July 23rd, 2013
Shortcode based Related Article Embedder is a very useful Joomla Extension (made as a System Plugin) that show related items at anywhere in the content of a page.
Shortcode syntax is pretty simple:
Why you should use this?
Ever wondered how the great news websites suggest related articles, great e-commerce sites show other related products as their visitors browse any particular page and read a story? With our Related Article Flyout Box you can achieve just that with style.
The plugin offers great flexibility and option to customize it.You may choose a number of criteria to determine related items. For example it could be: 1) previous or next item, 2) random post from related articles 3) Fully random 4) ascending or descending related articles picked up from meta-tags.
To control which articles to show as Related article you can give inputs in the Metadata information.
You may control how many items to show, enable / disable image thumnails, show or not show Directions (Next, Previous), to show or not to show on Homepage etc.
Style: The plugin has a great number of styling control such as: Fade in/out or Slide in/out, where to show (left or right), rounded corner, control of background and border color, use nor not use gradient and even control the gradient colors to best match your site’s style or theme. See the Admin settings screenshot below for detailed options.
* Related article options
– Related items ascending (matching metatags)
– Related items descending (matching metatags)
– Random related articles (random from same category)
– Global random (pick up from entire site)
– Next/Previous items
* Admin Page
– Skip option on Home page
– Skip options for specific Item ids
– Skip options for RSS Feed/pop-ups/ajax request
– Skip option for offline mode
– Mobile device detection
– Background color option using color picker
– Border color option using color picker
– Boxgradient color option using color picker
– Setting Round Corner Radius
– Show on left, right or center
– Shadow on/off
– Include/exclude category