Joomla - add separator between articles on front page

If you want to add a separator between your Joomla home page featured articles, add following text to your template's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) file:

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.item-separator {
border-bottom: 1px dotted #898989; 
display: block; 
margin: 10px 0; 
width: 100%;

Adjust parameters to match your website design.

Change default article sort order in Joomla back end

By default Joomla sorts articles by title, which may be fine in some instances, however, most of the time people prefer to have them sorted by date with latest articles at the top. Normally, to do this you would have to click on Date heading twice.

There is no built-in option to change default sort order, but this can be achieved by making a small change to one Joomla core file.

Joomla article navigation in middle of the page

In some templates Joomla article navigation may appear in the middle bottom of your articles.

Joomla article navigation in the middle

This can be changed by making a small change to your template's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) file.

For example, if you use Rocket Theme Afterburner template all you need to do is add is folowing text to templates/rt_afterburner/css/light.css (actual css file name may be different if you changed template's colour scheme):

.pagenav-prev {float: left;}
.pagenav-next {float: right;}

Joomla article navigation

With other templates, required changes may be slightly different.

Remove date and time from Joomla Menu link URL

Was making changes to one of my Joomla websites' menu system when bumped into a strange issue.

There were types of menu systems, both two levels deep. First menu level in both cases level External URL

  1. index.php/category/subcategory
    Links to Category List layout
  2. index.php/category/article
    Links to Single Article

With first type of menus everything was fine, however, second (linking to single articles) was producing links in format:
index.php/date_time/article i.e. index.php/2012-08-01-14-25-15/article

Checked and doubled checked all aliases for menu items and categories and none of them had any text in aliases.
After some testing and experimenting found where the problem was.


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