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Joomla - Category Management

The category manager is used to create categories that provide an optional method to organize the articles. A category may contain articles as well as other categories (known as sub-categories). You can not include several categories in a single article. First, you have to create a category, and then you can add an article in it.

Adding Category

To add a category, you need to follow the given steps:

Step 1

Log in to your Joomla account, and navigate to the "Content - Categories - Add New Category" from Joomla Taskbar. You can also access the same window by clicking on the "Categories" option from the left sidebar present on the Joomla Control Panel and then clicking on the "New" button from the toolbar.

Joomla Category Management

Step 2

After following the above step, you will get the form where you need to fill all the required details. The title box is the only mandatory field to create a category successfully. The screen will look like this:

Joomla Category Management

Step 3

There are many other useful tabs such as "Options, Publishing, and Permissions" present in the category creation page.

Options

There are three fields available under options tab which are:

Layout It is used to specify the alternative layout from the drop-down list, such as 'Use Global, Blog or List'.
Image It is used to choose the image that you want to display.
Alt Text It is used to attach the text with the image that will help search engines to find it easily.

Joomla Category Management

Publishing

In this tab, you will get the following options:

Created Date It is used to specify the date on which the category was created.
Created By It is used to specify the name of the user who created the category.
Modified Date It is used to specify the date on which the category was modified.
Modified By It is used to specify the name of the user who modified the category.
Hits It is used to specify the total number of times the item was viewed.
Meta Description It is used to specify the short explanation of the contents of the web pages.
Meta Keywords It is used to specify the keywords related to the contents, which help to get better ranking in search engines.
Author It is used to specify the name of the author within the metadata.
Robots It is used to specify the instruction to the robots that browse the page using commands such as 'Use Global, Index-Follow, No Index-Follow, Index-No Follow, and No Index-No Follow'.

Joomla Category Management

Permissions

The 'Permissions' tab provides the following options:

Create It is used to allow user groups to create the categories.
Delete It is used to allow user groups to delete the categories available in the extension.
Edit It is used to allow user groups to edit the categories available in the extension.
Edit State It is used to allow the user groups to change or modify the state of the categories available in the extension.
Edit Own It is used to allow the user groups to edit the categories which they have created previously.

Joomla Category Management

Step 4

After putting all the details, you need to click on the "Save" button to keep the changes. You can check the created category from the list present in the category manager page, as shown below:

Joomla Category Management

In Joomla, you can create as many categories as required. Once you have created a category, you can create an article and attach it with a category.






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