Joomla 1.6 – What are the Template module positions?

by Elaine on February 11, 2011

In Joomla 1.5 you can see template module positions easily by just typing ?tp=1 following the URL path.  For example – will enable you to see all the template module positions of your active template.

In Joomla 1.6 this is slightly different to provide a little more security to your templates.    This little trick is handy since some Joomla template providers do not provide the template module map and makes it hard to figure out where your modules will end up when you publish them on your website.   You don’t have to play the guessing game anymore.   For example if you wanted to find out what are the module positions for Beez_20, here is how to do it:

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.6 Administrator backend.

2.  Click on ‘Extensions‘, ‘Template Manager’, go to the right hand side and click on the button ‘Options‘.

3.  Under the Template tab, Global configurations for Templates, set ‘Preview Module Postions’ = “Enabled”

4.  Save the Template Manager options.

5.  Now in your URL at the top you can append the ?tp=1.  for example

So that’s it.  After you press <enter> you should see the template module positions.   To turn off the template module positions you can follow through the same path and under the Template Manager Options, Template tab, Global configurations for Templates, set ‘Preview Module Postions’ = “Disabled”.

 Joomla 1.6   What are the Template module positions?


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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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Abhijit V. Chaore November 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

Sounds pretty easy. Thanks for the help. With the help of your article I found this option easily!


Elaine November 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hi Abhijit,
No problem! Glad my posts are helping you. Thanks for your visits,


free joomla templates February 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

nice tip, thanks


niveditha March 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi, I created a new module position to place the social networking icons at the top of center content. It is visible in the list of positions, but doesnt show up when done …………./?tp=1. Why?


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