The 'Attachments' extension for Joomla! allows files to be uploaded and attached to articles and other types of content. URLs can also be attached. 'Attachments' includes the ability to attach files and edit attachments from the front end as well as from the administrative back end. There are options to control who can see the attachments and who can upload them, along with many other options to increase its flexibility and usefulness.
INSTALLATION IS SIMPLE: Use the Joomla installer with the single installation zip file. The component and all plugins are installed in a single step. Attachments uses the Joomla "upgrade" capability and can be installed over previous versions of Attachments.
There are two versions of Attachments:
* Version 3.1 for Joomla 2.5.7+ or 3.x
-- The 3.x versions will NOT work on Joomla 1.5
-- See demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMzOVNfYJIo&hd=1
-- DOWNLOAD: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments3/frs/
-- FORUMS: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments3/forum/
* Version 2.x for Joomla 1.5
-- The 2.x versions will NOT work on Joomla 2.5 and later
-- See demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nCbRbfJ9io&hd=1
-- DOWNLOAD: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments/frs/
-- FORUMS: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments/forum/
If you would like to subscribe to an email list for announcements about the Attachments extension, please visit: http://jmcameron.net/attachments/email-list.html
Releases 3.1+ and 2.2+ give you several ways to add, edit, and delete your attachments on the front end, back end, and in article editors on the front and back ends (including during article creation). There are many options to control who can see attachments. When you add or edit attachments, page updates are done quickly without full page reloads.
If you plan to use this extension for sensitive files, use the 'Secure' mode. This provides secure storage of attachment files and prevents access by anyone without logging in.
Attachments 3.1 includes many new features:
--- Supports both Joomla 2.5.7+ and 3.x!
--- Improved permissions handling for backend users with limited permissions.
--- New option to display attachments to the public that require logging in to download.
--- URL attachments are now handled in a secure way (download count works for both).
--- Now supports Joomfish (with additional plugin).
--- Refactored to allow template overrides of all CSS files and images.
--- More robust file downloading.
--- Many fixes and improvements.
This latest version (1.3.4) has been around for quite some time now, and it is stable and feature rich. There always remain features left to be implemented, but this version is more than sufficient for me.
No user, author nor editor on my site has had any problem using it; and even though usage is simple and intuitive enough, there is also an extended help file and a good forum to get you going.
I can recommend this extension to everyone, and I'm very happy to use it. Thanks a lot!
If you select the "Secure Mode" the number of downloads are tracked and displayed in the administrator back end. There is also an option to display the download count on in the attachments lists on the front page.
Simple and to the point. Setup and Administration is a snap and is essential for anyone needing to create more of a "Press Area" for their website without a complicated, and most times, annoying file repository system.
Great job guys!
The Attachements extensions fits my need perfectly. I only wish it provided some simple stats like number of downloads etc and the ability to choose the placement of the download links (currently only supported at the END of the article). Other than that I'm very pleased.
It should mention in the install instructions that you need to create a writable folder called 'attachments' somewhere for your documents to upload to and point to it in the component's configuration.
Other than that it's a 5 star component and plugin set.
I did not know what i was in for, except that i was confident it would go smoothly because of the rave reviews given by other users.
Upon trying it out, i encountered several errors, and so i decided to request for help in this extension's site forum.
I soon realised that the errors i had were unique and was the exception rather than the norm..
As such, i was not expecting a resolution of the errors, and was prepared to give up on this extension if it did not work in the end..
BUT, against all odds, the extension's creator jumped to the rescue. And, i can tell you, his support was not just limited to the forum he manages..
When we could not find sufficient resolution for the problem through forum correspondence, he went all the way to agree to correspond with me through email and IM!
But, as i was away for a week on official business, i did not get back to him. And yet, after that week passed, and i got back to him through email, he was still as paitient and agree-able as ever to come to my aid..
For a person to be so paitient as to wait an entire week for my response in order to help me, shows that this guy is truly something!
After letting him access my Joomla! and web server accounts for configuration, he successfully resolved my problem in less than 1 hour!
That, my fellow Joomla! users, is service for you! This is truly an exemplary example of what Joomla! extension providers should be like, with all the paitience and dedication provided..
So, looking at the support given, i'm sure you guys will begin to realise that this extension is no 2nd grade extension..
In fact, it is a MUST HAVE extension for all Joomla accounts, and, had the Joomla team not been tied up with Joomla! 1.5 development, i can safely say that this extension would have been a confirmed extension along with the basic Joomla! 1.5 package!
Lastly, i wish to say that, Jonathan, you ROCK!
Only one thing could be better. That is the security or the "Hide Attachments For" parameter. I have attachments included on public and member pages. So I have to set the "Hide Attachments For" parameter to anyone, else an attachment is not visible on the public site. But with the search function in the public site anyone can find an attachment in the member area. The solution to this could be that an attachment has the same security as the article where is was put on.
But thank you for this plugin !!
1 helpful addition in future releases would be to separate out who can publish an attachement and who can delete one - present arrangement isn't perfect for my application but I see in forums that this is something you are considering.
Everyone who deals with uploaded files should use it.
Oh, another one: I think the attachment manager should be sortable and searchable. :)
Thanks. It's great!
Other than that, I'm happy :)