*Full lightbox photo gallery with all of the options that the main gallery has
*Multiple image uploader with resizing before upload, and drag and drop
*Frontend uploading and gallery creation
*Image tagging and search
*A download image button
*Facebook Comments and JComments integration
*Facebook share button for each image
*Google plus one button for each image
*Twitter Button for each image
*Pinterest Button for each image
*Top/bottom/left/right position for thumbs
*Top/bottom/left/right position for image descriptions
*Use the plugin to put one or many galleries into an article (with random/ latest/ most viewed/ highest rated options)
*Use the module to put a gallery into a module position (with random/ latest/ most viewed/ highest rated options)
*Search engine friendly urls
I finally asked Matt, at Ignite Gallery some pre-sales questions - he replied in an hour - I bugged him with that step I did not want and other questions - and VERY important: he offers a TRIAL on his website - so instead of spending the money and have it wrong again, I downloaded the trial - tested it and it was exactly what I needed so I purchase the one year subscription - So worth it.
But even better, I needed a special layout - Matt, for about a week, kept on helping with the code and advices and never seemed upset or tired of me keeping on asking for help. PHENOMENAL support. Keep that in mind. That's so important a good support.
So here you go. The component is more than easy in the backend - like 1 2 3. A lot of options to set up - different detail page layout and all. Extremely easy upload system.
What can I say - I wish we would have that support and such a simple and effective backend component with all the functions you need. PERFECT! Well worth the subscription.
Thank you Matt for your patience and knowledge.
After trying a lot of other options I stumbled upon Ignite Gallery and found it does just what I want.
It was fairly easy to setup however I got caught on the permissions for gallery visibility. After some trial and error I worked it out and looks great.
My only complaint ( and hence no 5 star yet ) is the documentation ( or setup guide ) which could look a lot neater, with clearer descriptions and easier to read. The forum though is full of very helpful threads and once purchased the developer also provides code customisation for those tricky little things that need to be fixed.
Overall I'm very happy and I'll be sure to use this for many of the sites I have in development currently.
First of lets start by giving a hats off to the developer for working on a gallery that has front end management! If you want your front end users (at the lowest level - registered or public) to upload images, this component will do it. Here is the better trick; If you want to control levels of management on the front end, you can do so with ACL management in the back-end! Sweet. So not only do you have front-end up-loaders, but also front end managers with abilities to publish gallery items. Very important if you don't want your client to see or have to explain the maze-wonder of the back-end.(I know its easy for us pro's.. but lets make easy for others huh?)
Courtesy and Honesty:
As with any growing and developing component, you will incur a slight learning curve. Organization here is the key.
#1) Understand how your "Categories" work first, then understand how then
#2) Understand how the "Profiles" work .. thats it. with these down packed you can create a vast combination of gallery styles, looks and functions!
Post images to Facebook status! from site!
Full range of gallery controls and options hidden or unhidden
Auto image resizing (for good servers.. shared hosting may suffer on this feature)
Auto-play image slideshows with or without fading etc... much more
Cons of the extension and its performance are limited to development which we know.. Rome wasn't built in a day. So be patient and support the developer. Some minor bugs here and there depending on your implementation style and use.
Level of support received:
Excellent - responsive, straight to the point, diligent and fast enough for someone in a different timezone. Matt is excellent.. (please let him have his holidays). There is a comprehensive common issues list on site; if that fails there is a members forum with tons of resolved situations.
I used this component as a solution for a client gallery that needed to be managed with watermarking in two different styles. Other than limitations of her shared hosting account which caused loading errors...Its great!
For the future, maybe added lightbox option, perhaps with integrated e-commerce to buy images if needed? I cant wait. Thanks for this great component and support!
The software is intuitive and easily customised to suit many different needs, the support is not only prompt but to the point and, apparently, unfailing in its patience to beginners like me. I think this is a fantastic product and well worth every penny.
However it didn't work on one of my sites because of script errors. Too many to fix. I will use this product on other sites.
I recommend this extension:
1. Great product
2. Incredible support
3. Easy to use both front and backend
Great Job Matt!
I'm sure I only tried a small portion of that, what is possible, but everything worked without any deviation from the instructions.
This covers all I'm looking for and I will install it on many projects.
In reviewing the support blog, you can see that there is definitely a pattern of the component not working well with templates (other than the default ones supplied with Joomla) and other modules or plugins. Unfortunately, you can't see the support blog until after you pay for the full version.
The developer does respond to problems quickly, unfortunately he seems to answer most problems with the same canned response. I received the same canned responses that many others on the support blog received to problems similar to mine and dissimilar to mine.
He'll cut and paste instructions from the "help" file that have nothing to do with your specific instance, (I think hoping that you'll wear-out in doing the laborious processes and just go away) and then if you do actually take the time to follow the instructions to no avail, he'll follow with the ultimate "waste of time".
When nothing works to the resolve the problem, he ends with, "You need to turn off all modules and components in the site, except for his, switch to a Joomla default template, switch on one module or component at a time until you locate the conflicting component. Once the conflict is identified you either trouble-shoot php on your own, or decide which component is more valuable to you and ditch the other.
I decided this "one-in-a-thousand" photo gallery function wasn't worth my time and pulled the component out and found another one that plays well in the real world.
tebyerly made a support request that the gallery was not working.
As the template did use jquery, I gave some information on what code to look for/remove in the template, but no code that removes mootools could be found.
I asked that a temp login be sent to me, so I could have a look for anything removing the link to mootools. All of the above happened within 3 hours of the original request being made.
tebyerly did not send me a login, decided the gallery is not suitable, and removed it and left this review.
If it was the case that tebyerly's template (or some plugin) is programmed to remove mootools, it is not correct to blame the gallery. There are hundreds of extensions that will not work with mootools (a core part of Joomla) disabled. I did not get the chance to prove the fault is not with the gallery.
I don't think the above comments about support being slack are accurate. I made an honest effort to solve the problem, but tebyerly moved on before the support thread was half a dozen posts long, or before it was 3 hours old.
If you want to see what my support is like you can look in the trial version support part of the support forum, it is open to the public.