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Joomla 3.0 – How to Set Menu Item to Show Articles in Category Blog

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial – Set a Menu Item to Show Category Blog Instead of featured articles

By default the Home Menu Item displays ‘featured articles’.  It is very simple to modify the ‘Home’ Menu Item to show articles from a category in a blog style format.  These are simple steps and easily change the menu style in the Menu Manager.

Overview of Steps to Set Menu Item to Show Articles in Category Blog

  1. Go to Menu Manager – Main Menu
  2. Edit the ‘Home’ Main Menu Item in Menu Manager
  3. Select Menu Item Type in Menu Item
  4. Select ‘Category Blog’ in Menu Manager
  5. Choose Category in Menu Manager

Steps:

1.  Go to Menu Manager – Main Menu

Joomla 3.0 Menu Manager is where you control your menu navigation.  You can create menu item links to Components, articles and more.

Joomla 3.0 - Menus Main Menu
Joomla 3.0 – Menus Main Menu
  • Login to Joomla 3.0 Admnistrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Menus’
  • Click on ‘Main Menu

2.  Edit the ‘Home’ Main Menu Item in Menu Manager

The default landing page is identified by ‘Home’ in the Menu Manager. You can change what you see as the default landing page.  You can easily change menu item to show articles from a category blog.

Joomla 3.0 - Edit Default Main Menu Item - Home
Joomla 3.0 – Edit Default Main Menu Item – Home
  • In Menu Manager: Menu Items
  • Click on ‘Home’

3.  Select Menu Item Type in Menu Item

Joomla 3.0 Menu Item can be changed.  You can change that by selecting a new Menu Item Type.

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial - Select Menu Item Type
Joomla 3.0 Tutorial – Select Menu Item Type
  • In Menu Manager: Edit Menu Item
  • Beside ‘Menu Item Type’, click on ‘Select

4.  Select ‘Category Blog’ in Menu Manager

You can select different Menu Item Types from this list.  You can select Contacts, Articles, Smart Search and more.

Joomla 3.0 Select different menu item type - article category blog
Joomla 3.0 Select different menu item type – article category blog
  • In the new window opened
  • Click on ‘Articles’
  • Click on ‘Category Blog

5.  Choose Category in Menu Manager

Once you’ve selected to display Article Category Blog in a Menu Item, you will need to select from which category you want to display articles from.  Select the category you want to show articles.  I want to display article blog from my ‘Joomla’ category.

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial - Select Category from Article Category Blog
Joomla 3.0 Tutorial – Select Category from Article Category Blog
  • In Menu Manager: Edit Menu Item
  • Click on ‘Details’
  • Set the following value:
    • Choose a category = Joomla
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

You can now refresh your Joomla 3.0 website and see that your menu item link now displays articles in from your selected category.

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

Thanks,

Elaine

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