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joomla-homepage-number-of-articles-4By default, the frontpage of Joomla 3.0 shows articles in one column. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, we have 4 articles and they all show in one column on the frontpage in Joomla.


joomla-frontpage-columnsIn this tutorial, our goal is to show you how to have more than one column of articles on your homepage. For example, in the screenshot to the right, you can see that we have three columns of articles.


Working with Columns on the Joomla Frontpage

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 Admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Menus and then click Main Menu (or the menu with a logo of a house to the right)
  3. In the list of Menu Items, find and click on the menu item that has a yellow star under the Home column
  4. Click the Advanced Options tab at the top of the page
  5. Click to expand the Blog Layout Options section
  6. You'll want to pay attention to the following settings:

    # Intro Articles
    Number of articles to show after the leading article. Articles will be shown in columns.

    # Columns
    The number of columns in which to show Intro Articles. Normally 1, 2, or 3.

    For the columns setting, enter the number of columns that you want. Then, enter the number of articles that you want to show in columns. For example, if you have 3 columns and 4 intro articles, you'll end up having 2 rows of three columns, but two columns will be blank.

    When finished making changes, click the save button in the top left of the page.

    Below are examples of how these two settings, # columns and # intro articles, work together to help shape your Joomla 3.0 frontpage using columns:

    # Intro Articles: 4
    # Columns: 3
    # Intro Articles: 4
    # Columns: 2
    three-columns-on-joomla-homepage  two-columns-on-joomla-homepage
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n/a Points
2017-12-06 5:15 am

Is it possible to do articles in multiple columns but not just the front page but anywhere in your site. - (Joomla 3 Chapelco)

42,946 Points
2017-12-06 8:34 am
Yes, it should be possible to do multiple column articles on multiple pages in Joomla. You can see it discussed here.
n/a Points
2016-05-18 11:00 am

Hi there!

It is a very helpful article. It is possible to have 2 columns on the main page and every column uses different categories? It means, that I would like to show articles of two different categories on the main page.

Thank you in advance!

42,946 Points
2016-05-18 2:56 pm
Hello Susan,

Based on the article above you should be able to use the 2 columns, but you should also be able to change the categories on the page. This document from Joomla may be the way to have articles set.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-06-01 9:10 am

Hello Arn,

Thank you! The discussion you offered is about ordering of articles. I am looking for a solution to show two different categories is the main page:

Column A                  |   Column BCategory A, Article 1  |   Category B, Article 1Category A, Article 2  |   Category B, Article 2Category A, Article 3  |   Category B, Article 3Category A, Article 4  |   Category B, Article 4

Than you!Susan

n/a Points
2015-03-21 2:56 am

Is there a way to have 2 columns on some pages, and a single column on others - I would like only certain areas to have multiple olumns, so I can have them like a newspaper artilce

42,946 Points
2015-03-23 10:29 am
Hello Ken,

Thanks for the question! It's a tough one, but I think this link from Joomla may answer your question. You can have varying areas in your article and they can be different formats. I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-07-09 11:19 pm

The article was very helpful and esy to follow.... 1, 2, 3 done. . .  

That said my entires are differnet in lenght and need the columns to be indepenant of each other in regards to valign. . .  guessing not possible bu just asking. .  


Thank you VERY much for your help.


11,186 Points
2014-07-10 9:54 am
This would require a significant amount of custom code in the theme to adjust. If you have multiple articles of different lengths, I recommend simply adding a "Read More" link there instead.
n/a Points
2014-06-20 10:00 am

Hi, is there anyway that I could have 1 leading article, then 2 columns of say 4 articles then all following articles after that are back to full width (like the leading articles - 1 column)?

The only way I can figure out how to do this is to put my article content into modules then assign them to to the position below my other articles. This isn't very economical and breaks my content organisation. Is there a better way?

9,968 Points
2014-06-20 2:33 pm
Hello Lawrence,

I'm not sure of an easy way to achieve that type of layout using the default Joomla blog layout options. At that point you'd probably want to look at a Joomla template that already has that desired layout, or closer to it.

We do have a guide that covers how to edit a Joomla template which also might lead you in the right direction.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-04-22 6:14 am
thanks. this is helpful
n/a Points
2014-04-12 5:38 pm

Great information but I need help on this. I would like a homepage with 3 or 4 columns without start with a long article on the top. On your example you really started with one column then your #columns. Again I want to start straight with 4 column without "My First Blog Post" article alone on the top.


Pd I am us8ng the same template with las version joomla 3.2

11,186 Points
2014-04-14 9:04 am
In the same page that you set number of columns, adjust the Leading Articles field to 0. Doing so will prevent the first article from showing.
9,968 Points
2014-02-01 12:42 am
Hello brentonk,

That's strange that you're seeing different options then we do also using Joomla 3.2.1 and the Protostar template.

Just to clarify that you're looking in the same place as this article, are you navigating to Menus in the top menu, then clicking on Main Menu with a house icon beside it? From there you should be able to click on the Home menu.

I just did a fresh install of Joomla with the same template, and I'm currently seeing these tabs available:

Details | Layout | Options | Integration | Link Type | Page Display | Metadata | Module Assignment

So it sounds like you're missing Layout, and Integration tabs. Are you logging into Joomla with a user that is part of the Super User group?

Also do you have any other modules or extensions installed in Joomla currently, or have you modified any of the core files themselves?

- Jacob
2014-01-31 11:11 pm
I am using Joomla 3.2.1 and the protostar - Default template. Under Edit Menu Item I have the following options: Details, Options, Link Type, Page Display, Metadata, and Module Assignment. None of these tabs has an option for changing the number of columns.
9,968 Points
2013-11-29 4:32 pm
Hello qwqwqw, and thanks for your comment.

I'm assuming you're probably using one of the latest versions of Joomla. This article was originally written for Joomla 3.0 at which time I believe there was the Advanced Options tab. However in newer versions, this has been replaced by the Layout tab which allows you to control your front page columns by editing the # Columns setting.

Joomla edit menu item columns

Please let us know if you're still unable to find that, and if so please let us know what version of Joomla you are using, and what options you are seeing available after navigating to the Home menu item.

- Jacob
2013-11-28 12:38 pm
Click the Advanced Options tab at the top of the page?????
I can't see that?
2013-11-27 8:20 am
11,186 Points
2013-11-11 10:00 am
Depending on your theme, it can also effect how your information is displayed. I recommend taking a look into your theme or switching themes to take a deeper look into things.
2013-11-09 2:31 pm
doesn't work :( i'm getting this:

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