Chapter 6. Plugins & Modules

In addition to the main component there are some plugins and modules available. Read more about them in the following section. After you installed a plugin or module they are by default disabled. Make sure you configure them for the first use and make them visible on your page.

[Note]Note
Modules and Plugins are part of Event Gallery Extended. Make sure you activate the plugins you need. By default they are disabled.
[Note]Note
If a module or a plugin should link to an event page a link is necessary. In order to avoid creating new links which refer directly to the component, existing menu items are used. The first menu item which is able to display the target event will be used.

Plugins

Plugins offer a kind of hidden functionality. They are used to process data. Use the Joomla Plugin Manager to manage your plugins. Make sure they are enabled. Otherwise they'll not work.

Search Plugin

The Search Plugin integrates with the Joomla Search component and finds events. It indexes the following fields:

  • event description

  • event text

  • event tags

Smart Search Plugin

The Smart Search Plugin provides an integration with the Joomla Smart Search component. It helps to fill the search index with information about your events. For that it uses the following fields:

  • event description

  • event text

  • event tags

Make sure the content plugin is enabled to update the index once you change events in the back end. If you sync your file system with the database make sure you rebuild the search index manually.

Content Plugin

This plugin is useful if you want to add some images of an event to an article. Instead of reading through the syntax below you can enable the plugin Event Gallery - Editor Button any you'll get an additional button below your text editor. Just click the Event Gallery button and you can use a dialog to create the tag you need.

Syntax

  • Images

    {eventgallery event="foo" max_images=4 offset=3 thumb_width=75}

    max_images, offset and thumb_width are optional. The value for the event parameter has to be the value of the folder name field of an event. Set max_images=0 to show all images of an event. With the offset parameter in combination with the max_image parameter you can create a range of images which gets displayed. offset defines from where your range starts while max_images defines how many images are displayed.

  • Description

    If you want to display the description of an event use this tag:

    {eventgallery event="foo" attr="description"}

  • Text

    If you want to display the text of an event use this tag:

    {eventgallery event="foo" attr="text" type="intro"}
    {eventgallery event="foo" attr="text" type="full"}

    If you used a page break tag in your text the intro and full content will be different.

  • Lightbox

    You want to use the lightbox instead of a link to the gallery? Just add the parameter mode=lightbox.

    {eventgallery event="foo" max_images=4 thumb_width=75 mode=lightbox}

  • Image List / Tiles / Grid

    If you want to include a list of images with the auto layout which is used on the compoents event pages too you can use the following tag.

    {eventgallery event="foo" max_images=4 mode=imagelist}

    {eventgallery event="foo" max_images=4 mode=grid}

    {eventgallery event="foo" max_images=4 mode=tiles}

  • Additional Images for the Lightbox

    If you want to include some preview thumbnail in you article but want to show more images in the lightbox you can use the mode=hidden parameter. It will render invisible thumbnails which the lightbox will pick up later on. To make this work you need to include at least one other tag which loads thumbnails for this event.

    {eventgallery event="foo" offset=5 max_images=4 mode=hidden}

[Note]Note
In case the eventgallery tag appears in the front end please check if your editor encodes the quotes. In this case the plugin can't process the tag.

Editor Button Plugin for Events

To allow inserting an event into an article you can use this plugin. Just enable it and you'll get a button in the an editor which provides some help for adding a content tag. Make sure you enable both the editor button and the content plugin to make this work.

Content Button Plugin for Event

Editor Button Plugin for Images

To allow inserting an image into an article you can use this plugin. Just enable it and you'll get a button in the editor which provides some help for adding a content tag. Make sure you enable both the editor button and the content plugin to make this work.

Content Button Plugin for Images

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