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How to find the module positions in Joomla 1.7

Knowing where your module positions are located is one of the most fundamental things you need to know when creating a site with Joomla 1.7, however, for some reason it’s not as easy to find as you would think. It was evident in the Joomla 1.7 usability testing I performed a few weeks ago. The tester simply couldn’t find it. Nor could I. I figured I would be able to do it on Joomla 1.7 relatively easily, but I had to hear about it from John Coonen from CMS Expo.

It was not easy to figure out in Joomla 1.5 but at least it was available as a default value. On Joomla 1.7 you’d have to purposely activate this feature to even see it.

Watch this video that explains how to find the module positions on Joomla 1.7:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28371850[/vimeo]

Or read this explanation:

  • Go to extensions-> templates
  • Switch to templates tab
  • Click on Options button on top right
  • Choose “Enable” on the “Preview Module Position” field
  • Save

Now you will see a preview link next to the template thumbnail.

A simple solution:

A simple solution to make things easier for everybody would be to add a preview link next to the “choose position” button, this way it is much easier to find.

Place a link to the site preview with module positions right where the user selects a module position

Place a link to the site preview with module positions right where the user selects a module position

Did you bump into this issue? How did you find the solution?

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Merav Knafo

Merav Knafo is the founder and CEO of iJoomla, Inc. She loves writing about Joomla, usability and Social Networking.

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    sandeep josan

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    where is this box located in joomla 1.7

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    Lynn

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    Great helps, many thanks!

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    Samual

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    Thank You, Really very helpful video.

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    vipin

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    Thanx a lot for this tip.It helped !!!

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    alin

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    thanks!

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    Subin

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    Guys…open your joomla website in mozilla and type after index.php, ?tp=1

    ex: /yoursitename/index.php?tp=1
    Hope this helps..:)

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    Ken

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    Very useful and precise. You saved me days of pain and frustration
    Thanks a million

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    Dan

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    Thank you! This has been driving me crazy. Great video

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    Daniel

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    This was really helpful, thank you for taking the time doing it =)

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    D

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    An EVEN EASIER option would be to add ?tp=1 to the end of the joomla site link in your address bar….

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    chavan

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    Thanks Mate. It’s great. Joomla is Making things secure then ever. Even these sought of things.

    Regards 🙂

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    Background Check

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