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Modules inside Articles


You will usually want to associate modules with articles in some way. Modules are usually allocated to module positions and the module positions appear somewhere on the web page as determined by the template. However, it is sometimes useful to have a module actually embedded within an article. Joomla has a plugin named Content - Load Modules to do that. When enabled, a module may be embedded in an article in three different ways:

  • {loadposition position,[style]}
  • {loadmodule mod_type,the title,[style]}
  • {loadmoduleid moduleId}

Where style is one of the Module Style values from the Advanced tab of the module data entry form, for example html, outline, table, card or noCard.


To insert a module inside an article, you publish the module to a position and load that position in the article as follows:

  1. Create a module and set its position to myposition. myposition can be any value that doesn't conflict with an existing template position. In the module edit form, type in the position myposition and press enter instead of selecting it from the drop-down list.
  2. Assign the module to All the Menu Items. This will make sure that it always appears, no matter how the visitor got to the article. The module will not show unless you use the command to load the module in an article.
  3. Edit the article and insert the text {loadposition myposition} at the place where you want the module to appear.

Note: If the Content - Load Modules plugin is disabled, the text {loadposition myposition} will show unchanged in the article. Also, the name of the position should be all lowercase. CamelCapitalization will fail.


The {loadmodule yyy} syntax looks for the first module who's type matches the string 'yyy'. So you could load a mod_login module by placing {loadmodule login} in your text. The type is not so obvious! For example, the Language Switcher is type languages. To find the type you need to look through the list of module folders with a file manager/eplorer and drop the mod_ part of the folder name.

If you wish to load a specific instance of a module, because you have more than one login module e.g. titled as Login 1, Login 2, etc. you have to use {loadmodule mod_modType, modTitle} where mod_modType would be mod_login and modTitle would be the name/title given to your instance of that module. So in the example above you end up with {loadmodule mod_login Login 2}.

You can also add the style that is used for rendering the module. To do so, add the style as the third parameter like {loadmodule login,Login 2,xhtml}. If you don't add a style, then "none" is used.


The {loadmoduleid z} syntax looks for the module who's id matches the number z. So you could load the module with id 200 by placing {loadmoduleid 200} in your text. This variant does not use additional parameters like the style parameter.

Editor Button

If the editor-xtd plugin Button - Module is activated you can use the editor button Module to insert the above described tags more easily into the editor text. The Module list has a button in the Title column to insert by id and a button in the Position colum to insert by position.

Modules within Modules

It is possible to include a module within a Custom HTML module. They are processed by content plugins in the same way as articles.

There may be formatting issues as the style of the Custom HTML module will surround the style of the included module. That's the reason why the Module editor button is not available in modules of type Custom.