The plugin already comes with 2 pre-built template layouts and using MVC overrides you can create your own by simply copying one of the pre-built and modifying the HTML and/or CSS.
You can use the plugin's tags in any component, module or plugin that supports 'content plugin' parsing. Aside the default Joomla! article system, you can use for example the plugin in the popular K2 content extension, in Virtuemart, inside the 'Custom HTML' module etc.
=== SCREENSHOTS ===
See screenshots of the 2 pre-built template layouts here in the plugin's description page: http://www.joomlaworks.net/extensions/free-premium/tabs-sliders-for-articles-plugin
=== COMPATIBILITY ===
The plugin has been tested on all modern browsers, including IE7 or higher. It should degrade gracefully in IE6.
It's compatible with Joomla! version 1.5 to 2.5.
Joomla!'s Mootools is required as it's used by the plugin's extremely lightweight sliders script.
=== PERFORMANCE ===
The plugin adds only a few KBs overall to your site.
It also uses the Joomla! API to attach 1 JS and 1 CSS file to the document . This means the plugin will have no problem being used in combination with other "performance" plugins which compress JS and/or CSS files on your site.
Suggestions to Joomlaworks: In slides the "start" icons is by default, if they can provide more options for icons that will be great. I know it can be done from css, but not everyone out there knows css much.
BUT... I have one minor problem in that it is conflicting with my front page slideshow (from Joomla Bamboo)and there appears to be ZERO support for it. Someone else on their forum had the same problem in April 2009 and they're still waiting for an answer!!
Unbelievably disappointed because now I agree with the other reviews about lack of support, I was hoping I wouldn't have the same issues...
My problem is that this plugin has been failing to work when I upgraded my site to 1.15.17 from an earlier version. The articles in which it is called simply do not load you only see the heading but the body of the article is gone. I am not sure if this is a problem with the plugin or with the joomla core.
I trust this will not be taken in bad light, but any help would do.
Thanks joomlaworks for a great extension
Between the way the extension handled the pictures, dropboxes for the links and easy sizing of the box it was a breeze to throw up on the frontpage. Best of all, it all comes together so easily, a new set of featured stories can be changed in minutes.
If I were to have a wishlist for the next upgrade; picking the fonts and rollover colors for the headlines through the interface would be perfect. Also an autosizing feature for the boxes hieght would be a great next time.
But this extension makes my website look as flashy as the expensive news sites for little cost!
1. It's not possible to nest tabs (bad I know, but the design called for it)
2. This does NOT degrade well, turn off CSS and/or JS and everything's crazy. This is due to the fact that the markup isn't done like most tab systems (ul link list, divs below with anchors), but with the tab "links" and content interspersed. This isn't a problem with a simple layout, but with my layout, everything breaks with styles off. In any case if it had been done correctly it wouldn't be an issue.
3.The style/js issues plus the fact that there are links with NO targets makes it an accessibility nightmare. Used it on a project only to find out too late that it's not adequate.
Thanks for the plugin, frustrating that it has these flaws however
Error reporting is advised to be off by Joomla installation but some of us find it useful to be on.
So if you have error reporting off don't mind this comment, but to the authors of the plugin, it would be nice if you fixed this.
However I will say that the support forum is good so eventually I got things figured out.
I worked a little on .css, making the titles align center (on slides) and content align left. I would also get rid of the yellow star in the left, doesn't look very proffessional.
All the best (pardon my bad English)!
But using tables helps.