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Banner Module (Joomla 3)

Joomla features a Banner component to help users create and edit banner ads that can feature products and product details, advertisements, affiliate marketing ads, or many other pieces of information relevant to a site. Banners also allow users to display rotating linkable images on different pages of their site. This article is broken down into the following sections to help understand and create a Banner Module.

The Structure of the Banner Component

Creating a Client, Category, and Banner

Creating a Banner Module

The Structure of the Banner Component

To fully understand how a Banner is created, it's important to understand each step of the process. Each client that is created can be associated with one or several categories, and an infinate amount of banners can exist within each category. For example, a banner component structure for a shoe store might like the following:

Client = Shoe Store

Categories = men's, women's

Men's Banners = men's work boots, men's dress shoes, men's athletic shoes

Women's Banners = women's work boots, women's dress shoes, women's athletic shoes

Creating a Client, Category, and Banner

For the purposes of this document, we will be creating a banner ad for the Shoe Store example listed above. To start, after logging into the administration area (the back end) of your site, the first step in creating a banner is to create the client. To do so, go to Components > Banners > Clients.


Next, select the "New" button to create a new client.


In the New Client area, create the details for the client as indicated below. Be sure to save your work when finished.


Once saving your work, return to the Banner Manager: clients page. You will see the client that you created. The next step is to go create categories for the client, and you'll do this by going to the categories tab.


Select the "New" button to create a new category.


Inside the Add a New Banners Category area, look for the red asterisks. In this area, there is only one piece of information that is required to successfully create a category: the title. There are other useful functions here that are worth learning about, but the title is only piece of information that is needed. Once creating a title, save your work.


At this point, return to the Category Manager: Banners area, look for the category you created, and select the "Banners" tab to create a banner.


Select the "New" button to create a new banner.


Again, paying attention to the red asterisks, create a name for the banner, and select the category for the banner. You should also select either "Image" or "Custom" for the banner type. If you select "Image" select an Image to incorporate into the banner. If you select "Custom", there are additional pieces of information to include like a piece of custom HTML code. With either choice, there is an area to add the "Click URL", the site that the banner will lead to if it is selected by a user. These are the only required pieces of information; a lot of additional features exist that are worth learning. Once you created the banner, save your work.


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Creating a Banner Module

After creating the client, category, and banner, the next step is to create the Banner Module. Do so by returning to the Control Panel, and going to Extensions > Module Manager.


Select the "New" button to create a new module.


You'll be prompted to select a module type. Select "Banners" from the list that appears.


To create the module, add a title for the module, determine whether you'd like to show or hide the title, and select a module position.


Next, go to the "Basic Options" tab to select the banner you created. First, select the target for the banner module link (if active), select the client from the drop down menu, and select the category from the list available. Save your work when you're done.


Return to the front end of your site, hit refresh, and your banner should appear in the position and on the pages you selected.

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