Getting Started

Contact Enhanced is very easy to set up, but because it has so many options it might bit a bit confusing for beginners, so a Cheat Sheet* for the basic usage was created. Keep reading it!

  1. Installation:
    1. Purchase/license and download the latest version of Contact Enhanced (CE);
    2. Select Extensions → Extension Manager from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel. Then select the Install menu item in the Extension manager screen that appears. 
    3. Navigate to the Contact Enhanced zip file, select and install as you would any other Joomla! extension;
  2. CE Component Configuration:
    1. Go to Components→ Contact Enhanced;
    2. Click on the Options button on the toolbar to change the Component's Configuration according to your needs. Each label has a tooltip to help you understand what each feature does. These settings can be overridden by the Contact's Options and the Menu Options;
    3. Category Configuration:
      1. Click on the Categories and Select New;
      2. Fill in minimal info to set up a default category and Save;
        • If you need to display forms with different fields you'll need to create a different category for each different form (then assign a contact and form fields to that new category);
    4. Form Fields:
      1. You can add as many Form Fields as you like;
      2. The Name, Email, Subject and Recipient Form Field types have special behaviors;
      3. Every Form MUST have the Name and Email Form Field types; If you don't want to display them, then set the value and hide them;
      4. Read more information regarding the Form Fields in the Documentation Page.
    5. Contact (form) Configuration:
      1. Click on the Contacts tab;
      2. Select Contacts and then "New";
      3. Under Publishing Info fill set:
        1. Name. The full name of the Contact. Name can actually be a function or department, not a specific human being;
        2. Alias. The internal name of the item, also used in the URL when SEF is activated. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla! will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters and hyphens (-). No blank spaces or underscores are allowed. Note: If the title consists of non-Latin characters, the Alias will default to the current date and time, for example "2009-02-11-17-54-38".
        3. Linked to User. Select the User, if any, that this Contact is linked to from the drop-down list box. This allows you to link this Contact's information to a registered Joomla! User. If this Contact is not linked to a User, select "-No User-".
        4. Category. The Category this item belongs to.
      4. Under Contact Details slider set:
        1. Image. Image to display for this Contact. Select an image file from the drop-down list box. This lists images in the 'images/stories' folder. Images can be uploaded using the Media Manager.
        2. Contact's Position: The Contact's current position.
        3. E-mail. Assuming you selected "No User" earlier, you must enter an email address or an alias to which filled forms will be sent.  Do it.
          • Keep in mind that if you link to an user it will use the user's email address, even if you enter an email here;
        4. Address. The Contact's street address.
        5. City or Suburb. The Contact's town or suburb.
        6. State or Province. The Contact's state or county.
        7. Postal / ZIP Code. The Contact's postal code.
        8. Country. The Contact's country.
      5. Fill in other info as you wish; for a simple form you don't need to complete any of the other fill in fields on the left.
      6. Google Maps configuration (optional) - GMaps slider:
        1. Google Maps (GMaps) works with the address info you fill in.  So fill in the next 4 fields: Street Address, Town/Suburb, State/County, and Postal Code/ZIP.
        2. To set Google Maps click on Maps slider and click on "Locate in map".  If it does not find the address correctly then you may need to mess with the Address fields and Apply and try again OR drag the marker (pin) until you point it to the correct location;
      7. Click on Display Options (optional):
        1. Show Contact details: Allows you to display the contact details in different places. Sidebar is good unless you have a really narrow page.
        2. Show Map: Choose whether and where you want to display Google Maps in order to suit your preferences;
        3. Change the options selections to meet your needs; none really must be changed.
      8. Click on "Contact Form" slider (optional):
        1. Record messages: Whether you want to record the emails sent to this contact in the database;
        2. Show sidebar: Change to Right or Left if you want the contact info to display in the sidebar;
      9. Nothing else must be change for the form to work, so click Save;
  3. Menu Configuration:
    1. Go to Menus --> Menu Manager and select the Menu where you want the form to display.
    2. Select New button from the toolbar
    3. Menu Item Type: Contact Enhanced --> Single Contact Form (or other menu item type);
    4. Give it a Menu Title and set Parent Item.
    5. Contact Display Options: you can override most Contact Details configuration options;
    6. Page Display Options: Set a Page Title and a heading;
    7. Select Save;
  4. Clean the Joomla and your browser's cache and go to your website and check it out.  It should be good to go, but you can also configure the plugins included in the package:
  5. Captcha Configuration:
    1. In the Component Configuration (item #2) set the Captcha option to your favorite Joomla core plugin captcha;
    2. Contact Enhanced comes with a core captcha plugin called SecurImage. It is very customizable and if you want to use it, go to Extensions --> Plugin Manager --> Captcha - SecurImage and change the options as you wish;
  6. CE Feedback Plugin Configuration:
    1. Contact Enhanced Plus and Pro packages includes a vertical Feedback tab/button that can be displayed on the left/right of your website. To configure this button, select "System - Cefeedback";
    2. Make changes as necessary and save the changes;
    3. Please go to Plugin: CE Feedback Site Tab to read more about it;


* A cheat sheet or crib sheet is a concise set of notes used for quick reference;

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This is a short instruction on how to install Contact Enhanced extension in your Joomla installation.

Install Contact Enhanced

To install the Contact Enhanced extension use the Extensions Installer in the Joomla administration. Go to Extensions » Install/Uninstall.

When you are facing an error during installation, it is highly recommended to try to Install from directory:

  1. Download the latest Contact Enhanced (CE) version and unpack all CE files to a directory on your computer;
  2. Using FTP, upload this directory to the /tmp directory of your Joomla installation on your webserver/
  3. Go to the extensions installer in the Joomla administration, use the "Install from Directory" option to set the directory of your uploaded CE files.
  4. Click on the Install button and Joomla will install it from the given directory.


  • Joomla 2.5+
  • PHP 5.2.7+
  • PHPs GD extension (enabled by default in PHP 5.0+)
  • PHPs SimpleXML extension (enabled by default in PHP 5.0+)
  • PHPs DOM extension (enabled by default in PHP 5.0+)
  • PHPs allow_url_fopen support (enabled by default in PHP 5.0+)
  • Mod_rewrite for Apache for search engine friendly links (enabled by default in most web servers)


Installation Video for Joomla 1.5

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Contact Enhanced has maps integration with Google Maps API (requires billing information) and with Leaflet to show a map based on the contact address. If you have a Contact Enhanced PRO subscription you can also use the Ideal Store Locator plugin, which has integration with Google Maps API only. 


  • Easily display latitude and longitude of address;
  • Balloon (Info Window) content: By default the Contact's address and image are displayed in the balloon, but you can add any text to the balloon using a contact Extra Contact Field, including HTML .
  • Customize the Marker icon;

Google Maps API Features Only:

  • Google Maps directions: The Directions Search field is displayed inside the balloon (info window) and you can choose whether to display the directions before or after the map;
  • Choose a language: By default Google Maps API will use the Browser's language, but you can change it so it will display the current Joomla language OR you can manually set the Maps language;
  • Show/Hide Navigation Control;
  • Show/Hide Map Type Control;
  • Choose the default Map Type. Options: Roadmap, Satellite; Hybrid, Terrain;
  • Using GMaps API version 3, which was designed with Mobile devices in mind, therefore loads faster;
  • Customizable Map Style: As of version 3.3.7 of Contact Enhanced and version 3 of the Google Maps API custom styles can now be applied to maps. This allows you to pick a style that matches the theme of their website.
    You can create your own style using the Google Styled Maps Wizard and copy the JSON code to this field OR use an existing map from

Google Maps API requires a Key and Billing information

An API Key to use Google Maps API is required. Follow these steps to get an API key:

  1. Go to the Google Developers Console.
  2. Create or select a project.
  3. Click Continue to enable the API and any related services.
  4. On the Credentials page, get a Browser key (and set the API Credentials).
    Note: If you have an existing Browser key, you may use that key.
  5. To prevent quota theft, secure your API key following these best practices.
  6. Make sure to enable Google Places API Web Service, Google Maps Roads API, Google Maps JavaScript API , Google Maps Geocoding API , Google Maps Directions API , Google Maps Distance Matrix API , Google Maps Geolocation API ;
  7. Enable billing. See Usage Limits for more information.

Google Maps Platform

On May 2nd 2018 Google announced important changes, including a new name - Google Maps Platform, which they claim to be a simplified product structure, pay as you go pricing for all, and more. Please take a few minutes to review the announcement to familiarize yourself with the changes.

We would like to highlight a few Google Maps updates that may impact your implementation.  Beginning June 11th, Google is launching a new pricing plan and providing all users access to support. They’ll continue to offer a free tier — all developers will receive $200 of free monthly usage of core products. In addition,  this change will require you to enable billing and associate it with all of your Google Maps Platform projects.

How does this affect your current projects? Check on If you use Google Maps in our Extensions, you'll need to enable billing by June 11 for the Google Maps integrations to continue to work.


Read more: Setting up Google Maps API Integration

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How to Access

Select Components → Contact Enhanced → Custom Values from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. This option is only available if you have a SQL Form Field type.


The Form Fields Manager screen allows you to create advanced Form Fields using the SQL Form Field type, which displays a Select dropdown with values from the database. Some users might want to add the values to a new database table, that's why we've created the Custom Values;

  • Text: The text the user will see in the dropdown select list (required);

  • Value: The text that you will get in the email (required);
  • Type: You can enter any value to help you to keep things organized;

  • Category: You can use this field as you wish; You can enter a value or select one from the list; IMPORTANT: This is not necessary related to the Contact Enhanced Categories;


Read more: Custom Values Overview
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