I have an extension, and I'd like to walk users through the process of using it a little more. The process is:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Inserting Shortcode
  • Creating Events

Right now, when a user installs the extension, if they go to Components | My Extension, I'm hooked into the message loop, I can enqueue messages directing them to the next steps.

What I would like to do is if they haven't taken the next steps to configure the extension, is show them a reminder to do that regardless of what they're doing in Joomla. IOW, regardless of what page they're on, if they haven't done X, I want to show them a message that reminds them to do X.

If someone could point me in the direction of how to do that, it would be really appreciated.


To run some code on each request you'll need a system plugin. The php would look something like the following:

class plgSystemCheckConfiguration extends JPlugin
    function onAfterRoute()
        // get a handle of the app from jfactory etc etc
        // check if they have done the config
        // if not enqueue a notice etc

There's an overly complicated doc about making plugins here: https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Creating_a_Plugin_for_Joomla

There's a list of the system events and when they run here: https://docs.joomla.org/Plugin/Events/System

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