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QUICK TIP: Understanding the Menu Module in Joomla

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Although all Joomla sites have at least one menu module, it is quite easy to ignore the fact that the Main Menu is also a module particularly if you installed Joomla with the sample data that comes along with it. After creating a Menu and the relevant Menu Items, many Joomla newbies find it difficult to find the newly created menu. Exactly the same thing happened to a friend hence this short post/article. Please take note of the following: because the Main Menu is a module, it is necessary to remember that every single menu you create will also be accompanied by a menu module. The newly created menu should therefore be treated in the same way as other existing menus.

Once a menu module is created, it still needs to be to be activated and placed in a relevant module position so as to become active and visible on the Website. Therefore, to activate a newly created menu module, you simply need to select Extensions and then the Module Manager from the drop-down menu, in the back-end of your Joomla installation. Then find the menu module among the presented list of modules and enable it with the radio button (usually on the right). You should now select a position to display the module from the drop-down list of available Positions. This should make the newly created menu module visible from the front-end of your Joomla installation.

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  2. Luqman

    June 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Joomla is some how complicated, I can remember that I abandon my first Joomla for wordpress, I have to look for tutorial on Joomla and study it very well before I start using it again.

  3. Gavin

    June 15, 2010 at 7:29 am

    This is quiet a nice article or tutorial one can say. All information regarding joomla is right there and anyone can have a good idea about this by reading it a days joomla is so popular bcoz it is easy to use..

  4. Saika

    January 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    hi!! thanks for trying to help! I am new at Joomla and one of my menus does not appear visible in the front end of my site. I tried what you have mentioned but still no luck!! any other options????

    • Admin

      January 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Saika, I have tried to simplify the tutorial further. Basically, your newly created menu is a module therefore you need to find the Module Manager to enable it. Go through the tutorial again and let me know if you have further problems.

      • Saika

        January 7, 2011 at 11:36 am


        thanks a million for your advice!! it finally worked!! and I had been at it for days!!

  5. Sara

    January 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Good day! Many thanks for the interesting article, you helped me a lot, I decided with your help, the problem arose from the customer.

  6. Esther

    January 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Well I know where I’ll be coming for my Joomla questions now. I’m a recent convert to Joomla. I’ve dabbled in Drupal and WordPress, but Joomla is far superior since there is so much more you can do with it. I’ll admit, coming from WordPress it was a bit of a headache, but with content like this blog I’m pretty confident that I can overcome any obstacles I may face. Thanks for your help!
    -Carly S.

  7. Anna B

    March 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for explaining this! I recently started using Joomla and find it quite complicated. It looks promising though!

  8. Leanne

    April 5, 2011 at 5:40 am

    thanks for your tutorial.

    “many Joomla newbies find it difficult to find the newly created menu”

    And i am one of those joomla newbies who faced this issue, great post!

    webmaster, Luminess Air

  9. Anna

    April 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Ok I’m with your newbie friend…I spent a few hours trying to figure out where the menu was! Thanks for the tip, perhaps it’ll give me the confidence to go in for round two. 😉

  10. Tom

    April 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Finally we have a great, clear tutorial on how to use Joomla. Once you get used to working with it, it’s not a very complex tool to use, but it’s really good to have a guideline to begin with. Thanks!

  11. Harold

    April 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Very well said and that’s the main point.
    Two of my sites run on Joomla and I never have problems because I don’t edit the codes, I leave modules as they are even if there are links inserted somewhere on any page.
    I guess this post served its purpose well. Thanks.

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  12. Darin Cunningham

    August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I reckon that Joomla users may experience a longer learning curve to mastering its use compared to other platforms. It’s not that SEO friendly as well out of the box. There are also plugins that you can get from WP for free whereas with Joomla, you are gong to have to pay for it. May not be best suited for an average user.

  13. Greg

    January 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    This is the first time I came across Joomla.I heard like its difficult but not sure.I love WordPress.

  14. johnabraham

    December 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Already i have issue with the menus. By this info, I got some useful tips. Thanks for the valuable information.

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