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Working with the Display News Module in Joomla
Joomla is a popular open source software that you can download from the internet and install on to your web server. It is a very popular software hence it is likely that your web hosting company has the feature where you install Joomla directly from the control panel saving you the need to download it. Once you have installed Joomla you will need to configure it to suite you requirements. A good place to start with is selecting a template for your website.
If you have a customize design in mind then you may have to hire a professional Joomla web developer to help you out with the customization. Alakmalak is one such company that is involved in Joomla Web Development. On the other hand you have the option of selecting a readymade template. There are many websites online that provide Joomla templates either free or at a nominal cost. You have the option of using one of these templates to change the look and feel of your website.
If you do select one of these templates you will need to download it first and then install it via the admin section of your Joomla website. Many of such template are accompanied with several pre-installed modules as well. The template may have a layout that requires several added functionality and hence includes additional modules to enable that functionality.
One such module that is often included along with readymade templates is the ‘Display News’ module. This module is very flexible, intuitive and a very good for publishing news on your Joomla site.
This module can be found in the directory like /sources/modules/ of your template package. On the other hand if you wish to download this module it is possible to do so from the Joomla’s extension webpage. All you need to do is to simply download the file and install it via Joomla’s admin interface.
The configuration of this module is fairly easy as well. It consists of multiple options and the best way to figure it out is to actually by using it. You can create a new module of the type ‘Display News’. There will be several options for you to select while doing so. You will need to select the appropriate title first. Then comes the position of the module. The template you have installed is likely to have a few options for you to choose from.
You will also be able to select several other options like the number of items to be displayed, number of columns to be set and the order in which they need to be displayed. Besides which you can also select the layout like flat or something else, date type. You will need to select the source of the content from the articles that you already have. This is the ‘Content Selection Option’ where you need to set the ‘set category type’ to ‘only selected’ and then one or more categories in the ‘set categories’ option.
Under the ‘Set Articles’ option you can select the articles that you have under the Articles section of your Joomla website. You can also set the tile options from the section by the same name. In addition to what you also have the ‘Text Option’ settings that can be set as per your requirements.
The ‘Item ID Option’ helps Joomla decide which modules and templates need to appear on the page. This option makes it possible for you to assign the itemID to a module.
That is more or less it; you should be all set to use this news module.
- How to work with Display News module