After installation the Component can be found in the back-end via Components > Options Manager. The Component has two major functions: Global Options and Menu Item Options.
Most Joomla Extensions have an [Options] button where you can configure the default Options
that are used for the whole website : the "Global Options".
Problem: manually configure Global Options for every new website
In every NEW Joomla website you have to configure the Extensions' Global Options again, and again.
That involves a lot of clicking, clicking, clicking, checking, clicking, checking, clicking and checking.
Solution: Export and Import your Global Options
Save and export your favorite Global Options and import them in your Joomla websites.
See: Components > Options Manager > Global Options
With Options Manager you can Export and Import your Global Options
and use Activate Options to switch between the Imported Global Options and the previous Configured Global Options.
|Extension||Previous Options||Imported Options|
|does NOT have Global Options||No previous Options||No Imported Options|
|has Global Options||Global Options = Previous Options||Global Options = Imported Options|
|Click to choose Previous Options||Click to choose Imported Options|
|Global Options have been changed||Global Options have been changed||Global Options have been changed|
Menu Item Options
Most Menu Items link to a component view that has individual display Options which can be configured:
Use "Use Global" to use the settings configured in the Extension's Global Options
or manually configure the Menu Item Options to your liking (which override the Extension's Global Options).
Problem: Menu Item Options vs Global Options
Once you have configured your Menu Item Options individually,
you cannot easily see the differences with the Global Options:
You have to open every Menu Item to see its configuration.
Solution: Menu Options Checker
With Options Manager you can easily see which Menu Items have Options
that are different from the Global Options.
See: Components > Options Manager > Menu Options
|Menu Options Checker|
|0||= Global Options available||Which Global Options are available for the Extension?|
|0||= Menu Item Options set to Global||Front-end display will change when the Global Options change|
|0||= Menu Item Options set and same as Global||Might cause issues in future when you change Global Options|
|0||= Menu Item Options set and different from Global||Menu Item will display view that differs from Global Options|