Overview of Joomla Modules - dummies

By Seamus Bellamy, Steve Holzner

In Joomla, modules are embedded applications that appear around the edges of your pages. In fact, in Joomla, in most templates, even powerful items such as menus are displayed in modules.

You handle modules in Joomla with Module Manager. You can open Module Manager by either clicking the Module Manager icon from the Administration control panel, or by choosing Extensions→Module Manager on any back-end page.


To work with an individual module, click its name in Module Manager; a customization page for that module opens.

Here are the modules that come in the default Joomla installation, arranged alphabetically:

Archived Articles Articles – Newsflash Articles – Related Articles
Articles – Categories Articles Category Banners
Breadcrumbs Custom HTML Feed Display
Footer Language Switcher Latest News
Latest Users Login Menu
Most Read Content Random Image Search
Statistics Syndication Feeds weblinks
Who’s Online Wrapper  

Module Manager has nine columns for each module:

  • [Selection Box]: Option enabling you to work with modules en masse

  • Title: The name of the module

  • Position: The position on the page where the module should appear

  • Pages: The pages on which the module is visible

  • Module Type: The type of the module

  • Published: Option indicating whether the module is published or unpublished

  • Ordering: Dictates the ordering of the modules Joomla uses when multiple modules that use the same page position are published to the same page

  • Access: The level of user allowed to see the module. The default access levels for Joomla are: Public (everyone), Registered (logged-in users), or Special (authors and above). However, you can create an infinite number of custom access levels to suit your site’s needs (for more on access levels.

  • Language: The language settings for the module

  • ID: The Joomla ID of the module