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Mini FrontPage Popular Module

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MiniFrontPage module will give you a lightweight but powerful news headline style of your recent content items or artcles. It's just not only to show case your latest news item, but you can show any latest or most read articles from preferred section(s) or category(s) that can be set up from the module parameters.

What's New in the Mini FrontPage v 2.0 :

+ Tableless design
+ A complete code revamping, for better performance
+ Theme-based layout, choose between Classic mode and Tabbed Mode with jQuery animation support
+ Combine the number of column, row and location of the "More Articles" box and get hundreds possibilities of layout
+ Item direction, choose the ordering direction of item, Across or Down
+ More stylist we think

Check out the demo pages to see how nice the new Mini Frontpage looks now.

UPDATE : Joomla 1.7 version is available to donwload now. Also works in Joomla 2.5 too.

UPDATE NEWS : Joomla 1.5 version is still available to download in our old template club site.

Change Log in version 1.2.5

(Please note : Few bug fixes / new features were available for MiniFp J 1.5 version only due to limitation on J 1.0.xx core code)

1. Use ContentHelperRoute::_findItem function to get itemid of article links
2. Fixed the undefined var $offset on default.php
echo JHTML::_('date', $row->publish_up,$params->get( 'date_format' ), $mainframe->getCfg('offset'));
echo JHTML::_('date', $row->publish_up,$params->get( 'date_format' ), $offset);

3. add option for select name/alias or username at creator field
4. add number intro skip
5. Fix thumb image height & width when image loaded from menu image
6. Set all generated image to folder images/stories/minifp
7. remove function fptn_get_id, get Itemid is used default joomla function
8. add new parameter: "Show default thumbnails when article have no image"
9. update function fptn_thumb_size
10. Fixing coding structure
11. Add function fix_tags and renew function fptn_limittext, now, the introtext will be limited without counting the html tag contained. enjoy it :D
12. add new parameter for custom date format

Changelog Ver 1.2.4

* Add random option for displaying article

Changelog Ver 1.2.3

* Add ordering option for thumbnail position

Changelog Ver 1.2.2

* Add show/hide articles title option
* Add show/hide articles introtext option

Changelog Ver 1.2
* Fix png thumbnail generation bug
* Fix Separator bug

Changelog Ver 1.1

* Add Show/Hide thumbnail option
* Add Show Category Title option
* Now support non-{mosimage} images (Minifrontpage now will also generate thumbnail for images that is put into the article using html tags)
* No More generating the thumbnail everytime the page is loaded (the module is loaded faster now)
* Fix aspect ratio calculation

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Reviews: 1
This is a great module withmost of teh features you would want (but omissions like inability not to show article that is currently displayed). The code isn't very nice but with some (heavy) template output overrides works great. Unfortunatelly it doesn't seem J1.7+ version is coming.
Owner's reply

We have revamped the code and update it to work in Joomla 1.7/2.5. Have a try...

Reviews: 6
Good extension, but for static display of content only. I find the setting of parameters limited: picking from lists of sections and category names would be much more convenient than looking up every category id number. Also most formatting has to be done by editing css files.

One major bug: though the module works well for the most part with joomfish, it fails to pick up the translation of the category, rendering it always in english no matter what language is selected. I hope this can get fixed soon and I will gladly raise my rating.
Reviews: 1
This is a great extension, Tnks developers!!!
Reviews: 4
Great extension - I allocated a couple of hours to changing the structure of my front page....then I found this and it only took 20 minutes to get the look I was after. thank you so much for this wonderful module.
Reviews: 1
I have always been too busy to add a review for the extensions I have used, but this one I just had to.

Out of the box it worked like a charm, and with only some slight CSS tweaking I had it looking like I wanted in less than 5 minutes.

Great work!
Reviews: 1
This is a very good module indeed. It works as advertised. All I wanted is to show specific categories articles in the top part of a website. I wanted WordPress functionality to be honest. I tried K2 in that matter which loads a whole new interface and big stuff and the configuration is an overkill. I wanted something really quick. Mini FrontPage did the job in no time all I had to deal with then is restyling to suit my site's theme.

Some feedback to the kind developer:

1- Thumbnail sometimes don't honor control panel options to hide.
2- If you add the option to select showing category or section name that will be an advantage.
3- If added separate options for each column to control width introtext and thumbnail size and position

I'm completely satisfied with Mini FrontPage and the point mentioned above is something like a wish list for future development. Thank you!
Reviews: 15
The thumbnails only works for some articles in the front, for others it shows the default image. Apart from the module is looking good.
Reviews: 6
very easy to install and configure. powerful features. strongly recommend for any joomla configuration where articles need to be pulled out for frontpage display.
Reviews: 11
I was looking for a news module and miniFP did the job for me. No problems so far, thanx for let us using it ;)
Reviews: 2
I was looking for a while for such a module, and when I tried this I was so glad it gave me just what I needed.

Thank you
Reviews: 2
The Mini Front Page is one of my favorite Modules. I use it on several websites in many ways. It is easy to work with and very versatile. A MUST HAVE for every Portal with a lot of content.

Best things in life a free :O)
Thank you very much for sharing...
Reviews: 1
this is the best module out there i would like to see a component like it to replace the poor blog layout, there one bug i discovered when you set the read more link text to nothing to hide the readmore link, after saving and reopening the module settings it goes back to +Full text, it nothing but should be fixed. thanks alot great module
Reviews: 1
Very usefull, but i've one question: why thumbs not generated ? We nedd other plugin or module ?
Reviews: 1
Just to say thanks for your work, it sure helped me a lot ;)
Reviews: 2
I've been installing this module on every site I do and it always works flawlessly! Great work. It is simple to set up and requires no work to maintain, which is great for group environments where a lot of different people contribute news items to a site. They always land at the top and they always land in order! Awesome!

I found one bug that I think is important. Most recently I'm using this module in a large module position in place of the content area on the front page and displaying full news articles on the page. I found that by leaving black the "+ Read More" box you can remove it completely, however when you go back to the configuration page it refills the field.

One suggestion: Allow substituting images in place of the "read more" box. It's unsightly!

Great work!
Reviews: 7
Really – just when I give praise to another Joomla Module or Extension – along comes another one that astounds me – All I can think of is “Stellar!” This is exactly what I was looking for. My category pages and the amount of content I have on my website needed a module that could really make my content shine – this is it! When I start to make money on my site and I can afford to - I will DEFINITELY contribute to help you continue your “MasterMindedness”. Thank you so much!
Reviews: 3
Needed a simple way to show articles in frontpage and this was the solution.
Thanks for this great extension
Reviews: 1
Great free extension - just what I needed! Thanks
Reviews: 23
This is an excellent module which has been very reliable over time.

Would recommend it to any.

The way it handles images is very impressive.
Reviews: 2
I love this module, it does exactly what it says and is very useful.

However, as has already been mentioned in previous comments, it does NOT play nice with external images.

This is extremely annoying if you use it on a section of your site dealing with news syndication for example. Any new articles are let down by this modules inability to display thumbs of images from syndicated.

Fix this and its a perfect product.
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