Joomla 2.5 CMS series

12. How to add a User Menu to your Joomla website

This tutorial assumes you are already logged into your Joomla admin panel

To create a User Menu, we will first need to create a menu for users that are logged in

1) Select the Menus option

2) Then down to the Menu Manager

3) Now click on the New button

4) Click on the Title field and enter a title for this menu

5) Next click on the Menu type field and enter it here

6) Click on the Description field to add an optional description for this menu

7) Click the Save & Close button

8) Locate the new Menu we just created and click on the link to Add a module for this menu type

This will open the Module Manager so we can create the menu module for our new menu

9) Click on the Title field and enter a title for the module

10) Next we need to select a template position for this module. Click on the Select Position button

11) Scroll if needed to locate the template Position to be selected for this module

12) Scroll down to make the Menu Assignment for our module

We will want our menu to display on all pages so we can leave the Menu Assignment as is

We only want logged in users to be able to view and access this menu, so we need to change the Access field to Registered. This way only users with Registered access or higher can access the menu

13) Click on the Save & Close button

14) Now return to the Menus option and down to the menu we previously created, User Menu

15) Click on the New button

16) We need to select a Menu Item Type here. Click on the Select button

17) Now select a Menu Item Type. We will select the User Profile

18) Click on the Menu Title field and enter a Menu Title for this menu item. This is the text that is displayed on the Joomla menu

19) Next select the Access dropdown field. Here you can further restrict access to individual menu items

20) Click the Save & Close button

We will add two more menu options in the same way as this last one was added

Now let's view our User Menu

21) Click the View Site link

Scroll down to login as a user

As a logged in Registered user we now can view and access the User Menu

Now you know how to add a User Menu to your Joomla website