Getting the Most Out of Your Mambo Site
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Nov 19, 2005 at 07:25 AM
Page 1 of 4An introduction to Components, Modules & Mambots
The default installation of Mambo includes a variety of features
which are available for your use at the click of a mouse. Without
installing any additional software, you can manage banners, set up
surveys and polls, syndicate your content, and do many other common
The tools that make these functions possible are called Components, Modules and Mambots.
What is the distinction among Components, Modules & Mambots?
- You can consider a Component as a full application
that runs inside Mambo. Components extend Mambo and give it extra
functionality. The output of a component is displayed inside the main
- Modules are smaller, generally
“helper” applications. Some run autonomously, others work in
cooperation with Components. They are generally displayed around the
edges of the main content area, in places defined inside the templates
(called “module positions”).
- Mambots are small
pieces of code that enable a new feature across the entire site. There
are two types of Mambots: Those that have a visual effect (like
), and those that affect the way Mambo behaves but without
adding any true visual impact (like the search Mambots).
Just to make things a bit more confusing, sometimes a function will
require a combination of these tools. For example, the Banners and the
Polls functions include both a Component and a Module.
While the technical distinction between these items is useful
information, the most important points concern what they can do, and
how you can use them. To assist with that, we have provided below a
quick summary of the Components and Modules bundled in your Mambo
Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2005 at 10:07 PM )