Joomla CMS series

2. How to use the Category Manager in Joomla

This tutorial assumes you are already logged in to your Joomla admin panel

Articles are organized into sections and categories in Joomla. Sections are the top level of organization followed by categories, which are ordered by the section they belong to

1) Click Content

2) Then Category Manager

On this page, you can publish, unpublish, move, copy or delete categories or create a new one

3) To publish a category, select the checkbox

4) Then click Publish

5) To unpublish a category, select the box

6) And click Unpublish

Let's see how to move a category to a different section

7) Select the box next to the category you want to move

8) Click Move

9) Select a new section for this category

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10) Click Save

11) To copy a category, select it

12) And click Copy

13) Choose the section the category will be copied to

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14) Click Save

15) To delete a category, select the box

16) And click Delete

Now we'll edit the category we just copied

17) Select the category

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18) Click Edit

19) Make any necessary changes

These options will be covered in more detail in the next step

20) Click Save

Let's create a whole new category now

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21) Click New

22) Enter a Title

The Alias is an internal name that Joomla uses in the URL if SEF is enabled

Entering an alias is optional; and, if left blank, Joomla will create a default one by automatically converting the title to lowercase and replacing any spaces with a hyphen

However, you may manually enter an alias, if desired

By default, Published is set to yes. If you don't want to publish this category just yet, you will need to change it to no

23) Select the Section from the list

The Access Level allows you to set what users can access content in this section

Public allows anyone who visits your site to view the content. Registered allows only registered users access. Special allows only authors and higher

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24) You can select an image that will be used for this section

You can upload your own images into the images/stories directory

The Image Position is used to place the image at the left or right of the page

25) Enter a Description for this section

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26) Click Save

That's it! You now know how to use the Category Manager in Joomla