***VERSION 1.6.8 for Joomla 1.5.x Now Released***
Donation Thermometer is a module with an editable image of a thermometer similar to what you would have seen at Church fund raising drives. The original module was based on an open source script creation of Arkie.Net but has now been completely remodelled from the ground up eliminating the need for GD Library. The width, height, funding goal, current amount raised, date last updated and currency can all be adjusted in the module's parameters. As well as a few other options including caching, module suffix, html pre-text and post-text. This is my first attempt at a joomla extension so go easy on me :) If you know how to improve this module (like implementing IPN integration with paypal, so that the thermometer auto updates with each donation) please let me know.
If anyone would like to contribute to the development of this module, please contact me and I'll add you as a project developer on joomlacode.
Easy to install and configure, we have it pointing directly to our paypal account no problems installing and configuring it at all!
Even the styling was simple to configure to match my site. I can't thank you enough Jodee! I will be sending you a donation for sure! Thanks a lot!
By the way, no Cons on this Module! Yeah Baby! Yeah!
I just searching for donation module to show the current donation gathered for my Joomla site. And found this,
Donation Thermometer. I love it because we can show our current gathered and our goal.
The graphic is simple but understandable.. ^^
Maybe on the next module, we can get another graphic for the bar. Just like Battery graphic.
Thanks a lot for The Excellent Module.
Two things keep me from marking it as excellent.
1) The code uses php shortcuts which don't work in strict php environments.
2) The code forces the use of a currency symbol. If tracking the number of volunteers, for example, this isn't necessary. Leaving symbol blank, however, brings in the $ sign as the default symbol.
Overall, great work!
Thanks heaps for the encouraging words :) As you recommended, I have fixed the php shortcuts. And on your 2nd point... The currency symbol will keep on filling the form in the backend of your site as will the rest of the fields with their respective default data from the XML file. If you change these they will remain changed. Although if you want them blank, submit the form with the relevant fields blank, and this will be reflected on your sites frontend. However when you return to the backend they will be repopulated by the default values. In your case you could either edit the modules XML file and remove the $ from the currency fields default data, or you could simply blank out the $ each time you update the modules backend. Hope this helps. For further help please visit the support page listed in the modules details.
Hi Thanks for the encouraging words. I have just released version 1.5.1 for Joomla 1.5.x and also version 1.2.1 for Joomla 1.0.x which both provide a slight cleanup of the code. Although I couldn't find the open div tag you mentioned? Can you suggest a good open source html purifier?
Great news to hear! That what this module is all about! I hope that countless charities and organisations receive increased donations through the use of this module. Thanks for the encouraging feedback :)
It would be good to add some graphical representation of values above the target amount...
I've set currency symbol to '%' and target to 100, and used module to display income against budget. Effectively displays "under budget" situation, but "over budget" only shows up in text. Perhaps a different color bar above the goal line?
The only thing that would make it better would be a way to update it from the front end so that I don't have to give back end access to the capital campaign folks who might explode the rest of the site somehow. :)
Hi Clay, thanks for your kind comments. Personally I think granular access is beyond the scope of this module. However you could try an ACL component to restrict access to a backend user so that they can only access this particular module. What I would rather see is this Donation Thermometer module being teamed up with a paypal module so that the thermometer is automatically updated with each successive donation. This could be achieved through paypal's IPN mechanism. However at this stage I lack the time and the programming skills. If anyone is interested in helping out with this - please let me know :)
Hi raebaca, thanks for your kind comments. Did you know that you can customise the module and tie it to your CSS using the module suffix? Your right about the background. I might work on it when I get a chance. If there is anyone else out there who'd like to contribute to developing this module, please let me know :)