Module Not Honoring Menu Assignment in Joomla 3 with SH404SEF

It took me a while to figure out the cause of this problem, so I thought I’d share it in case it saves someone else some time. I could only get the module to display to a position in my Joomla template when setting the menu assignment to “On All Pages.”

Joomla 3 Missing Module

When I set it for “Only on the pages selected,” which is what I needed, the module would not be displayed.

Joomla 3 Missing Module


I tried everything, including turning off sh404sef url rewriting, and nothing solved the problem. A lot of posts, however mentioned that the wrong item ID in the URL was often the culprit. Searching in that vein, I found a post in the Joomla Forums that directed me to the solution on the Anything Digital (sh404sef) website.

Here’s what I did:

1) Go to the Menu Manager and find the ID of the menu item of the page you are trying to publish the module on (this is Itemid in the URL string).

Joomla 3 Missing Module


2) Go to the URL Manager in sh404sef, and find the URL of the page you are trying to publish the module to.

Joomla 3 Missing Module

3) If this URL has duplicates, as indicated by an orange circle in the screen grab above, you are in luck, because this fix might work for you. Click on the orange circle showing the number of duplicates.

Joomla 3 Missing Module

4) Find the duplicate that has and Itemid that matches the menu item ID you recorded for the page, and set that as the main URL by clicking the star, or selecting the box and clicking “Make Main.”

Refresh the page in question and you should be done. If that helped, let me know!


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3 thoughts on “Module Not Honoring Menu Assignment in Joomla 3 with SH404SEF

  1. I just wanted to say that I was having this exact problem with sh404sef and Joomla 3.x, and this method works. It’s a pain to do for a lot of menu items, but it works. Thank you.

  2. Any ideas how to fix this if the problem is on the homepage? If I click the menu item it works, but if the menu item is set as homepage in the menu manager and I visit front page of the site this foes not work.

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