Pro v4+

Category filter
  • Include includes the selected categories
  • Exclude excludes the selected categories, therefore including all the other ones
Categories / K2 categories Select the Joomla! standard categories or K2 categories the articles are from (multiple select).
Auto will select all items related to the categories showing on the page or related to items of the same category.
Warning K2 In 'auto' mode, K2 is limited to showing items on one category page or item page
Sub-categories Automatically selects the next level(s) or all levels of a category.
  • No do not include children of the selected categories
  • Level include X levels of the selected categories
  • All levels include all subcategories of the selected categories
Maximum level depth The depth level (starting at 1) when selecting 'level' in subcategories
New v4.5 K2 K2 is no longer limited to level 1
Category order The order of the categories
  • Order by administration console order
  • Title by category name/title order
Tags filter
  • Include includes the selected tags
  • Exclude excludes the selected tags (irrelevant in the context of related by tags)
Tags / K2 tags Select which tags the items must have. 'All tags' will select all items having tags
Include children Include the children of the selected tags
Warning K2 K2 only has a flat representation of tags, therefore this option does not apply to K2 tags
Tags match type How tags need to match
  • All The item is selected if it has all of the tags
  • Any The item is selected if at least one tag is found

Warning All does not work with excluded tags.
Warning This parameter also applies to related tags. For instance, if the item on the page has tags X and Y and the value is 'All', the related items will need to have the exact same tags X and Y in order to be selected.
Meta keywords Keywords common to all articles
Author The author's format representation
  • Name
  • Alias -> Name (when the alias is missing, the user name is used instead)
  • Username
Author filter
  • Include includes the selected authors
  • Exclude excludes the selected authors
Authors Select from which authors the articles are written from
  • Auto from the logged user
  • All authors from any author
  • [John Doe] from John Doe
Author order
  • None
  • Alphabetical Asc by alphabetical order, ascending
  • Alphabetical Desc by alphabetical order, descending
Date Which date should be applied
  • Created
  • Published
  • Modified
  • Finished
  • Finished with pending
  • Pending the published start date is in the future
When no date What needs to be done when the date is missing (only for finished publishing date)
Apply range Narrows down the list of items to the dates selected
  • None
  • Relative dates select the items for the last 2 weeks for instance
  • Fixed dates select the items between fixed dates
From The relative from date
  • Now
  • X days
  • X weeks
  • X months
  • X years

Example To show articles from the last 2 weeks, select X weeks

From X The number representing ‘X’ in ‘From’

Example To show articles from the last 2 weeks, type 2

To The relative to date
  • Now
  • X days
  • X weeks
  • X months
  • X years

Example To show articles from the last 2 weeks, select Now

To X The number representing ‘X’ in ‘To’
Start date The start date to use when selecting items between dates
End date The end date to use when selecting items between dates
Exclude IDs Exclude articles from the list of selected ones

Example 20,34,47

Only IDs Restrict the list of items to the ones listed
Unauthorized items Pro Allow public visitors to have a glimpse at restricted content. Applies to categories and items.
The unauthorized links are encoded and require login to access the full content.
Warning K2 K2 has some limitations:
  • categories must be explicitly added to the list of categories if they are inaccessible to the general public (one level and all level options won't select them)
  • uncategorized categories won't be selected in auto mode
Include Featured Featured items filtering.
  • Yes include featured items
  • No do not include featured items
  • Only get only the featured items
  • First include featured items, showing first
Order The order in which the articles are presented (per category if categories are ordered)
  • Order by administration console order
  • Added by created date
  • Modified by modified date
  • Published by published date
  • Touched if no modified date, use created date
  • Finished by published down date
  • Random (do not use with pagination or else you may end up with duplicates)
  • Popular by number of hits
  • Title by alphabetical order

Joomla does not handle pending articles in the frontend (linking a pending article results in a 404 error). Therefore, even though you can show those articles in the view, you cannot link to them. This has been reported as a bug to Joomla, but has been closed and no fix is on the way. Please report this to the Joomla forums. The more users ask about a fix, the more likely the issue will be taken into account and re-opened.

There is a well-known order bug in Joomla when articles are copies of each other and the creation or publishing dates are identical. Modifying the dates fixes it.

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