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Latest News Enhanced Module

Editor's Note
  • This extension requires registration to download.
Latest News Enhanced is an all-in-one news/articles module presenting the latest, future (not pending), featured, popular or random articles in a consistent fashion with calendar or image.

Features:

- Show a short introduction to the article text or choose to show its meta description (set the number of characters to show - 0 will hide the text),
- Show the author (name, alias or username),
- Show the date or how many days ago the article has been created/modified/published,
- Use as events viewer by showing future article items,
- Choose where to put the couple author/date,
- Choose between showing a calendar, the first article's image or nothing,
- Set the positioning of the calendar or image relatively to the text,
- Set the sizes of the calendar or the image,
- Select the background image for the calendar or the default picture if no image is found in the article,
- Choose which date to show when opting for the calendar view (published, modified or created),
- Link to the article is optional, set your own label,
- Basic K2 support,
- Pagination,
- and more...

Buy the extended version 'Latest News Enhanced Extended' for much more functionality and Joomla! v2.5 added features (the free version works with the latest version of Joomla! but does not take the new v2.5 features into account yet)!

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2013-11-21
Reviews: 3
At first it looked a bit complex with all the settings. The extension installed with no issues, it was very easy and straight forward to setup and it worked first time. It has complimented my site perfectly and looks really good - Great work Olivier in the design and user documentation which has been read but was not needed to make the module work. This extension is certainly recommended.
Owner's reply

Well thank you for this review, I do appreciate it. I know that having lots of options can be overwhelming but it is needed to make the module as flexible as possible and to allow multiple configurations. Thank you again.

2013-11-01
Reviews: 4
Looks really nice on the page, easy to use, very flexible. Couldn't ask for more.
Owner's reply

Thank you for the review!

2013-08-06
Reviews: 2
If you're looking for a module to show your latest/top articles, this one does the job excellently.

It's great that you can configure the looks of it and behavior (position, date, author etc.).

Recommended!
Owner's reply

Thank you very much for the review, greatly appreciated!

2013-07-26
Reviews: 1
this module is very simple to understand and very good. Thanks.
Owner's reply

Thank you, I do appreciate the review!

2013-07-05
Reviews: 2
I like how it offers more options than Joomla's "Latest News". I also like how there is not much extra stuff, just plain HTML output.
What worries me, is that you need to set font-size in the parameters: these kinds of things should only be set in my template's CSS. Also, there doesn't seem to be a way to switch off the module's own CSS, so i need to override some styles.
Otherwise, good job!
Owner's reply

Thank you for the review, it is important to get feedback (good and/or bad) and helps on improving the product.
Although I understand where you are coming from, I don't see a reason for concern as the module is fully skinnable and any CSS property can be overridden. The font sizing has been requested by several users. But here again, nothing prevents anyone to override it. I will add an option to output a 'bare' module in the next iteration of the extension for all hard core stylers out there who want full control over it.

2013-06-19
Reviews: 11
This one is the best Latest news dispplay. The only problem is the image display that is not shown properly and does not fit the box. This is the messy part.
Owner's reply

Thank you for the review.
Your 'messy' image issue may be due to CSS conflicts with the template used on your site. There is a forum on the website's extension where these issues can be solved.

2013-06-08
Reviews: 1
I have searched for a clean and easy to use "latest news"-plugin and I found it!
Easy install and configuration.
Thank you.
Owner's reply

You are welcome. I do appreciate the review, thank you!

2013-03-22
Reviews: 2
The module is perfect, works great and is very intuitive.
I had an issue with my template and received support in minutes to solve it. Thanks again ¡¡
Owner's reply

You are very welcome. I do appreciate the review, thank you very much!

2013-03-13
Reviews: 2
This mod very useful for me and it is really easy setting up to make it work.
Owner's reply

Thank you very much for the review!

2013-03-12
Reviews: 2
I was finding solution for latest news module and got perfect. Thanks for developer.
Owner's reply

You are welcome! I am glad it corresponds to what you were looking for.

2013-02-20
Reviews: 10
I use this for a few sites to have an image/calender and a few lines of intro text. On a mobile, the module re sizes to fit perfectly. After upgrade from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 it still worked perfectly.

Does what it says
Owner's reply

Thank you very much for your review. Greatly appreciated.

2012-10-27
Reviews: 13
I was totally impressed with the functionality of this extension. The developer assisted immediately with minor issues related to my host.

This extension is slick, easy to tailor and highly customizable. Tried others, sticking to this one!
Owner's reply

Thanks for the review, I really appreciate it.

2012-06-27
Reviews: 1
It is rare that I find an extension that does exactly what it says and works seamlessly with my template. I usually find myself rewriting sections of the core files even with paid extensions in order for them to work.

This extension accomplishes both, and goes further by providing just about every option you could expect with easy access and settings through the admin.

I can't address support simply because this extension works so well I did not need it. Thank you for making my life a little easier.
Owner's reply

Thank you so much for the review.
I started writing my own extensions in order to fill the requirements of the websites I was building, making sure I had clean and maintainable code. But above all, I wanted to build those extensions with extended functionality (so they can fit a lot of different use cases) and extended styling capabilities (so they can be modified with just plain CSS to fit any template).

2012-06-09
Reviews: 1
I've just registered to try this extension but after done that it showed me a payment page...it says "You need to pay for this resource" I don't mind to pay for it, but please correct the above statement " Non-Commercial".
Owner's reply

You probably confused the paid and the free versions after registering to the site (easy mistake as they have almost the same name).
I would really appreciate you reconsider your review after actually trying the module out (reviews here are a reflection of the quality of the software).
I would have been happy to assist you in downloading the right extension, there are different ways to contact me (forum and contact page) on my website.

2012-05-30
Reviews: 5
I like this module very much. Easy to work with. The only problem I can't figure out is how to get the articles besides each other and not underneath. So I would like to display like this:
article 1 article 2 article 3

How can I do this?

Thanks Marc
Owner's reply

Thank you for the review.
What you are trying to achieve is very simple with the use of CSS. Please contact me through the website and the forum where I will be happy to assist you, as reviews are not a place for problem solving. See you there!

2012-05-10
Reviews: 5
Lots of options in this extension that make it very easy to use, adapt and setup for your site. Liked the option to upload my own calendar background very much!

Just what I needed! Top!
Owner's reply

Thank you very much for the review, it is greatly appreciated.

2012-04-06
Reviews: 2
There are a lot of extensions out there I've had trouble using since I'm not experienced with PHP. They work fine, but it's difficult to customize them to meet your exact needs.

This one has been a snap. I was able to install and configure it incredibly quickly. When I did have a question, support responded to me right away. If all extensions were like this, I'd be a happy camper!
Owner's reply

Thank you, I really appreciate your review.

2012-02-28
Reviews: 1
This module is quite configurable and the support is outstanding. The issues I had with the module were really just user error, but Oliver was fast to respond and cordial. His site was also easy to navigate -- a trait many JED sites are lacking.
The module's support of nested categories and the option to limit the intro text without using read-more were two needs that were completely filled by this module. The excellent look of the calendar dates and the extra configurations were all bonuses. The interface is intellegent and easy to use and understand - just keep in mind that the category box allows multiple selections. This was my hangup. I have implemented many joomla sites going back to version 1.0, and this is one of only a handful of the modules I have used that delivers to this level of excellence.
Owner's reply

Thank you for this insightful review, I am glad it corresponded to your needs and expectations.

2012-02-16
Reviews: 1
This module does exactly what it says it will do. It is very useful for the front page of a website. Love that you can re-size the image and also have word count for the intro.

I only wish there was a way to display one item at a time, and randomize it.
Owner's reply

Thanks for the review. This is an ever evolving extension and new features are added all the time. Stay tuned!

2012-02-12
Reviews: 6
Very good module for enhancing Latest News.Creates a Yahoo-like news intro with resized thumbnail. Works on 1.5., 1.6 and 1.7. Had a few problems running this along with other latest news modules on same page using {loadposition....) but other than that, a fine Latest News extension
Owner's reply

Thank you very much for the review, it is really appreciated.