Module Manager is where you can add the boxes around your main content. These boxes can be a menu, an advertisement, an image, HTML text, a list of Archived Articles, and so forth.

When you open up the Module Manager screen you will see a list of all of the Modules that have been created for the site. A brand new installation will have the default Modules of the Main Menu, the Login Form and Breadcrumbs. A developed site will have scores of Modules.

When you create a new module, you will click on New from the list of actions available along the top of the screen. You will be brought to a list of Module Types

Detail tab: When you select a Module Type will will be brought to an area where you can Name the Module, select its Position, change its status, select the Access Level, select the order that it is in compared to other modules in that same Position. You can specify certain dates for the Module to appear on the site.

Note: Positions vary depending on the Template that you are using.  When you use the Position pulldown selection menu - be sure that you select from Positions that are available for your Template. Positions also vary in location depending on the framework for the Template as well.

You can also place Modules inside of Article content if the Content - Load Modules Plug-In is enabled. Simply type in a custom name for this module in the Position and Enable that Module for that web page. Then, in the Article for that page use this syntax {loadposition mycustomname}.

Options Tab: This will be different for each Module Type depending on what settings are available for that module. In the Advanced Options tab you can assign a class to the module for specific styling in the stylesheet and assign other settings as well.

Menu Assignment: This is an important feature of Modules.  You can have a Module appear on every page, on specified pages, on all pages but specified pages or on no pages.

When you select any of these Module Types, the Details screen will give you an explanation of that Module Type and brief instructions on how to use it.

Module Types

Archived Articles: This will list Archive Articles by calendar months for a specified number of months. This is a feature often used for blog articles.

Articles Categories: Use this module to display a list of categories within a parent category - all of which were specified in Category Manager under Content. Your options will be the parent category, if you wish to display the category descriptions, if you wish to show sub-categories and how many items you wish to show on the list.

Articles Category: Use this if you wish to display a LIST of articles from one or more categories. There is a multitude of options for displaying these articles. This is covered more completely in the joom3 CAM section.

Articles - Newsflash: The Newsflash Module displays a set number of Articles from the selected Category

Articles -  Related Articles: This module will show a group of related articles.  It looks for related Key Words in the Metadata Options for the Articles.

Banners: Use this Module Type to place Banners that you have set up under Content -> Banners. The options allow you to select if the link opens a new window, how many ads to show, the Client and/or Category of the Article and more.

Breadcrumbs: If you wish to show breadcrumbs for ease in navigation, you may enable the feature with this Module.

Custom HTML: This module is used if you want to enter text with the text editor and/or images. The options will allow you to select if you want to Prepare Content using the Joomla Content Plug-ins and if you wish to set a background image.  The text editor for entering your own text and images is in the Custom Output tab.

Feed Display: Use this module for RSS Feeds. The options allow you to enter the URL of the feed, whether to show the title, description and image. You may also selct how many Feed Items you wish to show and to limit the Word Count. This is what you would use to set up a Fecebook feed.

Footer: This module shows the Joomla Copyright Information. This does not have to be placed into the footer position if you want to place it somewhere else on the site.

Language Switcher: If the System - Language Filter plug-in is enabled, this module will display a list of available Content Languages. See the Detail tab under this Module Type for specific instructions.

Latest News: This Module will show a list of the most recent and published articles.  The options allow you to specify a particular category and author, how many articles to show as well as in what order to show them.

Latest Users: This Module Type displays a list of the most recent users.  The options will allow you to limit the number of users shown and if you wish to filter the groups.

Login: This Module of this type is created by default with a new Joomla 3 installation. You may wish to simple edit the existing module rather than create a new one. Tis Module Type displays the Login Form for logging into the Front End of the site for Registered Users.  The options for this Module Type allow you to add additional text before or after the form, if you want to redirect the user to another page upon logging in and logging out, if you wish to show a greeting and the user name. Note: The login form request for creating a new account and prompts for username and password are not enabled here. That is controlled by the Global Configuration for User Manager.

Menu: If you have created a Menu in the Menu Manager, you must create a module to display the menu on the site. Depending on the Template, the Menu Module Type may need to be place is a particular Position in order for it to be horizontal and/or allow dropdown menus. The options for this module allow you to select which Menu to display, which item in the Menu is the Base Item, which level to start at if you have sub-menu items, and if you wish to show sub-menu items.

Most Read Content: This module allows you to add a list of the currently published articles that have the highest number of page views. The options allow you to select the Category for the Articles and how many titles to show in the list.

Random Image: You may want to have a set of images in a specified directory in the image folder displayed in a random manner. This module allows you to specify the directory, the type of image, and if those images are to link to another page.

Search: You can place a Search Box on your site with this Module Type.  The options allow you to modify the size and label of the Search box.

Smart Search Module: This is a module that works with the Smart Search system. 

Statistics: This Module Type allows you to display information about your server installation along with statistics on the website users with a hit counter, the number of articles in your database and the number of weblinks your site provides. The options allow you to turn on or off each of these features.

Syndication Feeds: This is a Module Type for if you want to create a page on your site that is a Syndicated Feed for other websites to use.

Weblinks: This Module Type displays weblinks from a Category in your Weblinks component

Who's Online: This Module Type will display the number of visitors that are currently accessing the website.  If they are logged-in Registered Users, you can choose to display their names.

Wrapper: This Module Type will allow you to create an iFrame window. iFrames are used by YouTube, Google Maps.