LatestNews+ Date is an enhance version of the standard Joomla latestnews module with an additional thumbnail, date and time features for each news. You can display the date or the time on the article published in front of the article item title. Additionally, you also can display the thumbnail of the first article image and introtext of latest article item.
One little suggestion: It would be nice if the module could be set to also look at the article update date. We often modify existing articles with new information and it would be useful if this module could also pick up and display these changed articles.
I do not find another way to contact the author so I write it here so everyone can fix in by themselves if they have the same problem. I solved it by:
In the helper.php row 371 and 378 change !empty($striptag[$m]) to $striptag[$m] !== ""
That way the function empty don't interpret a zero as empty and doing the wrong desiccation here.
Support is via a basic forum on templateplazza.com, and the developer is pretty responsive to posts -- much better than a lot of others I've seen so good job!
I've evaluated a lot of Latest News-type modules and like this one the best except for the one problem that you can't use a non-default image folder.
The module is easy to use and configure and, as alwasy, it is better to use it in its default configuration before customising it. You can locate it where you like and I have not yet found anything to beat it - I use it on two sites.
Well done - you are just what the Joomla society needs.
This is an excellent module and very easy to set up.
The style of the display was generic and not quite right for me but it was easy enough to find the css file and amend it to suit.
1. Performance: I have noticed that it will slow down the page significantly. Particularly in my site which I was about to put 5 instances of the module.
2. Problem when cache is on: when I have turned on the cache, it will not load complete CSS and therefore it will break.
I had a small issue though. In the second site does not show the date correctly. Actually it shows 1 day earlier than the created date of the article. I have the same settings to both sites, hosted in the same server and so m curious about it.
Any help would be appreciated.
One thing I would like to be able to do (perhaps someone can let me know if it is already achievable) is to not strip the html from the original article. I know that on most occasions you will want to strip html, but I somehow need it to keep the html tags in tact.
Another thing I can't seem to be able to do, is to have more than one news article with intro text.