Modules in Joomla: Banners – Breadcrumbs

The Banners module is used to activate the banner(s) created through the Banner component (to display the banner on the web site). You learned how to use the Banner module, step by step, in Chapter 4.


The Breadcrumbs module is helpful for quick navigation in a web site. It not only displays your current location in the web site but also the parent web pages through which you traveled to reach the current page. You can use the parent links to navigate back.

Select the Breadcrumbs module from the Module Manager to open it in edit mode. The options in the Parameters section will appear, as shown in Figure 8-10.

The Show Home option is used to decide whether to display the home page in the breadcrumbs path.

For this example, set it to Yes.

The Text for Home Entry field is for specifying the text to display for the home page in the breadcrumbs. Usually it is set to Home, but you can enter any text (e.g., Default or Index). Keep the default value Home in this field.

The Show Last option is used to deciding whether to display the current location of the web page. If you set this field to No, it will display the links up to the parent web page, but not the current page. For example, suppose that you select the Cell Phones category from the News Feeds menu. The breadcrumb will display Home ➤ News Feeds ➤ Cell Phones if the Show Last field is set to Yes. If you set this field to No, the breadcrumb will display Home ➤ News Feeds, which excludes the location of the current web page. Set this field to Yes.

The Text Separator field specifies the text to be used to separate the navigation elements. Usually the default, ➤, is used, but you can use any symbol. Keep this field blank to use the default. Let the Position of the module be position-7 (on the right-top side of the web site).

The Advanced section of the Breadcrumbs module shows the fields shown in Figure 8-11.

The Module Class Suffix field is used for applying individual styles to the module. In this field, you can specify the suffix of the style class created in the template CSS file. Keep this field blank and the rest of the fields at their default values. Click Save & Close button to save the module.

Note Don’t forget to set the value of the Menus option in the Menu Assignment section to All to keep the module visible when selecting any menu item of the web Remember that when you publish a module, it can be assigned to all pages or pages specified in the Pages/Items or Menu Assignment dialog box. You can assign modules only to pages that have menu items.

From the front side of the site, when you select the Web Cams – Video Chatting article of the Camera subcategory of the Electronics category, the Breadcrumbs module will display the breadcrumb as Home ➤ Electronics ➤ Camera ➤ Web Cams – Video chatting (see Figure 8-12).

Source: Harwani B M (2015), Foundations of Joomla!, Apress; 2nd ed edition

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