Publishing Assignments

The Publishing Assignments tab in the template edit view contains an enormous amount of assignment types and options.

By using the assignment options, you can determine a template is available, either via the editor buttons or when automatically loaded.

This way you can - for example - create templates only for certain user groups. Or only available during certain seasons. Or only within certain extensions (components).

Matching Method

You can use and combine any of the assignments. You don't have to just use one.

To control how multiple assignments are applied, there is a Matching Method option. This determines whether all or any assignments need be matched:

  • ALL: Will be published if ALL of the below assignments are matched at the same time.
  • ANY: Will be published if ANY (one or more) of the below assignments are matched at any time.

Assignment groups where "Ignore" is selected will be ignored.

Note: When setting any or more assignments to Exclude, the Matching Method should be set to ALL. Otherwise, using ANY would result in one Exclude condition to always match and the content template to show everywhere else.

Show Assignments

You can select whether to show the full list of available assignments or only the selected assignments that are currently used. You can use this to get a clear overview of the active assignments.

When set to Selected, all not-selected assignment types will be hidden from view.

Assignment States

Each assignment type has three possible states/options.

  • Ignore (default)
  • Include: the content template will be assigned to all pages/circumstances that do match that assignment
  • Exclude: the content template will be assigned to all pages/circumstances that do not match that assignment

By default all assignments are ignored, meaning the content template is not limited by assignments.
To use an assignment, you set the option to Include or Exclude depending on the desired effect.

Below you find all the available assignments with the respective settings for each.

Menu Items

In addition to the core Menu Items selection, it's possible to automatically include or exclude all current and future menu items placed under a parent menu item.

Selection Select the menu items to assign to.
Also on child items Also assign to child items of the selected items?
Include no Itemid Also assign when no menu Itemid is set in URL?

Date & Time

The date and time assignments use the date/time of your servers, not the ones of the visitor's system. 

The date range can be set to be recurring every year in the same time period.

Date

Start Publishing Enter the date to start publishing
Finish Publishing Enter the date to end publishing
Recurring Select to apply date range every year. (So the year in the selection will be ignored)

Seasons PRO

Selection Select seasons to assign to.

Options: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall / Autumn
Hemisphere Select the hemisphere your website is located in

Options: Northern, Southern, Australia

Months PRO

Selection Select months to assign to.

Options: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Days of the week PRO

Selection Select days of the week to assign to.

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Time PRO

Start Publishing Enter the time to start publishing.
Format: 23:59
Finish Publishing Enter the time to end publishing.
Format: 23:59

Languages

The Languages assignment differs from the core in that it allows a selection of multiple languages.

Selection Select the languages to assign to.

Joomla! Content

Categories

Selection Select the categories to assign to.
Also on child items Also assign to child items of the selected items?
Page types Select on what page types the assignment should be active.
Options: Categories, Articles, Others

User Group Levels

Selection Enter the user groups to assign to.
Match all Select to only let the assignment pass if all of the selected items are matched.
Also on child items Also assign to child items of the selected items?

Users PRO

Selection Select the users to assign to.

Components

Selection Select the components to assign to.

Templates

Selection Select the templates to assign to.

URL

The URL assignment allows control over specific pages or groups of pages, with support for Regular Expressions.

URL matches Enter (part of) the URLs to match.
Use a new line for each different match.
Use Regular Expressions Select to treat the value as regular expressions.

URL parts will be matched using regular expressions. So make sure the string uses valid regex syntax.
Case Sensitive Url parts will be only match if casing is exactly the same.

Devices

Selection Select the devices to assign to. Keep in mind that device detection is not always 100% accurate. Users can setup their device to mimic other devices.

Options: Desktop, Tablet, Mobile

Operating Systems

Selection Select the operating systems to assign to. Keep in mind that operating system detection is not always 100% accurate. Users can setup their browser to mimic other operating systems.

Browsers

Browsers Select the browsers to assign to. Keep in mind that browser detection is not always 100% accurate. Users can setup their browser to mimic other browsers
Mobile Browsers Select the browsers to assign to. Keep in mind that browser detection is not always 100% accurate. Users can setup their browser to mimic other browsers

IP Addresses PRO

IP Addresses / Ranges A comma and/or enter a separated list of IP addresses and IP ranges. For instance:
127.0.0.1
128.0-128.1
129

Geolocating PRO

Geolocating is not always 100% accurate. The geolocation is based on the IP address of the visitor. Not all IP addresses are fixed or known.
To be able to use this assignment, you need to install the Regular Labs GeoIP library.

Continents Select the continents to assign to.
Countries Select the countries to assign to.
Regions / States Select the regions / states to assign to.
Postal Codes A comma separated list of postal codes (12345) or postal code ranges (12300-12500).

Custom PHP PRO

This gives you the opportunity to assign to just about anything you can think of. You just need to know what PHP code you should use.

With PHP you can call on all data/information available in the variables, URL, database, etc. And then do your checks on this data. You can tell the control the display by ending the PHP code with a return true or false based on your checks.

For examples and ready-to-use PHP scripts, check out the "Using Custom PHP Conditions" guide.

Custom PHP Enter a piece of PHP code to evaluate. The code must return the value true or false.

For instance:
return ( $user->name == 'Peter van Westen' );