Web Development Documentation

Creating and Editing External Links as Menu items (Joomla 3.x)

This procedure explains how to create menu items linking to external web sites using Joomla! 3.x. 


Create a new external URL menu item

  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • At the Joomla! Control Panel, click "Menu " (found under "Structure" to the left):

    "Menu(s)" link in Joomla! Administrator Control Panel
  • Click the name of the menu (found in the Title column) where the external link will be added (in most cases this will be "Main Menu").
  • Click the New icon in the upper left corner of the Menu : Menus page: New button
  • In the Menu : New Menu Item window, click the Select button: 
    Select Menu Item Type
  • A pop-up window will open. Click System Links (see #1 below), then select URL (see #2 below):

    Menu item type selection: "System Links - URL"
  • Enter a name for the link in the Menu Title field (see #1 below).
  • Enter the full web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field (see #2 below).  The URL must contain the "http://" or "https://" portion of the web address.
  • (Optional) If the external link should appear in a dropdown menu below an existing menu item, select that menu item from the Parent Item dropdown menu (see #3 below).
  • (Recommended) When creating an external URL link, change Target Window to "New Window With Navigation."  This keeps your site in the original browser window when a visitor clicks on the external link (see #4 below).

    Menus: New Item
  • Click Save & Close to the upper left: "Save & Close" button

Edit an existing external URL menu item

  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • At the Joomla! Control Panel, click "Menu " (found under "Structure" to the left):

    "Menu(s)" link in Joomla! Administrator Control Panel
  • Click the name of the menu (found in the Title column) containing the external link to be changed.
  • Click the menu item containing the external link to be changed.
  • Enter the updated web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field.  The URL must contain the "http://" or "https://" portion of the web address:

    Menus: New Item - "Link" field
  • Click Save & Close to the upper left: "Save & Close" button

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