I have been looking for hours but I have been unable to find an answer for my case.

I have an Article which is used for the home menu. For some reason the Read More option is not working but that is for another question. What I did, was added a simple link to a new Article with the full information. The problem I am having, is that I am just using index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136 as the URL but then on the site it always appends the Itemid for the menu (index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136&Itemid=435) thus causing my site to display all the content in the home page when I only need to display the article and nothing more.

Is there an option or a parameter that does this? I had resorted to using .httaccess with an ugly rewrite:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.+)&Itemid=[0-9a-z]+$|^Itemid=[0-9a-z]+&?(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteBase /Nuevo
RewriteRule (.*) $1?%1 [R=301,L]

Which causes different problems.

Any help would mean a lot.

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  • Is SEF enabled?
    – KlintWeb
    Apr 15, 2021 at 14:00
  • SEF is not enabled, but even if enabled the error persist. I would rather have a fix without using SEF.
    – Elder
    Apr 15, 2021 at 15:36

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Joomla needs to have an indication of the menuitem (ie itemid) to know how to display all the stuff around the item being shown - templates, modules etc. It tries to determine the most appropriate menuitem to use based on certain things like what menuitem you're currently on, language etc. It looks as if Joomla is using the itemid of your home page.

I suggest you try setting up a separate menuitem which simply displays an article - shown the way you'd like to have it. Then pass the itemid of that menuitem in your URL. If you set the menuitem to hidden then it won't be displayed in any menu - ie it won't be visible to users.

  • Thank you. That was exactly what was happening. I created new menu items for the links within the site to the single articles and it does what I wanted now.
    – Elder
    Apr 30, 2021 at 5:58

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