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Horizon: Latest News Particle

Your Guide to Recreating Elements of the Horizon Demo for Joomla


Introduction

The Latest News particle displays your latest articles or featured content, along with images and text. You can vary the way these items appear, making them more appealing to the eye and magazine-like.

Here are the topics covered in this guide:

Configuration

Settings

These options affect the main area of the particle, and not the individual items within.

Option Description
Particle Name This is the name of the particle used for back end management. It does not appear on the front end.
Content Source Choose whether to have content load from particle items or the CMS.
CSS Classes Enter any CSS class(es) you wish to have apply to the particle.
Title Set a title for the particle.
Upper Title Enter a title to appear above the main title.
"All Items" Label Enter a label to display items from all categories.
Selected Choose the nav item to be selected by default on page load.
Pattern Enable or Disable the pattern feature for the particle.
Images Clip Path If enabled, all images will have the clip path applied at the bottom.
Date Format Select the date format to be displayed.
Grid Column Set the number of columns items appear in.

Particle Item Options

These items make up the individual featured items in the particle.

Option Description
Item Name This is the name of the item. This appears as the item's title on the front end.
Image Set an image to appear in the item.
Description Enter a text description for the item.
Date Enter a date to appear with the item.
URL Enter a URL you would like the item to link to.
Target Select a target window for the URL to open through.

Articles

Option Description
Categories Select the categories of articles this particle will display.
Articles Select the number of articles you would like the particle to fetch.
Featured Articles Choose how Featured Articles should be filtered. Choose between Include, Exclude, or Only Featured.
Number of Articles Enter the maximum number of articles to display.
Start From Enter offset specifying the first article to return. The default is '0' (the first article).
Order By Choose the type of factor to order by.
Ordering Direction Choose between Ascending and Descending as the article ordering method.

Display

This section configures how articles are displayed.

Option Description
Image Select which image in an article should be displayed.
Article Text Choose between showing the Introduction or Full Article text to display. You can also Hide text.
Text Limit Set a limit (in characters) of the article's text to appear.
Text Formatting Select between Plain Text and HTML text formatting.
Date Choose which date (if any) to show with each item.
Title Choose whether or not the title of an article should be shown.
Title Limit Set a character limit for titles.

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