By default, Articles will have a Details section at the top of each article. This Details section will have the Author (the users name that wrote the article), Category, Publish Date and Number of Hits

Screenshot of the Details information for an article in Joomla

You can choose to turn off all of these items or just some of them. If you are writing a blog, or you have multiple contributors, you may choose to keep this information. You may not want to have the number hits shown, or you may want to show the Created date or Modified date rather than the Published date. If the article was created on June 4th, but was not published until July 9th, Created and Published will be different dates. If you go back to fix a spelling error or correct a link, your Modified date will change, and this may not be desirable.

There are several places to modify the settings for what is displayed in the Details section.

Turn of publishing details at the Global Configuration Level

Global Configuration -> Articles (in the Components column) -> Article tab (scroll down)

Use the Global Configuration settings to determine what the default settings are for all articles, existing or in the future. Keep in mind that settings chosen in the Article's Options tab or in the Menu Item's Option tab, will overwrite the Global Configurations.

Category Settings in Global Configuration


Position of Article Info: You can choose to show the Details section at the top of the article, split into top and bottom, or all the bottom.

Show Category: This will determine if the name of the Category shows in the Details section

Link Category: This will make the name of the category a link for the viewer to see all articles under that category.

Show Parent: If the Category has a Parent Category, this will set the Parent Category to show.

Link Parent: This will turn that Parent into a link to see a list of articles for that Parent.

Show Author: this will set if you want the name of the author of the article, the users name that was logged in and created the article.

Link Author: This will set it so that the visitor can click on the author's name and go to that author's contact page. Keep in mind, if you choose to link to the author, he/she must have a contact page setup under Components -> Contact previously for this to become a link.

Show Create Date: Show the date that the article was first created, even if it was published at that time or not.

Show Modify Date: This date will change every single time the article is edited and changed.

Show Publish Date: This is the date that the article was set to Published under Status.

If none of these things are set to display, the Details section will simply disappear.

Turn of publishing details at the Menu Item Level

In Menu Manager, go into the Menu Item that controls the page(s) in question. This may be a Single Article Menu Item or a Category Blog or Category List Menu Item.

Go to the Options tab and scroll to these selectors shown below.

Detail Settings at the Menu Item LevelYou can choose to leave these at the Global Settings here or you can override the Global Settings and choose to Hide Or Show the individual categories.

Any settings at the Menu Item level will override the Global Settings.

Turn off publishing details at the Article Level

In Article Manager, open the individual article. Click on the Options tab. These settings can be changed for individual articles. 

Policy for setting publishing details sitewide

Remember that the Global Configurations are the best way to go for controlling these settings on a site wide basis. What is in Global Configuration will be overridden with changes at the Menu Item or Article level. It can be very laborious to remember to change all of these settings each time you write an article or create a Menu Item.

It can be challenging to figure out which setting is overriding the other when you are attempting to manage these settings.

♦ The Global Configuration is the default setting that will control any new articles or menu items. It will also control all articles or menu items that have not been altered otherwise.

♦ The Menu Item settings for Single Article will override the settings at the article level.

♦ The Article level settings will override the Menu Item settings if it is a Category List or Category Blog.

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