Plugin FAQs

Below are the frequently asked questions for the Joomla plugins available on Trafalgar Design.

Please ask any support queries in the forum.

Plugins

Add Keywords

Add Keywords is a plugin for automated metadata generation and improved metadata management.

 



What is Add Keywords?

Add Keywords is a free Joomla! 1.5 plugin for metadata management. As of version 0.8, it enables:

  1. Automatic generation of meta keywords and description for articles
  2. The ability to have meta keywords and descriptions for menu items (manually added)
  3. If desired, a tag list for each article generated from its keywords
  4. If desired, the display of a related items module
  5. In combination with AK SEO component, frontend metatag editing via AJAX
  6. Page title control
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 13:37
 

How do you use it? (Basic)

Add Keywords is simple to use. Follow the steps:

  1. Install via the Joomla! menu Extensions->Install/Uninstall
  2. Publish the plugin in Extensions->Plugin Manager (it will be listed as System - Add Keywords)
  3. For basic functions, that's it!
Add Keywords will now parse the text of your article and generate a list of the most frequently occurring words whenever you save it from either the front- or back-end of your site. These words will then be compared to the blacklist and whitelist. Any words that match the whitelist are given priority and moved to the top of the list Any words that match the blacklist will be removed from the list. The list is then saved as the keyword metadata.
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2010 00:59
 

How do you use it? (Expert)

Add Keywords offers a number of advanced options for automatic keyword and description generation.

TO BE UPDATED

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2010 01:26
 

Why use Add Keywords?

SEF (search engine friendly) urls and SEO (search engine optimisation) are very important for your site. Joomla does a good job with SEF and basic SEO. However, there are many facets to SEO and one of these, metadata, is not really well handled. The default settings produce a site with a lot of repeating, meaningless metadata. Then there is the work of manually adding metadata each time you write an article...

Contrary to what many people say, metadata is still important. Although search engines do not rely on it anymore, Google for instance does still look at metadata. It may not use keywords for searching but it does use descriptions - they appear as the short introduction below the link on the Google search page. In fact, Google may actually penalise sites which do not have unique content and unique metadata for each page.

Keywords are useful for navigation within your site as they are used by the related articles module. They can also be used to generate tag clouds. Add Keywords now natively supports the display of both tags and related articles.

The bottom line is that you want metadata to reflect the actual contents of you page/article. Using Add Keywords will at least give you a head start. If you're serious about SEO, Add Keywords will allow you to assign individual metadata for your menus independently from your articles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 10:52
 

What does the menu meta option do?

If we look at a standard Joomla install with default content.

 
Backend screenshot, default setup for The News menu item (screenshot 1), no way to set keywords or description for each menu:
 
 AK Screenshot 1
 
Backend screenshot, Welcome to Joomla article in The News category (screenshot 2):
 
 AK Screenshot 2
 
If we look at the frontend source for menu item: The News (Category blog layout) we can see the default metadata
 
	keywords = joomla, Joomla
description = Joomla! - the dynamic portal engine and content management system
 
and the frontend source for the Welcome to Joomla article in that category blog, we can see that child articles do have metadata:
 
	keywords = joomla, cms, addkeywords
description = Hello there, this is Joomla the great CMS!
 
Now install AddKeywords 0.7.x with "Add metadata to menus" set to yes:
 
Backend screenshot, setup for The News menu item (3), there is now the option to add metadata:
 
AK Screenshot 3
 
Frontend source for The News menu item: The News (Category blog layout), there is now menu specific metadata but the default Joomla description still overrides the menu's description:
 
		keywords = News, latest, menu, metadata
description = Joomla! - the dynamic portal engine and content management system
 
To enable custom menu descriptions we need to delete the default Joomla meta description in the Global Configuration. Once we've done that, the frontend source for The News menu item reads:
 
		keywords = News, latest, menu, metadata
description = This is the News menu item!
 
Frontend source for the Welcome to Joomla article in that category blog, meta data still from the article:
 
		keywords = joomla, cms, addkeywords
description = Hello there, this is Joomla the great CMS!
 
So, Add Keywords allows you to have separate metadata for your top level content pages! As far as we're aware, no other Joomla metadata solution does this yet! All others that add metadata to the menu item which makes the child article inherit the metadata from the menu.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:26
 

Known problems

  1. Add Keywords requires PHP 5.2+ to enable UTF-8 (international) character support in the keywords. Description is unaffected. This is due to the regex (regular expression) used to clean the text. It unfortunately doesn't work with PHP <5.2 (well, at least not 5.1.2). There is a compatibility mode for versions >0.7RC4 but this may have poor UTF-8 support. Compatibility mode is not actively maintained.
  2. Will not preserve email addresses or web addresses in text - they are broken up into their indivual parts.
  3. May not preserve hyphenated words in some circumstances.
  4. Does not support automated keyphrases (multi-word keyword) but these can be entered manually.
  5. On some systems, FJ-Related_Articles_Plus tooltips will cause a server error.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2010 00:02
 

Where can I get it?

Add Keywords is available for download here:

Add Keywords Downloads

 

Follow the development progress with the RSS Feed

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2010 14:44
 

FAQ Slider

FAQ Slider is a plugin that allows you to display content dynamically in sliders, tabs or simply inserted into the page. The content can be articles, modules or inline HTML. Various options control features such as which tab is visible on loading the page, module chrome etc.



What is FAQ Slider?

FAQ Slider is a free Joomla! 1.5 plugin that allows you to display content dynamically in sliders, tabs or simply inserted into the page. Various options control features such as which tab is visible on loading the page, module chrome etc.

The content shown can be:

  1. articles in a category/section/comma separated list (specified by title or ID) or
  2. modules from a position/comma separated list (specified by title or ID) or
  3. individual articles or modules (specified by title or ID) or
  4. inline text when properly formatted

It is intended for use for an FAQ section but may have many other uses. You may also be interested in the FAQ Slider Module

The FAQs here have been displayed using the plugin.


Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 23:09
 

Why use FAQ Slider?

FAQ Slider is not unique in allowing you to add content to sliders or tabs dynamically.

However, as far as we're aware, it is the only Joomla extension that:

  1. allows editing of articles in the tabs or sliders in situ!
  2. shows modules from a module position in tabs/sliders
  3. uses the native Joomla mootools sliders or an alternative script with some added bonuses!
  4. does all the above and is free!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:02
 

How do you use FAQ Slider? (Basic)

FAQ Slider is simple to use. Follow the steps:

  1. Install via the Joomla! menu Extensions->Install/Uninstall
  2. Publish the plugin in Extensions->Plugin Manager (it will be listed as Content - FAQ Slider)
  3. Choose an article where you would like the tabs/sliders to appear
  4. Type in the plugin code with the correct syntax for use as below:

{faq}title{/faq}

title depends on the settings in the backend. The default setting is to show articles from a category. In this case, title would be the category title or its ID.

 

Points to note:

  • The other available simple modes are section* and module. title would be set in the same way as above.
  • The text used for title does not have to be an exact match. top would match all top rated.
  • If title matches more than one content source, e.g. 2 categories, all the articles from those categories will be shown.
  • Ordering of the generated sliders/tabs is controlled by the plugin parameters and can be Joomla, Title ascending, Title descending, Date created ascending, Date created descending, Date modified ascending, Date modified descending. However, this may not work as expected if you have matched more than one content source.
  • FAQ Slider will automatically insert appropriate CSS styles for the sliders/tabs but if you already have these styled, you can turn it off in the plugin parameters.
  •  
  • Section mode is explained separately in the FAQ Sliders Nested in Tabs
  •  
  • Advanced and expert modes are available which include insert, inline and html modes, please see the How do you use FAQ Slider? (Expert).
Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 21:57
 

How do you use FAQ Slider? (Expert)

FAQ Slider can be extended in many ways. The expert syntax is as follows:

{faq source/type/option}title{/faq}

source can be either art for articles, cat for categories, sec for sections, mod for module positions, inline for inline text
type can be either sliders or tabs
option can be expand, insert or html
title is title or ID of the source. There are 3 special cases:

  1. art and mod can have a comma separated list of titles or IDs to create custom ordering
  2. inline requires the title to contain the source code for generating the tabs/sliders (see separate FAQ)
  3. inline/html is a passthrough mode with some special text handling

This allows you to override the default settings. You do not have to use the full syntax every time either.
Examples below:

{faq art}title{/faq} will result in: source = art, type = default. This will force the use of articles displayed in the default method.

{faq art/sliders}title{/faq} will result in: source = art, type = sliders. This will force the use of articles displayed in tabs.

{faq tabs}title{/faq} will result in: source = default, type = tabs. This will force the display of content from the default source in tabs.

{faq mod/tabs}title{/faq} will result in: source = mod, type = tabs. This will force the display of modules from the position in tabs.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:28
 

Complex Example FAQ Slider Usage

Below is a more complex example which is designed to be a walk-through and does not cover all functionality of the plugin. It may not be the most efficient way of producing the desired effect (see the Section Syntax FAQ)

Creating a page with multiple tabs/sliders from multiple categories

  1. Make a category called "General" and 3 FAQ categories called "one", "two" and "three"; also a module position "four".
  2. Make an article in the "General" category called "FAQ Article"
  3. In that article place the following text:

    FAQs One
    {faq}one{/faq}

    FAQs Two
    {faq tabs}two{/faq}

    FAQs Three
    {faq sliders}three{/faq}

    FAQs Four
    {faq mod/tabs}four{/faq}

     
  4. Then make a menu item displaying the "FAQ Article" from the "General" category. What you will see will be:

    FAQs One
    Articles from category one in default display.

    FAQs Two
    Articles from category two in tabs display.

    FAQs Three
    Articles from category three in sliders display.

    FAQs Four
    Modules from position four in tabs display.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:49
 

Sliders Nested in Tabs

Section Syntax

You can now generate a clean set of tabs and sliders from a content section (FAQ Slider Plugin 0.7 onwards).

Usage is simple:

  1. Choose an article that is not in a category that you wish to show articles from. Uncategorised may be ideal.
  2. Place the following plugin code:

    {faq section}my content section{/faq}

  3. In the plugin parameters you can choose whether to display the category descriptions above the sliders that are generated from the articles in that category

The FAQ section here has been generated in this manner.

 

Sliders nested in tabs

  1. For this advanced technique, you must be using the plugin in "Full article" mode - check that the parameters in the backend show as in the screenshot:
     FAQ Slider Parameters
  2. Make a section called "FAQs"
  3. Make categories in the "FAQs" section called "General", "five", "six", "seven" and "eight" 
  4. Make two articles in the "General" category called "FAQs A" and "FAQs B"
  5. Make a series of articles to populate categories "five", "six", "seven" and "eight" 
  6. In the article "FAQs A" place the following text:

    FAQs Five
    {faq sliders}five{/faq}

    FAQs Six
    {faq sliders}six{/faq}

     
  7. In the article "FAQs B" place the following text:

    FAQs Seven
    {faq sliders}seven{/faq}

    FAQs Eight
    {faq sliders}eight{/faq}

     
  8. Then make another article, "All FAQs" in some other category. It can be uncategorised if you like. In this article place the following:

    FAQs
    {faq tabs}general{/faq}

     
  9. Then make a menu item displaying the "All FAQs" article. What you will see will be:

    A set of tabs:

    Title 1: FAQs A
    Content 1: Articles from category five and six in sliders display.

     Title 2: FAQs B
    Content 2: Articles from category seven and eight in sliders display.
     

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:52
 

Inline Tabs and Sliders

If you would like to use the plugin for inline placement of tabs and sliders, you will need to format your text using the following rules.

  1. The content you wish to appears in tabs/sliders should be placed in a table with two columns
  2. Each row will form a tab or slider
  3. The title will be taken from the first column and the content from the second column
  4. All html tags are supported
  5. Plugins can be processed in the tab/slider contents (see below)
  6. Please note these are experimental and may change in future.
    • CHANGED FROM 0.9RC5 (backwards compatible) **

An example is below. If you select the example text, paste it into an article and save the article you should see two tabs titled Demonstration Tab 1 and 2 as shown in the image.

{faq inline/tabs}
Demonstration Tab 1 This is a test entry.
please leave any comments in the forum
Demonstration Tab 2  Another bit of test text
{/faq}

Inline tabs example

Processing Plugins

If you wish to process content plugins on the tab/slider contents then you should use the syntax:

{faq inline/tabs/process}
 
You can also place plugin syntax in the tab/slider content. To do this you must convert { and } to [[ and ]] respectively. E.g. the code above is placed as [[faq inline/tabs/process]]
 
 
Introduced with FAQ Slider 0.9RC5 which allows embedded tables without breaking the inline content.

The difference is that you need to specify classes for each of the tr's and td's that make up your inline table. So, it would read something like:

table
tr class="faqslider"
td class="title"
\td
td class="content"
\td
\tr
\table

This means you can chuck any content you like in between those.
It also won't break any of the old stuff you have as if the new syntax isn't found, FAQ Slider defaults back to the old system.
 
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 November 2010 23:38
 

Setting the Tab that is Visible on Initial Display

FAQ Slider now enables the dynamic setting of the tab that is visible when a page loads. This is achieved by adding a simple string to the url.

  • If the url does not contain a ? then you should add ?faqtab=1 where 1 is the tab you wish to be displayed
  • If url already contains a ? then the above code is changed to &faqtab=1
  • The tab count starts from the left at 0

Try the following links to demonstrate:

Link 1

Link 2

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 23:03
 

Inserting a Single Article or Module

You can use FAQ Slider to add content almost anywhere.

For example, to insert the login module seen in the right column use the following:

faq mod/insert/xhtml}login{/faq}

You do not need to add the option xhtml but this allows you to override the default chrome for the module. The available options are none, xhtml, table, horz, rounded & outline. The above code will produce:

 

Login


You can also insert an article using:

faq art/insert/title}coming soon{/faq}

You do not need to use the option title but this will add the article title above the article text. If you need to process plugins in the article, option should be process. These two can be combined into titleprocess.

The above code will produce:

Coming soon...

Trafalgar Design is finally getting the makeover it deserves and will soon be fully online.

Here you will find a variety of tips and tricks for web development and a few open source scripting extensions.

We will also be offering web development and design services so watch this space...

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 12:45
 

The New Joomla.org - Coming Soon!

Joomla.org is growing!

With so many recent changes to the Joomla.org family, as well as the anticipation of Joomla! 1.6, a restructuring of the websites is due.

Joomla.org is one of the largest websites in the world (something to be very proud of). As with all large sites that are run by multiple teams, one of the biggest

challenges is keeping everything consistent. We see this with corporations like Microsoft, Apple and even Dell.com, to name a few, and Joomla! is no exception.

Over the past 4 years, Joomla!'s number of sub sites has grown from a handful to nearly 20, with each site pumping out a major amount of data to the users. The current structure and layout of Joomla! is not ideal for this type of rapid growth, and it has become a bit difficult to find things. To solve this, Joomla.org will be undergoing a few changes.

Let's take a look at what changes are in the works, and why.


  • Problem 1: Joomla! has approx. 20 sites. Fitting all of them into the top menu bar is virtually impossible.
  • Solution 1: An attractive, easy to follow drop down navigation system will make all the sites accessible. Users will be able to navigate to various portions of the site without digging around for the links. There is a snap shot of the new drop down design in the images below.
  • Problem 2: Clutter, plain and simple. Due to the rapid growth, information is scattered in places.
  • Solution 2: The restructured site is clean, organized, and polished. (See image below.)
  • Problem 3: Consistency. This is often hard to control on an everyday site, let alone one with rapid growth.
  • Solution 3: Each individual site will be rolled with the new template, providing consistency throughout. (Someday I will figure out that Wiki... ;-)  )
  • Problem 4: Content Management.
  • Solution 4: While we are upgrading the templates for the site, we will make enhancements to the current content structure, making it easier for you to navigate and find things without using Google.

 

 

 

 

 

We have set out to keep the new template just as clean as the old one, while allowing for additional growth. The new design is streamlined, simple and easy to navigate.

 

We'd like your help as we move forward with the new design.

 

Your input is valuable. What we do impacts you, the people who visit and contribute to the Joomla! sites every day. If you have suggestions based on the images above, we are open to hearing about them. Please use the following form to submit suggestions: https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/community.joomla.org/viewform?formkey=dEhmNWFscnl0T2Vkd1laSXhYTk53N0E6MQ.

We will iron out all the kinks over the next few weeks, then we will roll out the updates. Joomla.org will be updated first, then we will move on to the sub sites. We honestly can't wait to launch the site! As much as we'd like to do it today, there are still some important things to consider...mainly, your input.

Keep your eyes peeled for these major updates to Joomla.org.

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Read more:

Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 09:36
 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:53
 

My Sliders or Tabs are Expanded/Don't Respond to Clicking

This symptom means there is a javascript error on the page. This can be difficult to pin down. The most common cause is loading the jQuery javascript library without compatibility mode. However there can be interactions between many scripts especially if you already have a tabs/sliders script running.

To diagnose your problem you can follow the steps below:

  1. Check your site with Firefox after installing Firebug. This should allow you to see what the errors are.
  2. If the error is IE specific, use the developers toolkit in IE to diagnose IE specific problems.
  3. If you're not sure what the errors mean, post here in the forum and we will try to help. Please provide a link.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:03
 

Slider Script Options

Native Joomla Script

This is a lightweight Mootools based accordion. There are a variety of settings in the backend including:

  1. sliders load all closed in the parameters
  2. first slider loads opened
  3. opacity transition

 

Alternative Slider Script

The alternative script (see here) will allow you to do the following:

  1. auto-focus the window on the last clicked slider
  2. allow all sliders to be opened
  3. expand/collapse all using a link. Note: you must activate expand/collapse in both the plugin syntax (see below) and the backend parameters.

Setting option to expand is only for use with the alternative script and should only be used once on a page. It inserts expand all/collapse all links. If used more than once, the additional expand/collapse links will not work. It can be used as follows:

 

{faq art/sliders/expand}position{/faq} will result in: source = art, type = sliders, option = expand. This will force the use of articles displayed in tabs from categories that match "position" with an expand/collapse all link

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:39
 

Known problems

  1. When processing content plugins for inserted articles, you cannot insert articles into an article from the same category. This does not affect placement of text only, the default setting.
  2. Multiple articles, categories or module positions can be used for a set of tabs or sliders or for the article/module insertion but the ordering may seem odd. e.g. "top" may match categories "top articles" and "getting to the top" but the ordering may be odd when these are displayed.
  3. Sliders cannot be nested within sliders. This will result in frozen/blank sliders or a server error. Sliders can be placed within tabs as seen here.
  4. If you have recently upgraded and the plugin is not performing as expected, check whether you have updated your syntax. The | has now been changed to / when inserted the plugin code in articles.
  5. When upgrading you may need to resave your parameters to make sure the plugin works as expected.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:51
 

FAQ Slider How To Video

There is a quick video to demonstrate the basic use of the FAQ Slider Plugin here.

For further help, please post in the support forum. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 January 2010 07:55
 

FAQ Slider changelog

 


+ Addition      ^ Change       # Bugfix      - Removed


v 0.9RC4

# Fix for "all closed" on initial display with native sliders

v 0.9RC3

# Fix for missing section and category titles and links in article view
# Fix for missing parameter over-rides for linkable section and category titles

v 0.9RC2

+ Added slider selection using ?faqslider=n or &faqslider=n (insert into URL as per faqtab) Can be used in combination with faqtab. E.g. http://www.trafalgardesign.com/faqs/plugin-faqs?faqtab=1&faqslider=9

Please note: ONLY FOR NATIVE JOOMLA SLIDERS. n starts at 0 and is counted from the first slider on the page. So if 3 sliders in the first tab, second tabs sliders start from 3...

# Fix to remove & nbsp; from certain commands that can be added by WYSIWYG editors

v 0.9RC1

# Minor bugfixes

v 0.9beta8

Intended to be the final 0.9 beta (a third time!)

^ Changed the article layout to not insert a blank content table at the top of articles when not showing the title
^ Changed articles to show created date when there is no modified date and set to display modified date

v 0.9beta7

Intended to be the final 0.9 beta (a second time!)

# Fixed broken article view parameters (thank you for this bug report) - you will need to re-save parameters if you have changed the default setting for article view parameters.

v 0.9beta6

Intended to be the final 0.9 beta

# Fixed broken simple options e.g. {faq tabs}....{/faq}
# Fixed some backward compatibility issues when improper syntax used

v 0.9beta5

Major syntax change - you are advised to save the parameters in the backend after upgrading to avoid unexpected results

^ To reflect the new ability to create tabs/sliders of unrelated articles (by id and title), the category syntax has now been separated. From now on {faq art/tabs}1,2,3{/faq} will create tabs from articles with IDs 1,2,3 and {faq cat/tabs}cat title{/faq} will generate tabs from category titled "cat title". This will not affect you if you simply used the default settings. If you are using the syntax like {faq art}cat title{/faq} or {faq art/sliders}cat title{/faq} or {faq art/tabs}cat title{/faq} already you will find that the plugin output is broken or changed by this update. Please post in the forum for support.
^ Minor addition of short syntax for section {faq sec}section title{/faq}
^ Further debugging improvements
^ Updated language file
# Bug in 0.9beta4 that caused basic syntax {faq}title{/faq} to fail
- Removed basic jQuery no-conflict option which did not work well

v 0.9beta4

# Fixed indent in tabs in IE
^ Further code optimisations - please test carefully as FAQ Slider may not behave exactly as before

v 0.9beta3

FOR THIS UPDATE YOU ARE ADVISED TO UNINSTALL THE PREVIOUS VERSION
upgrading will perform without problems but it is advised for the purposes of file cleanup to uninstall prior to upgrading

+ Added ability to specify ID's for section/category/article/module. FAQ Slider will work out if you are using ID's or titles... (request from forum)
+ Added ability to specify a series of article or modules to insert in tabs/sliders or as is. Comma separated list where title would have been. Minor addition to syntax to achieve this. Can be used as follows: {faq art/insert/sliders}1,2,3{/faq} or {faq mod/insert/tabs}latest news,login{/faq}. You can't mix modules and articles yet though...
+ Added ability to show article text without slider when there is only one article in a category when in section mode (request from forum)
^ Massive improvement in speed and made much more lightweight
^ Cleaning up of article processing - now supports article layout for output without content plugins
^ Further debugging improvements
# 3rd party SEF component friendly (sh404SEF, JoomSEF tested)
- Com_content dependencies for generating articles

v 0.8beta

+ New shorthand for using plugin {faq}category name{/faq} - don't worry - all your old syntax will still work!
+ New option to process content plugins - this can be used on the fly with inline content too. For normal use set in the admin backend. For inline use {faq inline/tabs/plugins}content{/faq}
^ Much improved handling of read more links - can now be used in plain text mode.
^ Improved SEF url generation for read more links.
^ Lots of code refactoring.

Lots more changes and a few bugfixes I can't remember.

v 0.7.1

+ Added parameters to control category ordering when using the section mode
# CSS error fix

v. 0.7

+ Insert an entire section showing articles as sliders in category tabs (validated XHTML)
+ Ability to display category description when using section mode
+ Insert individual or sets of articles or modules by title
+ Ability to override chrome for individual modules
+ Ability to dynamically set which tab is in view on loading a page
^ Huge improvements in code efficiency and recoded some sections
^ Now all output from language file - ready for translations
^ Completed parameters including chrome for modules
^ Improved error reporting and added developer mode
^ CSS only for faqslider to improve performance across browsers, cannot directly inherit from template any more

v. 0.6.2

+ Ability to set parameters for the articles inserted into tabs/sliders such as "Show Title", "Show Author", "Show last modified" etc. Defaults to all hidden except last modified.
+ Ability to limit length of article in tabs/sliders and publish a Read More link
+ CSS styling for tab title and Read More link
^ Default is now to include article text only, not to process content plugins. This will reduce errors for basic users.
^ CSS optimised to make plugin more lightweight
^ Code optimisations for speed and efficiency
# Fixed problem with FAQ Slider parameters bleeding over to the article containing the tabs/sliders - particularly noticed with headings that in certain circumstances could be reset to the value of the final article inserted into tabs/sliders

v.0.6.1.1

# Fix for expand syntax error

v 0.6.1

+ Added "nested" option to avoid server errors in some setups
^ Improved code and efficiency

v. 0.6

^ Changed syntax for inline usage to be easier and more reusable
^ Removed increment to hit count when displaying an article
^ Improved debugging facilities further
^ Improved readability plugin parameters
# Stopped plugin from loading if article was in the category specified - stops server errors
# Fixed odd behaviour with inline usage

Last Updated on Monday, 20 September 2010 20:20
 

Where can I get it?

FAQ Slider is available for download here:

FAQ Slider Downloads

 

Follow the plugin development with the RSS Feed

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2010 14:46
 

TD Contact Info

TD Contact Info is a free plugin for display of contact information in content areas allowing centralised management of all contact details. No more hunting through your site to update email addresses!

 



What is TD Contact Info?

TD Contact Info is a free Joomla! 1.5 plugin for display of contact information from the Contacts component in content areas. This allows centralised management of all contact details - no more hunting through your site to update email addresses etc. The plugin supports:

  1. The ability to show any part of the the contact information
  2. Templated insertion of contact details, currently all or minimal, configurable in the parameters
  3. Display of a contact form link with ability to set custom link text
  4. Modal contact form link using Squeeze Box

This plugin is a derivative of the Contact Information Plugin by Edward Cupler at Digital Greys. It has been completely rewritten, uses Joomla 1.5 code and is SEF friendly.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 22:43
 

How do you use TD Contact Info?

Syntax for use is:

Invalid contact name

Contact Name is not case sensitive and does not have to be the full name.

Option:

You can write whatever text you like containing the following tags. They will be replaced with the contact information:

  • [name]
  • [position]
  • [email]
  • [address]
  • [suburb]
  • [state]
  • [postcode]
  • [country]
  • [telephone]
  • [mobile]
  • [fax]
  • [misc]
  • [webpage]
  • [mobile]
  • [image]

Four further special tags are available:

  • [contactlink]
  • [contactlink_modal]
  • [all]
  • [minimal]

To show a link to a contact form use [contactlink] for target=_blank (new window) and [contactlink_modal] for modal window. Alternative link text can also be used here like so: [contactlink_modal=Test link]

[all] and [minimal] are set templates for the contact information. You can configure [minimal] in the parameters. The templates can only be used once per plugin call and will override all other text.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 22:28
 

Example TD Contact Info Usage

Here are a few examples of how the plugin can be used:

  1. tdcontact us}The contact name is: [name] and the email address is: [email]{/tdcontact}

    The contact name is: Contact Us and the email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     
  2. tdcontact us}[all]{/tdcontact}

    Contact Details

    Name: Contact Us
    Position: Customer Support
    Address: 123 Some Street
    Suburb: Somewhere
    State: Someplace
    Country: UK
    Postcode: AA1 1AA
    Telephone: +44 111 111111
    Mobile: +44 222 222222
    Fax: +44 333 333333
    Misc: This is just for testing purposes.
    Image: Contact
    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Webpage: http://www.trafalgardesign.com



     
  3. tdcontact us}[minimal]{/tdcontact}

    Contact Details

    Name: Contact Us
    Position: Customer Support



     
  4. tdcontact us}[contactlink]{/tdcontact}

    Contact Us

     
  5. tdcontact us}[contactlink_modal=Contact Us Link]{/tdcontact}

    Contact Us Link

     
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 June 2010 02:19
 

TD Linker

TD Linker is a free plugin for display of weblinks from the weblink component in content areas allowing centralised management of all weblinks. No more hunting through your site to update out of date links!

 



What is TD Linker?

TD Linker is a free Joomla! 1.5 plugin for display of weblinks from the Joomla weblink component in content areas. This allows centralised management of all weblinks - no more hunting through your site to update out of date addresses. It also allows basic click tracking. The plugin supports:

  1. Ability to show a link from the weblinks component
  2. Ability to show link as target_blank (new window) or modal link using Light Box
Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 11:46
 

How do you use TD Linker?

Syntax for use is very simple:

Invalid link title

Link Title is not case sensitive and does not have to be the full link title.

Option:

Available are:

  • [link=alt text]
  • [link_modal=alt text]

[link] will generate a link with target=_blank (new window) and [link_modal] will show the link in a modal window.

"=alt text" allows setting alternative link text. See the examples.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 22:50
 

Example TD Linker Usage

Here are a few examples of how the plugin can be used:

  1. tdlinker wiki}[link]{/tdlinker

    Wikipedia

     
  2. tdlinker wiki}[link_modal=Wikipedia Link]{/tdlinker

    Wikipedia Link

     
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 July 2010 12:00
 

TD reCAPTCHA

TD reCAPTCHA is a plugin that allows you to display and use reCAPTCHA spam control for your contact forms. It is heavily based on Joomla recaptcha plugin but uses the Ajax reCAPTCHA API to avoid Internet Explorer 6 errors.

 



What is TD reCAPTCHA?

TD reCAPTCHA is a free Joomla! 1.5 plugin (heavily based on Joomla recaptcha plugin) that allows you to display and use reCAPTCHA spam control for your contact forms.

This is the first Trafalgar Design version.

See it in action here.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2010 07:10
 

What's different about TD reCAPTCHA?

TD reCAPTCHA is essentially a reworking of the Joomla reCAPTCHA plugin. However:

  1. it only uses the AJAX reCAPTCHA API to avoid fatal error problems in internet explorer 6
  2. you can choose different themes:
  • red 
    reCAPTCHA red
     
  • white
    reCAPTCHA white
     
  • blackglass
    reCAPTCHA blackglass
     
  • clean
    reCAPTCHA clean
     
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2010 11:44
 

What are the disadvantages of TD reCAPTCHA?

Because TD reCAPTCHA uses purely the AJAX API you will need to adjust your contact form processing:

  1. You will need to enable client and server validation of the input from the contact form
  2. You will need to adjust com_contact controller to allow for these adjustments
  3. You will need to make some change to the default com_contact template which can be achieve using a template override

Please contact us if you require help enabling/adjusting these things. We will in the future release a version of com_contact with the changes and reCAPTCHA built-in.

Support is available in the forum.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 23:55
 

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