first you will see an additional column which is the "Parent Category"
column (cf below). The Parent Category Title will appear if there is
one. (there is not hack..... but only a good integration).
click on the "New" button. A new interface called "Content Manager"
will display the list of available content types. Thus from the category
manager you will only be able to pick a content type related to
If you want to create a basic category which is not going to have
subcategories let's select:
the "Category" content type (All Joomla Categoriy Fields )
or the "Category Mini" content type (Only needed Category Fields )
by clicking on the suitable title.
But now let's focus on "Category & Subcategories". In order to
create a category tree, both Parent Category and Subcategories have to
be created using the "Category & Subcategories" content type.
Click on "Category & Subcategories", fill the form like below, and
Note that only a Section is selected but no Parent Category cause this one is the parent category.
Main menu is selecting by default as "Menu Category" so a menu item will be automaticaly created at the root of the main menu.
Write a description and choose an image.
You need to enable the "Subcategories" attribute in order to display the subcategories we are going to create.
Click again on "New", select the same "Category & Subcategories" content type to create your subcategories:
the key is to select a Parent Category. Let's select the one we have
just created. You don't need to select a section, the process will take
the suitable one itself. (the section of the parent category)
Second important thing is to create a menu item linked to your
subcategory. Like before, it will be automaticaly created, you just need
to pick the place where you want to place it. Of course the best is to
select the menu item linked to your parent category.
Write some description and choose an image.
For now we don't want to add subcategories to this subcategory so let's
disabled the "Subcategories" attribute.
Repeat it n times for your n subcategories. And see the result from the
Menu items have already been well created so let's go to the site (front-end) to see our subcategories in live.
Go to the site, and click on the "Fruits Category" link on your main menu.
Your category description and the subcategories are displayed thanks to the "Category & Subcategories" template.
In order to change some style parameters, let's go to the jSeblod CCK Template Manager and edit the template.
And, here is the result:
that the "Category & Subcategories" template is a custom template
so if you want to add some fields in the content type, you will also
need to edit the template code in order to display them. A little tricky
for some people but also the more flexible & endless for others.
Two more things about the menu item of your categories/subcategories
need to enable the description in order to show the subcategories.
Menu items linked to your subcategories are REQUIRED for Joomla SEF
engine. Without these menu items you'll get 404 errors... You can choose
to display (like in our example) or to hide them.
the Module Manager, edit your menu module and let's play with the Start
& End level attribute to hide the one you don't want to see. You
can also create an hidden menu.
Finally, using jSeblod CCK you will discover other categories:
Content Type Categories
These categories (and also subcategories) are not related to your
Articles (Content) but are really useful to sort, classify your
templates, content types, fields. That's it.