I got tired of having to click through the tabs in Joomla 1.0.x to change my publishing state from unpublished to published and check the show on frontpage item everytime I posted a new article. That being said, I did a little research and figured out how to change the default settings. It requires you to modify the core joomla code, so if you patch your site to a new joomla version and they replace the file you will have to reapply this patch.  All you have to do is open the /components/com_content/content.php file and look for the $row->state variable in the editItem() function. By default it is set to 0 and you will want to change it to 1.

The $row->state variable will change the default publishing status. 0 being unpublished and 1 being published.

The $row->frontpage variable will change the default status for whether or not an item will show up on the frontpage. 0 means it will not show up on the frontpage and 1 means it will show up on the frontpage.

In my content.php file, the $row->state variable was on line 1,843 - but this may vary for you depending on the version of Joomla you are running.


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  • Joshua Briley

    Hi Josh, this blog post came in handy. I was able to change the published and front page status on my Joomla site. Because the site is private, I'm trying to set a default on the post Access Levels. I scoured the content.php file, but wasn't quite sure how to handle it. Seems to be a more complex function. Any ideas?

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