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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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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)
Pfad Gallery für Very Simple Image Gallery
25 Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:01
Bernhard

Lieber Andreas

danke für die  Very Simple Image Gallery, sie hat mir in Joomla 1.5.. gute Dienste geleistet.

In Joomla 1.6 bekomme ich die Meldung: Very Simple Image Gallery:
Could not find folder C:\xampp\htdocs\joomla_1-6/images/album/

Was mache ich wohl falsch?  die Bilder sind im Ordner images/album/

Vielen Dank
Bernhard

@Bernhard
Monday, 09 May 2011 20:27
A. Berger

Hallo Bernhard!

Möglichkeiten, warum der Fehler auftritt:

1.) Tippfehler im Pfad oder mangelnde Ordner-/Dateirechte

Versuch eins der Bilder im Ordner direkt von der Adresszeile des Browsers aufzurufen:
http://localhost/images/album/DEINBILD.JPG

Wenn das klappt und der Pfad mit dem in der Fehlermeldung (/images/album/) übereinstimmt, dann ist zumindest hier alles in Ordnung.

2.) HTML-Fragmente im Code

Öffne den Artikel, der den Code für die Galerie enthält, wechsle in die HTML-Ansicht und überprüfe, ob der Code mit HTML-Tags (übliche Verdächtige: P, SPAN) fragmentiert ist. Wenn ja, entferne sie.


Gruß
Andreas

VSIG won't display two images
24 Friday, 06 May 2011 18:38
Janis

I'm not sure why, but I am using VSIG (the latest version) to display images and two of them come across as black images.  There are larger images in the same group that display just fine, but these two don't want to cooperate for some reason.  I have refreshed several times, but no luck.  I have even gone so far as to remove the vsig subdiretories so that the images get resized again, but still no luck.  The images in question are here:  http://wncproperty.com/wncrealestate/wnc-homes/mountain-estate-close-to-brevard.html

Is there a limit to the number of images VSIG can display?  Perhaps that's it, but I just don't know.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

Pfad Gallery für Very Simple Image Gallery
Friday, 13 May 2011 22:44
Bernhard

danke für die Antwort, sie hat mich weitergebracht.

@Janis
Monday, 09 May 2011 21:16
A. Berger

Hi Janis!

There is no limit but the GD library (the extension of PHP used to create the scaled main images and thumbnails) fails on these two images because they are corrupted. Open the original images and have a closer look at them, there are color differences and displacements.

Best regards
Andreas

different pages different images
23 Tuesday, 03 May 2011 22:16
TomK1971

Great plugin, works great! But what if you wanna do different image galleries on different pages?
If you were to put all your images in the cssgallerythat wouldn't work, would it..
I have a website where I list different items I sell, so every page would have to have a separate folder?

How do you get around that?

@TomK1971
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:43
A. Berger

Hi TomK1971!

Whether you are using the "Very Simple Image Gallery" (this page) or the "CSS Gallery" (find the link in the menu at the left):

First, the code for the gallery can be used in as many articles as you want as often per article as you want and with every single instance of this code you decide which folder with images you want to choose.

Second, if you need different settings (beside the folder) for a specific gallery, the feature "Parameter Overrides" (choose the page for the plugin you are using in the menu at the left and click the link to the respective page "Howto Plugin Code" in the submenu of this plugin to get explanations on this feature) allows to override the settings from the configuration panel of the plugin with parameter=value-pairs, directly added to the code of the respective gallery.

Best regards
Andreas

help.
22 Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:32
tim

I do all the steps but in my article i get this message instead of seeing the gallery.

I need your help.

Very Simple Image Gallery: Could not find folder /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/joomlaesg/images/stories/verysimple/images/verysimple/

@tim
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 21:26
A. Berger

Hi Tim!

Assuming that:
A) you are using Joomla!1.5
B) the "Path to Image Folder" (Joomla! backend > "Site" > "Global Configuration", tab "System", section "Media Settings") is set to the default value "images/stories"
and C) the images you want to show are located in the folder /images/stories/verysimple
... give the following combination a try:

- the setting of the parameter "Image Root" in the configuration panel of the plugin: /images/stories/
- the code in the article: {*vsig}verysimple{/vsig*} ... without the asterisks

If you are using Joomla!1.6 the value of A) and B) should be "images" instead of "images/stories".


If this does not work, please provide:
- the Joomla! version you are using
- the path to the folder with the images you want to show
- the setting of the parameter "Image Root" in the configuration panel of the plugin
- the code you are using in the article
- the setting of the parameter "Path to Image Folder" in your Joomla! backend in "Site" > "Global Configuration", tab "System", section "Media Settings"

- if any possible a link to the page

Best regards
Andreas

i have problem
21 Sunday, 01 May 2011 13:15
Hamaow

hello,i have problem to use  plugin, i'm thai youngpeople and don't good english.

Plugin successfully for install, but i don't knoe to use it, i try search and read comments , I still get to use it T^T
umm..i want to know :: How to show it on my webpage? (i click Extention -> Plug-in Manager) it don't similarly module.. i don't understand to use plugin.

Help explain,please.
thank you :)

@Hamaow
Sunday, 01 May 2011 20:53
A. Berger

Hi Hamaow!

Please take a look at the page "Howto Plugin", it explains installation and usage step by step.
If you have problems with or questions about a specific step, please let me know.

Best regards
Andreas

Next Previous button or arrow
20 Friday, 29 April 2011 21:35
Hakan Guzelgoz

First of all, thank you for this plugin. It is really using the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) and I wish all plugin was so nice looking and light and simple for the user.
I've just installed it on Joomla but couldn't sort out how I can insert a sort of Next and Previous button or arrow (either below the main picture or better on the right and left side of it).
There is obviously a shortcut way of inserting 1 as a value of sets, but in that case the thumbnails doesn't show up - which is a pity considering the plugin.
Could you please help me on how to implement such Next & Previous button?

Many thanks!!!
Hakan Guzelgoz

@Hakan Guzelgoz
Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:03
A. Berger

Hi Hakan!


Up till now there is only a set2set navigation. You may (ab)use it by setting the number of images in a set to 1 in which case there are no thumbnails shown and the arrows switch image by image. An explicit image2image navigation will come but is - up till now - not available.

Best regards
Andreas

Bitte auch *.jpeg unterstützen
19 Friday, 29 April 2011 08:00
Jörg

Hallo,

ich habe einen (persönlich) interessanten use case.
Ich habe eine Slideshow angelegt und lade bei einer Veranstaltung per Android Handy (und der AndFTP App) immer neue aktuelle Bilder hoch. Einfach per "SendTo".
Leider sind die Dateiendungen bei der Android CAM *.jpeg und werden deshalb nicht erkannt.
Ich habe für mich die besps.php angepasst und es geht perfekt, aber falls andere Benutzer diesen use case versuchen wollen müssen sie zumindest eine minimale php Ahnung haben.
Könnte vielleicht für andere auch interessant sein, wäre doch gut die unterstützen Dateiendungen um jpeg zu erweitern.

Danke für dieses nette Plugin,
Jörg

@Jörg
Saturday, 30 April 2011 13:02
A. Berger

Hallo Jörg!

Ich gebe zu, ich bin kein Freund von 4Letter-Dateiendungen, vor allem wenn es nicht nötig ist, aber ich werde darüber nachdenken.
Falls in der Zwischenzeit noch jemand ein Problem mit der Kombination AndFTP - besps haben sollte, es gibt anscheinend auch eine Möglichkeit das zu lösen ohne das Plugin zu patchen:
http://www.lysesoft.com/support/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=242#p774

Gruß
Andreas

Kategorien
18 Thursday, 28 April 2011 19:31
Mclord

Wird es die Fotogalerie auch eventuell mal mit Kategorien geben? ;-)

@Mclord
Saturday, 30 April 2011 14:34
A. Berger

Hallo Mclord!

Nein, die von Dir verlinkte Erweiterung ist eine Komponente, die "Very Simple Image Gallery" hingegen ein Plugin. Aufgabe eines Plugins ist es bestehenden Kontent zu modifizieren (das Plugin erkennt den Code in einem Artikel und ersetzt ihn durch eine Galerie), Aufgabe einer Komponente ist es, Kontent zu erzeugen und zu organisieren (die Galeriekomponente erzeugt eigene Seiten mit Übersichten, Galerien, Einzelbildern, usw.). Das sind grundlegend andere Ansätze.

Gruß
Andreas

Kategorien
Saturday, 30 April 2011 13:09
Mclord

Naja ich meine das man zum Beispiel eine Kategorie oder Album...

Pflanzen
- Bilder mit Pflanzen
Bäume
- Bilder mit Bäumen
Autos
- Bilder mit Autos
usw. aufteilt.

Wie zum Beisipiel hier: http://extensions.lesarbresdesign.info/en/extensions/spgm/gallery?spgmFilters=t

@Mclord
Thursday, 28 April 2011 20:03
A. Berger

Hallo Mclord!

Was verstehst Du im Zusammenhang mit dem Plugin unter "Kategorien"?

Gruß
Andreas

documentation
17 Wednesday, 27 April 2011 12:08
jack

can i get some documentation for this?well Ive installed it but when i go to main menu> then my menu> it's nowhere under select menu item(not listed)

@Jack
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:46
A. Berger

Hi Jack!

Yes you can. Please check the pages "Howto Plugin" and "Howto Plugin Code". You find the links earlier in the content of this page and in the menu at the left.
About your Problem: This isn't a component you access through menu items but a content plugin, used by inserting code into content items.

Best regards
Andreas

change folder path to username
16 Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:38
Søren Lundquist

I really love this plugin and how easy it is to use.

For my current project I have to create a site where useres get access to their own gallery. So I was wondering if there is any way to make it so that the folder picked is not based on what is written in the tags, but on the username of the current user.
I know that there is probably gallerys out there that does this automaticly, but I do not wish to use any other gallery as this is the best one out there and I have already modified it to fit my other needs.

Hope you can help me

Kind regards
Søren

@Søren
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 20:15
A. Berger

Hi Søren!

Could you describe a little more detailed what you want to achieve?
Is the path to the image folder determined by the user logged in and watching the page (i.e. is the code inserted by the admin and the user is only watching the gallery) or has the user the possibility to use the plugin and create galleries for his/her uploaded images that are - once created - visible for everybody (i.e. is the image folder determined by the author of an article)?

Best regards
Andreas

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