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I have a single category called 'Departments'. This contains hundreds of articles.

Is there any way I can set the same 'Full Article Image' for each of these articles? See image;

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I understand I can set an image for the 'Departments' category, and display this within the article but that's not what I require. I need all the articles to display the same Full Article Image.

If I could set the Full Article Image to be the same as the category image that would work.

Perhaps I am overlooking something obvious?

  • Go with a an alternative menu item for this specific category.
    – FFrewin
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 9:19
  • Not sure I understand @FFrewin Could you explain briefly please? Thanks. Also updated question, it's the Full Article Image I need not the intro image.
    – jonboy
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 9:39
  • I would like to give a detailed answer, but I am currently out of time. Maybe later.
    – FFrewin
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 9:50

1 Answer 1


Thought I'd give my 2 cents on this. I'm sure there are other ways, but this is the one I came up with and tested.

So, using a system plugin and JS, you can set a value for the full article image input.

Here is the code I've written:

class plgSystemMyPlugin extends JPlugin
    public function onBeforeCompileHead()
        $app    = JFactory::getApplication();
        $option = $app->input->get('option');
        $view   = $app->input->get('view');
        $layout = $app->input->get('layout');

        // Only execute via the backend
        if (!$app->isSite() && $option == 'com_content' && $view == 'article' && $layout == 'edit') 
            $doc = JFactory::getDocument();

  • It firstly checks to see if you're in the backend.
  • Then it checks to see if your in the correct component, view and layout.
  • Then injects jQuery into the <head> which changes the value of the input field.

Hope this helps

  • Thanks @Lodder So, this way I simply open up the article for editing in the back-end and the JS injection does the rest?
    – jonboy
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 10:03
  • @johnny_s - Yup, that's correct :) Oh I almost forgot to mention, you will also need to change the default image I've used for the value to whatever suits your needs ;)
    – Lodder
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 10:04
  • @johnny_s - You're welcome. Glad it helped
    – Lodder
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 10:15

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