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Joomla: Simple Picture Slideshow
Written by Andreas Berger   
Sunday, 02 November 2008 18:22

The bretteleben.de "Simple Picture Slideshow" Plugin for Joomla!2.5 and Joomla!3.1 is a - as the name says - simple plugin to display a slideshow in content items. The images get faded out, this effect works with current major browsers. You decide if the slideshow starts automatically on pageload or is started by clicking a link/button in the content item.


- supports .jpg, .png und .gif
- can be aligned in your content item left, right, centered, float left or float right
- as many slideshows per content item as you want
- every slideshow can be configured individually (Parameter Overrides)
- optional show title and/or text with every single picture (Captions)
- optional show default title/text for the whole slideshow
- optional link every single image to a different target (Links)
- optional use a default link for the whole slideshow
- option to start on pageload or click
- optional control elements (start, stop, back next, counter)
- activate/deactivate and align (left/right) every single control element
- choose between text-links and buttons as controls

New in Version 1.5.8:

- language files
- available for Joomla!3.1

Installation and Usage

A step by step tutorial on installation and usage can be found at Howto Plugin .
The possibilities the code inside the article offers can be found at Howto Plugin Code .

Notice before update:
If you have modified the style sheet besps.css, save it before update, it gets overwritten.


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The feature to load images after pageload works in a fire&forget-mode, will say, when showing the picture, the script does not check, if the dummy has already been replaced with the real picture. This will be one point to work with for future releases.


The plugin is tested successful with Joomla 2.5 and 3.1. Anyway, using it aside with one or another existing plugin/modul/component may bring to light problems i haven't foreseen. I suggest a test run before using it on a live site and stand by for your questions and suggestions.


The plugin is licensed under the GNU Public License (www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html).

update Version Joomla!2.5 and 3.1: 1.5.8

- available for Joomla!3.x
- language files


If you have questions or suggestions, please use the comment-function. Please include the installed Joomla! version and if you have problems - if any possible - the affected page in your comment.

If you need additional features or customizations for your project that exceed the scope of support offered through the comments, you are invited to submit your requirements specification and the planned budget by email (menu item "Contact" in the menu at the top).


The ZIP-archive contains the plugin, by downloading it you agree to the terms of the GNU Public License. The ZIP-Archive can be used for both, upgrade and fresh installation. Please choose the file that fits your Joomla! installation. _J2.5 for Joomla! 2.5.x and _J3.1 for Joomla! 3.x

J!2.5.x - plg_simplepictureslideshow_v1.5.8_J2.5.zip Downloads: 42.424

- plg_simplepictureslideshow_v1.5.8_J3.1.zip Downloads: 49.068

If you use this extensions, please post a rating and a review at extensions.joomla.org.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 09:58
Comments (85)
How place this slide show in Header?
85 Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:17

Hi Andreas,

Most of people put this slideshow in page (bottom position or something like that, no choice), but if I already replaced Joomla banner in Header with my own logo or photo, and then had always get better and better Website idea, eg. in putting this slideshow in Header, how could i get this?Danke shoen......

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:28
A. Berger

Hi Paris!

If you want to integrate a slideshow in your template directly, you could use the JavaScript Slideshow (find it in the section "JavaScript" in the menu at the left).
If there is a module position, you want to display the "Simple Picture Slideshow", please pay attention to the fact, that not every custom content module allows to use content plugins. You could give "Article Module" from Digihaven or a similar extension a try.
If there is no module position that fits your needs, you can add an additional module position yourself. Just run a search for "joomla! custom module position" at your favorite search engine, there's a lot of articles on this topic.

Best regards

Update funktioniert nicht
84 Monday, 30 April 2012 13:35
Pia Pfau


nach einem Update von Joomla 1.7 auf Joomla 2.5 funktionierte die Slideshow nicht mehr. Nun hatte ich mich gefreut, eine neue Version 1.5.7 fuer Joomla 2.5 vorzufinden, habe sie installiert, aber die Slideshow will immer noch nicht funktionieren. Das erste Bild aus dem Bilderverzeichnis wird angezeigt, aber ein Klick auf den vor/zurueck Button bleibt ohne Wirkung.

Viele Gruesse

@Pia Pfau
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:46
A. Berger

Hallo Pia!

Bitte poste einen Link zu der Seite mit der Slideshow, ich schaue mir das gerne an.


First image caption
83 Monday, 30 April 2012 03:46

I have a three image slideshow on my front page. Captions/titles are defined via besps_c. When the page first loads, the first slide's caption does not show. As it cycles through the slides, all the captions show, including the first image. The caption only does not show for the first image, the first time after the page loads. Any idea?


Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:58
A. Berger

Hi rmplaskon!

Maybe the problem is caused by quote signs. If you provide a link to the page, I will have a look at it.

Best regards

Simple Picture Slideshow
82 Thursday, 26 April 2012 21:21
Giancarlo ITA

Simply...  GREAT!!!!!! Thank you very much Andreas !!!!

Built in Slideshow using Simple Picture Slideshow
81 Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:24
Pete Williams

I have uploaded Simple Picture Slideshow, added eight images and their thumbnails but the pictures only appear on the home page and nowhere else.  I have Joomla 1.7.  I have ticked all the boxes to show on all pages but still no joy.  My email is ###.  Thanks.  Pete Williams

@Pete Owen Williams
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:50
A. Berger

Hi Pete!

As said, please provide a link to the page with the working slideshow and one to a page you have problems with. I will take a look at it.

Best regards

Simple Picture Slideshow
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:48
Pete Owen Williams

Hi.  Thanks for getting back to me. I have upgraded the site to Joomla 2.5 successfully.  The slideshow, however still only works on the home page.  I'm not sure what to do to check if it is one of my modules that is causing this as you suggest.  i would be very grateful for some advice.  As I said earlier, I love the slideshow.  I have used it on several sites and it has never done this before.  I'm sure it's me but I have checked that all the boxes in Show On these Pages have been ticked.  Thanks in anticipation.  Pete Owen Williams

@Pete Williams
Sunday, 22 April 2012 20:18
A. Berger

Hi Pete!

It sounds as if you have a problem rather with a module than with my plugin. Anyway, please provide a link to the page with the working slideshow and one to a page you have problems with. I will take a look at it.

In addition: Please upgrade your site to Joomla!2.5. Joomla!1.7 is vulnerable and there will be no updates to fix this, because it already reached its end of life.

Best regards

transparent bg and title
80 Friday, 20 April 2012 21:06

Hello, thank you for the plugin. Unfortunatelly I found two major draw backs I need to solve:

How do I get rid of >>title="*imagename*"<< in the source code without hacking the plugin.
I need to show my png24 images on a transparent background but the js you use cant handle that right now, will there be an update in near future?


Friday, 20 April 2012 22:10
A. Berger

Hi georg!

To clear ALT and TITLE, add an empty default caption to your slideshow.
{*besps_c}0|||{/besps_c*} ... without the asterisks

About your second problem: This is the way the script works. The topmost image gets faded out, whilst there is no need to manipulate the image below. I know about the downside but from my experience this approach produces the least CPU-load, which up till now (for me) outweights the disadvantage.
But I am pretty sure that there are other extensions (e.g. listed at extensions.joomla.org, categoty "Images Slideshow") that follow an other approach.

Best regards

Could not find folder
79 Friday, 20 April 2012 20:17

Hi, even now, i'd like to try out this hot slideshow for the first time. The configurations seems do be very easy, but in frontend the plugin shows only "Could not find folder..". The folder exists, i checked well.

Code: {*besps}Grundrisse-44{/besps*}

Frontend output:
Simple Picture Slideshow:
Could not find folder /var/www/www.singledomizil.de/images/stories/besps_images/Grundrisse-44
Image root is set to /images/stories/besps_images/

I'm using Joomla 1.5.23
What goes wrong there?

Thank you all for help!

Friday, 20 April 2012 22:00
A. Berger

Hi Sven!

Please check the directory permissions of the folder that contains the images (folder 755, images 644) and make sure, that the code in your article is not fragmented by HTML tags (switch to HTML-view to check this).

If this does not solve the problem, provide a link to the respective page and I will have a look at it.

Best regards

Plugin not working within a module
78 Wednesday, 18 April 2012 07:15
Kurt Walther

Hello Andreas/Designers,

Firstly, very easy to use plugin. I can get the plugin to work OK within an article (the slideshow images display perfectly) or within an article in front page manager, but when i try to insert the code {*besps}{/besps*} inside a custom module, and place that custom module in the top position of the site, it doesn't work properly. All it displays is the text {*besps}{/besps*}
It seems to want to have text around the code, or before/after it.

Am i missing something?

@Kurt Walther
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:50
A. Berger

Hi Kurt!

The problem is, that not every custom module allows to use content plugins. You could give "Article Module" from Digihaven or a similar extension a try.

Best regards

Caption problem Internet Explorer 8
77 Monday, 16 April 2012 11:35
Nicola Smith

Hello Andreas

Firstly, Thank You for a great plug-in.

I am placing slide shows on multiple pages of my web site. Everything is working fine in all browsers (chrome, firefox, android, iphone) except Internet Explorer. I have added captions, that appear on each image. My problem is I am seeing the caption from my first slideshow on each different page, so some how it is accessing the title coding from one page and showing it on all pages. The images are correct for each page - it is only the caption that is incorrect.

I am running Joomla 2.5.4 & Simple Picture Slideshow 1.5.6.

I would appreciate your guidance.

@Nicola Smith
Monday, 16 April 2012 20:01
A. Berger

Hi Nicola!

Please disable the Joomla! cache, clear the cache and check the pages again. If this solves the problem, it was caused by the fact, that the Joomla! cache seems to mix up current and previous links in the head-section of the pages.
If the problem persists, please leave the cache disabled and provide a link to the page(s). I will have a look at it.

Best regards

Call to undefined method
76 Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:09
Bjarne Bach Jensen

When I generate Index in Joomla 2.5 Smart Search I get the following error:

[Sun Apr 15 10:58:08.081656 2012] [:error] [pid 3144:tid 1076] [client] PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined method JDocumentJSON::getHeadData() in C:\\UniServer\\Myone\\plugins\\content\\simplepictureslideshow\\simplepictureslideshow.php on line 423, referer:

@Bjarne Bach Jensen
Monday, 16 April 2012 20:37
A. Berger

Hi Bjarne!

Thanks for pointing me to this, I will try to come up with a fix as soon as possible.

Best regards

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