“I Wish I Had Known That About Joomla!” – Don’t overlook the Tooltips!

Joomla!I have spent many maddening hours trying to figure out why something wasn’t working.  Here’s a great example:

Scenario:  I wanted an Articles Category to display all articles within the “Learning” category.  I spent at least an hour on this Module configuration page trying to figure out why it would only display 1 Article.   Notice that Count field set to 0.  And notice how it is visually “grouped” with Featured Articles by virtue of the horizontal rule below it.  Given the way my brain thinks, I was setting that value to 1 and thinking that meant to show “1” Featured Article.

Oh, NOT SO!!!!  Thankfully, I saved the rest of my afternoon by recognizing when I had had enough and asking for a fresh perspective from my IT husband.  We hovered over the tooltip for that field and discovered that value controlled the number of articles to display!!!  With a value of 1, I was only getting 1.

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RTFM – Yes, the tooltips are the electronic version of a manual

Never under estimate the value of the manual.  In today’s world, that equates to the Tooltips.  Always hover over the field names to get a tooltip explaining what it does.    Had I don’t this earlier, I would have known the fact that my setting it to 1 was causing the problem!!!!

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