Joomla! 1.6 Templates – First Glance

In the upcoming Joomla! 1.6 release, templates take on a whole new shape. Probably the most exciting new feature of the template system for site owners will be the template styles. Now, when you use a template that has parameters for setting one of a multiple background, or overall color, or whatever, you can save that parameter configuration as a template style. So you could use the same template on multiple pages and have different styles without installing the same template several times. Another difference with Joomla! 1.6 templates from Joomla! 1.5 templates, is that you assign the pages to the template inside the Menu Manager for the link rather than from inside the Template Manager.


New Look for Joomla! 1.6 Template Manager


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How Do I Load a Module Inside an Article

To load a module directly into an article is pretty simple in Joomla! 1.5. There is a system plugin which will load it for you. First, make sure the plugin is enabled by going to Extensions -> Module Manager and looking for the plugin called “Content – Load Module.” Make sure this plugin is Enabled.

Content Load Module Plugin


Next, go to Extensions -> Module Manager and find the module you want to load in your article. You can create a new one or copy an existing module, if you need to. On the left side of the module’s parameters page, there is a drop-down selector where you pick a template location for the module. However, you can type right there in that drop-down and put in any module location you want. Make something up, and place your module there.

Changing the Module Location


Now, just go open up your article, and use the special {} instruction to load that module right in your article.

Using Custom Module Locations in an Article in Joomla! 1.5

Now, when you browse to the page with this article in your front-end, you will see a module loaded right at the top of the article.