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Introduction

Social Web, Social Display

The Simpl Facebook Module is a light-weight Joomla module designed to ease the use of Facebook Social Plugins in Joomla. It does not require massive amounts of processing overhead and does not include any Java other than what is required by Facebook. The module allows users to seamlessly integrate a Pages, Like Button, Send Button, Follow Button, Custom Follow Icons and Comments Box, all in one module! It also includes all of the standard options right in the module's admin interface. In addition, there is a 'responsive' option for Facebook Like Boxes on mobile-optimized websites. In addition, there is a 'responsive' option for Facebook Like Boxes on mobile-optimized websites. Other features include language selector, German translation for back-end, background colors, padding, rounded borders, colored borders or even no borders! Simpl also features a German translation for the back-end.

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If you're interested in having Simpl translated for your native language and would like to get involved, please contact me here: http://briancoale.com/contact/

NOTE: Updating in the Extension Manager for Joomla! 3 no longer supports versions earlier than 3.4, but they should still work if you download them directly from the website.

*** IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAGES ***
With the release of Facebook “Pages” Facebook now strictly enforces a width range of 150 — 500 pixels. Changing width values or setting the plugin to “Responsive” will not circumvent this limitation! Unlike the Like Box, which has now been deprecated, this handicap can not be overridden. Please contact Facebook directly with any concerns about this limitation.

The extension is completely non-commercial and no registration is required to download it. Enjoy!

*** New In This Version! ***

1.2.1 (0.5.1)
> Addresses an issue where the Pages plugin does not fit the width on responsive layouts. Not that Facebook's restriction of 180 - 500 pixels still applies, as Facebook controls how the pages plugin is rendered (i.e. the restriction can not be overridden by this module). Please contact Facebook with any concerns about this restriction.

1.2.0 (0.5.0)
> Addresses major changes to Facebook Social Plugins platform
> Like Box has been replaced by Pages
> New reference & kid-directed options added to buttons
> Color Scheme not supported by Pages
> Pages only supports widths from 150px — 500px
> Rendering methods no longer needed
> Fonts no longer supported
> Major changes to code to fully support new platform

1.1.2 (0.4.2)
> Bugfixes - more than one plugin of the same type can now be displayed on the same page (e.g. 2 Like Boxes, etc.).
> Bugfixes - Module CSS Suffix now properly implemented (Custom CSS styles will work now).
> Cleanup - Removed redundant/unnecessary code.
> Feature - Replaced Custom Image text field with media manager image uploader/chooser (Joomla! 2.5.x version only, feature already present in Joomla! 3.3.x version).
> Feature - Replaced Background & Border color text field with graphical color chooser (Joomla! 2.5.x version only, feature already present in Joomla! 3.3.x version).

1.1.1 (0.4.1)
> Bugfixes - Responsive layouts for comment boxes work properly now.

1.1.0 (0.4.0)
> Language selector for front-end language display (under advanced tab)
> German language translation for back-end (special thanks to our friends in Germany!)

1.0.1 (0.3.3)
> Comments moderation (when used with Simpl Facebook Comments Helper plugin)

1.0.0 (0.3.2)
> Bugfixes


Functionality

Functionality is good, but sizing is still sub par. Module will not let you size larger than 340px wide. Newer Joomla positions are 396px.

Ease of use

Very easy to use. Simple and quick setup.

Support

Support uses only twitter. Very limiting.

Owner's reply: Tim,

First of all, thank you for your interest in Simpl FB Module!

A new version (1.2.1) has been released addressing the issue with sizing when set to "responsive" mode. Many questionable changes were made to the platform when Facebook deprecated the Like Box plugin in favor of the Pages plugin. One of these changes was that Pages strictly enforces a width range of 180-500 pixels. Another was the plugin's complete lack of mobile friendliness. Addressing these issues are way beyond the scope of a free extension, but I would definitely encourage directly contacting Facebook to express your unhappiness with the new Pages platform.

I understand that Twitter support may not be your cup of tea, but seeing as how developing & managing this plugin already loses me both money and time with my family, I haven't felt comfortable commiting any more of either to this project. It states clearly on the site that the module is provided as-is with no support, but I still provide some limited support via Twitter to help get feedback and make improvements to the extension.

Thanks again Tim, and I hope the update resolves your issue.

Best Regards,
Brian

Functionality

Works very well. It just doesnt show when I'm not logged in to facebook. Don't know if thats intented, or maybe I just can't find it!

Ease of use

Functionality

This module is working exactly as expected and it can also be published under multiple menu items for different usage on different pages.

Ease of use

No extension has ever been easier to use :-)

Support

I did not need support but "said Hello" to the dev on Twitter and got a nice reply. He offers support via email if needed.

Documentation

The dev intends to offer a quick-start guide for it soon, but really, there is no need. As he will develop it further it might come handy.

I used this to: I use this extension for my mother's website. She's a psychologist so her Facebook interaction is quite important. She is very pleased with this it (as am I). This extension is free now but I think it would definitely be worth paying for too.

Love this extension and ease of use for a non-coder :-)

Thank you so much for providing this awesome module. It was just too easy, and looks great on my site. Very happy!


I have tested the top 3-4 most popular facebook like modules for my new joomla! 3 site and i can confess that this is the most simple, effective and, not to mention, free. Yet it has many options but without being complicated. It is also recommended for multilingual sites, since you can setup multiple instances of the same module with different language display options and configure each instance to appear in the selected language. This is very handy for my greek-russian-english site. Keep up the good work!


Easy, complete, wonderfull, and Free!!! Really great module


Works great right out of the box, this is the best fb like box i've ever used.



Thank you for this great work


NIce and simple


Posted on 02 May 2014

Nice and simple app to integrate Facebook and Joomla


Tried a few Facebook extensions over the years. This looks good, easy to use and responsive. Installed on Joomla 3.2.3. Only minor point is would be happy to pay a small fee to remove the link but it is not obtrusive.

Owner's reply: Hi Roy,

Thanks for the kind words! I hear you about the Facebook link on the bottom, but removing it would violate their Terms of Service. At the core of Simpl FB Module is the official Facebook social plugin code, so credit must be given it's due in this case to keep things on the up and up.

Thanks again!

-Brian

Great module


Posted on 09 April 2014

This module has many options that many of the paid modules do not have. I highly recommend getting this module instead of any other, and perhaps spending the money you saved as a donation to the developer.

Simpl FB Comments Helper

Simpl FB Comments Helper

Free | Social Comments | Brian Coale
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The Simpl Facebook Comments Helper plugin allows you to moderate comments when using the comments box in the Simpl Facebook Module by adding special tags in the head of your website's pages. Although this was specifically designed for the Simpl Facebook Module, it can be used with other implementations of the Facebook Comments social plugin as well, making it a stand-alone solution for users of Facebook Comments in Joomla! who would like to be able to moderate comments.
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Simpl Pinterest

Simpl Pinterest

Free | Social Share | Brian Coale
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The Simpl Pinterest Module is a light-weight Joomla module designed to ease the use of Pinterest Widgets, Pinit and Follow Buttons in Joomla. It does not require massive amounts of processing overhead and does not include any Java other than what is required by Pinterest. The module allows users to seamlessly integrate a Follow Button, Pinit Button, Pinit Widget, Profile Widget and Board Widget, all in one module! It also includes all of the standard options right in the module's admin interface. *** New in this version! *** bugfix: plugin failure after update. *** Joomla! 3.3 users *** Simpl Pinterest 1.0.2 for Joomla! 3.3 has been released! This version has all the same features as 0.1.2 but has been completely revamped to work as a native Joomla! 3.3 module. If you are currently using 0.1.2 in a Joomla 3 environment, you can update to 1.0.2 using the update manager.
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Simpl Facebook

Version:
1.2.1
Developer:
Brian Coale
Last updated:
Jul 26 2015
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Uses updater:
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