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Joomla: Very Simple Image Gallery
Written by Andreas Berger   
Saturday, 19 April 2008 07:47

The bretteleben.de "Very Simple Image Gallery" Plugin for Joomla!2.5 and Joomla!3.1 is a downgrade of the ingenious plugin "Simple Image Gallery" from Fotis Evangelou und George Chouliaras back to a "Web 1.0" gallery. The modified version comes without a lightbox, the plugin shows one large image, followed by thumbnails.

Why? Look, as stylish and usability-oriented the whole category of "Web 2.0" galleries may be, they have - from my point of view - a serious disadvantage. The hide the web page from the visitor. If you run ads on your site, this is a not-so-desired effect. You don´t care about search engine optimization, keywords, backlinks and so on to see your banners, skyscrapers, rectangles and link blocks disappear behind a black curtain - out of sight and unclickable.

Features:

- supports .jpg, .png und .gif
- can be aligned in your content item left, right, centered, float left or float right
- thumbnails optional below, left or right of the main image
- optional split galleries into multiple sets
- as many galleries per content item as you want
- every gallery 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 gallery
- optional link every single image to a different target (Links)
- optional use a default link for the whole gallery
- optional link the image to the original image file
- scale thumbnails optional proportionally or cropped
- works with and without JavaScript
- does not require a JavaScript Framework (Mootools, JQery)!
- change main image onClick or onHover

New in Version 1.6.8:

- 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 .
In addition you find some samples in the menu at the left.

Notice:
If you modified the stylesheet vsig.css, you should save it because it gets overwritten during an update.

Demo

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Caption
Caption

Limitations/Preview:

This version of the plugin uses one script, doing the whole work. This may cause - when using very large image-files - the maximum execution time of PHP to be exceeded on your server. If this happens, the script fails with an error.

In this case, just refresh the page one or two times. This should be enough to get all images scaled. As soon as the plugin in configured and all images are scaled, everything works fine and your visitors will not be affected. Anyway, the next version of the plugin will come with an extra-file, doing the work of scaling.


Requirements

The plugin requires the PHP GD library to generate the images and thumbnails.

Compatibility

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.

License

Following the guidelines of the original, the "Simple Image Gallery", the plugin is licensed under the GNU Public License (www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html).

update Version Joomla!2.5 and 3.1: 1.6.8

- fixes a bug with PHP5.4
- available for Joomla!3.x
- language files

Support

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).

Download

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_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.8_J2.5.zip Downloads: 27.844

J!3.1.x - plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.8_J3.1.zip Downloads: 39.083


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

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:29
 
Comments (105)
Gallerien für Joomla
55 Monday, 12 September 2011 10:02
M.Reinhardt

Diese Bildergalerien sind unübertroffen! Ganz große klasse. Einfacher geht es nicht und sieht tausendmal besser aus als diese slidebox oder wie auch immer das heißt was sich sonst über die eigentliche Seite schiebt um die Bilder anzuschauen.


Auch das Javascript, dass ohne Joomla eingesetzt werden kann und Bilder ineinanderübergehen lässt, funktiniert super gut und ist sehr leicht zu konfigurieren. Ich bin begeistert!

terima kasih banyak or thank's a lot for your great plugin gallery.
54 Friday, 22 July 2011 14:43
suhendra

terima kasih banyak or thank's a lot for your great plugin gallery. It's help me much.

how to install VSIG
53 Wednesday, 29 June 2011 21:56
archermon

I may be the stupidest person ever to try this, but after I downloaded the zip file - no matter what I so I can't find the file that will install it. I tried every file in the directory that was created, but all return an error messgae

@archermon
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 22:10
A. Berger

Hi archermon!

You don't have to unpack the zip file. Just point the Joomla! installer to the downloaded zip file "plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.5_J1.5.zip" (for Joomla!1.5) or "plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.5_J1.6.zip" (for Joomla!1.6) and press "Upload & Install".
Have a look at the page "Howto Plugin" (find the link in the menu at the left), it explains installation and configuration.

Best regards
Andreas

VSIG has suddenly stopped working,
52 Monday, 27 June 2011 18:23
Paul

Greetings Andreas,

I think VSIG is an excellent plug-in, and I want to thank you for your work.

Suddenly this morning, any new article I create and try to invoke VSIG I recieve a "Could not find folder" error. The folder typed correctly with the proper case and the permissions are set properly, 755 for the folder and 644 for the images.
briefsdev.cloudaccess.net/girlmonth/pastgirls/89-girl-of-the-month-cheryl.html   - Is what I'm experiencing.
All of my old articles from before this morning still display VSIG properly, briefsdev.cloudaccess.net/girlmonth/aprils-interview.html - Just like this.
I am running Joomla 1.5.23 and have made no upgrades, installed/unintalled enabled/disabled any plugins or modules before the issuse started occuring.

Any advice? Thanks for your time,
-Paul

@Paul
Monday, 27 June 2011 20:49
A. Berger

Hi Paul!

Please check the code in the article. If I check the source of the page, the path in the error message "looks" fine, but as soon as I copy the folder from the error message and paste it into a text editor, it displays the last part of the path as "/CHERYL2010?/" instead of "/CHERYL2010/". I suggest the strange question mark is what causes the error.
Retype this part of the path in the article and give it another try.

Best regards
Andreas

Verlinkung auf Lightbox
51 Friday, 24 June 2011 14:29
andreKfm

Hallo Andreas,

erst einmal Danke für das super Plugin. Gibt es eine Möglichkeit, statt auf das Originalbild auf eine Lightbox zu verlinken? Das wäre wirklich super!

LG, Andre

@andrekfm1
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:27
A. Berger

Hallo Andre!

Ja, das geht sicher. Ich habe mich damit zwar noch nicht beschäftigt, weil ich das Plugin eigens vom Original - der "Simple Image Gallery" - weg modifiziert habe, um das modale Fenster loszuwerden, aber über Google findet man soweit ich weiß einige Seiten/Forenbeiträge, die sich der Nutzung der modalen Klasse von Joomla! auch im Frontend beschäftigen. Und da das Plugin GPL lizensiert ist, steht einer entsprechenden Änderung auch nichts im Wege. Nur - ich möchte sie ehrlich gesagt nicht machen.
Ich mag es einfach, wenn der Inhalt einer Seite IN der Seite bleibt anstatt sie zu überlagern.

Gruß
Andreas

Verlinkung auf Originalbild
Monday, 27 June 2011 22:37
andrekfm1

Hallo Andreas,

danke für die schnelle Antwort. Ich will im Grunde auch keinen Lightbox, sondern genau die Darstellung, wie du sie anbietest. Ich möchte jedoch zusätzlich die Möglichkeit haben, das Originalbild alleine zu zeigen. Das müsste doch über den "modal"-Modus bei Joomla gehen, oder? Hast du hier einen Vorschlag wie die Verlinkung aussehen müsste? Ich möchte wirklich nur das Bild anzeigen lassen z.B. in einer Größe von 500x300 Pixel. Das muss keinen Lightboxeffekt haben.

Danke für deine Hilfe!
Andre

@Andre
Sunday, 26 June 2011 14:16
A. Berger

Hallo Andre!

Nein, das ist bei diesem Plugin nicht vorgesehen. 99% der anderen auf extensions.joomla.org in der Kategorie Photos & Images gelisteten Plugins verwenden aber modale Fenster. Du wirst dort sicher fündig werden.

Gruß
Andreas

Verlinken der Gallery mit anderen Artikel
50 Friday, 24 June 2011 10:01
Christian

Hallo,

Danke für die schöne Galerie.
Ich habe sie in Joomla 1.6.3 installiert.
Jetzt habe ich folgende Frage:
Kann man die einzelne Bilder mit verschiedenen Artikeln verlinken
Falls ja wie geht das?
Ich habe es mal mit dem Code probiert.

{*vsig}home_pics{/vsig*}
{*vsig_c}0||Default-Titel|Default-Text{/vsig_c*}

{*vsig_c}0|4_spindel_papierbohrmaschine_pb04n.jpg|Papierbohrmaschine|Papierbohrmaschine{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0||neu-maschinen/papierbohrmaschinen/11-4-spindel-papierbohrmaschinen.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|planscheinder_perfecta_115.jpg|Planscheinder|Planscheinder{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0||neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|stapelwender_rd1000.jpg|Stapelwender|Stapelwender{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0||neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|tb39.jpg|tb39|tb39{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0||neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

Dies funktioniert aber nicht
Danke im Vorhinein für Ihre Unterstützung

mfg
Christian

@Christian
Sunday, 26 June 2011 14:47
A. Berger

Hallo Christian!

Ja, so wie man für jedes Bild einen eigenen Text definieren kann, kann man auch für jedes Bild einen eigenen Link definieren. Und genau wie bei den Texten (Captions) gibt es auch bei den Links sowohl DEFAULT als auch spezifische Links.

In Ihrem Code verwenden Sie eine DEFAULT-Caption (2. Codezeile) und setzen dann für einzelne Bilder spezifische Captions. Der Unterschied im Code: Bei spezifischen Captions wird als zweiter Parameter das jeweilige Bild angegeben, bei der DEFAULT-Caption bleibt dieser Parameter leer.
Bei Links funktioniert das ganze genauso. Nur verwenden Sie hier leider immer den Code für einen DEFAULT-Link - also ohne Angabe des zweiten Parameters - und definieren so immer wieder einen neuen DEFAULT-Link - der auf alle Bilder anzuwenden ist - wobei der bisherige immer wieder überschriebebn wird.
Um also spezifische Links zu bekommen ändern Sie Ihren Code wie folgt:

{*vsig}home_pics{/vsig*}
{*vsig_c}0||Default-Titel|Default-Text{/vsig_c*}


{*vsig_c}0|4_spindel_papierbohrmaschine_pb04n.jpg|Papierbohrmaschine|Papierbohrmaschine{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0|4_spindel_papierbohrmaschine_pb04n.jpg|neu-maschinen/papierbohrmaschinen/11-4-spindel-papierbohrmaschinen.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|planscheinder_perfecta_115.jpg|Planscheinder|Planscheinder{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0|planscheinder_perfecta_115.jpg|neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|stapelwender_rd1000.jpg|Stapelwender|Stapelwender{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0|stapelwender_rd1000.jpg|neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*}

{*vsig_c}0|tb39.jpg|tb39|tb39{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_l}0|tb39.jpg|neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html|Default Link|_top{/vsig_l*} ... jeweils ohne die Sterne

Des Weiteren würde ich auch interne Links nicht relativ sondern absolut angeben, also z.B.:
http://www.IHREDOMAIN.COM/neu-maschinen/planschneider/32-perfecta-115-ts.html

Gruß
Andreas Berger

Problem with the Friendly URLs
49 Tuesday, 21 June 2011 22:42
Malena

Hellow!

I love this plugin!!!! is very usefull and easy to configure.

But I have a problem with the friendly URLs, when I active them in the configuration of my joomla, all the articles that contain very simple image gallery disappear and shows an error.
I tried a lot of posibles solutions but they don't work. This is the only problem that I have had.

Thank you so much for your answer.

@Malena
Sunday, 26 June 2011 15:35
A. Berger

Hi Malena!

Sounds strange! Have you tried to activate friendly URLs and disable the Very Simple Image Gallery at the same time? What happens if you do this? Does the error persist?

In addition, could you please provide a link to one of these articles?

Best regards
Andreas

Caption Text
48 Tuesday, 21 June 2011 21:04
Mike

Is there a way to change the color of the caption text?

@Mike
Sunday, 26 June 2011 15:32
A. Berger

Hi Mike!

To modify the font/color of the captions, open the stylesheet /plugins/content/plugin_vsig/vsig.css.
The settings for the captions you find in the selectors:
.vsig_top div span {} ... captions in general and title line
.vsig_top div span + span {} ... text line (if different from the title line)

Best regards
Andreas

Thumbnails are weird
47 Monday, 20 June 2011 15:13
Antonio

Hi, i set up the the thumbnails to be croped to a specific size but they are showing like this:

www.blue-sun-destinations.com/images/stories/galleryprob.jpg

so one is big other is smaller then big again then smaller again
and also the space between them is correct in one side the other is not

Any idea why this happening?

Thanks

@Antonio
Sunday, 26 June 2011 16:48
A. Berger

Hi Antonio!

First - sorry for the late response.
Second - in the backend of your template exclude the plugin from the usage of the gantry-smartload-feature (add "vsig" to the XPath Ignores).

Best regards
Andreas

How to add a nofollow link if using 2 or more sets
46 Saturday, 18 June 2011 11:38
Pimlico

Hi everybody and congratulations for the Very Simple Image Gallery plugin

I am using the feature that allows to split galleries to multiple sets and enables necessary navigation and I see that the plugin creates links under the picture. I would like to put a rel="nofollow" to these links (for seo purposes)
Is there a way to do this?

Many thanks

@Pimlico
Sunday, 26 June 2011 17:00
A. Berger

Hi Pimlico!

First - sorry for the late response!
Second - at the moment this would be possible only by patching the plugin but I will add this with one of the next updates.
About these links in general - every page except the initial one has set the meta-tag "robots" to "noindex, nofollow".

Best regards
Andreas

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