
  • Login to your Joomla 2.5 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Components’
  • Click on ‘Multicategories’
  • Click on ‘Categories

4.  Pick a Category in the Multicategories Component

Here you will assign articles to a category.  It’s kind of reverse thinking yes.  In the Multicategory Categories view, you will see all the categories you created in your Joomla 2.5 website.  Pick a category and you will assign articles to it.  In my example, I picked the Joomla Category.

Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories, pick a category
Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories, pick a category
  • Click on a category you want to edit
  • Click on ‘Joomla’
  • Take note that the ‘Articles’ column is 0.  That means there are 0 articles assigned to this category.

5.  Assign Articles to Category in Multicategories Component

Pick as many articles you want to have this category.  Whatever category it is in now, it doesn’t matter.  Just select all the articles you want to be assigned to this category.  You can use the <control> key to select more than one article.  In my example, I just selected the top 4.

Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories - selection
Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories – selection
  • In the Multicategories: Edit an Article Category
  • In the Articles section: Select all the articles you want to assign to this category
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

6.  See Articles Assigned to Category in MultiCategories Component

After you save the Multicategories.  You will see the article count increase to the number of articles selected in step 5.

Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories - increase article count
Joomla 2.5 Assign articles to multiple categories – increase article count
  • Take note that in the Joomla category, the number of articles increased to 4.  The number of articles I selected in step 5.

7.  Go to Main Menu, Create New Menu Item

Now we will create a category blog menu item to show all these articles from different categories.

Joomla 3.0 - Main Menu - Add New Menu Item
Main Menu – Add New Menu Item
  • Click on ‘Menus’
  • Click on ‘Main Menu’, ‘Add New Menu Item

8.  Create a Category Blog with MultiCategories Component

Create a Category Blog with Articles that are assigned to multiple categories using the MultiCategories Component.

Joomla 2.5 Create Category Blog with Multicategories
Joomla 2.5 Create Category Blog with Multicategories
  • Click on ‘Select

9.  Select Multicategories, Category Blog Menu Type

Select the Component Type – Multicategories – Category Blog

Joomla 2.5  Select MultiCategories Category Blog
Joomla 2.5 Select MultiCategories Category Blog
  • In the next window that pops us
  • Click under ‘Multicategories’, ‘Category Blog

10.   Choose Category in Multicategories Menu Item

Now select the category name that you assigned all those articles to from step 5.

Joomla 2.5 Create Multicategories Category Blog - select category
Joomla 2.5 Create Multicategories Category Blog – select category
  • Under Details:
  • Enter in the following details:
    • Menu Title = Multi Cat – Animal & Joomla
    • Status = Published
    • Access = Public
    • Menu Location = Main Menu
    • Parent Item = Menu Item Root
  • Under ‘Required Settings’
    • Choose a category = Joomla
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

Now view your Joomla 2.5 website frontend.  You should see a new menu link under your main menu called ‘Multi Cat – Animal & Joomla’.  This is the link you created in Step 10.  It should be a category blog of all the articles you selected in step 5.

Hope that helps.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Elaine

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