How to Use the "Cover" Layout in Shack Article Layouts

"Shack Article Layouts" is a module you can place in a regular module position. But you can also load it inside a Joomla article. This gives you two benefits:

  • You will be able to display the module in the full width of the page.
  • You will be able to display the module as the main content on the page.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to display the "Shack Article Layouts" module inside a Joomla article using the "Cover" layout.

Here are the use case requirements:

  • Embed the "Shack Article Layouts" module in an empty Joomla article
  • Display Joomla articles from the three preferred categories
  • Display only 9 articles
  • Display the articles in three columns
  • Display the articles in the "Cover" layout.

Here is the final result:

final result

Here is how to set up the module you see in this screenshot.

  • Open up your module for editing.
  • Go to the "Module" tab.
  • Locate the "Category" setting, as in the image below, and select your required Joomla categories.
  • Set the "Number of articles to show" to the required number. For my demonstration, I set it to 9, as you can see in the image below.
  • Set the "Layout" parameter to your preferred layout. For this demonstration, I set it to "Cover".
  • Set the "Columns" parameter to your preferred number of columns. Form my demonstration, I set it to 3.


  • Go to the "Menu Assignment" tab and assign this module to the menu item(s) of the required page(s).
  • Leave the rest of the module settings at there default.
  • Click "Save" or "Save & Close".
  • Open your required Joomla article for editing.
  • Click the "Module" button:

click module

  • You will see the "Module" box. Click "Shack Article Layouts":

click shack article layouts

  • You will see the shortcode with the loadmoduleid tag and ID number of your "Shack Article Layouts" module:

module embedded inside the joomla article


Now, whey you visit this article, you should see the picture similar to the one on the screenshot at the beginning of this guide.