Joomla 3 Tutorial – How to Add a Who’s Online Module to your Site

by Elaine on February 1, 2014

Who’s online module is a simple Joomla extension that tells you how many guests and registered users are on your site at any given time.  The stats are real-time so the number will fluctuate as people come and go from your site.  The Who’s Online module is a pre-installed extension that comes with your Joomla 3 installation, so you don’t need to install again.  Here is a Joomla 3 tutorial on how to add Who’s Online module to your site if you don’t have it in published status already.

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CmsMind Who’s Online Module

Overview of How to Add Who’s Online Module to your Joomla 3 Website

  1. Go to your Extensions Module Manager
  2. Create a New Module in Module Manager
  3. Select ‘Who’s Online’ Module Type in Module Manager
  4. Enter Who’s Online Module Details in Module Manager
  5. Select Who’s Online Options in Module Manager
  6. Select Who’s Online Menu Assignment in Module Manager

Steps:

1.  Go to your Extensions Module Manager

All your modules in Joomla 3 are managed in the Extensions Module Manager.  You can create new, delete, publish, unpublish, modify and edit modules in the Module Manager.

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Extensions Module Manager
  • Login to your Joomla 3 Administrator backend
  • Click on ‘Extensions’
  • Click on ‘Module Manager

2.  Create a New Module in Module Manager

Create a new module in the Module Manager.  There are many types of modules you can add.  When you install a module, you can create a new module from here.

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Joomla 3 New Module in Module Manager
  • Click on ‘New

3.  Select ‘Who’s Online’ Module Type in Module Manager

A new window will pop up on the different Module types you can add.  At the bottom is where you will find the ‘Who’s Online’ module.

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CmsMind Add New Module Who’s Online
  • Click on ‘Who’s Online

4.  Enter Who’s Online Module Details in Module Manager

Now you can configure your module in the Who’s Online New Module in Module Manager.  You will enter the title, position you want to place the module in, if you want it to be published, who you want the module to be visible to and more.  If you don’t know your module positions, you can click here to see how to see your module positions.  If you are using Beez3, click here for your module positions.  Enter your own details below, mine are for demo purposes only.

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Joomla 3 Who’s Online Module Details
  • In the Details tab, set the following:
    • Title = Cmsmind Who’s Online
    • Show Title = Show
    • Position = Left Middle [position-4]
    • Status = Published
    • Access = Public

5.  Select Who’s Online Options in Module Manager

You can customize your Who’s online module.  You can choose to show either just usernames or # of Guests/users or both.  I selected to just show the number of guests and users online.

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Joomla 3 Module Manager Who’s Online options
  • Click on ‘Options’ tab
  • Under Basic Options, set the following value:
    • Display = # of Guests/Users

6.  Select Who’s Online Menu Assignment in Module Manager

You can also customize where you want your ‘Who’s Online’ module to appear.  You can choose to display the module on all pages, select pages or exclude on select pages.  I want to display the module on all pages.

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Joomla 3 Module Manager Who’s Online Menu Assignment
  • Click on ‘Menu Assignment’
  • For Module Assignment, set the following value:
    • Module Assignment = On all pages
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

You can refresh your site and see the new ‘Who’s Online’ module on your website.  If you don’t see it, reassign the module to a different module position in Step 4.

Thanks. Hope that helps,

Elaine

 Joomla 3 Tutorial   How to Add a Whos Online Module to your Site

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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