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Description

The JoomlaXTC RSMonial Wall interacts with the RSMonial component to display testimonials using your own custom CSS and HTML in a module position. It's the perfect tool for developers with custom styles in mind. The module can display articles in rows, columns and grids as well as special scrolling effects for sliders and transitions. This Module requires the RSMonial Component installed first.

Installation

Install the module using the regular Joomla! extension installer.

Configuration

The module can be customized using the standard Joomla! Module Manager.

Parameters are divided in two main sections: The Module Parameters section defines what data will be shown and how it should be presented. The Advanced Parameters allows you to configure the special effects and animations, if any were used. These parameters won't affect the data, but they can affect their display form.

To access these parameters go to the module manager and select the RsMonial Wall Module.

Module Parameters

Module parametersUse these parameters to customize the standard presentation of the module

Selection Parametets
Use these parameters to select what events to show:

Start datePeriod start date to use (default is today).
End datePeriod length (in days) to include after start date.
Show TestimonialUse if you want to show only published, unpublished or all comments.
Sort fieldSelect the display order criteria for testimonials.
Sort orderAscendant - Descendant.
Display Parameters
Use these parameters to customize the layout of the module box. The layout consists of a grid made up with one or more pages of events organized in rows and/or columns.

ColumnsNumber of columns to show.
RowsNumber of rows to show.
PagesNumber of pages to show. Transition effects are enabled between page changes.
Display StyleSpecial effects applied to the layout. Window modes work with one page only, all others require multiple pages of content to perform transitions between them.
Window WidthWidth (in pixels) of the window frame when using a Window special effect.
Window HeightHeight (in pixels) of the window frame when using a Window special effect.
Transition pausePause time between page transitions in milliseconds. A value of -1 disables automatic transitions. Default value is: 4000.
Transition durationPage transition effect duration in milliseconds (default: 1500).
Slide orientationSlide transition orientation.
Transition typeTransition animation type.
Button StyleButton graphic set to use when buttons tags are enabled.
Module HTML template HTML/CSS code to display the overall module box. You can embed any of the following tags:
{leftbutton}Draws a "Left/Back/Previous" button.
{mainarea}This tag draws the main layout area block, including the special effects.
{pages}Displays a numbered page list for quick browsing.
{rightbutton}Draws a "Right/Forward/Next" button.
Main Content HTML template

HTML/CSS code to display each item. You can embed any of the following tags to display testimonial information:

{about}

Shows information about the person that did the testimonial

{email}

The e-mail of the person that did the testimonial

{name}

Name of the person that did the testimonial

{location}

The Location of the person that did the testimonial

{date}

The date that the testimonial was done

{date Y-m-d}

The date that the testimonial was done in format Y-m-d

{website}

The web site of the person that did the testimonial

{comment}

The testimonial

{pictureurl}

The picture of the person that did the testimonial

{picture}

The url of the picure of the person that did the testimonial

{link}

URL to the testimnial in RSMonial Component

Testimonial Length

Enter a number. Any event listed with a description longer than that number will be shortened and a '...' appended.

Date format

Date format (using PHP date function). Default is: Y-m-d

Module Class Suffix

A suffix to be applied to the CSS class of the module.

Advanced Parameters

Module advanced parameters These parameters control the behavior of special content effects, please read the next section for more information about content effects and how to apply them.

Z layer

Define the z-index layer to use for the special effect content.


Tooltip / Pop-Up FX Settings

Use these parameters to customize the Tooltip and Pop-Up effects:



In Opacity

The opacity of the tooltip/pop-up when the mouse enters the trigger zone. A value of 0 will make the display transparent while a value of 1 will make it opaque, values range from 0 to 1 in decimal increments.

Out Opacity

The opacity of the tooltip/pop-up when the mouse leaves the trigger zone. A value of 0 will make the display transparent while a value of 1 will make it opaque, values range from 0 to 1 in decimal increments.

In Animation Vertical

The distance the tooltip/pop-up will move vertically (in pixels) when the mouse enters the trigger zone.

Out Animation Vertical

The distance the tooltip/pop-up will move vertically (in pixels) when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.

In Animation Horizontal

The distance the tooltip/pop-up will move horizontally (in pixels) when the mouse enters the trigger zone.

Out Animation Horizontal

The distance the tooltip/pop-up will move horizontally (in pixels) when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.

Fade-in Duration

The duration of the "In" animation when the mouse pointer enters the trigger zone (in milliseconds).

Fade-Out duration

The duration of the "Out" animation when mouse pointer leaves the trigger zone (in milliseconds).

Pause

The time the tooltip/pop-up will be shown between the "In" animation and the "Out" animation (in milliseconds).

Tooltip animation mode

Select one of the many Moo functions to perform animations.

Tooltip / Popup ease mode

The transition type. All transitions, except for "linear" transition, can be combined with a "Transition Ease".

Centered Popup

Set this to "Yes" if you want pop-up effect displays to appear centered in the browser window.


Slide FX Settings

These parameters control the "Slide" content effect:



Sliding Panels Settings

Choose an animation style from the list.

Note:

The following Settings are used ONLY when Slide Panels Settings is set to CUSTOM:

Slide Panel X in

The distance (in pixels) from the left trigger zone border that the slide panel will go to when the mouse enters the trigger zone.

Slide Panel X out

The distance (in pixels) from the left trigger zone border that the slide panel will go to when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.

Slide Panel Y in

The distance (in pixels) from the top trigger zone border that the slide panel will go to when the mouse enters the trigger zone.

Slide Panel Y out

The distance (in pixels) from the top trigger zone border that the slide panel will go to when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.

Slide animation mode

Select one of the many Moo functions to animate the slide effects.

Slide ease mode

Choose how to apply the animation effect. This setting is not used when "Slide Animation Mode" is set to Linear.

Frames per Second

The frames per second used to animate the effect. Note: Using a high value in a heavy site could decrease the video performance. Combine this setting with "Frame Duration" to get a smooth effect.

Fame Duration

The time (in milliseconds) the duration will last.


Hover FX Settings

These Parameters Control the Hover Effect:



Hover Effect in Color

The background color that will fade in when mouse enter the element with class="js_hover".

Hover Effect Out Color

The background color that will fade out when mouse leaves the element with class="js_hover".

Special Effects

Besides the page transition effects, you can also include additional effects that apply to the content of each item. By adding certain CSS tags to your HTML code and organizing the layout of content, these effects allow you to build fully customizable tooltips, pop-ups and slide effects. Since all the content data tags are available on these effects as well, you can elaborate the display of your content as much as you want!

Keep in mind however, that with great power comes great responsibility: the HTML of both zones is still part of the HTML code of your page; if your HTML/CSS code has a bug, it may affect how other parts of your site look and work.

Content effects are activated by the user's mouse pointer but with subtle differences. How you can implement each effect and how they are activated is explained below:

Tooltips

A Tooltip will appear automatically when the mouse pointer hovers over a specific "trigger zone", this example code explains better how to use the necessary tags:

Code Sample

Sample Effect

<div class="jxtctooltip">
This is the tooltip trigger zone
    <div class="tip">
        This is the tooltip content
    </div>
</div>
This is the tooltip trigger zone
This is the tooltip content

Upon display, this code will show the "This is the tooltip trigger zone" legend by itself, but if you move the mouse pointer over it, a tooltip will come up displaying the "This is the tooltip content" legend. Each zone is wrapped within a tag, you must use the CSS tags "jxtctooltip" and "tip" as shown to make the effect work.

Pop-ups

A pop-up will appear when the user clicks on the "trigger zone", the Pop-up zone has its own Close and Drag buttons. This example code shows the necessary CSS tags in use:

Code Sample

Sample Effect

<div class="popuphover">
This is the pop-up trigger zone
    <div class="pop">
        This is the pop-up content
    </div>
</div>
This is the pop-up trigger zone
This is the pop-up content

The trigger zone is made with the contents of the div with class "popuphover", and the pop-up content is hidden in the div with class "pop", it will be shown when the user clicks on the trigger zone.

Slides

Slides are useful to display content in different layers, for example imagine a picture with a footnote that expands to show a full description. Different than Tooltips or Pop-ups, Slides do not use a trigger zone, they react to mouse pointer over their own zones. This is an example code:

Code Sample

Sample Effect

<div class="slidebox">
This is the content zone
    <div class="slidepanel">
        This is the slide content zone
    </div>
</div>
This is the content zone
This is the slide content zone

Again, the container zone inside the div with CSS class "slidebox" will be shown first, and the contents of the slide on div "slidepanel" will be shown when the mouse hovers its zone.

Hover

The Hover is useful when you want to focus on specific zone of the content, for example a "clickable" zone that looks similar to other content, an image or name that want to highlight. Similar to Slides, they react to mouse pointer over their own zones and does not need a trigger zone. This is an example code:

Code Sample

Sample Effect

This is the content zone
<div class="js_hover">
    The content with highlight
</div>
This is the rest of content zone
This is the content zone
The content with highlight
This is the rest of content zone

Once the mouse is over the js_hover zone the color will change automatically. As you can see this is the easier effect but provide you the power to catch the attention of your visitors.

Styling

As previously explained, the content is rendered in a grid fashion with one or more rows and columns and one or more pages, each page represents a single grid. Each cell in a grid contains the template code for one item with the placeholder tags translated to their corresponding data element such as titles, descriptions, images, etc.

In order to ease the visual styling of the grids, there are certain common CSS classes added to the HTML code for your convenience. You can put hard-coded CSS styling in the XTS template fields directly, but you may find using your template's CSS file a better option.

If you can't or don't want to alter your main CSS file, you can put any CSS code needed in the module's own file: css/wall.css. This file is located inside the module folder.

This is a brief explanation on how the HTML and classes are applied:

Each page in the module output is made with an HTML < table /> tag; the first table has CSS class firstpage, any inner pages have class centerpage and the last page has class lastpage. If there is only one page then it has class singlepage.

Each row within a table also has similar classes added to it: firstrow for the top row in the table, centerrow for any middle rows and lastrow for the bottom row of content. In the event that only a single row is used, it will have class singlerow assigned to it. These clases are repeated for as many tables (pages) are in the module output.

Likewise, columns also have similar tags: the left-most column has firstcol, the right-most column has lastcol and any middle column has centercol. Single columns have, you guessed it, singlecol. These classes are also applied on all pages shown.

Buttons also have extra CSS classes: prevbutton and nextbutton apply to the < a /> tags for each page change button. Page number buttons have tags as well: firstbutton, middlebutton, lastbutton and centerbutton.

You can have a common set of CSS styling code for these tags in your template's CSS file to maintain a consistent appearance on any modules being shown, or you can use them in combination with the module CSS class parameter to define specific styling for a particular module.

With these many options, the styling possibilities are unlimited! You are in total control of how the content will be shown in your site, just let the module handle the content gathering for you.

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