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NicePanel Plugin

Sliding panels are nice, but have been restrictive and difficult - until now! Top and bottom tabbed sliding module panels done right with NicePanel.

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
Preserves Javascript events (unlike some other panels)
-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.

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2013-08-15
Reviews: 3
Very nice extension. It's wonderful the way it can make things easy.

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 :)
Owner's reply

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!

2013-07-23
Reviews: 6
Great extension. Works perfectly out of the box, easy to set up and looks good.

It's well worth donating to Michael for all his contributions.
Owner's reply

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!

2013-01-27
Reviews: 5
Very impressed with this plugin, simple to set up, looks great.
2012-11-19
Reviews: 6
There are only three words I want to say:
1. Excellent
2. Perfect
3. Thank you!
Owner's reply

I have only 2 words, and one of them is a quote from "Breaking Bad"

1. Awesome!
2. Yo!

2012-08-31
Reviews: 10
Worked right out of the box, does exactly as advertised, easy to style and integrate into your site. I'm glad I didn't go for one of the paid extensions that do the same thing. Great job.
Owner's reply

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!

2012-08-30
Reviews: 4
Easy to configure, works like a charm. I have been trying out several different modules to make a top sliding panel, but did not manage to change the layouts to suit my needs. Everything in this plugin is tagged with id and class so the layout can easily be modified in your own css. Alternatively you may use the default css of the plugin. Good work!