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Manticore: Top Rated Particle

Your Guide to Recreating Elements of the Manticore Demo for Joomla


The Top Rated particle displays your latest articles or featured content, along with images and text.

Here are the topics covered in this guide:



These options affect the main area of the particle, and not the individual items within. You can set the title of the particle, as well as give it an introductory paragraph here.

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 between Particle and Joomla as the Content Source.
CSS Classes Enter any CSS class(es) you wish to have apply to the particle.
Title Set a title for the particle.
Display Slides Enter the number of slides to display at once.
Slides to Scroll Enter the number of slides to scroll at once.
All Platforms Label Enter a text label to bring up all items regardless of category.
Filtering Enable or Disable filtering by category.
Prev / Next Enable or Disable Previous / Next Navigation.
Autoplay Enable or Disable autoplay.
Autoplay Timeout Set the time between autoplay between items (in milliseconds).
Loop Enable or Disable looping of slides.

Particle Item Options

These items make up the individual featured items in the particle. Items in this section will only appear if Particle is selected as the Content Source.

Option Description
Item Name This is the name of the item. This appears as the item's title on the front end.
CSS Classes Enter any CSS class(es) you want to have apply to the item.
Image Set an image to appear in the item.
Score Give your subject a numerical score.
Ribbon Text Input the ribbon text to appear in the corner ribbon.
Subtitle Enter a subtitle.
Description Enter a text description for the item.
Link Enter a URL you would like the item to link to.
Link Target Select a target window for the URL to open through.


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.


This section configures how articles are displayed.

Option Description
Image Display the image assigned to the article's Intro, Full or None.
Title Show or Hide the article's title.
Title Limit Enter the maximum number of characters in the title to display.
Article Text Choose between Introduction, Hide, and Full Article for the article text to be displayed.
Text Limit Set a limit (in characters) for the article text displayed.
Text Formatting Choose between HTML and Plain Text formatting for the article's text.
Link Items Select if the items should have links.
Link Target Set a target window for the read more link.

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