The Joomla menu functionality allows you to create pages that groups multiple contents 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 customise the arrangement of articles in Joomla.
Firstly, you need to mark some articles on your site as Featured. 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. 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.
If you want to choose the articles to be displayed on a page manually, then the Featured Articles menu type in Joomla is the best. First, you need to create a new menu item. 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 section. Finally, press the Save button in the top left corner of this page.
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 widths. 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 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.
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.