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.
Although it has a fancy interface and the install is a no-brainer, it lacks even the simplest of functions. No paging makes it less than useful for galleries with more than 10 or so images. The main image is not centered, I can not change the background colour, I can not control how many thumbs are displayed per row, thumbs are not filling the boxes they are in so there are large empty spaces around them, etc. Although you could hack around in code/CSS to fix this, I expect more for something you pay for and that calls itself "Pro". Also, be aware that the license is non-refundable no matter what the reason is, even if the thing doesn't work at all.
Support is helpful once you get to talk with the right person.
I'm struggling to understand a couple of the more negative reviews - the developer provides excellent documentation (try reading it!) and their support is swift and extremely helpful.
Thanks for a brilliant extension!
I have to admit I haven't used the free version, I went straight ahead and bought the PRO version (it's only around 18 euros), and for that you get a backend interface that isn't only intuitive and easy to use, but streets ahead of virtually all other joomla extensions in terms of its "look and feel" (and this is on a joomla 2.5 site).
The choice of 6 different gallery types is great. My favourite is "Polaroid" whose font looks like you've handwritten the image title.
Do yourself a favour and just buy the PRO version: you'll love it, and your purchase will help fund future developments of such excellent pieces of software as this.