Modules

Log In Module

You may have noticed that there is no longer a Log in box on your pages and there is now no way to log in to the front end of your site. This is because the Log In module is set to a position that is not recognized by the Gantry template. Modules are assigned template positions and can hold a variety of content such as menus, article lists, search and login forms. Joomla has a number of content types for modules and more can be installed as plugins.

To change the log in modules position go to Extensions - Module Manager.  Click on the Login Form in the module list to open it for editing. Click in the Position field and begin typing side, this should reveal all the positions beginning with side. Click on Sidebar-A.

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Menu Assignment

We can also assign what pages we want a module to appear. Click on the Menu Assignment tab in the Module Manager : Module Login  window. In the Module Assignment field click Only on the pages selected.  Using the check boxes select the page(s) you want the module to appear in.

 

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Create a Custom Module

This will allow us to place content into a module using the JCE content editor. Go to Extensions - Extension Manager - Module Manager and click New. In the Select Module Type list select Custom HTML

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Give the module a Title and type 'side' in the Position field and select Sidebar-a.  Now select the Custom Output tab. Enter your content for the module into the editor and click  Save and Close.

Create a RSS Feed Display Module

Many websites particularly news sites, will have RSS Feeds of their content. This allows us to place content generated by these sites into a module on our web pages. 

Create a new module and assign it the type Feed Display. Give it a name and assign it a position. Click on the Options tab. Choose an RSS feed from the ABC web site:

http://www.abc.net.au/services/rss/

Copy and paste its URL into the the Feed URL text field.

You can also set a word limit, choose what pages to display the module and set other optional parameters. When you are done click Save and Close. 

Try adding other module types to see what they do.