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VSIG for Hot Property Installation and Usage
Written by Andreas Berger   
Sunday, 17 January 2010 14:19

A step for step tutorial on how to install and use the VSIG for Hot Property plugin.

Installation

1.) Log into your administration interface


2.) Go to "Extensions" > "Install/Uninstall"


3.) Select the Package File with the VSIG for Hot Property plugin.


4.) Click "Upload file & Install"


5.) If everything worked fine, you get the message "Install Plugin Success"


6.) Select "Extensions" > "Plugin Manager"


7.) Find the "Very Simple Image Gallery for Hot Property" and click it.


8.) "Gallery width" is the complete width. If you decide to display the thumbnails below the main image, this is the width of the main image. If you decide to display the thumbnails right of the main image, "gallery width" is the width of the main image plus the space, used by the thumbnails.

 


9.) The next parameter sets the position of the gallery within the available space. You may choose between left - centered - right, float left and float right. The last two options allow the gallery to get wrapped by your text. They also increase the dependence from the used template and will not always show the desired results!

 


10.) The next parameter to configure is the width of the thumbnails in pixel.


11.) Next comes the space between the thumbnails in pixel. Try out what fits best, there is no given rule.


12.) The thumbnails may get displayed right or below the main image. What fits your needs depends on your template.


If you select "Justified - below the main image", the plugin takes your settings and modifies the size of the main image and the size of the thumbnails to justify the thumbnails exactly below the main image.


13.) If you have decided to show the thumbnails right of the main image, this is the parameter to set the percentage of the gallery width (12.) the thumbnails may use. Depending on gallery width, thumbnails width and space between the thumbs, it´s on you to try out what value fits best.
If you have decided to show the thumbnails below the main image, this parameter is of no relevance.


14.) The parameter "Sets" offers the possibility to split a gallery into multiple sets. Left empty all images are shown on one page. Same goes, if the given value is higher than the number of images found.
Any other value (3, 4, ...) creates multiples sets and generates links that allow to navigate between the sets. In addition, a counter is generated, that shows the number of sets available.
If you set this parameter to 1, no thumbnails are shown and you can click through the gallery image by image.


15.) "Label Sets" tells the counter how to - yep - label the sets. "Set", Desk", "Page" ... your turn.


16.) The parameters "Link/Button forward" and "Link/Button backward" set the button/text, you want to use for the links, that allow to navigate between the sets.


Left empty the plugin will use the automatically installed default buttons.

If you insert text, this text will be used.

Instead of the default buttons or text links you may also use custom buttons. Just insert the name of the image-file you want to be used (including the suffix). The plugin detects .jpg, .gif and .png and searches for the corresponding file in the folder /media/plg_hotproperty_vsig/.


17.) "Show Captions" Activated set title and description of the image are shown.


18.) "Position of Captions" sets if the captions (and text) are shown crossfading over the lower part of the main image or below the main image.


19.) If you activate "Use Links", the images get linked to the original images. The image opens in a new window. Make sure, you activated "save originals" in your Mosets Hot Property settings!

 


20.) "Stylesheet" sets, which stylesheet the gallery should use. The default stylesheet is the file /media/plg_hotproperty_vsig/vsig.css. If you created a custom stylesheet, upload it to the folder /media/plg_hotproperty_vsig/ and choose it here. For testing purposes the plugin comes with a second stylesheet vsig2.css which shows the thumbnails without dropshadow.


21.) The parameter "JavaScript File" offers the same possibilities for the used JavaScript.


22.) Activate the plugin.


23.) Click "Save".



As this plugin replaces the default Mosets Hot Property Gallery Plugin, don't forget to deactivate it.


 

Usage


To use the plugin - you need images.

1.) They get uploaded in the respective property in Mosets Hot Property.



The set title can be used as title of the caption in the gallery plugin.

The set description can be used as description of the caption in the gallery plugin.

The set ordering is used by the gallery too.

 


If you have questions or suggestions, please use the comment-function.

I appreciate everyone, supporting me with a link back to www.bretteleben.de on his/her website. The extension itself does not produce any hidden links, eastereggs or whatever.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 20:16
 
Comments (3)
help!
3 Monday, 28 November 2011 16:01
Barry

I'd like to use the VSIG for hot property, i have installed both the VSIG and the VSIG for hot property but it has not replace the original. Does the file com_hotproperty/views/property/tmpl/default.php need modifying in some way?

@Barry
Monday, 28 November 2011 20:09
A. Berger

Hi Barry!

Please uninstall the "Very Simple Image Gallery". Next, make sure the "VSIG for Hot Property" is enabled and the "Hotproperty - Gallery", the default gallery plugin available for Hot Property is disabled (if installed at all). That's it. Nothing more to change.

Best regards
Andreas

Strange layout for the thumbs beneath the slideshow.
2 Monday, 27 June 2011 18:45
Daniel Sandercock

trackoffers.info/horizonhomes/hot-property/?id=1108&layout=property&view=properties

As you can see the plugin seems to have installed but I am getting a strange layout for the thumbs beneath the slideshow.

Any ideas why?

I have deactivated the default gallery but still the strange layout persists.

@Daniel Sandercock
Monday, 27 June 2011 21:16
A. Berger

Hi Daniel!

First, I hope you didn't expect a slideshow because the Very Simple Image Gallery for Hot Property isn't a slideshow.

Second, could you please explain what you mean with "strange"? The link you posted produces an error 500 but if I open an arbitrary property like trackoffers.info/horizonhomes/index.php?option=com_hotproperty&view=properties&layout=property&id=1065&Itemid=307, I get a gallery, split to sets of 4 images each, with thumbnails about half the width of the main image (i.e. 2 thumbs per line).
The gallery seems to work as designed. What did you expect?

Best regards
Andreas

Limit number of images uploaded
1 Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:46
Matt

We are using your plugin, but have encountered an error when trying to upload more than 20 images?
How do we ensure we can add more sets? Is there a limit?

Thanks

@Matt
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 20:41
A. Berger

Hi Matt!

I just answered your question here:
http://www.bretteleben.de/lang-en/component/content/article/39-kommentare/6830-rent-door-county.html

Best regards
Andreas

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