Article Index

The Text Editor

You enter your content for your Article in the Text Editor box. The default Text Editor for Joomla is TinyMCE.  It is like a mini-word processor that allows people to enter text, images and links without having to know HTML markup language.  The Text Editor does not present the content exactly like it will appear on the web page. It does allow the user to make the text bold, italic, underlined, change the justification, add bulleted lists, indent, add links, add tables and a few other basic features.  It also allows the user to flip to HTML mode if they wish.

JCE Editor

I much prefer the extended functionality of the Text Editor that comes with the JCE Editor Extension.  When I set up a web site built in Joomla the very first thing I do is install the JCE Editor Extension.  It is free and it is one of the most popular Joomla Extensions. If you want to find out more about this extension or download a version for your own Joomla site, visit www.joomlacontenteditor.net. For all of the instructions on Articles in the joom3 site, I will assume that JCE Editor is installed.

joom3 has an entire section dedicated to the features of JCE Editor, visit JCE Editor Features to read more.

article-additionsBeneath the Text Editor are buttons that allow you to modify the content in the editor.

The Article button allows you to easily add a link to another Article within your site.

Image will bring up the Media Manager for entering an image (I prefer the JCE Editor Image button in the dashboard above the Text Editor box - it allows you to do all sorts of things with the image as far as styling, uploading, etc.).

Page Break will allow you to separate a long article into multiple pages. It will request a title for the second page and an alias.  When you choose to utilize this feature, Joomla will use a little JavaScript to place Page Y of X at the top of each page and a little menu of pages with the title that you just entered so that the user can easily navigate from page to page within the single article.

Read More will put in a Read More link that takes the user to the complete article.  This is good if you just want the article to have a teaser section when it is shown on something like a blog.

Note: Keep in mind that the Text Editor is simple taking what the user enters and changing it to HTML markup language for the browser to read. Sometimes the interchange between what you are entering and what shows up on the web page can be frustrating for those that don't understand the process and don't know how to fix it.  Any of these text editors will allow you to see the HTML code that it is creating. With JCE Editor there is a option at the very top that reads [Toggle Editor].  If you can learn the basic HTML tags, it makes dealing with Text Editors a much more productive experience.

Images and Links

  • Intro Image: Here you can select an image from your files or upload for an intro for your article. Intros show up in a Category Blog Menu Item as a teaser with a Read More link.  You must have Show Intro enabled in your Article Settings.
  • Image Float: This sets the loacation of your Intro Image, to the left or right of the text.  The default is left.
  • Alt Text:  This is the Alternate text for the image if the image isn't showing up.  It is also for those with images turned off.  Some sources say that all images should have Alt text for the visually impaired and for SEO.
  • Caption: If you have captions showing - this would be what would appear. Also, this is the title="" for the <img> tag, so if someone hovers over the image, the title shows up in a little box on the screen.

Link A, Link B and Link C

These links will add links at the top of your article.  Add the URL, Link Text and you can scroll to select if you want the link to open in a new window or a pop-up.

Details

On the right side of the screen there are some option pulldowns for the Details about the Article Creation. All of these options are also available on the main screen of the Article Manager. These Details are:

    • Status: set if the Article is Published or Unpublished
    • Access: You can change the User Access for specific viewing.
    • Featured: Yes or No
    • Language: If you have other languages available, this is where you could change the setting.