Sections, Categories & Articles

Learn the basics of Joomla organization. Learn the best way to use each of these tools. Sections have been removed since the Joomla 1.6 upgrade.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: December 29, 2006 | Updated: June 12, 2013
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When I first started working with Joomla I did not understand the proper use of the Sections Categories and Articles.

Here is a short description of how they work.


Articles are where the content is written for publishing in Joomla.


Categories in Joomla consolidate similar articles into groups. The example given in the Joomla documentation says categories would be a collection of articles about something like "Cats" and "Dogs".

Sections (Joomla 1.0-1.5)

Joomla sections are the top level for categories. The example given in the Joomla documentation is a website where it has a section called "Pets" and categories called "Dogs" and "Cats". Essentially the sections group together categories.

Steven Johnson

Steven is a Joomla web developer and worked with Joomla since the Mambo days. He has built websites for startup businesses all the way to for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, he now happily spends his time building websites and reviewing all types of technology.