Why doesn’t the menu appear on the left for the new news archive?

When adding a new menu item for the news archive, it was found that after selecting that menu item the menu iteself did not appear on that page. Neither did the guide book ad.

There are 2 modules that need to be edited: The Menu module and the Internal Ad – Guide book Module.

  1. Go to the Extensions -> Module Manager and pick the News module then choose the desired menus from the Menu Assignment list at the bottom left. In this case it was the Archive 2006 menu. This tells the module to appear on that page.
  2. Still in the Extensions -> Module Manager go to the next page and pick the Internal Left – Guide books module and choose the new menu from the Menu Assignment list at the bottom left.

This process must be repeated for each new page added to the website. Each module that you want to appear on the page must be configured to appear there.


New 2010 Article

New news Article in Archive 2010. Shouldn’t be able to create this… but could!


New 2011 Article by Trail Manager

New article created by a Trail manager in Archive 2011.


Trail Managers

Access Rights

The “Trail Manager” group in Rail Trail Australia’s Joomla website editor will contain the general committee as members who can create and edit news items and trail descriptions.

As a side effect they can also edit the menus, sections and categories although this is not the intention.

Along the top of the Joomla screen are the following menus:

  • Site,
  • Menus,
  • Content
  • Components
  • Extensions
  • Tools
  • Help

It seems that anyone with access to the backend automatically gets access to everything under the Site, Menus and Content menus and this access cannot be revoked. Only access to the contents of the Components menu can be modified for a given group. Trail Managers have access to thhe following entries under the COmponents menu.

Joomla appears to allow access to all articles or none, regardless of section. Ideally we want to allow access to create, edit and publish only those articles with the section “News”. This may not be possible.

it seems that publishing rights are separate from creating and editing rights. Do we want to take advantage of this? Ie. let some people create articles but not publish them? Articles need to be approved by a publisher before going live? More on tihs later.

Trail Managers should not attempt to modify the “Menu” menu. There seems to be a bug in Joomla (or our configuraiton of it) that prevents the user getting out once in, due to the permissions. You need to go back to the browser’s address bar and chop off everything to the right of “http://cocoon.butterflydigital.com.au/railtrails.org.au/administrator/“.

In Short

Trail Managers should only access the menus:

  • Components -> Rail Trails -> Trails or Categories
  • Article Manager for News items and then only for articles in the News Section.
  • Online Shop (Valuemart)

Do we need another group for people with publishing rights but not Super Admin rights? Or would SuperAdmins do this? i’m thinking of perhaps Frank who might want publishing rights but not necessarily full admin access to the rest of the site.

Please provide comments here so we can exercise the features.

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News Item Instructions

There are 2 ways to create e new news item.

  1. From the main screen Click the New Article button. It is the first one on the top left.
  2. Click Articles to show the list of articles the click the New on the top right.

At this stage you will be presented with the Article Editor where you can enter text, insert pictures, create links and format the article.


Above is the image I selected using the image up-loader and it shows the toolbar you get as part of the Article Editor.

More instructions to come…


Test Nesw item


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