- This extension has additional addons listed in an extension specific category.
- Includes visible backlink
See demo with different features:
http://www.phoca.cz/demo/ (click on links on left side to see different features of Phoca Gallery)
Demo with tree and image module:
Demo with description and no popup:
Demo Phoca Gallery and Simple Caddy integration:
Demo Phoca Gallery and Joomla! 1.6 (1.7):
Demo Phoca Gallery and YouTube Video (CSS3):
Phoca Gallery 3.0.2 Requirements:
Joomla! 1.6, 1.7
It is a great component with many, many options that allow you to configure it the way you want it to work and display.
Because it has so many options, it is mandatory that one reads the documentation carefully to get the combination right.
One is not likely to have one's gallery up and running in 5 minutes from installing the component. This is a large piece of software and one must know how the options are interrelated. Once it has been properly set up, though, it will work great for both back-end and front-end.
Pair it with "Phoca Gallery Button" or " Phoca Gallery Slideshow" and you get the easiest way of adding images to your articles with lots of options.
A lot of work has been put into this and user feedback and requests have obviously been implemented.
The developer certainly deserves recognition and support for all his hard work.
I was however very dissatisfied with it as I couldn't get the rating system to work and the posts within the Phoca forums didn't address this issue where it was raised by previous users. Indeed I applied the advice given i.e setting image rating both in global settings and via the menu item, neither of which worked.
Good component, looks good and serves a good purpose just wasn't good enough for what I needed.
Hi, thank you for your review, if you mean parameters, these are rendered by Joomla! framework and in Joomla! 1.6 there will be tabs for them, so e.g. in Phoca Gallery version 3, options are stored in tabs.
Thank you very much to developers, keep going to update it.
I ran into one problem with thumbnail display, emailed the developer and received a response within a few hours with a suggestion where/what to look for. His suggestion led me to discover a feature of the RocketTheme template I was using that injected invalid height and width attribs into the img tags; once I tweaked the template's feature everything worked great. (thank you Jan for the speedy support!)
For those needing to remove the credits from the footer; just make a small donation to support the developer and keep this great product alive. For my need, this one worked better than some expensive commercial extensions.
And, it is free! Thank you Jan.
However, I would appreciate if we could turn off the link to Phoca. If all extension developers included a link to their site, all our sites would look like link farms.
This is the sole reason why I do not use it.
Hi, see the Phoca Forum, there are so many ways to get link free version.
For each new picture I must go to category and load.
I want to add picture automatically (by a script called every hour for example).
I'm looking for that and I will send you my modification if it's work perfectly but I don't know exactly what to change!
Hi, thank you for your review.
"by a script called every hour for example" ... this is more server than Joomla! extension issue. For this you need some specific settings on your server which will run the script automatically. :-(
The upload feature itself is nice and easy to use, however the approval process after you upload the images is nice if you need an approval process. If you don't need an approval process, it becomes very annoying to say the least. Basically everytime a new image, you need to click approve for each individual image that is uploaded. There should be an option to automatically approve every new image that's uploaded on the front end.
Simple things like creating new categories from the front-end are not easy to do, unless you have a Joomla Administrator on duty. Even for the administrator, it becomes a little tedious when you have to manually create a storage directory for each category. Automatically creating storage directories for new categories and sub categories is something that should be done by automatically.
Good job overall but the flow from an end-user and administrator's point of view is definitely lacking. Although keep up the good work, this is a very good photo gallery, allow the Joomla Administrator to disable the approval process and this will be a fantastic extension.
"There should be an option to automatically approve every new image that's uploaded on the front end."
Of course there is one, see:
"Enable User Upload Image Authorization - If yes, the uploaded image will be set as not authorized and must be authorized by administrator. If no, the uploaded image will be set as authorized"
"Automatically creating storage directories for new categories and sub categories is something that should be done by automatically."
If user will create a category in frontend, the folder is created automatically.
See more info in Phoca.cz forum why the folder is not automatically created while manually creating new category in admin - search "advantages of separate database and filesystem layers"
Please take note that it is very humiliating for each developer if you write a review which is based on ignorance of the documentation or the unwillingness to look at the parameters. :-( :-(
Thank you for understanding, Jan