Join Jen Kramer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring administrator modules and modifying the Joomla! version, part of Joomla! 3.3 Essential Training: Modules, Components, Extensions, & Templates.
- So, you may recall me earlier talking about the way the back end of Joomla is configured to display through a template. I actually mentioned this back in the Joomla 3 content course. And this template here is the ISIS administrator template. Joomla uses the same system for creating a website for its back end that it does for its front end. So, in other words, the Joomla back end and the interface here is designed in the same way in that it has modules, components, plug ins, and a template.
And so, one of the things I wanted to show you is that there are administrator modules that are available to you that can also be configured to give you a little bit of custom styling to the back end of your Joomla website. One of the things that a lot of people like to do is that they like to remove the Joomla branding. They wanna pretend that this is their own custom content management system where they don't want people to know they're working with Joomla. So, they might wanna change out the logo up here on the top or down here at the bottom, there is a version number down here that they might wanna change out.
And you might be wondering about how to do that. So, if you go to Extensions, Module Manager. The modules that you see here are all displaying on the front end of the website. And that is because over here on the left column for navigation these are the site modules. If I switch to the administrator modules these modules are all displaying in the back end of Joomla inside the administrator side of things. So, let's take a look at the Joomla version module here.
This is the information that's displaying in this lower right corner down here. That this is Joomla 3.3.6. So, right now, this is said to display the short version and to show the name Joomla. So, if I said, "No, don't show Joomla." And said, "Save." This just tells me that it's 3.3.6. It doesn't tell me that it's Joomla anymore. I could also display the long version of the format and we'll throw Joomla in there too, and we'll go ahead and say Save.
And now you'll see down here at the bottom that this is Joomla 3.3.6 stable [ ember] which was released on the first of October in two thousand and four. So, depending on what you wanna show down here at the bottom of the screen you can go ahead and modify this module to display that information. And go ahead and say, "Save and Close." This is also where you can add bits of information to appear in different portions of your website. So, for example, the C panel position here is the stuff that displays on the control panel as you log into the website, that same screen that comes up every time at the start of the movies as I record them, That's the control panel and this is said to show the logged in users, popular articles, and recently added articles.
So, if you didn't want to display this information for example, you don't wanna display what articles are popular, you can unpublish this module and when you return to the control panel you would no longer see that information here on this page. Or you could reorder these modules if you wanted something for example the article information to be at the top but the logged in users to be at the bottom. All right, so I'm gonna go back here to my module manager. I'm gonna go back to these administrator modules and I'm gonna republish popular articles because I would like to just sort of keep the interface the same but feel free to try out little changes here and we'll warn you that this is potentially a spot where you could break something and it could impact your working with Joomla depending on what it is that you disabled and whether you can ever get back to this screen again.
So, if you do decide you wanna make changes and play around back here I strongly encourage you to back up your website first just in case you get into trouble. You can roll back to that back up and recover from your error.
- Configuring modules
- Creating a custom HTML module
- Displaying testimonials and random images with modules
- Using contact form components
- Enhancing Joomla! with extensions
- Changing the look of your site with templates
- Adjusting template masters with the HTML and CSS editors