Adding RefTagger to a Joomla! Site

Joomla! is one of the the most popular Content Management System software. It’s a great choice for church and ministry websites, and I’ve seen many build some sharp sites with it.

Setting up RefTagger on a Joomla! site is quite easy.

There are the simple steps to getting it up and running in no time:

  1. Log in to your admin panel (
  2. Hover over the “Extensions” tab and click “Template Manager.”
  3. Click on the name of the template that you are using. The default with Joomla! 1.5.2 is “rhuk_milkyway.”
  4. Click the “Edit HTML” button at the top right.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the code and paste in the customizable RefTagger code from the RefTagger page right before the </body> tag.

That’s it! RefTagger is now working on your entire Joomla! site!


  1. Pastor Ray Richards says:

    I just want to use this to say a big thank you.
    I have used RefTagger on the new site I am building and it works just fine.

  2. These instructions worked great! Thanks so much!

  3. Great! You’re very welcome.

  4. I took a stab at creating a Joomla! module for RefTagger. You’re welcome to try it and provide feedback.

  5. Thanks, Joel. Looks great! I’ve added a link to it on the RefTagger page.

  6. Hi. Do you know if RefTagger works okay on Joomla 1.0? I know I should be upgrading, but lack of available time to do the job has me delaying for a little while yet.

  7. Found HTML code here:

  8. I’m not positive, but it should work. It shouldn’t hurt to try.

  9. Patrick Pieters says:

    We are working on a site in Spanish, Do you have a Spanish version of RefTagger available?

  10. Bill Patton says:

    Can you tell me if your code will work in a Mambo site? I’m working on a new site for our church using this CMS product as provided by our web host. Thanks!

  11. I have added the Joomla module. Nice and simple. Unfortunately it’s not fully working where I need it to. I am adding scripture references for the latest sermon series downloads(Ghost in the Machine), but unfortunately reftagger is only working for the first download and not the next. Any suggestions as to why this might be the case?

  12. Hmm. I’m not sure. You might try posting in our RefTagger forum.