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I'm new to Joomla and I'm trying to create a home page that will show the 3 most recent articles, with only the first few lines of the article text, a thumbnail and a read more button for each which will navigate to the full article page.

I'm going through the plugins but there are hundreds so I thought I'd ask for help to save some time trying them all out.

Here is what I'm trying to achieve

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I typically use DisplayNews for this. Works pretty well, lots of options for styling. A bit difficult if you want to do crazy customizations, but if you're going with the layout you've shown above there, you should be fine. It's got a lot of functionality built in, and do exactly what you're saying - show some text, a thumbnail, and a readmore.

  • Awesome, using DisplayNews and it worked just as I needed it to. – static_void Dec 16 '14 at 15:00
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Many templates include this kind of thing. Rockettheme generally does, though we seldom use the feature. There's a free template that provides it if you're interested in how they accomplish it called Rockettheme Afterburner2. You probably have to register, but it is free, and it's reliable.

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