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.
When uploading galleries the images have to be in a zip file and you cant upload another picture into the gallery later on without rezipping the images with the new one and upload them all together again. Neither can you remove just one of the images.
This plugin, as well as the Pro version, is very poor.
The Free version of the plugin really does what it says in its name. You just upload a bunch of images and it displays them in a nice grid. Not to be confused with the Pro version which provides a lot more features.
As I needed some changes in the UK text I had contact with the helpdesk andd they are very fast in responding and helping me out on some issues.
So if looking for an easy to configure gallery tis is certainly a very good option.
I bought the pro version as it gave me more possibilities.
This plugin was created with one simple task in mind. The name "Simple Image Gallery" is literal, obviously...
And by the way, we don't force anyone to purchase the Pro version as you mention, nor do we advertise features in the Free version that are simply not existent.
The support I bought with my subscription was fast and polite.
The plugin says it integrates with K2. That integration is not as useful for me as I hoped. The only thing it does is let the author of an item upload an archive from which a gallery is created. It's not possible to point to a previously uploaded folder on the server. For that, the author would have to use the shortcode, like in the free version. Also, the shortcode and the upload function will use different image directories on the server. If I change the shortcode's image root path, I'll have to move my imags away from my central image folder into media/k2/something, a path that will also show up in my source code. If I don't, I'll end up with a fragmented image collection.
The value:key pairing to write into the shortcode is laughable. I'm supposed to write "image-folder:::::2::" to achieve a certain effect - sorry but no.
The thumbnails can be displayed in a few different modes, all very eye-candy-like. Needs a lot of CSS overwrites to get it to look decent.
Again, it does what it says and appears professional, it's just not a very good plugin, in my opinion.
I reverted back to the tool I wrongly thought I was buying, which works much better overall, has more features, looks better.
Fair play it is free, I'm not knocking that, but have I got an incorrect setting not ticked as the wording looks really ugly and surely I am doing something wrong
As said in one of the other reviews it is mainly english based so if you need it in another language you will need to adjust it all in the code which can be annoying, point for improvement to the developer ;) keep up the good work.
There is one bug in the language label. The only front end label "Click to enlarge" is put in the admin language file (/administrator/language/en-GB/en-GB.plg_content_jw_simpleImageGallery.ini). It is not found so the hard-coded string is used.
This label should be in /languages/en-GB.
Also the extension should provide translations.
It's most likely a CSS conflict with your template (rare, but can happen). If you use a stock template, consult your hosting company.
This is an excerpt from the documentation page of Simple Image Gallery at http://www.joomlaworks.net/content/view/79/41/
In order for Simple Image Gallery to function properly, please make sure that your server has PHP's GD image library installed (common webhosts have GD installed by default). Additionally, your site must meet all requirements as posed by either Joomla! 1.5 or 1.6+.
You also have to make sure that Joomla's /cache folder is writable, in other words, check that the permissions for this folder are 755 (or 777 in some rare cases)."
For additional help you need to consult your hosting company.