This procedure explains how to unpublish a menu item so that it can no longer be accessed in the front end.

In this example, we will unpublish the menu item "Playground" in the Main Menu:

Sample menu item: "PLAYGROUND"


  1. Login to the Administrator back-end URL for the website.
  2. Go to Menus (see #1 below) and select the menu containing the item to be unpublished (see #2 below):

    "Menus" Menu Item in Joomla! back-end
  3. Check the checkbox for the menu item to be unpublished (see #3 below).
  4. Click the Unpublish option found in the Actions button's dropdown menu (see #4 below). 

    "Unpublish" option found in "Action" button's dropdown menu
  5. The menu item will no longer appear in the menu:

    Main Menu after menu item has been unpublished