Modules and Plugins
SIMGallery comes with a system plugin, a content plugin, an EasySocial app, a JomSocial plugin, a Community Builder plugin, and 4 modules. Apart from the CB plugin and EasySocial app, all of them are installable using Joomla's Extension Manager.The CB plugin should be installed via CB's backend administration, and EasySocial app installed via EasySocial's backend administration.
The system plugin does some of the backend work required for integration and needs no explanation. It needs to be enabled for SIMGallery to function properly.
The EasySocial app, JomSocial plugin and Community Builder plugin display a list of the profile owner's latest albums or latest photos. Admins can configure which of the 2 to display, in addition to the number of albums/photos to display and the width of the thumbnails.
There are 3 super highly configurable modules: SIMGallery Albums module, SIMGallery Photos module, and SIMGallery Ranking module. You can make copies of the modules (Joomla feature) to display different output based on each module's configuration.
SIMGallery Albums Module
This module displays either the latest albums or random albums created. You can set how many albums to display, and the width of each album.
- You can set a User ID to display only albums of a particular user. Useful to showcase a particular member on your website.
- You can set a Category ID to display only albums from a particular category.
- Both optional settings can be used together.
SIMGallery Photos Module
This module displays either the latest photos or random photos uploaded. You can set how many photos to display, and the width of each photo.
- You can set a User ID to display only photos of a particular user. Useful to showcase a particular member on your website.
- You can set a Category ID to display only photos from albums inside a particular category.
- You can add a list of keywords (separated by comma) to only display photos tagged with these keywords. Make sure that you spell the words in exactly the same way you have configured for the component.
- All 3 optional settings can be used together.
SIMGallery Videos Module
This module displays either the latest videos or random videos uploaded. You can set how many videos to display, and the width of each video.
- You can set a User ID to display only videos of a particular user. Useful to showcase a particular member on your website.
- You can add a list of keywords (separated by comma) to only display videos tagged with these keywords. Make sure that you spell the words in exactly the same way you have configured for the component.
- Both optional settings can be used together.
SIMGallery Ranking Module
This is a useful module especially if you are conducting photo or video contests on your site. First, you set the time period (All time, Last 24 hours, Last week, and Last month). The module will then list photos/videos that have the most number of likes during this period. Only "likes" that are made during this time period will be calculated. You can also set the number and width of photos/videos to display.
- You can set either to rank photos or videos.
- You can set a User ID to display only photos/videos of a particular user. Useful to showcase a particular member on your website.
- You can set a Category ID to display only photos from albums inside a particular category (only for photo ranking_.
- Both optional settings can be used together.
Note that for the Albums, Photos and Videos modules, only media the user has access to will be displayed. The Ranking module will display all photos or videos. However, photos/videos that the user has no access to will be blocked out with no link.
Product Reviews Rate this product
Mitch Daniels (2) rated
Most amazing gallery I've seen! It has everything I need. I love the theater mode (like on Facebook) and support for sub-categories. Must-have for all photography websitesPosted on 20 February 2016|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
Super easy to install with next to no need for configuration. Works out of the box.
I needed to know where the language file is located. Got a response almost immediately.
10/10! With all these features, it's astonishing it costs so little
Hayden Cochran (1) rated
SimGallery is THE BEST for LARGE community Sites. The number one aspect to this extension is that it allows you to make categories for organizing a large photo collection.Posted on 16 February 2016|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
This is a very deep and complex app, BUT it is very user friendly, It really cannot be better. Perfect!
The developer, Mike Feng is great to work with, he responds promptly he is willing to help and make the app work for you. He's professional
The documentation is well organized, and it is easy to read and use.
This extension is a very very good deal, and well worth the price.
iain mccarthy (1) rated
This latest version of Simgallery provides the enhancements that any social site would benefit from.Posted on 30 January 2014|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
It was easy to install and cfg.
I only had one problem which was dealt with efficiently by support within a couple of days
It seems that Simbunch has really picked up its customer service levels and now providing products that do match their claims.
Martin Ramirez (1) rated
I have just finished setting up my website (I run a minecraft gaming site) with SIMGallery, and I must say this is one extension that deserves all the credit it can get.Posted on 11 July 2013|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
First of, they weren't kidding when they say SIMGallery works just like Facebook. There are so many details that went into this extension, it's just breathtaking. I especially like how you can leave comments and like photos when viewing a list of photos without having to view each photo.
All in all I am very pleased with the extension. Like I said, it's just stunning how much attention is paid to small details that really improve the user friendliness. If I could, I'd give it 6 stars!
iveta namike (1) rated
Thanx for this outstand component for Joomla 2.5! I use it in combination with the Community Builder 1.8 and it´s work like a charm! That´s how components and modules has to be. Especially the crop function ist quite perfect for clean designs.Posted on 09 May 2012|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
bunkergate (1) rated
First time I saw this, I just knew I needed this component to get more action on my site. I have been testing it on a Joomla 1.5 site test server, and it meets all my needs when it comes to a gallery. It contains good modules, tagging, rating and browsing in a way that no other gallery for Joomla today offers. It is user friendly, and if there is one thing that is more important then fancy look, it is the way thing works in a user friendly way.Posted on 04 June 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
bladi ardiles (1) rated
Mike has give us the posibility to integrate a really good gallery to our community web sites. The component works great and the support works really well. You can contact Mike anytime and he will get you back in the following 48 hours with some help and in some cases ( at least my case) he will visit your web site to see what is happening and to discover where the problem is located.Posted on 04 May 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
I would reccomend this product to everyone looking for a photo system !!!
bryan rodvold (1) rated
This is such a smooth extension and is so well integrated with Community Builder that no matter how upset you are with prices or support, that once you try it out, you will realize you don't just need it, you require it.Posted on 17 February 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
The interface is simple and understandable to the end user. It's powerful, pretty, and clean.
Dave Dutnall (1) rated
This is definately one of the best written Gallery extensions out there. Looks extremley clean and professional straight out of the box but at the same time is very configurable. The tie in with CB is excellent and in my opinion is a must for any CB users.Posted on 04 February 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
On installation I had a few problems but was contacted directly by Mike, the developer within 12 hours who sorted these out. Its rare I do reviews on Joomla.org because I use so many components / modules that are "OK" or just fit the purpose - This component stands out from those and in turn is more that worth the review. 10/10
Moni Johnson (1) rated
Ok, I still use like version 1.13 of this but as of this review version 2.0.1 (something like that) is out with even MORE great features. Anyway, I can't say too many great things about this component or it's developer. This gallery looks frickin good! I love how it works with Shadowbox on the CB profile pages, especially. After adding this gallery I actually had to start upgrading the look of the profiles because the gallery out-shined everything else. Now, the one time I an issue with an updated version the developer personally emailed me a copy of the older version I preferred and stated, though he could not support every version of this component released, that he would include the feature I requested in a future update. THAT'S support! It's not the first time he's done that either. He actually LISTENS to his customers.Posted on 30 January 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
Gareth Handy (1) rated
Like a lot of people, when I first saw Sim Gallery, I thought WOW! It looks very slick, thats a fact. With CB integration and all the features and modules you could want, I purchased a copy.Posted on 27 January 2009|Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
Had some minor functionality problems, Mike replied to all my emails within a day and resolved all issues.
This is a great gallery and is quickly becoming a central part of my site!