I wish to modify the Joomla! Registration Page. Specifically:

  1. Modify the page title
  2. Add a Banner across the top of the page
  3. Move captcha to the bottom of "User Profile" above the "register" or "cancel" buttons.

I located the file: com_users\views\registration\temp\default.php and the line <?php echo $this->escape($this->params->get('page_heading')); ?>.


  1. Where is the value "page_heading" obtained from?
  2. Will removing (or modifying the above line) cause other issues?
  3. What file or files(s) can I modify to perform point 3 above?

If these questions seem very elementary, they should be I am just a beginner in PHP and CSS.

Thank you in advance.

1 Answer 1


you shouldn't edit core files, but use the nice feature of template override within joomla. Help e.g from https://docs.joomla.org/Understanding_Output_Overrides and many other documents. In your case: Copy the file com_users/views/registration/temp/default.php to templates/[your template_name]/html/com_users/default.php. Afterwards, you can edit this new file, and the joomla core will still work and any update of joomla does not touch this file.

ad 1: $this->params->get('page_heading'); the parameter "page_heading" is set through file com_users/views/registration/view.html.php (in line 87ff, Joomla 3.6.2) if ($menu) { $this->params->def('page_heading', $this->params->get('page_title', $menu->title)); } else { $this->params->def('page_heading', JText::_('COM_USERS_REGISTRATION')); }

ad 2: Removing which line? You may change the page heading in your file templates/[your template_name]/html/com_users/default.php - no problem.

ad 3: same as point 2.

  • Thank you. After reviewing your edit, I am unable to complete my task. NOT due to your response, but due to my limited knowledge of PHP. I am headed back to the books before I take on my project. Thank you again. Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 4:51

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