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Menu items are the core structure of your website. Each Menu Item is a link to a webpage. The Menu Item Type determines the type of page that will display when a user clicks on it. There are over 30 different Menu Item types that can be assigned to a menu and include, single article, image gallery, news feed, log-in form, site-map and external URL. If you have third-party extensions, these may add more menu types that can also be assigned to a menu.

In this screen, you will select the Menu Item Type for the Menu Item you are creating and then fill in information about this specific Menu Item. Some of these fields are common to all Menu Item types. These include the following sections: Details, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignment for this Menu Item. These common fields are documented in this help screen.

In addition to these common fields, different Menu Item types may require different fields unique to that type. These are documented in the help screen for each type.

 

1. To Create a New Menu Item in Main Menu:

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The first step when creating a menu item is to select the menu item type. Click the Select button to open a modal window that lists the available menu item types, as shown below.

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Click on the link for the desired type to select that type. Note that more types may be available if you install third-party components

When the menu item type is selected, the modal window will close and the Menu Item Type field is filled in automatically. When the screen redisplays, the available options on the right side of the screen will vary depending on which type is selected. The Details section, on the left, and the Link Type Options, Page Display Options, Metadata Options, and Module Assignment for this Menu Item, will show for all menu item types. Other options specific to the selected type may also be available and below are the standard options;

 

 

2. Menu Configuration Options


Additional configuration options to your menu are are available on the panels to the right and include;

 

Link Type Options

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This layout has the following Link Type Options.

These let you control attributes of the link for this menu item in the Joomla menu.

 

Page Display Options

This layout has the following Page Display Options.

 

Metadata Options

This layout has the following Metadata Options.

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  1. To help Search Engines and other systems classify the content of the Article.
  2. In combination with Banner tags, to display specific Banners based on the Article content. For example, say you have one Banner with an ad for dog products and another Banner for cat products. You can have your dog Banner display when a User is viewing a dog-related Article and your cat Banner display for a cat-related Article. To do this, you would:
    1. Add the keywords 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Articles.
    2. Add the Tags 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Banners in the Banner Manager New/Edit screen.
    3. Set the Banner module Parameter 'Search By Tags' to 'Yes in the Banner Module Edit screen.
  3. For articles only, in combination with the Related Articles module, to display Articles that share at least one keyword in common. For example, if the current Article displayed has the keywords "cats, dogs, monkeys", any other Articles with at least one of these keywords will show in the Related Articles module.