Joomla 1.6 – Add More Featured Articles on the Frontpage

by Elaine on February 17, 2011

If you are working with a new installation of Joomla 1.6, you must be wondering how to change the number of featured articles showing up on the frontpage.  You have more than 10 featured articles published but only 4 of them show up on the front homepage of your Joomla 1.6 website.  Do you want to know how to increase this limit or which option controls this feature?  You can manage your featured articles from the the Article Manager options in the Featured Layout tab.

For example, if you want to show 10 featured articles and 2 posts that are full width of your frontpage on your Joomla 1.6 site, here is how to do it:

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.

2. Click on ‘Content’, ‘Featured Articles’, see on the right click on ‘Options’ button.

3.  Go to the ‘Blog/Featured Layout’  tab.

4.  Change ‘# Intro Articles’ = 10

5. Change ‘# Leading Articles’ = 2

6.  Save your options and refresh your site.

Modifying these settings apply for blog or featured layouts unless they are changed for a specific menu item.     The options for the # of articles shown on the Frontpage might be a little confusing.  I’ll try to explain what they mean.  Feel free to play around with these options because that’s the only way you will really understand what they do.

# Leading Articles – How many featured articles you want to display with full width on your Joomla 1.6 homepage.
# Intro Articles – The total number of featured articles displayed on the Frontpage.  This includes number of featured leading articles (above).
# Columns – If you have many featured intro articles, you can choose to display them in columns.  If you have 3 columns, your featured articles will be split up and shown in 3 different columns.
# Links –  If you have 15 featured articles but only choose to show 10 (# Intro Articles=10), you can either let the users click next to the show the remaining featured articles, or you can display each article title as a link on the frontpage.

There, I hope I didn’t confuse you more.  You just need to play and play and you will get it.

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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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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

ZA May 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I have tried to change the featured articles settings from intro 4 to 6, but after refresh it doesnt change the front page, as if the template is locked for any change in the settings – I tried many times like 2 colums, 1 colum, 3 colums. intro= 3, 4 or 5 . Leading =1, or 2 . Evertime it gets saved successfully in Options, but after refresh there is no change in the actually webiste.
Otherwise, all other options menu are working fine except this sub menu of blog/feature settings. Can someone help me out..


Elaine May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Hi ZA,
How many featured articles do you have published?


Robbie June 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

I’m having the same issue. Has anyone figured out how to fix this?


Elaine June 8, 2011 at 1:16 am

Hi Robbie,
What problem are you having? If it’s duplicate articles showing on the frontpage, have you tried to follow the steps on my post here?
Let me know how it goes,
thanks for your visit,


dedi May 28, 2011 at 2:24 am

i have problem with joomla 1.6, each my posting artikel always shown 7 time, how to solve this problem ?

therefore in front page they always shown more than 3 article with same topic

please help me to solve this problem…

ps : there more 15 article i’ve posted for testimonial

best regard.


Elaine May 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hi Dedi,
I see the problem. I have a post on how to resolve duplicate articles showing up. Check out my post here. Let me know how it goes.
Thanks for your visit,


luap September 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi, I set the number of feature articles (to 7, 1 being fully displayed, others only introtext) and instead of having all my articles on the home page, I have a link a the bottom for following articles (featured) on a second page… your advices much appreciated 🙂


Elaine September 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi Luap,

Have you tried to make the change in the Featured Menu Item. The post is here to help you with that.
Also can you try to set your layout options to be:
# Leading Articles = 1
# Intro Articles = 7
# Columns = 1
# Links = 0

Let me know if that works for you.
Thanks for your visit,


Jeffro December 1, 2011 at 4:02 am

Dude(tte), you are awesome. I’ve been beating my head against a wall trying to get this to stick to the front page. I went to your second link and it’s all gravy now. Thank you!


Elaine December 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

Hi Jeffro,
No Problem, glad I can help.
Thanks for your visit,


Jared February 26, 2012 at 3:04 am

Hi, I’m having the same problem as some of these other people. I change the settings through Joomla as you say, and nothing changes! It’s very frustrating. I thought it might be something with the php in my template, I’m not sure if you’d be able to help with that but it’s below. If it helps any, I generated my template using a program called Artisteer.

position(‘banner1’, ‘art-nostyle’); ?>
positions(array(‘top1’ => 33, ‘top2’ => 33, ‘top3’ => 34), ‘art-block’); ?>

position(‘banner2’, ‘art-nostyle’);
if ($view->containsModules(‘breadcrumb’))
echo artxPost($view->position(‘breadcrumb’));
echo $view->positions(array(‘user1’ => 50, ‘user2’ => 50), ‘art-article’);
echo $view->position(‘banner3’, ‘art-nostyle’);
if ($view->hasMessages())
echo artxPost(”);
echo ”;
echo $view->position(‘banner4’, ‘art-nostyle’);
echo $view->positions(array(‘user4’ => 50, ‘user5’ => 50), ‘art-article’);
echo $view->position(‘banner5’, ‘art-nostyle’);

positions(array(‘bottom1’ => 33, ‘bottom2’ => 33, ‘bottom3’ => 34), ‘art-block’); ?>
position(‘banner6’, ‘art-nostyle’); ?>

position(‘syndicate’); ?>

containsModules(‘copyright’)): ?>
position(‘copyright’, ‘art-nostyle’); ?>


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