Filler - a Joomla 1.5 extension for temporary pages

Last updated August 19, 2010

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Ever had that client that just can’t quite grasp the bigger picture when you’re building a site for them? Filler is a very simple Joomla! 1.5 extension that allows you to quickly add temporary menu items with meaningful text and/or images in order to help you demonstrate the structure of a completed site.

Then, when you’re ready, simply edit the Filler menu item and change its type.

This tool is a must for any site designer.


  • Adds a comment to a page.
  • Optionally display Under Construction.


  • Joomla 1.5.18+
  • PHP 5.2+

Packing List

All extensions are automatically installed from the one package.

  • The Filler frontend and backend components (com_filler).

License and Support

This extension is free to download and use on any number of Joomla web sites. It is released as Open Source under the GNU General Public License.

No official support is provided. However, usage difficulties can be reported on the Art of Joomla project tracker.

Improvement suggestions are welcome. Commissioned feature improvements can be negotiated.

If you find any this extension useful, please consider paying us forward (not paying us back) by supporting one of our nominated charities or World Hope Australia and help fight world poverty! Let us know if you do.

Installing and Upgrading

Download the extension package using the link above.

Log into the Joomla 1.5 Administrator.

Select Extensions -> Install/Unistall from the menubar.

Click Browse and select the extension package from where you downloaded it onto your computer.

Click Upload & Install File (alternatively use the other installation methods available if desired).

Before upgrading it is always good practice to backup your web site files and database. It is also a good idea to test the upgrade on a copy of your web site.

To upgrade to a new version of the extension just repeat the steps above with the new package when it becomes available. You do not need to uninstall the extension first. Just install the new version over the top of the existing one.

Creating a Filler Page

Filler installs as a component that you can add as a menu item.

From the Administrator menubar, hover over Menus then select the menu that you want to add a filler page to.

Click the New button in the toolbar.

Click the Filler link under the Internal Link heading.

Fill out the general menu settings in the normal way. This menu page has the following basic parameters that allow you to customise the page.


This is a comment you can enter to show on the page. This could be as simple as “Site Map will go here” or you could add a cropped graphic image from your designer that would show what the page might look like.

Show Under Construction

This option simply allows you to show the text “Under Construction” on the page.

Changing the Filler Page to a Real Page

If you are using Filler pages to preview a conceptual design to a customer, you will eventually get to the point where you have to start building out the site properly. Changing the filler pages is easy. Just edit the menu item and then click on the Change Type button and select the appropriate component as normal.