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In our last tutorial, we showed you how to show parent categories within your Joomla 3.0 articles. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to make those parent categories link to the parent category itself.


How does the Link Parent setting work?

This linking to the parent category is controlled by the Link Parent setting, and Joomla 3.0 gives the following description for this setting:

Link Parent
If set to Yes, and if Show Parent is set to 'Show', the Parent Category Title will link to a layout showing articles in that Category.

In the screenshots below, you can see how the Link Parent setting actually works:

Link Parent: No Link Parent: Yes
link-parent-no link-parent-yes

Please note!
The default setting for Link Parent is No.


To enable linking to Parent Categories in Joomla 3.0:

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 Admin Dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Content and then click Article Manager
  3. In the list of articles, click the title of the article you want you want to adjust this setting for
  4. In the tabs above the article, click the Article Options tab
  5. Find the setting labeled Link Parent. Select either Use Global, No, or Yes, and then click the Save button in the top left of the page.
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Continued Education in Course 103: Configuring Article Options in Joomla 3
You are viewing Section 6: Using the Link Parent setting in Joomla 3.1
Section 5: How to Show Parent Categories for Articles in Joomla 3.1
Section 7: How to hide the Article Author in Joomla 3.1

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