* Now available for Joomla version 1.6 and 1.7!
* New! Sort articles in random order.
* New! Show module on any page of any Menu Item Type (not just article layouts)
* New! Include articles based on Section, Category, Author, or Author Alias, unrelated to the current article in view or current Menu Item
* New! Only show articles that have a minimum number of matching keywords
* New! Pick Sections, Categories, Authors, and Author Alias values from a list instead of entering ID numbers
* Limit the list of related articles by count
* Limit the list to selected Sections or Categories (including the current article's Section or Category)
* New! Enter a list of keyword phrases to ignore when finding related articles. This is handy if you have some keyword phrases that are used in all of your articles.
* Sort the list by number of matching keyword phrases ("best match")
* Sort the list by keyword phrase
* Display the matching keyword phrases
* New! Include articles by the same author or author alias.
* New! Option to see article preview in tooltip.
* New! Option to see last modified date or created date.
* New! Option to include all articles in the same category as the current article.
* New! Option to ignore all keywords and just match on author or category.
* Numerous other options For more information about FJ Related Articles Plus, see the tutorial page at http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/freejoomla/wiki/?pagename=FJ+Related+Articles+Plus. You can download this extension here: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/freejoomla/frs/.
The only thing that could be better is the hovering in IE. I've set it to show the introtext on hovering, but in IE it shows the and tags, whereas in FF it does what it is supposed to do...
I would suggest two things:
1) It would be great if a more complex ordering parameter was available, like: most recent articles first AND most matches first.
2) There should be some way to hide the module in case user is not browsing an article page rather that showing a "Text If Not An Article" message.
Thanks for the nice review. On your point (2), you can control this with the style attribute of the JDOC statement in your template for the given module location. For some styles, the module will always show. For other styles, the module will not show if there are no matches. On point (1), it would be great if you could submit a feature request in the project tracker. Thanks!
I think that more of a support framework for meta-keyword relations (or taxonomies I think is the other CMS term) is required in the Joomla core to encourage major extension developers to support this kind of related item functionality (E.g. Events component developers, directory component developers, forum developers etc), so that when I read an article about some subject on a Joomla website, I can see the profiles of people who write about that subject, the events that are associated with that subject and even the forums that discuss that subject. As developers of related items modules show, this kind of functionality shouldn't have to be set up manually and the end result is it can integrate a whole site together with minimum effort on the part of the content administrators through simple key-wording.