Joomla Glossary - M - Definitions Beginning with M

Joomla related definitions 


Main Body

Defined in the PHP code as <?php mosMainBody(); ?>, this displays content from Joomla! Components, e.g. calendar of events and Content Items, etc.

Main Text

When creating or editing a Content Item, the Main Text box contains the text you do not want to show on the Front Page. It shows up after clicking the 'Read On' link in the Front-end of your site. See also: Intro Text.


Small, task-oriented function that intercepts content before it is displayed and manipulates it in some way. Joomla! provides a number of Mambots in the Core distribution, such as WYSIWYG editors, 3rd party Component and Module searchers, etc.


User level within Joomla! with access to some Back-end and all Front-end functions. See also: Administrator, Super Administrator.

Mass Mail

Core Joomla! Component that allows e-mails to be sent to all User Groups, a single Group, or a User Group and its Child Groups.

Media Files

Files such as .gif, .jpg, .png, or .bmp which can be used in Content Items and are organised via the Media Manager. Media files can be included in Content Items via Image tab on Edit Content Item pages, WYSIWYG editors' include Media Managers, third party Components, etc.


Menu Item



Small display Items with content that can be displayed anywhere that your template permits. Modules are, generally, very easy to install in the Administrator (Back-end). The Joomla! Core includes: Main Menu, Top Menu, Template Chooser, Polls, Newsflash,and Hit Counter amongst others. Members of the Joomla! Community also produce Joomla! Modules on a continuous basis. They are freely available on Joomla! Extensions Portal for download. An example of a Module PHP code is <?php mosLoadModules ( 'module position' ); ?>. See also: Module Position.

Module Position

Names for the placement of Modules within a template. There are 27 pre-named positions, e.g. left, right, top, bottom and 23 author-defined positions. Module positions are not confined by their name. Thus, the left Module position, coded as <?php mosLoadModules ( 'left' ); ?> may be placed anywhere in the template. See also: Modules.


Not directly Joomla related



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