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On this page, you will find some useful tips and snippets for overriding your Joomla layouts. I collect them since years and I've decided to share these helpful piece of code with Jommla overrides friends. Don't hesistate to bookmark this page with CTRL+D .


Before creating and applying an override on your Joomla site, you must backup your site. Do it again. And again.. In any case, I will not be responsible of an error on your website.
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Some useful php codes for your overrides

  1. Print_r

    print_r — Prints human-readable information about a variable

     * @package     Joomla.Site
     * @subpackage  mod_articles_archive
     * @copyright   Copyright (C) 2005 - 2019 Open Source Matters, Inc. All rights reserved.
     * @license     GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see LICENSE.txt
    defined('_JEXEC') or die;
    <?php if (!empty($list)) : ?>
    	<ul class="archive-module<?php echo $moduleclass_sfx; ?> mod-list">
    	<?php foreach ($list as $item) : ?>
            <?php print_r($item);?>
    	<?php endforeach; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
  2. Display the intro image of an article

    	$article_images  = json_decode($item->images);
    	$article_image   = '';
    	$article_image_alt   = '';
    	if(isset($article_images->image_intro) && !empty($article_images->image_intro)) {
    		$article_image  = $article_images->image_intro;
    		$article_image_alt  = $article_images->image_intro_alt;
    	<a href="/<?php echo $item->link; ?>">
    		<img class="" src="/<?php echo $article_image; ?>" alt="<?php echo $article_image_alt; ?>" >
  3. Display custom fields in an override 

    <?php $customFields = FieldsHelper::getFields('com_content.article', $this->item, true);
    		foreach ($customFields as $customField){
    		$customFields[$customField->name] = $customField;
    <p><?php echo $customFields['name-of-the-custom-field']->value; ?></p>
  4. Display the number of articles in a category

    $model = JModelLegacy::getInstance('Articles', 'ContentModel', array( 'ignore_request' => true )); 
    $params = JFactory::getApplication()->getParams();
    $model->setState('params', $params);
    $model->setState('filter.category_id', xxxx); // xxxx category ID 
    $num_articles = $model->getTotal();
    <p><?php echo $num_articles; ?></p>
  5. Truncate the introtext

    <?php echo JHTML::_('string.truncate', $item->introtext, 100, false, false) ; ?>
  6. Display the name of the site

    $config = JFactory::getConfig();
    echo 'Site name is ' . $config->get( 'sitename' ); 
  7. Display images from weblink component

    <?php $images = json_decode($item->images); ?>
    <?php  if (isset($images->image_first) and !empty($images->image_first)) : ?>
    <div class="img-intro pull-<?php echo htmlspecialchars($images->float_first); ?>"> 
    	<img src="/<?php echo $images->image_first; ?>" />
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php  if (isset($images->image_second) and !empty($images->image_second)) : ?>
    <div class="img-thumbnail img-intro pull-<?php echo htmlspecialchars($images->float_second); ?>"> 
    	<img src="/<?php echo htmlspecialchars($images->image_second); ?>" />
    <?php endif; ?>
  8. Display the number of articles

    <?php if ($params->get('numitems')) : ?>
    (<?php echo $item->numitems; ?> articles)
    <?php endif; ?>
  9. Display the category name

    <?php echo $item->displayCategoryTitle; ?>
  10. Display the content of URL A field

    <?php echo $item->urls->get('urlatext'); ?>
  11. Display the image of the category

    <img src="<?php echo $item->getParams()->get('image') ?>" class=""/>


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