Please READ FIRST - Modules

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Please READ FIRST - Modules

Post by focalguy » Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:17 pm

If you are looking for components to use, there are many available with descriptions and reviews in the extensions site at
Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the difference between a component, module or mambot. For example, many components use modules to display their information to the user. Please try to determine if your question is about the component itself or the module or mambot. The definitions are as follows.

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Components are Joomla!’s content elements or applications that are usually displayed in the center of the main content area of a template. This depends on the design of the template in use. Components are core elements of Joomla!’s functionality. These core elements include Banners, Contact, News Feeds, Polls and Web Links. Members of the Joomla! community produce third party Joomla! components on a continuous basis. They are freely available to download from and a number of other Web sites.
Modules extend the capabilities of Joomla! giving the software new functionality. Modules are small content items that can be displayed anywhere that your template allows it to be displayed. Modules are very easy to install in the Admin Section. Joomla! modules may include: Main Menu, Top menu, Template Chooser, Polls, Newsflash, Hit Counter, etc. Members of the Joomla! Community produce Joomla! modules on a continuous basis. They are freely available on for download. An example of a module PHP code is .
Mambot (name changed to Plugin in 1.5)
A Mambot is a 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.  Some examples are such are WYSIWYG editors, 3rd party component and module searchers, etc.
Last edited by focalguy on Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.


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