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HOW TO ADD MENU IN JOOMLA 2.5

To create a Joomla 2.5 menu:

  1. Log into your Joomla Dashboard
  2. In the top menu under Menus, click Menu Manager
  3. Click the New button in the top right menu
  4. Type in a menu title, type, and description. Then click Save & Close in the top right menu
    add-a-new-menu-in-joomla-25
  5. Find and click Add a module for this menu type next to the menu you just created
    click-add-a-module-for-this-menu-type
  6. Type in a Title, choose a Position for the menu, and then click Save & Close
    type-a-title-and-choose-a-position-for-your-menu

To add an Article menu type to a menu:

  1. Log into your Joomla Dashboard
  2. In the top menu under Menus, hover over the menu you would like to add a new menu item to and then click Add New Menu Item
    click-add-new-menu-item
  3. Click Select next to Menu Item Type, and then click Single Article
    select-single-article
  4. Type in a Title for the Menu Item
    type-in-a-menu-title
  5. Next to Select Article, click Select / Change.
    click-select-change
  6. Use the Filter feature to find your article, and then click on the article title
    click-on-article-title
  7. Click Save & close.
    click-save-and-close

In Joomla, you can change the order that menu's display in from the Dashboard. In this tutorial we will walk you through this modification.

Changing the Menu Order:

  1. Login to your Joomla Dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over Menus, and click the menu you want to modify. In my tests, I selected Main Menu:
    choose menu to edit
  3. You will see the menus listed in order of how they display on the page. Use the blue arrows to re-order or modify the menu location. As a test, I am moving the Example Pages link to the top.
    Here is the default menu order, notice the location of the Example Pages link:
    joomla menu

    Now, I will click the arrow next to Example Pages, until it is all the way on top. Each time you click the arrow, you will see a message stating "Ordering successfully saved.":
    clicking arrows to reorder

    Once you have moved it to the top, refresh your website, and you will see the menu order has changed:
    menu after modifying

 


 

 

To create a Joomla 2.5 menu:

 

  1. Log into your Joomla Dashboard
  2. In the top menu under Menus, click Menu Manager
  3. Click the New button in the top right menu
  4. Type in a menu title, type, and description. Then click Save & Close in the top right menu
    add-a-new-menu-in-joomla-25
  5. Find and click Add a module for this menu type next to the menu you just created
    click-add-a-module-for-this-menu-type
  6. Type in a Title, choose a Position for the menu, and then click Save & Close
    type-a-title-and-choose-a-position-for-your-menu

 


To change the homepage in Joomla 2.5:

  1. Log into your Joomla 2.5 admin
  2. In the top menu, hover over Menus and click on the Menu Item group that has the menu item you want set as the home page.
  3. Next to the menu item you want set as the home page, click the star icon:
    click-star-to-set-as-homepage

    As you can see in the screenshots below, we have now changed our homepage. Below are the before and after screenshots of our website at http://domain.com

    The default home pageOur custom set home page
    home-page-before home-page-after

 


To install aiContactSafe:

  1. Download aiContactSafe

    Visit this page and click Download next to aiContactSafe. The file we downloaded was com_aicontactsafe_2_0_18_stable.zip.
    (Please note that you will need to register for a free account on that site before you can get the file)
  2. Log into your Joomla 2.5 Admin
  3. In the top menu, hover over Extensions and click Extension Manager
  4. Under Upload Package File, find the file you downloaded in step 1 above and then click Upload & Install.
    install-aiContactSafe

    When the installation has completed, you should see the following message:

    A contact form in which you can add any number of custom fields.
    Congratulations, aiContactSafe is now installed!

 


Linking to your Contact Us page in Joomla 2.5:

  1. Log into your Joomla 2.5 Admin
  2. In the top menu, hover over Menus » the menu to add this link to, and then click Add New Menu Item
  3. Next to Menu Item Type, click Select and click Contact Form (under aiContactSafe)
    click-contact-form-under-aicontactsafe
  4. Enter a Menu Title, such as Contact Us
  5. Under Required Settings, if you know which profile you would like to use, choose it from the list. Otherwise, leave it to Default form. Then, click Save in the top right menu.

    When you visit your Joomla 2.5 website, you should now see a new Contact Us link in your menu that directs users to a contact form.
    contact-form-menu-item-has-been-created

Where are emails sent to by default?

from-email-global-configurationBy default, emails sent from aiContactSafe forms will be delivered to the From email set in the Joomla 2.5 Server Global Configuration.

In this aiContactSafe tutorial, we will show you how to change the recipient address of your emails.

To update the email address that receives aiContactSafe submissions:

  1. Log into your Joomla Admin

    To make any changes to aiContactSave, you must first log into your Joomla 2.5 Dashboard

  2. Click Components » aiContactSafe » Profiles

    In the top menu, hover over Components. Then hover over aiContactSafe and finally click Profiles

  3. Select your Profile

    In the list of profiles, click the profile you are working with. If you are following along with our tutorial, we click on the Default form.

  4. Update the Email address

    In the list of Profile settings, find the field labeled Email address. Enter the email address you would like to receive the aiContactSafe emails.
    change-recipient-address

  5. Save Changes and Test

    To save your changes, click the Save button in the top right menu. Be sure to test your contact form and ensure the message is being sent to the new email address.


Editing a profiles Contact Information in aiContactSafe:

  1. Log into your Joomla Dashboard

    Start off by logging into your Joomla 2.5 administrative area

  2. Navigate to aiContactSafe Profile Settings

    Then, in the top menu hover over Components. From here, hover over aiContactSafe and then click Profiles.

  3. Check the Profile and click Edit Contact

    Put a check next to the profile you want to edit the contact information for, and then click the Edit CSS button in the top right of the page.

  4. Use the WYSIWYG editor to change the contact information

    The contact information doesn't have to be your name, address, and website - it can be whatever you would like it to be. This is because the information shown is written within a WYSIWYG editor. Using the editor, make any changes you would like.
    contact-information-wysiwyg

  5. Save the contact information and test

    When you're done making changes, click save in the top right menu. Finally, test your aiContactSafe contact form and you should see the new contact information!


To feature an article on your Joomla 2.5 front page:

  1. Log into your Joomla Admin
  2. In the top menu, hover over Content and then click Article Manager
  3. Browse your list of articles or use the filter feature to find the article you want on your front page. Then, under Featured, click the grey button - it will refresh the page and turn the button into a blue / white star. The article is now set as a Featured Article.
    setting-an-article-as-a-featured-article
  4. Visit your Joomla 2.5 front page, and you should now see the article you set as a featured article on your front page!
    Before the article was featured...After the article was featured
    before-article-set-as-featured after-setting-an-article-as-featured

To upgrade to Joomla 2.5.2:

  1. Log into your Joomla Dashboard
  2. Find and click the icon labeled Joomla 2.5.2 Update Now!
    click-update-now
  3. Put a check in the box next to the Joomla update file (see screenshot below) and click Update in the top right menu
    check-the-update-and-click-update
  4. When the update has completed, you will see a success message similar to Updating file was successful. You will also see the version number at the bottom of the page update to Joomla 2.5.2 (refer to the screenshot below)
    updating-file-was-successful

To update an extension in Joomla 2.5:

  1. Log into your Joomla 2.5 admin
  2. In the top menu, hover over Extensions and then click Extension Manager.
  3. You will see several tabs at the top of the page. Click the Update tab.
    click-the-update-tab
  4. There may not always be updates available. If there are, you will see a list of them on the screen. As you can see in the screenshot below, our Joomla 2.5 website has two akeeba backup upgrades available.

    two-updates-are-available

    To install an update, click the box to the left of each update you want to install. Then, click the Update button in the top right menu.

    When the upgrades have been completed, you will see a success message similar to:
    Updating component was successful.

    If you get any error messages, you may want to try running each upgrade one at a time, instead of selecting all the available upgrades and installing them at the same time.

 


To install a Joomla 2.5 Module:

Installing a module is much like installating a plugin, the steps will seem very similar.

  1. Download the module to your desktop
  2. Log into your Joomla 2.5 Dashboard
  3. In the top menu, hover over Extensions and then click Extension Manager
  4. Under Upload Package File, click browse and select the module you downloaded in step 1, then click Upload & Install
    upload-your-joomla2.5-module

    When your Joomla 2.5 module has been uploaded and installed successfully, you will see a confirmation message:
    your-joomla2.5-modules-has-been-uploaded
  5. At this point we have installed a Joomla 2.5 module, however by default new modules are not enabled, so we'll now enable the module.

    In the top menu, hover over Extensions and click Module Manager
  6. Use the Filter feature to find your module, and then click on the module in the list below
    find-and-select-your-module
  7. Under Details, select the Position where you want the module displayed and set the Status to Published
  8. Under Menu Assignment, select which pages to show the module on. You can do this by either setting Module assignment to On all Pages, or by individually clicking on each page in the list below
    select-menu-management-to-enable-module
  9. Under Basic Options, configure any settings specific for this module

  10. Click Save & Close

    Congratulations, you have just installed a Joomla 2.5 module!

    Here is a before / after screenshot of our Joomla module:
    Before our Module was installedAfter we installed our Module
    before-your-joomla-module-has-been-published after-your-joomla-module-has-been-published

 

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