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Joomla- Module Types

Joomla contains some pre-installed types of modules which you can use on your site using the Module Manager. In the previous article, we have already defined how you can add modules in Joomla. In this article, we are going to explain some important module types available in Joomla:

Breadcrumbs Module

The Breadcrumb module is used to show a set of navigation links in a specific order so that the users can understand where they are inside the website. It also allows them to navigate back easily.

Create Breadcrumbs Module

To create the Breadcrumbs module, select the 'Breadcrumbs' option from the list of available module types. It will look like this:

Joomla Module Types

You will get a form where you need to fill all the required details. After making all the changes, you need to click on the "Save" button from the toolbar to keep the changes.

The created breadcrumb module will look like the following image on the site:

Joomla Module Types

Feed Display Module

A feed display module is used for showing RSS (Really Simple Syndication) News Feed from a website. A News Feed is also known as a 'Web Feed' or a 'Syndicated Feed'. It is a way that provides automatically updated data to users from other resources. For example, you can read the contents of a site 'X' somewhere on site 'Y'.

Create a Feed Display Module

Select the 'Feed Display' module from the list of module types, as shown below:

Joomla Module Types

Custom Module

If you want to display some information other than pre-defined module types, then you can create or add a new custom module.

Create a Custom Module

To add a custom module, you need to select "Custom" from the list of available module types and create your own module.

Joomla Module Types

The custom module allows you to create your own module using a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.

The following image displays the custom module that we created for an illustration purpose:

Joomla Module Types

It will look like the following image on the site:

Joomla Module Types

Footer Module

A footer module is used to display the web site copyright and Joomla license information.

Create Footer Module

To add the footer module, select the 'footer' module from the list of available module types. It will look like the following image after adding it on the site:

Joomla Module Types

Latest News Module

The Latest News Module is used to show a list of the most recently published articles. It also includes the current articles in a list.

Create a Latest News Module

To create this module, select the "Articles - Latest" option from the list of available module types. It will look like the following image:

Joomla Module Types

The following image displays the creation page of the latest news module that we created for an illustration purpose:

Joomla Module Types

After saving the details, it will look like the following image on the web site:

Joomla Module Types

Search Module

The search module is a way to display a search box on the site. Users can type a specific name or keyword into the search box to find the content easily throughout the website.

Create a Search Module

To add a 'Search Module, on the site, you need to choose module type as 'Search'. Select the position and enter the required details. After saving the details, it should look like the image attached below:

Joomla Module Types

Random Image Module

The Random Image Module allows you to create a module on the site, which displays the custom images from the selected directory randomly. Each time the page gets loaded, Joomla shows a different image from a folder that you have selected.

Create a Random Image Module

To add a Random Image Module, you are required to create a folder inside the media library. You need to upload images into that folder. Then create a new module and select the module type as 'Random Image'. Enter the path of that folder in the 'Image Folder' field and save the settings.

The following image displays how a random image module looks on the site:

Joomla Module Types

Who's Online Module

The who's online module is used to show the number of anonymous users and registered users who are currently accessing the website.

Create the Who's Online Module

To create this module, select the "Who's Online" option from the list of available module types. Choose the position and fill all the required details. It will look like the following image on the site:

Joomla Module Types

These are the important module types present in Joomla.


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