Adding and editing articles in Joomla 3.x

Once you've been granted access to the Administrator section of your site, you'll receive an email with your username and password. You will also receive a link to access the administrator from our project manager or developer assigned to your project.

If you follow the link provided, you'll get to the Joomla! login screen below:

Joomla 3 login screen

Again, reference the automated email you received for your credentials

Control Panel

After you've logged-in, you'll get redirected to the Joomla! 3.x Control Panel:

Joomla 3.x Control Panel

Accessing the Article Manager

To add an Article to your site, use the top navigation:
Or, from the Control Panel, you can use the Add New Article link on the left.

Accessing Article Manger from top navigation

An Important Note

Before continuing, it's important to note one thing about adding/editing content in Joomla:

Always, always, always correctly close out of an item. NEVER use the back button when editing content.

Examples of correctly closing out of an item:

  • Using the Save & Close button
  • Using the Close button

Some 3rd party extensions may have button titles that differ from the above, but just know that hitting the Back button in your browser is a no-no.

Without getting too technical, the reason for this caveat is the nature of Content Management Systems. Typically you'll have more than one person editing content. Meaning, at some point, the same article may be opened by different users. Joomla 'locks' articles while they're being edited. In order to 'unlock' an article, you need to correctly close it. Hitting the Back button will cause the article to remain 'locked'.

Adding a New Article

You'll find a detailed description below the image.

Adding a new article in Joomla 3.x

  1. The Button Toolbar
    • Save: This will save the Article and return you to the Article for further editing.
    • Save & Close: This will save the Article and return you to the Article Manager.
    • Save & New: This will save the Article and present a blank Article edit screen.
    • Cancel: This will return you to the Article Manager without saving the Article.
  2. Title & Alias Fields
    • Title: Title of article. Required.
    • Alias: Used for creating URLs. This can be left blank. Joomla will auto-generate it based on your title, but you can explicitly set it if you wish.
  3. Text Editor: This is the main content of your Article.
  4. Category: Select the category for the Article.
  5. Status: This is the state of the Article.
    • Published: Will be displayed on front-end
    • Unpublished: Will not be displayed on front-end
    • Archived: Archived articles have less prominence than Published articles. They are still allowed on front-end (because they are not Unpublished), but must be explicitly set to be displayed. Typically you'll use this option for sites with lots of articles.
    • Trashed: Trashed articles will not show up on the front-end and can only be revealed in the Article Manager by setting the - Select Status - drop-down to Trashed. Think of this as your desktop's Trash or Recycle Bin.

There is certainly much more that Joomla! can do, but the above is usually all you'll need to get acquainted with Joomla.

In any case, never hesitate to contact us with any questions!