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Creating a user menu in Joomla

This tutorial will show you the steps for creating a user menu in Joomla

If you installed the sample data when setting up Joomla, you should have such a menu already. This tutorial, then, will only be useful if you did not install the sample data, or if you’ve accidentally deleted the menu

1) Go to Menus…

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2) …then click Menu Manager

3) Once there, click the New button

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4) The Unique Name is what Joomla uses to identify this module within the code

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5) Enter a Title

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6) Type a Description

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7) The Module Title is what will display on the front-end. If this field is left blank, the module will not be created and this menu will not show up

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8) Click Save

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9) Now, click this icon to add items to our new menu

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The first item we create will allow users to edit their details, such as e-mail address and password

10) Click New

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11) Click User

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12) Click User Form Layout

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13) Choose a Title

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14) The Alias is an internal name that Joomla uses in the URL if SEF is enabled

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Entering an alias is optional; and, if left blank, Joomla will create a default one by automatically converting the title to lowercase and replacing any spaces with a hyphen

However, you may manually enter an alias, if desired

15) This link is of no use to a guest, so turn the Access Level to Registered

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Scroll back up

16) Click Save

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17) Now, repeat those steps for the final three menu items as shown, starting by clicking the New link on this page

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The next menu item we’ll be adding will be a link to Submit an Article

18) Click Articles

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For this item, we will be using Article Submission Layout

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19) Fill out the form as before

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20) Registered users will not be able to use this page; only Authors and above can submit articles. So, this time, we’ll set the Access Level to Special

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21) Scroll back up and save

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Now, let’s let Special users add Web Links

22) Click Web Link Submission Layout

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The last link will allow users to Log out

23) Click Default Login Layout

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All four menu items have been set up

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24) Now, let’s enable our menu’s display module. Go to Extensions…

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25) …Module Manager

26) Enable the User Menu module

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27) Then, click the down arrow until our User Menu is below the Main Menu

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28) Now, change the Access Level to Registered

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Now, let’s change one more setting

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29) Open up the Advanced Parameters

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30) Under Module Class Suffix, type _menu

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Scroll back up

31) Click Save

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Our menu is now complete! Let’s check it out on the frontend

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Everything seems to be in order. The User Menu is ready to be used!