Joomla is one of the worlds most popular content management systems. It is a great way to create your own website without needing any technical knowledge of website design. One of the most powerful aspects of Joomla is the range of extensions available for it. This article describes the procedure for installing and setting up a Joomla module.
The normal method for installing a module is to use Joomla's built-in installer. You will normally obtain your module as an archive file. Simply log into the administrator section of your site, go to Extensions->Install/Uninstall if you are using a Joomla 1.5x version, or Extensions->Extension Manager if you are using a Joomla 2.5x version. You will now be able to browse for the archive file on your hard drive, when you have found it, select it then click 'upload file and install'.
If the module has been successfully installed you should shortly see a notice confirming this.
Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, it is not possible to use the Joomla installer.
In that case is also very easy to install a module by ftp. Just unzip the archive and upload the module folder to your site /modules folder. For example, if your module is called mod_myexample, then module files should be contained in a folder of the same name. It is this folder that you should copy by ftp to your site /modules folder.
In your Joomla admin go to the module manager (Extensions->Module Manager in your admin menu). You should see the module listed among the others already installed on your site. Simply click on the module name to open the module editor.
If you cannot find an instance of your new module, click the 'new' button. The new module should be listed among the types available, select it, which will create a new instance.
Now you are ready to set up the module parameters.
There will be two sets of parameters for your module displayed in the module editor. The left hand colum displays Joomla's built-in parameters, while the right hand column displays parameters that are specific to your module. You will need to consult the documentation for your module to find information about setting these.
It is usually easiest to set the module ordering by exiting the module editor (by clicking 'Save') and returning to the module manager. Select the module position using the -Select Position- selector. You will see the modules for that position listed. You can change the ordering by using the up and down arrows, or setting the ordering numerically. Click the small 'save' button to save the ordering.