Add a New Menu

  • Under the MENU heading, go to MENU MANAGER
  • Select NEW from the Top Right Toolbar
  • For Joomla 1.5, Enter in a Unique Name and Title for your new menu.
  • For Joomla 2.5, Enter in a Title and Menu Type for your new menu.
  • You can also add in a Description if you like, though it is not necessary
  • Select Save from the Top Right Toolbar
  • Your new menu is now under MENU heading, at the bottom of the list

Add Menu Items to a Menu

For Joomla 1.5

Before adding Menu Items, make sure to do your Sections, Categories, and Articles first!

  1. Under the MENU heading, go to the menu you would like to add items to
  2. Select NEW from the Top Right Toolbar
  3. Select the type of items you wish the menu to support.

Most of the menus you will use fall under the Articles type.
These are the most commonly used options:

  • Article – Article Layout
  • Category – Category Blog Layout
  • Front Page – Front Page Blog Layout
  • Section – Section Layout

The other options layout the articles contained within as a list of articles and doesn’t show contents without selecting a specific article.

  1. Enter a Title for your Menu; double check that the Display In is the correct menu; select the correct Parent Item (if the menu is a top menu of sub-menu from another menu, for Top menu, select Top); for Published check Yes
  2. Under Parameters (Basic) on the right hand side, depending on the menu type you selected, you may need to link a specific article, section, or category to the menu.
  3. Under Parameters (Component), you can change how everything listed under the menu will display. The most common Show/Hide options used are: Show Title, Author Name, Created Date and Time, Modified Date and Time, Icons, PDF Icon, Print Icon, and E-mail Icon. If you haven’t done articles yet, you may want to hold off on these until later
  4. Under Parameters (System), set the Page Title you want, turn Show Page Title on or off. The others rarely change under this menu.
  5. Select Save from the Top Right Toolbar

For Joomla 2.5

Before adding Menu Items, make sure to do your Categories, and Articles first!

  1. Under the MENU heading, go to the menu you would like to add items to
  2. Select NEW from the Top Right Toolbar
  3. Click Select to choose a Menu Item Type

Most of the menus you will use fall under the Articles type.
These are the most commonly used options:

  • Articles – Single Article
  • Articles – Category Blog
  • Articles – Featured Articles

The other options layout the articles contained within as a list of articles and doesn’t show contents without selecting a specific article.

  1. Enter a Title for your Menu; for Status select Published
  2. Double check that the Menu Location is the correct menu; select the correct Parent Item (if the menu is a top menu of sub-menu from another menu, for Top menu, select Menu Item Root)
  3. Under Required Settings on the right hand side, depending on the menu type you selected, you may need to link a specific article or category to the menu.
  4. There are more options on the right-hand side but none of these are required. Set them as needed
  5. Select Save from the Top Right Toolbar