Joomla Tips – Another menu with the same parent has this alias

by Elaine on April 13, 2011

Deleted objects in Joomla 1.6 were causing issues again on my website.   I recently created a menu item named “Joomla Tips” for Joomla 1.6 article submissions Menu but later deleted the menu item.  Then I realized that I really wanted to keep it so I recreated the menu item with the same name “Joomla Tips”.   After saving the menu item I got a Joomla error message:

Save failed with the following error:

Another menu with the same parent has this alias.

After messing around with the Menu Manager, I finally found the problem.   As always, it was a very simple solution.    The reason I was getting this error message was because when I deleted the menu item it was still in my Menu Manager in the ‘Trash’ status.  I simply needed to empty out the ‘Trash’.

Solution:  Empty out the Trash.  See below the steps to empty out your menu item trash:

1.  Log in to your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.

2.  Click on ‘Menu’, ‘Menu Manager’, Change tab to ‘Menu Items’

3.  From the filter drop downs, ‘Select State’ = Trash

4.  Using the checkboxes on the side to select the menu items you want to delete permanently.

5.  Click on the button ‘Empty Trash’.  In my case, I would select ‘Joomla Tips’ menu item and ‘Empty Trash’ it.

Now go to your menu items and you should be able to create a new menu item with the same name as the one you deleted.  For me, I was able to create another menu item named ‘Joomla Tips’.


 Joomla Tips   Another menu with the same parent has this alias


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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lafrance April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thank you for you tip had the same problem and you save me from 4 days of frustration.
Feel free to contact me if you want me to host you for free to return the favor


Elaine April 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Hi Lafrance, no problem! Thanks for your visit.


Nash November 16, 2011 at 3:42 am

Thank you sooo much…you saved me from having to call my Arena page arenah in the…that would’ve been awkward for visitors!


Elaine November 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hi Nash,
No problem, glad I was able to help.
THanks for your visit,


Furkan March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thank you very muuuuuch :)) You have helped me a lot.


Elaine March 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Hi Furkan,
No problem, glad I helped you.
Thanks for your visit,


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