How to Add Articles to Categories in Joomla Content Management

By Seamus Bellamy, Steve Holzner

Let’s imagine that you are the Joomla content administrator for SuperDuperMegaCo. The company offers the finest ice cream in three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and sardine. You need to create new articles for each of these flavors and then add those articles to the Cartons subcategory of the Ice Cream category.

To add an article to a category, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Add New Article icon in the control panel.

    The Add New Article page opens.

  2. Enter a title for the new article in the Title text box.

    For this exercise, type Chocolate Ice Cream.

  3. Choose Cartons from the Category drop-down menu.

  4. In the Description window at the bottom of the page, enter a description.

    For this exercise, enter SuperDuperMegaCo is famous for making only the best chocolate ice cream. After just one spoonful, you’ll understand why we’re North America’s favorite brand of ice cream.


  5. From the State drop-down menu, select Published.

  6. Click the Save & Close button.

    The Add New Article page closes, and Article Manager opens, displaying the new article.


You can continue adding articles to a category by repeating these steps. Repeat the procedure twice to add these articles:

  • A Vanilla Ice Cream article in the Ice Cream section and the Cartons category

  • A Sardine Ice Cream article in the Ice Cream section and the Cartons category

When it comes to filling in the Article Text field, have some fun with it and be creative!

If you need to generate more than one article at a time and want to optimize your workflow, you’ll want to pay attention to the Save & New button located next to the Save & Close button. By choosing to use Save & New, you’ll save the article you’ve been working on, and automatically open up a new Article to work with. Now that’s handy!

Once you’ve saved all three new articles — Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Sardine Ice Cream — return to the Article Manager, either by clicking Save & Close or Close (depending on whether or not you’ve already saved the last article you worked on). Type the words Ice Cream into the Article Manager’s Filter box and click the Search button. Your three new articles appear in Article Manager.


To make these three new articles visible on your site, you have to connect them to menu items.