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Creating and Editing External Links as Menu items (Joomla 2.5)

This procedure explains how to create menu items linking to external web sites using the Joomla! Content Management System (Joomla! 2.5). 


  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • Click the "Menu Manager" icon: menumanager
  • Click the menu where the external link will be added (in most cases this will be the "Main Menu (mainmenu)").
  • Click the New icon in the upper right corner of the Menu Item Manager page.
  • In the "Menu Item: [ New ]" window, under Select Menu Item Type click "External Link" (found near the bottom).
  • Enter a name for the link in the Title field.
  • Leave "Alias" blank - the system will add one for you.
  • Enter the full web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field.  The URL must contain the "http://" portion of the web address
  • (Optional) If the external link should appear below an existing menu item, select that menu item from the "Parent Item" menu.
  • (Recommended) When creating an external URL link, change On Click, Open in to "New Window with Browser Navigation."  This keeps your site in the original browser window when a visitor clicks on the external link.
  • Click Save in the upper right corner of the "Menu Item: [ New ]" window.

To change an existing external link:

  • Log on to your site using the Administrator Login.
  • Click the "Menu Manager" icon: menumanager
  • Click the menu containing the external link to be changed.
  • Click the menu item containing the external link to be changed.
  • Enter the updated web address (URL) of the external web site in the Link field.  The URL must contain the "http://" portion of the web address.
  • Click Save in the upper right corner of the "Menu Item: [ Edit ]" window.

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