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.
The people at JoomlaWorks are turning out some great Joomla addons, quick with upgrades, attentive to improvements and prompt and polite in answering questions about their products.
my wishes for the next versions:
- option to set number of cols
- option to write a little more informations for each picture
Thanks alot for this Plugin! I'll donate joomlaworks as soon as possible!
All that you ask have been fixed in version 1.1. Enjoy!
I'm now trying to combine this plugin with your sliders & tabs plugin. When using tabs, the images are shown correct.
However, when using the gallery inside a slider, only the backgrounds (shadows) are shown and not the images themselves. It would be fantastic if this would be solved.
1. Ability to use the lightbox image set technique to go between photos directly from within the lightbox.
2. Ability to place image folders anywhere within the site instead of only as folders/subfolders within images/stories.
One small bug that I have seen is when displaying images of various sizes and orientations, the thumbnail shadow boxes don't align properly with some images.
Other than that - what a GREAT PLUGIN! I look forward to the next release.
The xml declaration included in the top of some templates (even the default Solarflare) is causing these display issues in IE. The XML declaration "forces" IE to run in quirks mode, meaning not complying to HTML/CSS standards! Removed the line "" and everything will show up fine in IE.
The best gallery solution for a "news" website.
Just a suggestion to give a 10:
Please, consider to make a JCE plugin too, this way editors can just click the gallery icon at JCE toolbar, try to imagine something like this - a popup opens with "Choose gallery folder" option, the editor can browse at server and finally click the "insert gallery" button. The WYSIWYG editor window can shows a colored bar to indicate where gallery starts, and the HTML editor window shows the plugin tags with folder path.
I get an error on each page that reads "Notice: Undefined offset: 15 in .../plugin_jw_sig.php on line 59." How can I make that go away?
I have image sizes and aspect ratios that are not uniform. Sometimes the thumbnail does not fit in the shadow box for which it is intended (additional white space shows up between the right edge of thumbnail and the shadow box). I get better results when I resixe the original image to an even multiple of the target thumbnail width. Is there a better solution?
If a thumbnail is shorter (vertically) than the one next to it, S.I.G. drops in another thumbnail below it in the same row. Great idea, but a problem can/does show up because this is a progessive feature. At the end of a row (on the right), the stack can grow up to 3-5 thumbnails high with TONS of white space left under the first thumbnails on the left.
Perhaps a solution would be to track the height of the tallest individual thumbnail in the row, and double up below short thumbnails only if there is room for it (without increasing the min row height required for the tallest individual thumbnail).
Great work. Wish I was a programmer so I could help out.
All you have to do to solve these issues is donwload the latest 1.1 released. It fixes all the things you mention.
p.s. may I say 'Thank You' one more time...
I'd also like to remove the "jpg" reference in the title but unlike F.Filo can't negotiate the code! Very minor gripes then. Good work again. Many thanks
I suggest for next version:
- make "title" more friendly (not just the image file name)
(I've modified file plugin_jw_sig.php to do that)
- use selected images in content definition or specific folder (right now) like image files source
I can do the first one, but doing the second one too would completely loose the "Simple" in front of "Simple Image Gallery" name, wouldn't it?
I gave it a quick test: one thing to note is PNGs come out very bad looking from the process, better to avoid, jpg and gif are fine.
I'd suggest adding
1. the usual recommendation to publish the bot after install, and
2. the tags to use at the top of all the other text you see on edit screen!
well done, Greece 10 points ;)
We are honoured by your comments monsieur Eyezberg!
Thanks for your feedback rafa3x. We are already making 1.1 with all the changes you suggested and some more finetuning, too! Just a note though concerning your last request (10). You can already do that if you give access to your registered users to input content in your site. They simply upload images to a folder through the editor and then call the gallery throught our Simple Image Gallery tags! Right?
I downloaded the plugin but could not find ant documentation on the site or in the zip file so am a little disappointed.
First of all, the documentation is included in the most reasonable place it could be! Inside the plugin's parameters page. Access this page by going to Mambots >> Site Mambots >> Simple Image Gallery Plugin. If you cannot access the "mambots area" and get a "restricted access..." message, it's not a plugin error, it's a Joomla bug. Solution for that can be found here: