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Joomla Featured Articles Horizontal / Vertical Layout

Since the beginning of Joomla you could tile your articles in either Vertical or Horizontal ordering.  You create a menu for any type of article you want to display, whether it be in Category Blog or Category List layout.  So these settings will be changed in your Menu Manager.  I will use the frontpage featured articles as example.  Just say for example I only want to display 10 featured articles on the frontpage at any one time and with these settings,  What does Multi Column Order mean?

  • # Leading Articles = 1
  • # Into Articles = 10
  • # Columns = 4
  • # Links = 1
  • Multi Column Order = ???? Hortizontal/Down

Horizontal Multi Column Order:

Multi Column Order = Horizontal; Horizontal column order means your articles will be displayed across in rows. So it will look like this:

Featured Article #1
Featured Article #2Featured Article #3Featured Article #4Featured Article #5
Featured Article #6Featured Article #7Featured Article #8Featured Article #9

Link to Feature Article #10

Vertical Multi Column Order:

Multi Column Order = Down; Vertical column order means your articles are evenly displayed across in columns.  So it will look like this:

Featured Article #1
Featured Article #2Featured Article #4Featured Article #6Featured Article #8
Featured Article #3Featured Article #5Featured Article #7Featured Article #9

Link to Feature Article #10

If you don’t know where to change the featured articles Multi Column Order, you can find it in your Main Menu Manager.  Below is how to find your Featured Article Menu Layout.

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 administrator panel

2.  Click on Menus, Main Menu

3.  Click on a Menu Item (Changing the featured articles, click on the menu item with a star).

4.  Under ‘Article Options’ twistie on the right, you will see option:

Multi Column Order = Horizontal/Down

5.  Click on Save & Close

Hope I didn’t confuse things further.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Elaine

Elaine@cmsmind.com

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