I just started using Joomla 1.6 a week ago and I love the enhancements in the administrator backend. There was one problem though – inserting flash into an article was really killing me. TinyMCE kept on messing up my code after I saved the article.
I tried many different settings but still somehow I can’t seem to successfully display that damn flash object in a Joomla article. I finally found the solution which was just a click away, but annoyingly so difficult to find.
Ok, so here’s how you insert media (Flash, Quicktime, Shockwave, etc) into an article in Joomla 1.6. I assume a fresh installation of Joomla 1.6, so I’m gonna be thorough on the steps.
- Login to your administrator backend
- Go to Extensions > Plug-in Manager > Editor – TinyMCE
- Under the Basic Options panel on the right hand side, click the Functionality drop down list and select Extended. Now click Save & Close.
- Now log in to your site’s FTP and create a folder called ‘flash‘ in the root.
- Upload an SWF file into the flash folder.
- Test whether your flash movie plays in this URL – http://your-domain.com/flash/flashfile.swf. If it does, excellent. You’re almost done.
- Now back to the Joomla administrator backend and go to Content > Article Manager > Options (on the top right).
- Under the Text Filters tab, change all Filter Type values to No Filtering and then click Save & Close. This was the step that took me so long to figure out.
- Now you should be in the Article Manager: Articles page. Click New to create a new article (or select an article you have already created).
- Click the Insert/edit embedded media icon in the TinyMCE editor to bring out the modal box.
- Under File/URL, enter the URL you used in step 6 (http://your-domain.com/flash/flashfile.swf). Enter the respective dimensions and click Insert. You should see a yellow box in the TinyMCE editor.
- Now save your article and view it in the front end. Your flash movie should now be playing.