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Custom Field Manager Overview

How to access

Select Components → Contact Enhanced → Custom Fields from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation.

Description

Contact Enhaced has the ability to allow you (site administrator) to assign custom fields to a contact category. Therefore you have to create a category before you create a custom field. Your users will be able to fill that custom field when they submit the form.

Screenshot

Image: Custom Field Manager

Column Headers

Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • #. An indexing number automatically assigned by Contact Enhanced for ease of reference.

  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.

  • Name. The name of the Custom Field, which is also the label that will be shown in the form. You can click on the Name to open the Custom field for editing.

  • Value. For certain Field Types (Select list, Radio, Checkbox, ) you have to setup the available options separated by pipe | . For example, on our support contact page you have to fill which browsers you have tested, in order to do that we selected the Radiobox field type and typed the following content in the value box: Firefox|Internet Explorer|Opera|Google Chrome|Safari|Other
  • Published. Whether the item has been published or not. You can change the Published state by clicking on the icon in this column.

  • Parameters. This advanced option makes Contact Enhanced even more powerfull! You can add styling and javascript code here.
  • Order by. The order to display Custom Fields in the form. If the list is sorted by this column, you can change the order by clicking the arrows or by entering the sequential order and clicking 'Save Order'.

  • Category. The Category that this Custom Field belongs to. Clicking on the Category Title opens the Category for editing. Note that Contact Enhanced Categories are separate from other Categories, such as those for Articles, Banners, Newsfeeds, and Web Links.

  • Id. The ID number. This is a unique identification number for this Custom Field assigned automatically by Contact Enhanced. It is used to identify the item internally. You can not change this number.

Toolbar

At the top right you will see the toolbar:

Image:ce_cfm_toolbar.png

The functions are:

  • Publish. To publish one or more items, select them and click on this button.

  • Unpublish. To unpublish one or more items, select them and click on this button.

  • Delete. To delete one or more items, select them and click this button. The selected items will be deleted.

  • Edit. Select one item and click on this button to open it in edit mode. If you have more than one item selected, the first item will be opened. You can also open an item for editing by clicking on its Title or Name.

  • New. Click on this button to create a new item. You will enter the New page for this item.

List Filters

Filter by Partial Name

You can filter the list of items by typing in part of the Name. You can also select a combination of Category and Published State.

  • Filter. In the upper left corner just above the column headings is a Filter field and two buttons, as shown below:

    Image:ce_manager_filter1.png

    If you have a large number of items on the list, you can use this filter to find the desired Custom Field(s) quickly.

Filter by Category and Published State

In the upper right area, above the column headings, are 2 drop-down list boxes as shown below:

Image:ce_filter2.png

The selections may be combined. Only items matching both selections will display in the list.

  • Select Category. Use the drop-down list box to select the desired Category. Only items in this Category will display.

  • Select State. Use the drop-down list box to select the published state: Published or Unpublished.

Quick Tips

  • You need to add at least one Category for your Contact Enhanced before you can add your first Custom Field. Categories are added using the Contact Enhanced Category Manager.

For most screenshots I've used Firefox and Ubuntu Studio so it might look a little different.

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