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Joomla 3.0 Tutorial – How to Create a Menu Link to a URL

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial on how to create a menu link to an external URL.  This is very easy and you can accomplish this by creating a new menu item and selecting the ‘External URL’ menu item type in the Menu Manager.  Make sure that you created a module for this menu so that you can view it on the frontpage of your Joomla website once you are complete.

Overview of Steps to Create a Menu Link to a URL

  1. Go to Menu Manager in Joomla 3.0
  2. Add Details of Menu Item
  3. Select Menu Item Type as External URL
  4. Type in URL in the Menu Item

Steps:

1.  Go to Menu Manager in Joomla 3.0

Joomla 3.0 Menu Manager is where you create navigational elements in your site.  You can create links to anywhere on your site or create links to Components installed in your Joomla website.    Here you will create a new Menu Item in the Main Menu.

Joomla 3.0 - Main Menu - Add New Menu Item

Joomla 3.0 – Main Menu – Add New Menu Item
  • Login to your Joomla 3.0 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Menus’, ‘Main Menu’, ‘Add New Menu Item

2.  Add Details of Menu Item

In the Menu Manager: New Menu Item now you can enter in the menu details.  In my example I am creating a link to my site cmsmind.com.  You can create links to any external site you want.

Joomla 3.0 How to Create Menu Link to URL - enter menu item details

Joomla 3.0 How to Create Menu Link to URL – enter menu item details
  • In Details, enter in the following info:
    • Menu Title = Menu Link to URL cmsmind.com  (this is the name of the link you will see on the Frontpage of your site)
    • Menu Item Type = Click on ‘Select

3.  Select Menu Item Type as External URL

Now you can select different types of menu item types.  To create a link to a site outside of your domain, you will select creating an ‘external URL’.

Joomla 3.0 Create Menu Link to URL - Menu Type=External URL

Joomla 3.0 Create Menu Link to URL – Menu Type = External URL
  • Click on ‘System Links’
  • Click on ‘External URL

4.  Type in URL in the Menu Item

Now in your new Joomla 3.0 Menu Item Type, you have successfully changed it to an external URL menu type.  You can now enter in the link you want this menu item to link to.  You can type in any link.  In my example, I am creating a link to my site cmsmind.com.  You can link to any site you wish.

Joomla 3.0 Create Menu To Link to URL - Add Link

Joomla 3.0 Create Menu To Link to URL – Add Link
  • In the details, enter the following info:
    • Link = http://www.cmsmind.com
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

Now you can view your Joomla 3.0 website from the frontend and see that your menu now has a new link with the name/title you gave it in step 2.  When you click on this link, it will link to the link URL you provided in step 4.

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

Thanks,

Elaine

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