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JExtBOX Article Auto Manager

This package helps to automatically or manually archive, unpublish, publish, move to trash, move to another category, assign or remove the featured status, change access level and extend publish down the date.

The extension provides the following article managing operations:

  • Archive
  • Unpublish
  • Publish
  • Move to Trash
  • Move to Another Category
  • Assign or remove the Featured status
  • Change Access Level
  • Extend publish down

The paid version is available and it has full functionality. See the difference between the free and paid versions.

3.10 or 4
Last update
Tue, 28 Jun 2022
1'st release
Wed, 22 Jun 2011
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  • Visual query builder
  • Unlimited, independent, easily configurable, useful, and effective managing operations
  • Automated and fully configurable execution of article managing operations with load balancing
  • Manual (forced) execution of article managing operations
  • Select articles by: created, modified, published, or published down date; category, state, the featured status, access level, and hits.
  • Configuration of the whole component: Enabling option, Restricted articles, Load Balancing, Permission to Manual Execution
  • User-friendly interface

Version 4.3.3. 28 Jun 2022. Solved the issues for manual executions at the component and operation loading at the content plugin. Also, corrected the mistake in the language file.

Version 4.3.2. 4 Feb 2022. Patch for the new update server.

Version 4.3.1. 10 Nov 2021. Solved the issue which is related to missing database columns for the paid version.

Version 4.3.0. 4 Oct 2021. The new operation "Extend Publish Down" and the new article selection rule "Published Down" has been added.

Version 4.2.1. 4 Sep 2021. Patch for Joomla 4. Solved the issue, that is related to the less operator for article selection conditions.

Version 4.2.0. 10 Oct 2019. Added the new toolbar button for resetting the last executed DateTime of article managing operations.

Version 4.1.0. 5 Oct 2019. The new global configuration parameter "Extend to Publish Down" was added. This parameter is used to control managing operations to access articles that are unpublished by its option "Finish Publishing" when the AAM condition rule "State equal Unpublished" and the AAM operation "Change State to Published" are used.

Version 4.0.1. 17 Jan 2019. A bug for buttons publish/unpublish/archive in the toolbar and a button toggle in the list was solved. The bug is detected after upgrading Joomla to 3.9.1.

Version 4.0.0. 12 Nov 2018, Rewrote completely and added the new visual query builder.

Version 3.9.0. 3 May 2017, The managing rule execution settings were improved.

Version 3.8.3. 27 October 2016, Maintenance for the latest version of Joomla.

Version 3.8.2. 3 March 2016, A bug at "assign featured status" has been fixed in the plugin.

Version 3.8.1. 17 February 2016, A bug at "Set of Articles" has been fixed in the plugin.

Version 3.8.0. 11 August 2015, 1. A manual (forced) execution command has been added. 2. Auto enable the plugin during installation.

Version 3.7.0. 21 July 2015, 1. A new option Number Type has been added. 2. Rule validation at saving has been added to the back-end component. 3. Relation between Filter and Options has been modified. Also, it was renamed as "Apply with Options" and moved to the tab "Filter Settings". 4. Database table structure has been modified.

3.6.1. 2014-12-13. A bug has been fixed in the language file.

3.6.0. 2014-10-26. Delete history /versions/ entries too, when deleting articles or empty trash.

3.5.1. 2014-08-26. 1. A bug at "Select by Status" has been fixed. 2. Detection of bad queries has been improved.

3.5.0. 2014-08-22. 1. "Select by Publishing Date" option has been added. 2. Usage of "Restricted Articles" has been changed. 3. Detection of empty where syntax and the empty selection and empty setting have been improved.

3.4.0. 2014-08-09. User interface i.e. JS code has been improved.

3.3.0. 2014-08-07. 1. Modify Publishing, Change Access Level, Assign Featured blog layout operations have been added. 2. Some operations have been combined with the Update method. 3. Settings type of date and time have supported TimeZone. 4. "Finish Publishing", "Revision" and "Hits" options have been added to the "Order by" field. 5. Description field, options for a logic operator for SQL query, Select by the "Featured" status, Select by Access Level, Select by Language options have been added. 6. User interface has been improved. 7. The option for allowing or disallowing empty "WHERE" condition has been added to the configuration of the extension. 8. The selection of logical operators has been added. 9. Major changes to the database table.

3.2.0. 2014-07-29. 1. New method "Publish" has been added. 2. New filter type "Set of Articles" has been added. 3. Removed a bug related to directory separator from the version for Joomla 3. 4. The group of options, named "Article Status", has been added to this version. Now filters can be applied to published, unpublished, archived, and trashed articles. 5. "Restricted Articles" and enabling/disabling all filters settings have been added to the configuration of the extension. 6. A bug is related to the type of "Number of Articles" removed from the plugin. 7. User interface and description of fields have improved. Now component of this extension is easy to understand and use. 8. "Period" has changed to "Execution Date", has more advanced features. Now a filter could be executed once or periodically. 9. "Order by" global parameter has been moved to the configuration of the filter. Also "Ascending" and "Descending" options have been added to the "Order by" parameter.

3.1.2. 2014-07-21. Minor bug - DS constant, was added to the previous version, has been removed from the component for Joomla 3.

3.1.1. 2014-04-13. Major bug 1054 error, related to "Order by" parameters initial value, has been fixed. Also, a possible issue in one important function has been removed.

3.1.0. 2013-12-27. Joomla 3.x has been supported. Database structure and Extension Name have been changed. Date for ordering and ACL options have been added. The demo version has been released. Empty Trash new feature has been added. Also, very optimal code is written at an advanced level.

3.0.1. 2013-10-24. A major bug has been fixed in the plugin.

3.0.0. Minor bugs have been fixed. Joomla 3.x support in beta version.

2.1.0. Form for creating or editing filters has been improved. New features (periodicity and execution time) have been added. Three minor bugs have been fixed.

2.0.2. Minor bugs have been fixed.

2.0.1. Minor bugs have been fixed.

2.0.0. Component-based filter manager has been added. Joomla! 2.5 has been supported.

1.0.0. 2011-06-22. Initial version.

Update to version 4.3.2

It can not update due to the new update server. Thus you need to install it manually.

Upgrade from previous major versions

We have made big changes in the major version 4.x such as the visual query builder. Thus, before installing the latest version 4.x.x, you need to uninstall a previous major version 3.x.x.

Joomla 4

This extension has supported Joomla 4 since its version 4.2.1. Version 4.2.1 of this extension is compatible with Joomla 3.10 too.

Install and Cache

Clear cache if the query builder is missing after installing it.

A bug for the visual query builder

Users which are using a major version 4.x.x below 4.2.1 of this extension, should update to version 4.2.1 immediately due to the issue, that is related to the less operator for article selection conditions.


There are all parameters of this extension in the configuration page of the component which is a part of the extension. By using these parameters, you can specify the following options.

  1. Whether disable all article managing operations or not.
  2. Specify which articles are unaffected by article managing operations i.e. archive, move to another category, and others.
  3. The maximum number of article managing operations are automatically executed at once.
  4. Allow or disallow to affect articles that are unpublished by the option "Finish Publishing" when this extension's condition rule is given as "State equal Unpublished" and its operation is "Change State to Published".

Execution of article managing operations

A published article managing operation is executed automatically when an article is opened to read by a user on the front-end. Also, it can be executed manually. However manual execution is possible for the paid version only.

Extend Publish Down or Finish Publishing

The operation which is called Extend Publish Down is added a given interval to articles' publish down date/time are not null only. 

Difference between free and paid versions

There are no visible differences between free and paid versions except the notification about the full version and the list of differences between the free and full versions. However, if you install the full version, it hides notification messages about the paid version and activates the following functions or parameters.

  • Package Configurations
    • Article restriction to keep out specific articles from accidental change.
    • The upper limit on the number of operations is automatically executed at once, which is used to avoid excessively high loading on a single request.
    • The specific parameter for disabling all managing operations.
  • Conditions
    • The additional filter is used to avert emptying a category and the front page.
  • Execution buttons
    • Manual or forced execution in the back-end.
    • Reset last executed date time.

If the full version is installed, all your configurations will be kept and become usable.

JExtBOX Article Auto Manager is the Joomla extension.
Copyright (©) 2011 - 2022 Galaa

JExtBOX Article Auto Manager is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

JExtBOX Article Auto Manager is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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Difference between Free and Paid versions

The component for creating, editing and deleting article managing operations
Visual query builder for defining complex queries
Validation for prevention of misconfigured queries
Scheduling of managing operations
Article restriction to keep away specific articles from an accidental change
The upper limit on the number of operations are automatically executed at once, which is used to avoid extremely high load on a single request
The command for manual or forced execution of article managing operations in the back-end
Resetting the last executed date-time of article managing operations.
Prevent from emptying a category or the front page
The option for controlling of managing operations, those affect articles which are unpublished by its option "Finish Publishing" when the extension's condition rule is given as "State equal Unpublished" and the article managing operation is "Change State to Published".
The special parameter for disabling all managing operations
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