Adding a Weather Module in Joomla 3

Example view of a weather module in Joomla 3

In this Joomla 3 tutorial we will show you how to add a weather module to your website. You will then be able to display the weather forcast for a specific region. In this guide, we will be using the free Weather365, which is powered by Weather365.net. I chose this module because it can be set up easily, and it does not require any payment or registration.

Installing and Enabling the Weather365 Module

  1. Download the Weather365 module. At the time this article was written the file was named: mod_weather_365_3.0.zip.
    How to download the Weather365 extension for Joomla
  2. Login to the Joomla 3 dashboard.
  3. Click Extensions, then Extension Manager in the main menu.
  4. Click the Choose File button, and select the Weather365 module you downloaded in Step 1. Then click the Upload & Install button. It is installed when you see a message stating “Installing module was successful.
  5. In the main menu, click Extensions, then click Module Manager.
  6. In the search box type Weather365, then click the search button. Click the red X next to the Weather365 module to enable it.
    Enabling the Weather365 extension

Configure the Weather365 Module

  1. Go to the Weather365 site, enter the city you want the weather displayed for, then hit Enter on the keyboard. You will see your city listed, copy the number code next to it for later use.
    Accessing your local weather
  2. In the Joomla Dashboard, click Extensions, then Module Manager.
  3. Click the Weather365 module.
    Accessing the settings for the Joomla 3 Weather 564 extension

    You will then see the see the Weather365 settings, fill them in as needed. Below is a brief description of the options:

    Option Description
    CityID Enter the number you copied in Step 1 here.
    Forecast Select if you want to display a 1 day, or 3 day forecast.
    Style Choose from 4 different styles: 1, 2, 3, and 4. I recommend trying them to see which one you prefer.
    Temperature Scale Choose C for celsius, or F for fahrenheit.
    Alignment Select if you want the weather module to align right, left, or center.
    Cache Time Choose how often you want your website to update the weather forecast. Your choices range from 1 hour, to 12 hours

. Updating to frequently can affect the performance of your website.

Fix German Umlaut If you are displaying the weather in German, choosing Yes here will fix the umlaut “¨” in the database.
  • Over to the right, select a Position for the weather module to display. If you need help identifying the position, you can easily view them by following our guide on how to view module positions in Joomla.
  • Click the Menu Assignment tab, and choose which pages you want the Joomla 3 weather module displayed on. Options are: On all pages, No pages, Only on the pages selected, or On all pages except those selected.
  • Click the Save button. Then you will see a message stating “Module successfully saved.” You will now be able to see your Joomla 3 weather module on the pages you assigned it to.
  • Congratulations, now you know how to add a Weather Module in Joomla 3!

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