NicePanel provides an administrator the ability to create as many top and/or bottom sliding panel tabs as (s)he wishes. Here are the features:
-Separate top/bottom panel configurations
-Automatic tabs - based on the module title
-Independent left/right tab alignment
Independent tab styles
-Tab content honors Joomla ACL
Here's how it works -
First, take the modules that you wish to be presented as tab panels, and assign them to a new module position (you can just type it into the module configuration). For simplicity, I'm going to call the new positions "nicepaneltop" and "nicepanelbottom" - but in reality, you can name them anything you want. The module order will be the tab order (if using right tab alignment, the tab order is reversed)
Then, in NicePanel configuration, set the module position to be presented in the top and bottom panel positions. Save it.
You're done. Panels with no pain.
I've added the ability for an administrator to use the CSS textarea applied by the plugin, or to turn off the styling portion so the panels can be styled using the template stylesheet. NicePanel is light - no additional JS frameworks required - NicePanel is pure MooTools.
Version 1.13 - Joomla 3.0 compatibility update
Version 1.14 - hides the panel when the site is offline unless a user is logged in
Version 1.15 adds options to hide the panel on chosen templates, and for mobile devices (phone, tablet or phone & tablet)
All of my extensions are free and none of my extensions display advertisements or links to my sites or services. If you feel that I have blessed you, then you can bless me by making a contribution to fund future development. Visit the "Website" link to make a contribution.
Only one recommendation would be, in my case, I only needed the top panel, but as the options don't allow to set a "None" Position for bottom panel, I had to hide the bottom panel from css code, not a big deal, but it would be nice to add the a simple "Position = None" in the plugin settings.
But Hey !! ... wonderful extension... I like it :)
The setting is there in the position selection drop down. It's the first option.
Either way - I'm glad you found a solution, and I'm glad you used the CSS configuration option as well. So many users are turned off because of my bland choice of style without realizing that I created it with the intention that it would be styled to match their site.
Thanks for the great review!
It's well worth donating to Michael for all his contributions.
It's also worth donating because I'm such a nice guy, and because it's good for the environment... Ok, I made that last part up - but I am a nice guy.
Thanks for the great review, and I'm glad you enjoy the plugin!
Several of the paid extensions use an unsafe and unreliable method to insert the panels. None were robust enough for my purposes - which is why I wrote NicePanel.
Thanks for the great review!