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Modifying Read More links

A question was posted in the Joomla! New England  forum about getting rid of the titles from the read more links generated by the Beez template overrides.  Here is how I responded:


The Beez template was designed for accessibility.

It is an accessibility No-No  to have multiple links on the same page with the same text that point to different urls — so…
the Beez template overrides  pull in the article title, creating unique links to the various articles.


The simplest way to get rid of this feature (not a bug!)  would be to change the name of the override file in the html folder. —  If the file name is not exactly what Joomla is expecting,  it won’t see it and will use the standard html instead.

The files governing the coding of a blog entry would be  in

html/com_content/category/blog_item.php  and

If there are other aspects of the beez override you like (tableless code, for example) but you really want the simple ( but repetitive) read more links, you could make a copy of these files and alter the php to omit the article title.

Look around line 113 in the category/blog_item.php and you’ll see this:

        elseif ($readmore = $this->item->params->get('readmore')) :
            echo $readmore;
        else :
            echo JText::sprintf('Read more', $this->escape($this->item->title));
        endif; ?>

The first instance  checks for a custom  (item by item) readmore you may have entered,   the second is the  “default”.

You can change (‘Read more’, $this->escape($this->item->title))

to  (‘more’)    or whatever you want it to say.


Also see my earlier post about different read more links for different sections of your site.

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