Adding image galleries inside your Joomla! articles is now super-easy and simple, using the magical "Simple Image Gallery" plugin for Joomla!.
The plugin can turn any folder of images located inside your Joomla! website into a grid-style image gallery with cool lightbox previews. And all that using a simple plugin tag like .
So for example, if we have a folder called "my_trip_to_Paris" located in images/stories/my_trip_to_Paris, then we can create our gallery by simply entering the tag into some Joomla! article.
The galleries created are presented as a grid of image thumbnails. When your visitors click on a thumbnail, they see the original image in a lightbox popup. The thumbnails are generated and cached using PHP for better results.
So let's briefly see what are the main advantages of using Simple Image Gallery: a) You don't need to have an additional gallery component to display a few images, b) you don't need to tell your visitors "to see our photos from Paris click here" and c) you focus more on content writing and less on administering the images!
The plugin is ideal for news portals wanting to display some product images, for example, inside their articles. Or for people who quickly wanna show their summer vacation pictures. With Simple Image Gallery, you can have as many galleries as you want inside each article.
Please note that if you want to create a gallery from a subfolder located inside your "image gallery root folder", simply adjust the plugin syntax to reflect the remaining path (after your set "root folder"),. Make sure you write the path to your target folder without any slashes at the beginning or the end of your path.
You can see a demo of the plugin here:
Simple Image Gallery is a Joomla! plugin developed by JoomlaWorks, released under the GNU General Public License.
It worked great. It fits very well in our sailor community project as our members greatly appreciate looking at foto's without wrestling a lot on how to upload and access it.
Today I tried to use the latest version (1.21). Unfortunatly this does not work. it does not show the thumnails any more, also not in the orginal template.
One improment I would like to suggest is to allow to select one specific thumnail to show up in the intro text part of the content. That would improve the blog pages a lot.
Thanks for producing this great software
is an insert image button in the editor that would allow you to insert single images in an article. I would even be happy with the ability to define single images for display in articles using the current method.
I agree it misses ability to edit individual captions to each one of the images, and that's why I'm rating "Good" instead of "Excellent", but again, keep the great work guys!!!
An xml or properties file would do, if I have some time in the near future probably would do a workaround for my site which will be glad to share, and of course, if you don't have it on your next release first ;)
So, last but not least, from my installation experience, let me share the following: Thumbnail images didn't show at all, I checked my server logs and showed the following error:
"Premature end of script headers: ../mambots/content/plugin_jw_sig/showthumb.php" after some trial and error (re-insallation and even debugging the code a little bit) and really close to bother you guys with my problem, I realized it was a file permissions issue. For some reason during the installation the ".js" files under the "../mambots/content/plugin_jw_sig/" directory had permission properties as "666" (devlis mark uuuhhh!!!), changed the directory and the files permissions to "755" and vo alá!!!! I had installed other extensions on my site and this is the first one I encountered with this problem. Not sure if it can be fixed from the configuration of file permissions prior to generating the zip installation file...
What I am not sure about is where the thumbnails are? I think they are generated on the fly? I did a gallery with 30 images. I know it is over the suggested limit, but I made the thumbnails max 140px, and set the quality to 60. They still seem to load a little slowly, which is why I think they are being generated on the fly, but that is just a guess.
Suggestion for enhancement: Perhaps use an XML file that holds all the file names, and a caption for each photo. Then, by including an option in the tag to turn on reading of the file, you could have custom captions for each photo in the popup. This type of enhancement would not interfere with users who want to keep it as simple as it is now, but would add a little power for those who want to make use of it.
Yes, the thumbnail images are generated on-the-fly. Using XML as you suggest to input more data to the images we are getting out of course and this gallery will not be "Simple" anymore, right?
There's one issue I experience, though. IE7 gives out an error message in the status line: "Done, but with errors on page". The details of this error display: Line 2, Char 1, Error - syntax error, Code 0. Does anyone know how to fix that? Other than that, this plugin works great in IE7.
I've been looking for a long time for a gallery plug in that did NOT try to integrate an album from another program. I wanted a photogallery plugin that works within the CMS. Simple Image Gallery is IT!!! Thanks for outstanding work!
It does it on the demo site also.
Just change this part of the code:
$html .= ' IE7 and Firefox.
Anyway, as I said before I love the flexibility of this plugin and I think it's a must have if you have any type of picture gallery in Joomla. Great Job!
One thing for anyone having a problem showing the thubnails of the images.
I can't tell in which part of the server the error was, but I had no thubnails of my gallery and no errors from joomla.
Because, I don't own the server, I adjusted the file "showthumb.php", in the folder "plugin_jw_sig", by hard-coding the image gallery's path in the "$_image_" variable in line 7.
Thanks again for an excellent plugin.