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Zap Weather (formerly Z Weather) is a Joomla application that displays weather for U.S. cities and territories using data provided by the National Weather Service. Forecasts, current conditions and weather alerts are supported. Many display options are available, including single and multiple day forecasts and a choice of either 12 hour or 24 hour forecast display. Z Weather is absolutely free to use and DOES NOT have any advertising or links to commercial sites that other weather products require. The weather data Zap Weather uses is provided free of charge by the U.S. government.
Unfortunately, I upgraded all of my sites to 2.5 and now I am missing this!! Please, please develop for J2.5!
Thanks for your patience, tech girl. A Joomla 2.5 release is now available for Z Weather.
I'm sorry you did not get a timely response to your issue. The web site forum is actively monitored and the application is supported. There was also a patch to Z Weather released recently.
Thanks in advance...
Weather forecasts are derived directly from the National Weather Service, and are updated "on the fly"...
This is definately a great mod/com for US sites wishing to put weather on their websites.
1. install com - set up menu item
2. install mod
3. chron - not getting it to work with a godaddy/shared account.
The time displayed is in GMT - not sure how to change it to local time (same comments on zcontent forume)
Installation is flawless, as is the overall function of the component and module. They both are nicely customizable and provide a clean, professional look. With the Cron job grabbing the weather data in the background, the visitor gets no delay in the page load. SWEET!
Oh, and the support! I had an issue that ended up being my host's fault, but my buddy at Z Content stuck with me the whole way and went the extra mile to help.
Install this on your site to prove to yourself how good it is, and then send them a donation. That's what I did!
9 thumbs up for dan(at)zcontent. You get a perfect score from me!
The info updates well from the NWS and it's a great component. I would recommend, but don't use the module on every page. Just use it on one "Weather" page.
Thanks for the review. The slowness is caused when the component retreives new weather data from the National Weather Service server. The optional cronjob feature was recently released for version 6 of Z Weather, which updates the weather data instead of your website visitors. This will improve your website performance on pages where the Z Weather component or module are used.
My only wish is that a 1.5 Native version gets released soon. That would make this the perfect module.
The Beta 2 installation was flawless. I don't know how the installation and configuration of this component could be made any easier. It is that easy!
I also like the fact that the component isn't supported by advertizing. Overall, it you are looking to implement weather into your Joomla site, this is the component to use.
With version 6, you now need to assign a menu item to Z Weather since it grabs the component settings from there. This method is different from version 5 but it now allows multiple component pages for different weather locations. Your URL will change with an appended "&Itemid=xx" text to reflect this.
For the record locking, you can try the "Global Check-In" menu option under the Joomla Administrator's Tools menu to release the lock. I will look into having a better solution for the next release. Thanks for the input.
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