Joomla 3.3 Tutorial – How to View Template Module Positions

by Elaine on May 29, 2014

Knowing where your module positions is essential to mapping out a layout of your site.  Each template has a module map that you can look up if you didn’t save it from where you downloaded it, or if they didn’t provide it.  Templates can have anywhere between 5-90 different module positions to place your menus, banners, footer, navigation, content, modules and more.  Below are steps to view your template module map.

  1. Go to Extensions Template Manager
  2. Go to the Extensions Options
  3. Enable Preview of Module Positions
  4. View the Module Positions from the Frontend

Here are the detail steps with screenshots:

1.  Go to the Extensions Template Manager

Template Manager is where you manage the templates you uploaded to your site.  You can edit the html, modify, activate, deactivate, make default templates and more.

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Joomla 3.3 Extensions Template Manager
  • Login to your Joomla 3.3 Administrator
  • Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘Template Manager’

2.  Go to the Extensions Options

Here you can change the template global options.

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Joomla 3.3 Template Manager Global Options
  • Click on ‘Options’

3.  Enable Preview of Module Positions

Click on the Enable button to allow you to see the template module map.

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Joomla 3.3 Enable Preview Template Module Map
  • In the Templates tab, Click on ‘Enabled’
  • Click on ‘Save and Close’

4.  View the Module Positions from the Frontend

Now you can go to the frontend.  You need to add a tag at the end of your URL to view the template module map.

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Joomla 3.3 View Template Module Positions Frontend
  • At the end of your main site URL, type in the following – ?tp=1
    • eg. http://www.cmsmind.com/?tp=1

Hope that helps.

Thanks!

Elaine

 Joomla 3.3 Tutorial   How to View Template Module Positions

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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