Oct 2012

How to View Module Positions in Joomla! 2.5

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Joomla 2.5 templates are used not only to define the style of a webpage, but also to define how the page is laid out. For example, it is because of how a specific template is setup that certain items show in the footer of a page, or in the left / right sidebars.

It also makes sense that modules are the only Joomla extensions that are assigned to module positions. For example, when you install a component or a plugin, they do not need to be assigned to a module position.

When working on your Joomla 2.5 site, there may be times when you need to move modules to different parts of the page. Each module is shown in a “place holder”, and these place holders are referred to as positions. To move a module to a different position, you’ll need to know where each position is set in the template. For example, the footer may have a position labeled as “position-14″. You need to know this position name before you can move a module to it.

This tutorial will explain you how to see module positions available in your joomla template:

(1) Login to the Joomla! backend.

(2) Select Template Manager from the Extensions menu:

(3) Click on the Options icon:

(4) Click on the Enabled button of the Preview Module Positions entry. Then click on Save or Save & Close to save the change.

(5) Observe that module positions are now visible on your Joomla! pages when you append ?tp=1 to the end of your URL:

To place a module within a particular module position, within the particular module, please choose the module position:

  1. Navigate to Extensions → Module Manager
  2. Choose your module from the module list
  3. Within the Details section of your module configuration, choose Select Position

Module Positions

To find all modules places in a particular module position, choose the desired module position within the module list.

  1. Navigate to Extensions → Module Manager
  2. From the filters choose Select Positions
  3. Choose desired position from the drop down menu.

Filter Modules by Position

When you are done examining module positions, remember to set Preview Module Positions to Disabled.

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