I wish to place a custom area within the Article edit page within the administration section of Joomla 1.6. Please visit screenshot.

http://screencast.com/t/vtLEBdUK

I've attempted to edit myjoomlasite/administrator/components/com_content/models/forms/article.xml.

I'm able to introduce a area within the article options fieldset, although not within the primary edit area.

For place a custom area within the Article edit page within the administration you have to alternation in two files

  1. myjoomlasite/administrator/components/com_content/models/forms/article.xml

    add your area title like below code

    <field name="name" type="text" label="JGLOBAL_NAME"
        description="JFIELD_NAME_DESC" class="inputbox" size="30"
        required="true" />
    
  2. myjoomlasite/administrator/components/com_content/sights/article/tmpl/edit.php

    add your label and input area

    <?php echo $this->form->getLabel('name'); ?>
    <?php echo $this->form->getInput('name'); ?
    

I would not recommend modifying the core files to attain what you would like.

You could utilize among Joomla's CCK (content construction kits) to produce your articles templates.

Best free CCKs readily available for Joomla :

  1. Form2Content (my personal favorite)
  2. K2 (most widely used, highly suggested)

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