The module allows you to feature articles picked by id, by section or by category. Articles can be ordered in a variety of ways, including by the number of hits, or by creation/modification date, so that it can work like the most read or latests news modules, as well as allowing the administrator to pick individual articles to display. The module can also display articles in a random order, allowing you to display a random selection of articles from a category or section.
The module displays a thumbnail plus an extract from the text with a link to the article for each item. The items can be displayed in a variety of layouts, including lists, tab panes, an accordion, an article rotator, a highlighter or thumbnails only. There is a choice of colour schemes, and transition effects for the rotator and highlighter layouts. It is also easy for users to include their own layouts, these can simply be dropped into the template folder and will be automatically picked up.
The module can use GD graphics for improved thumbnail quality. The administrator can set the length of the article excerpt either by setting the number of characters or the number of sentences.
The module can display an extract from the K2 intro text, plus an image thumbnail. The thumbnails can use either the K2 image field or an image embedded in the article text.
The module also includes integration with K2 Users, Community Builder, Mighty Extensions Touch and JomSocial. It can be used to display articles by the profiled user whenever a user profile is viewed.
1. Firstly the entire article intro text can now be displayed, with all html tags, or just an extract.
2. The module supports content plugins.
3. Also as well as pre-selected categories the module can display articles from the current category or section. This is a powerful feature that now means that you can do things like display random articles, or the latest articles from the category currently being viewed.
4. The module can cache resized images for improved efficiency
The latest release is now also compatible with Joomla 3.0