Articles in Joomla! are organized into Sections and Categories. Categories are the second level of organization underneath Sections. Every Section contains one or more Categories. The special Section Uncategorized has a special Category also called Uncategorized. These are built into Joomla!

Create a category in Joomla! 1.5

Navigate to the Category Manager. To add a new Category, press the New icon in the toolbar. 

Category Toolbar
Category Toolbar


Create new category
Create new category

  • Title. The Title for this item. This may or may not display on the page, depending on the parameter values you choose.
  • Alias. The internal name of the item. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla! will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters, and no blank spaces are allowed. Use a hyphen (-) instead. The Alias will be used in the URL when SEF is activated.
  • Published. Whether or not this item is published. Select Yes or No from the radio button group to set the Published state for this item.
  • Section. Section for this Category. Select the Section from the drop-down list box. This is a required field.
  • Category Order. The order this Category will display in the Category Manager. Use the drop-down list box to change the Order. You can select First or Last to make this the first or last Category. You can also select a Category from the list. In this case, the current Category will be listed just after the Category you select. Note that the Order can also be changed in the Category Manager screen.
  • Access Level. Who has access to this item. Current options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access
    • Registered: Only registered users have access
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access

Enter the desired level using the drop-down list box.

  • Image. Image for this Page. Image must be located in the folder images/stories.
  • Image Position. Position of the Image on the page. Select Left or Right from the drop-down list box.
  • Description. The description for the item. Section and Category descriptions for Articles may be shown on web pages, depending on the parameter settings. These descriptions are entered using the same editor that is used for Articles. Note that Section and Category descriptions may not be edited from the front end.

When done, click the button at the top right toolbar

  • Save. Save it and return to the main screen of the Manager.
  • Apply. Save it, but stay in the same screen. If you have been working on a screen for a long time and don't want to risk losing your work, pressing Apply saves your work and lets you continue working. If, for example, you lost your Internet connection, your work will be saved up this point.
  • Close. Return to the previous screen without saving your work. If you press Close while adding a new item, this new item will not be created. If you were modifying an existing item, the modifications will not be saved.

To edit an existing Category, click on the Category's Title, or click the Category's checkbox, and click on the Edit icon in the toolbar.

Videos tutorial How to create a category in Joomla! 1.5