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How to fix Joomla ‘save failed with the following error. Invalid Parent id’

Menu Manager > Select All > Rebuild

Categories > Select All > Rebuild

Now create a new category called ‘temp’ and ‘BATCH’ move all other categories to it (retaining access levels). When that has completed, select all articles and move back to root location.

And Fixed 🙂

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  1. Sotiris Sotiris


    • facade facade

      glad I could help 🙂

  2. Thanks a bunch…this has plagued me for a long time. I could still build articles, and save them, but “save & close didn’t work (wouldn’t close and would give the error). This started when I migrated from 1.5 to 2.5….solution re-ardered everything and, voila, no errors


    • facade facade

      awesome.. glad this helped

  3. When that has completed, select all ***articles*** and move back to root location…. I think it should be CATEGORY instead of ARTICLES, I was confused for a while :), thanks anyways!!

  4. It didn’t work for me in the first place. But after I make a temp root category and move all the menus there. I successfully rebuild category tree, and now it works!

    • move all categories there of course, sorry about that.

  5. Muzzafar Zabidin Muzzafar Zabidin

    I know this post is long time ago. I still want to say thank you FACADE. It really work

  6. Bhaumik Kotak Bhaumik Kotak

    This trick loose the category tree, when you have multi level category, do you have any solution which can be applied to the multi level category tree, because I am loosing my category tree ordering, when I move back categories from temp to root.

  7. Thanks. it works.

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