Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial – How to Create Menu Items

by Elaine on May 27, 2013

Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial on how to create menu items in menus.  Your Menu Manager stores all your menus and you can create new menus, add new, delete, publish, unpublish menus and more.  Below I will show you how to create new menu items in my contact menu.  There are 4 types of menu items I can create when I create a contact menu item.  This is all controlled by the component installed on your site.

My tutorial will show you how to create a menu item for each.

Overview of how to create a contact menu item to List All Contacts:

  1. Go to Menu Manager, Menu
  2. Create New Menu Items in Menu Manager
  3. Enter New Menu Item Details, Select Menu Type
    1. List all Contact Categories
    2. List Contacts in a Category
    3. Single Contact
    4. Featured Contacts
  4. See List of New Menu Items in Menu

Steps:

1.  Go to Menu Manager, Menu

Menu Manager contains all the menus you create in your website.  Menu Manager manages menus which contacts menu items.  I will be creating 4 new menu items in the Menu called ‘Elaine Contact Display’.   Click here if you want my tutorial on how to create a menu.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Menu Manager New Menu Menu Item
  •  Login to your Joomla 3.1.1 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Menus’, ‘Elaine Contact Display’ menu

2.   Create New Menu Items in Menu Manager

You can create as many menu items as you want in each menu.

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Joomla 3.1.1 Create New Menu Item in Menu Manager
  • In Menu Manager: Menu Items
  • Click on ‘New

 3.  Enter New Menu Item Details in Menu Manager

Enter your menu item details.

A.  Menu Type is List All Contact Categories

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Joomla 3.1.1 Create New Menu Item Contact List All Categories
  •  New Menu Item Details, enter the following info:
    • Menu Item Type = List All Contact Categories
    • Menu Title = CmsMind List All Categories
    • Alias = CmsMind List All Categories
    • Status = Published
    • Menu Location = Elaine Contact Display
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

B.  Menu Type is List All Contact Categories

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Joomla 3.1.1 Create New Menu Item – List All Contacts in Category
  • New Menu Item Details, enter the following info:
    • Menu Item Type = List Contacts in a Category
    • Select a category = Elaine’s Finance Team – click here to see how to create a contact category
    • Menu title = CmsMind Contacts in Category
    • Alias = Cmsmind Contacts in Category
    • Status = Published
    • Menu Location = Elaine Contact Display
  • Click on ‘Save & Close

C.  Menu Type is Single Contact

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Joomla 3.1.1 Create New Menu Item Single Contact
  • In Menu Manager: New Menu Item Details, enter the following info:
    • Menu Item Type = Single Contact
    • Select Contact = Frank Flow – click here to see how to create a new contact
    • Menu Title = CmsMind Single Contact
    • Alias = CmsMind Single Contact
    • Status = Published
    • Menu Location = Elaine Contact Display
  • Click on ‘Save & Close

D.  Menu Type is Featured Contacts

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Joomla 3.1. New Menu Item, Create New Featured Contact
  • Menu Manager: New Menu Item Details, enter the following info:
    • Menu Item Type = Featured Contacts
    • Menu Title = CmsMind Featured Contacts
    • Alias = CmsMind Featured Contacts
    • Status = Published
    • Menu Location = Elaine Contact Display
  • Click on ‘Save & Close

4.  See List of New Menu Items in Menu

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Joomla 3.1.1 New Menu Items in Menu Manager

Now you can see in the Menu Manager, all the new menu items I created above.  You don’t need to create all the contact menu items. I was just showing all the different types of Contact menu items you can create.

Once you finish creating menu items in your menus, it does not automatically display on your website.  When you go to your frontend, you will not see your new menu.  You will need to create a new menu module, pointing to this new menu you created and place it on your site.   I will show you in another tutorial, stay tuned.

Thanks,

Elaine

 Joomla 3.1.1 Tutorial   How to Create Menu Items

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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shiva aher February 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

proper relation between category, menu and article plz……………..?

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