How to customize the arrangement of articles in Joomla?
The Joomla menu functionality allows you to create pages that groups multiple content based on similar properties. Featured articles in Joomla are articles that show up on your Joomla front page. For example, if you want to have a blog section on your website and you want to have all articles from your blog category displayed in it. It is easy to assign an article as a featured article , and here we’ll see how to adjust the ordering of featured articles on your front page. So read through to know how to customize the arrangement of articles in Joomla.
Mark Joomla articles Featured
Firstly, you need to mark some articles in your site as Featured. In order to do these go to Content -> Articles Manager. You will see a list of your articles here. Note that there is a star next to each article. Simply press the star next to it, to mark an article as Featured. It will turn yellow, indicating that you’ve marked this article as featured.
Show the featured articles on a page linked in the Joomla menu
If you want to manually choose the articles to be displayed on a page, then the Featured Articles menu type in Joomla is the best. First, you need to create a new menu item. In order to do these go to Menus -> Main Menu (default main menu) -> Add New Menu Item. Next, you need to select the menu type by pressing the Select button next to the Menu Item Type label. A popup with the available menu types will appear. Select the Featured Articles option by expanding the articles sectio.Finally, press the Save button in the top left corner of this page.
Arrange articles on this page through the menu
By default, Joomla will show the full text of the latest featured article expanded on the top of the page, and the next 4 articles with full text will be displayed in two columns. For more than 5 featured articles the rest will be listed as links on the bottom of the page.
You can change the way articles are displayed through the menu item’s Advanced Options tab. In order to go to advanced option click Menus -> Main Menu -> Menu Item -> Advanced Options Tab. Leading Article is the first article that takes all of the width.Then, you can assign any number of articles you want, including 0, to be displayed this way. Next you can choose how many intro articles will be shown after the leading ones on this page .You can also choose in how many Columns to show the Intro articles. Finally, choose how many of the remaining featured articles to be listed as Links at the bottom.
Manage how much of each article to be shown
To do this open the article in the Article editor, and click where you want to split the article. Then press the Read More button right below your WYSIWYG editor. A dotted red line will be displayed which separates your article introduction from the rest of the article content.