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Related Thumb Items ComponentModulePlugin

CedThumbnails for Joomla contains in one single installation the following:

Module Latest article with thumbnails (mod_articles_latest_thumb)
This is a drop in replacement for the Joomla! core module "Latest Articles", it offer the same level of features but also add thumbnails.

Module Popular articles with thumbnails (mod_articles_popular_thumb)
This is a drop in replacement for the Joomla! core module "Popular Articles", it offer the same level of features but also add thumbnails.

Module Related articles with thumbnails (mod_related_items_thumb)
This is a drop in replacement for the Joomla! core module "Related Articles", it offer the same level of features but also add thumbnails.
This Module displays other Articles that are related to the one currently being viewed. These relations are established by the Meta Keywords.
All the keywords of the current Article are searched against all the keywords of all other published Articles. For example, you may have an Article on "Breeding Parrots" and another on "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos". If you include the keyword "parrot" in both Articles, then the Related Items Module will list the "Breeding Parrots" Article when viewing "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos" and vice-versa.

Plugin Related articles with thumbnails (plg_content_relatedthumbarticles)
This plugin displays other Articles that are related to the one currently being viewed. These relations are established by the Meta Keywords or using Joomla categories.
All the keywords of the current Article are searched against all the keywords of all other published Articles. For example, you may have an Article on "Breeding Parrots" and another on "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos". If you include the keyword "parrot" in both Articles, then the Related Items Module will list the "Breeding Parrots" Article when viewing "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos" and vice-versa.

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2013-06-19
Reviews: 1
Very poor expansion slows's just awful!
otklyuchaesh plugin and site flies.
8000 articles on the site, and this extension is simply unable to cope with the load. I have one of the most powerful servers from Hetzner DC, so draw your own conclusions.
2013-05-23
Reviews: 25
I tried this a year or two ago. It clearly needed more work then and probably still does now.

It installs five or six elements including a component and several modules. The modules are similar to the joomla modules for related articles and latest articles and need to be installed in the same way as those.

The related items module produced nothing, but the latest articles work just fine on some of the settings.

The feature-set is excellent, but it was frustrating not to be able to get the related items module working, which is the one I really wanted.

I will definitely check again in the future but for the time probably I will use one of the slideshow modules which seem to implement basically the same thing in a more reliable fashion.
bim
2013-02-25
Reviews: 4
After reading all these reviews, I was already expecting it to fail. But wow, this thing works REALLY well! I was able to customize it easily and it works a lot better than any of the other plug-ins I found.

And it doesn't display anything I don't want it to when there aren't any related articles. I like how it's smart like that. I'm still doing a bit of testing but I am really liking what I see so far. Thank you so very much!
2013-02-05
Reviews: 13
Crashed the database of site on last server - Unfortunately did not realise it was this... Moved servers, completely rebuilt (thanks Ced!!) and it just crashed it again... now I cannot remove the component without the database crashing. No support - Use at your own risk guys... PS - I am NO amateur...
Owner's reply

this component do not write anything to the database except thought the standard joomla installer (and only settings). I do not find any emails from you, even Skype support is available for urgent stuff. I am sorry to hear it did not work for you

2013-01-11
Reviews: 1
The extension seems fine but I doesn't work on my env. The module Related Articles with thumbnails doesn't work at all but the plug in Content - Related Thumbs Articles is working but doesn't show the image...
It should be an error of my environment but without support is hard to say...
2013-01-01
Reviews: 2
I like your cedthumbnails but this make joomla slowdown significantly!
Hope this will be improve in next updates.

Thank you,
2012-08-03
Reviews: 1
It's a very good plugin and has 2 Pros & Cons.

Pros:
1. Creating powerful thumbnail
2. Customizable looking

Cons :
1. Does not have any option to fetch articles from other categories, too. Not just the same same category!

2. Not suitable for other languages. I use Persian Joomla, but this plugin just identify english keywords.
2012-06-04
Reviews: 1
Hi there,
this is my first review. I am working on a joomla site for a while now. We updated Joomla from 1.7 to 2.5 and everything seems to work fine. We even got kept an old version of this plugin running in this 2.5 enviroment.

The problems started to occur when i updated the extension to the current version (2.5.8, i think).

Pages with custom module positions which had this module assigned to it didnt seem to load anymore. The pageload would just display a and tag without content. Once the module was unpublished the particular pages would just load fine.

We are on a shared hosting solution and access to the error logs isn't given at this time. However we had the php error reporting tell us that there were a couple of E_STRICT notices with our site but nothing that would come close to the files included by this extension.

I had to remove the extension from our Enviroment and it will stay that way until we find a better solution or this Error will be fixed.
2012-05-29
Reviews: 2
Support just don't exist. There are not thumbnails on my site on related articles and the support team never try to help me solved my issues. Probably if you want them to help you you got to have Joomla 2.5 If you run a joomla 1.5 site you are not even there for them. Terrible support really. They will just make you wait and wait. I'm waiting over a month now and no one saying anything about it.
Owner's reply

Some clarifications are needed:

There is no support team not even "them" or "they".

1. This is open source development,
2. Not a commercial company, there is no charging for any licences, support fees,
3. This GPL program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;

I am alone maintaining 18 extensions, and I develop for a living in java, 60hours per week are common, php is done when i have time.

and yes: you'll have to go to 2.5, Joomla 1.5 is end of life

Joomla 1.5 is what the Joomla team refer to as an LTS or Long Term Support Release. It was released in January of 2008 and has seen only minor bug fixes and security releases in nearly 4 years. The current version is 1.5.25 and support for this LTS version is set to end in April 2012. If you have not already done so, you should be strongly thinking about moving to Joomla 2.5 in the near future to ensure that you are running on the most stable, secure, and best supported Joomla platform.

I will correct in version 1.5 only security issues but wont make any per user improvements, this code is used in Joomla 1.5 and nobody complains.

2012-05-22
Reviews: 3
Very good extension, exactly what I was looking for. Displays related articles really nicely with working thumbnails. Has several templates to choose from too. Then one can make some own adjustments pretty easy as well.

What I only miss is the selection of separate categories instead of meta keywords. Hope this is coming!
2012-05-16
Reviews: 3
When I enable this plugin, my server log tell me that recive too many connections from the same server. So, this connections are automaticaly generate by, from, and between my own same server.

If I disable this plugin, all works fine.

The server can´t resolve this open connetions... too many open
connections, and the server is slow down to crash.
Owner's reply

this issue has been solved in version 2.5.7 of cedThumbnails
http://www.waltercedric.com/index.php/joomlacms/2060-cedthumbnails-257-for-j25-released

2012-05-08
Reviews: 1
I really like your cedthunbnail for joomla 2.5.
but i try many times to understand i have to mark every category to work on every category.
hope you will continue update this nice plugin!!
2011-12-06
Reviews: 4
there is no package for j! 1.5 in the download section. The 1.6/1.7 package gives an xml error.
Owner's reply

Strange at http://www.waltercedric.com/downloads/thumbnails.html
i see:
* Related Thumb Items J1.5

But consider update to Joomla 2.5 and cedThumbnails, it is way better :-)

2011-11-25
Reviews: 2
All I did is to install 2 packages and the rest is with template override and CSS works.
2011-11-19
Reviews: 1
Used on few sites with minor adjustments.
Easy to install and customize.
2011-10-24
Reviews: 3
Great extension, it works perfect! Thank you
2011-09-23
Reviews: 5
This Is actually the best plugin in it's category to display related articles without consuming much of your server.
This is lightweight and zippy.
if you are searching for a light weight and easy to use plugin go for it. :)

Most recommended.

And Author ->> Keep up the good work .
Awesome.
2011-01-22
Reviews: 2
From so many 'related items' extensions available, this is the only one that really gives pictures/thumbnails (not only text or tooltips) on the related items list. Related items in pictures/thumbnails will directly attract your customers' eyes to explore more of your products, thus increase the transaction possibility.

Usage is very simple, and very suitable for little e-commerce website that doesn't want to rely on cumbersome and heavy application.

The developer himself is very supportive. He gives quick response for my questions and even compiles some revision based on my needs. Nice :)
2010-11-13
Reviews: 1
I think the module that you have created is quite good, but it needs to be more versatile. What do i mean by versatile? It should give administrators the option to draw articles not only from one category, but also from keywords, titles, and sections. I don't know how it can be done, but i am willing to help. I am not much in to coding for joomla, but my experience in programming should help.
thanks in advance
Dimitrios
Owner's reply

Hi

I did just that in version 3.0.0 you can now use meta keyword from articles to group related items!

2010-04-02
Reviews: 2
I'm looking for a "related articles module" which I can place at any position, has thumbnails, can be set to specific categories/sections and displays on CSS base.

Tried to install the module on joomla 1.5.15. Aborted with "Requires Lagacy Plugin".

Sad, sounded promising.
Owner's reply

Hi

Stupid error in package xml, this module dont require legacy, I did re upload the latest version to my host. Retry version 1.2.0 it will work as expected