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How to display modules conditionally using MetaMod in Joomla

Overview on how to install and configure the MetaMod extension in Joomla

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Step 1 Introduction

The MetaMod extension will allow you to include a set of different modules on your website, conditionally, according to a set of rules. This is a good way to display and allow the use of certain modules for specific users only.


Step 2 Download the extension

You can download the extension from the official extension directory of Joomla. You need to select the Style & Design category and then Modules Management. Then simply locate the MetaMod extension from the list on the screen.


Step 3 Install the extension

Install extensions

The installation of the MetaMod extension is standard. For more information review our tutorial How to install and uninstall extensions in Joomla.


Step 4 Activate and configure extension

Log into your website as administrator and navigate to the Extensions tab from the top menu and then Module Manager.



Click on the MetaMod module to access it’s configuration panel.



There is a large number of options that you can edit in order to configure the module according to your needs. However, the most important ones are:


  • Position - Select the position, where the module will be assigned to.
  • Status - Set that to Published in order to enable the module.
  • Quick module position or id include - Enter the ID numbers of the modules that you wish to include through the MetaMod. A full list of those can be reviewed in the Available Modules tab.
  • Menu Assignment - Select the pages, where you wish to place your MetaMod module.



Click on the Save & Close button to keep the changes and enable the module on your website.

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