• CW Multicategories

Installation & Guide

ComponentJoomla 3Joomla 2.5

Install the component:

Download CW Multicategories and install - component.

And thats all. Just one click install and all is done.

Since version - Install file contains following group of component + plugins:

  • CW Multicategories (component)
  • System - CW Multicats Plugin (plugin)
  • System - MVC Override for CW Multicats (plugin)
  • Quick Icon - CW Multicats Updates Notification (plugin)

All is ONE-CLICK install and plugins will be installed and activated during compononent installation.

Configure component's settings

If you want to change settings in some way:

  • Use Canonical URL - SEO feature - you can turn on/off Using canonical URLs - If enabled, article detail from the first selected category will be pointed as main content URL and details from other categories will be marked with canonical meta tag pointing on first category article detail link, preventing duplicite content for search engines.

Articles tab - settings for Multicategory Blog which is new custom Menu Item Type for displaying articles from more categories. 

  • Fit categories - All x Any - if articles has to belong to all or any of selected categories

Layout type removed since version This gallery is done by CW Article Gallery plugin

Article Edit Form

there is a changed Category Field that will allow to select multiple categories. You can choose from two Layouts - Smart Chosen or Standard (removed since v3.5.1.6 - only Chosen layout stays)

#SMART Chosen Layout

Creating New Category right in the Category selectbox in article edit - Since version

smart selectbox which newly brings possibility to sort category order by drag and drop functionality(only in J3.x version of

This is how will look like Article Edit Form in Backend

You can use autocomplete search filter feature. You can also sort selected categories by Drag and Drop.

Multicategory is available also in Frontend Article Edit Form.

#Standard Layout - removed since version

Standard layout is the OLD layout created in first versions of CW Multicategories for Joomla 2.5. We recommend to use Chosen layout as it is usually without issues and much faster to work with in overall.

In article edit/create form view - you can see a button for category selection and list of selected categories in green bubbles.

You can also remove assigned categories by clicking on black/white cross icon.

Since v3.1.11 (2.6.10 for J2.5): Drag and drop sorting of categories

Select categories via button - Modal window

You can see modal window with list of categories with all the functionality like in Categories view - pagination and filtering. You can also see a list of selected categories (IDs and Titles)

To confirm selection - we click on Submit button - after that category list in edit form will get updated

Also available in Frontend

Multicategory Blog

Since version !

New menu item for CW Multicats component. Multicategory Blog - possibility to set up blog for displaying articles from multiple categories. Possible to set if article has to belong to all selected categories or at least any of them.

Ordering with multicategorized articles

  • if you set for frontend menu type Category Blog - then dont forget that there is settings for 
    primary order - Category Order - this must be set to NO ORDER
    secondary order - Articles Order - this you can set to desired collumn (date, ID, ordering, ...) 

    ..and why primary order to "no order"? Because articles can have more categories and therefore it will sort articles by their category and then by articles ordering.

Bonus - Preview Button

Article Preview button functionality added to Toolbar!

Available after saving article

You can use button to click for opening modal popup window view preview of how article looks on site or you can use right click and open in new window for full view.

Administration - configuration

In Components - CW MCats - go to Options, where you can enable/disable creating canonical urls. It solves the problem with considering multiple URLs for one article as duplicite content by Google robots while indexing. If you want on purpose to have indexed all urls for such article in all categories, set this parameter as disabled.

Also you can choose which Interface type you want to use - Standard(Classic) or Chosen.


Using native Joomla ACL offers setting access permissions to different usergroups and access levels, so you can hide the component from the Components menu in administration (doesnt have effect on functionality - which still remains active).


CW Multicategories offers using language files.

Note: CW Multicats patches some core files of com_content component in order to implement its functionality. Therefore updates are made for Joomla updates to keep patched files actual.

Article modules compatibility

Best way to keep compatiblity of using CW Multicategories with Article module for displaying Articles is to use CW News Module offering plenty of amazing settings and layouts. Joomla Native modules are fully compatible.

ISSUES Since new version

Question#1 - Other 3rd party plugins making TABs in article edit form are not loaded

Content - CW Multicats plugin is re-loading the article form, it is NEEDED to pay attention on CONTENT plugins order. Place this plugin above other 3rd party content plugins - so they will load AFTER CW Multicats are initialized.


  • Supported compatibility for Joomla 3.x
  • Compatiblity for Joomla 2.5 - development stopped with version J2.5.28

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