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bypdolezel, January 17, 2012
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Lof ArticlesSlideShow
There are so many article sliders that it's really difficult to pick THE one. Some can do the coin slider, others are more like tabs while others only rotate through images without much chance of tweaking it.
Well, I chose this module because I could make many of the customizations through the parameters and only styling was needed to be done in the code, which you can do by creating a custom theme (just copy an existing one and make a couple adjustments) or simply create a custom stylesheet that'll override the default CSS.
Truly superb extension.
bypdolezel, December 15, 2011
How flexible can a very simple extension be? Well, look at BK MultiThumb. Its purpose is very simple - resize images to a specified size, a different one in blog view vs in article view and display the image in lightbox when clicked (if configured so).
Again, this seems to be a very simple feature but it's critical to the user experience so that all images are sized identically on the page even if the authors mess up the sizing. And you can turn it off in selected articles or modules by entering a short piece of code.
Can't believe this is not part of core Joomla!
bypdolezel, December 15, 2011
Phoca Gallery
Another Phoca extension that simply rocks and sets the standard for what an on-line gallery should be... not just for Joomla but in general. If you only need to slap couple images on your site, don't bother... but if you want something that's going to give you an enormous flexibility and a solid list of features, then look no further, download Phoca Gallery and buckle up for a wild ride through the long list of parameters. This means it's a bit daunting at first but gives you a fantastic freedom once you get it.
There's also a ton of add-ons that make this a really robust piece of technology.
Thank you, Jan - can't wait what's coming next from your "workshop" :)
bypdolezel, December 15, 2011
This extension is so amazingly customizable that you can truly create whatever look and feel you need for your news/article display. I'm just finishing a project where on the home page we needed to display some articles as "featured" (with bigger pictures, bigger titles, longer intro text) and other articles as "regular" in a more subdued way. With this extension, I created two of these modules and customized each one of them precisely how I wanted them. All done right in the admin UI with a little bit of CSS in a single file.
I actually bought a commercial extension in this same category which I nixed as it was not as easily customizable... and came back to BK News Display... highly recommended.
bypdolezel, December 15, 2011
Phoca Download
Wow, Phoca Download can do it all but speak French to you (and actually through language installation it can do that too ;-)
The developer makes a steady progress with adding new features and takes his extensions to the next level through seemingly small things that make the admin's live so much easier, e.g. by adding the button for the HTML editor that can include a link to a single download file, a whole category or even list all files in a selected category dynamically... right in your article. And by using this functionality you can even create your own modules (using the Custom HTML module type).
And support on their forum is fast.
bypdolezel, December 14, 2011
I have tested and used on live sites many calendar and event extensions, and for my last project I picked jEvents for the following reasons:
* a great set of features
* several built-in styles
* ability to create own layouts in admin UI
* flexibility via multiple calendars vs categories
* permission control at category level
* import and sync with external calendars via iCal
* export/download to external calendar

The developer responds quickly to support requests and is open to enhancements. Some of the cool features are available to club members only but I felt it was way worth the $$ spent.