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Description

The easiest and most powerful way to display your VirtueMart shopper's reviews in any place of your site!

Enable one or more copies of the VM Review Wall module, set which categories to read, how many reviews, minimum rating and lots of other parameters and let it display customer reviews by date, random and other sort methods for other users to see.

Using our popular and exciting Wall layout features, arrange Reviews in rows, columns or grids with multiple pages and support for pop-up and other special effects.

For a real custom display, set your own HTML/CSS layout markup right on the module parameters and embed special placeholder tags to display information exactly how you want.

Entice your customers by showcasing product reviews in a myriad ways using pre-made templates or apply your own custom HTML and CSS to display product images, review information and more. Set your own selection criteria to build custom product review layouts, Top sellers lists, and more. Product reviews can be shown in rows, columns and grids with one or more pages as well as special animation effects for page transitions.

Among its features are:

• Unlimited product reviews support
• Supports multiple module copies with different configurations
• Arrange reviews in columns, rows or grids with one or more pages
• 42 button sets included
• 1 handy reference template
• 20 placeholder tags to display information including image, stars, rating votes and more
• Configurable date/time and size displays
• Selectable "current category" filter
• Supports multiple categories and/or specific products
• Selectable "products with image" filter
• Optional "number of days" age filter for reviews
• Configurable filter for minimum rating value
• Custom product description and review lengths
• Custom product image size independent from VirtueMart
• 5 sort options with ascending and descending modes
• JXTC Showcase Library for Sliders, Tooltips, Pop-ups and more animation effects.
• 100% Joomla Moo compatible effects.
• Customizable "Main" and "More" area HTML/CSS templates

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 VM Review Wall Module

Module Parameters

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

SELECTION PARAMETERS - Use these parameters to select what product reviews to show:

Select CategoryUse this parameter to specify which product categories you wish to include
Current category only?If enabled, the module will pick reviews from products in the category currently browsed by the user
Product ID filterSet specific product ID numbers to show (separated by comma). This filter works along other filters.)
Days ago?Set the maximum age of a review to be shown (in days). Enter a value of 0 for no date restrictions
With image only?Enable if you want to show reviews of products that have an image only.
Minimum rateSelect the minimum rating of a review
Sort fieldSorting criteria
Sort orderSelect sort mode
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 pictures 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.
Transition Ease modeEase in - Ease out - Ease in out

MODULE DISPLAY CONFIGURATION
- Use these parameters to define who you want to display the module.

Button StyleButton graphic set to use when buttons tags are enabled.
TemplateTo select one of our predesigned template. NOTE: Select -None selected- if want to use Module HTML template and Main Content HTML template fields.
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 article information:
{raw_review}Use this tag to show the review of the product as is set on VirtueMart product.
{review}Use this tag to show the review of the product that is set on VirtueMart product that contains the review but without html format.
{raw_s_desc}Use this tag to show the product (that contains the review) short description as you set it on VirtueMart.
{s_desc}Use this tag to show the product (that contains the review) short description that you set on VirtueMart but without html format.
{raw_desc}This tag will show only the text of the description of the product that contains the review as you set it on VirtueMart
{desc}This tag will show the description of the product that contains the review as you set it on VirtueMart
{rating}Using this tag you will get the rating of the review (will return a number).
{review_stars}Using this tag you will get the stars of the review as you can see on VirtueMart.
{review_votes}Using this tag you will get the number of votes of the review (will return a number).
{thumb_image_url}This tag will return the URL to the thumbnail of the first image set on the module.
{thumb_image}This tag will return the first image that you set on the product (that contains the review) details.
{full_image}Using this tag you will get the first image that you set on the product that contains the review on his original size.
{full_image_url}Using this tag you will get the URL to the first image that you set on the product that contains the review.
{product}Use this tag to show the name of the product that contains the review
{producturl}This tag will be transformed on the URL to the details of the product that contains the review
{category}Use this tag to show the name of the category that contains the product review
{categoryurl}This tag will show the URL to the category that contains the product review show on the module.
{date}This tag will show the product review date.
{date d-m-Y}This tag will show the product review date in format d-m-Y, notice that you can change d-m-Y for the format that you want
{username}This tag will show the username of the user that made the review.
{name}This tag will show the name of the user that made the review.
Thumbnail widthSelect the width of the image show when you use the {thumb_image} tag
Thumbnail heightSelect the height of the image show when you use the {thumb_image} tag
Max. review lengthMaximum length of {review} tag. Empty = no limit.
Review suffixSuffix to show when trimming review text.
Max. Small description lengthMaximum length of {s_desc} tag. Empty = no limit.
Small description suffixSuffix to show when trimming small description text.
Max. Description lengthMaximum length of {desc} tag. Empty = no limit.
Description suffixSuffix to show when trimming description text.
Date formatDate format (using PHP date function). Default is: Y-m-d
Module Class SuffixA 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 layerDefine 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 OpacityThe 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 OpacityThe 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 VerticalThe distance the tooltip/pop-up will move vertically (in pixels) when the mouse enters the trigger zone.
Out Animation VerticalThe distance the tooltip/pop-up will move vertically (in pixels) when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.
In Animation HorizontalThe distance the tooltip/pop-up will move horizontally (in pixels) when the mouse enters the trigger zone.
Out Animation HorizontalThe distance the tooltip/pop-up will move horizontally (in pixels) when the mouse leaves the trigger zone.
Fade-in DurationThe duration of the "In" animation when the mouse pointer enters the trigger zone (in milliseconds).
Fade-Out durationThe duration of the "Out" animation when mouse pointer leaves the trigger zone (in milliseconds).
PauseThe time the tooltip/pop-up will be shown between the "In" animation and the "Out" animation (in milliseconds).
Tooltip animation modeSelect one of the many Moo functions to perform animations.
Tooltip / Popup ease modeThe transition type. All transitions, except for "linear" transition, can be combined with a "Transition Ease".
Centered PopupSet 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 SettingsChoose an animation style from the list.
Note: The following Settings are used ONLY when Slide Panels Settings is set to CUSTOM:
Slide Panel X inThe 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 outThe 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 inThe 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 outThe 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 modeSelect one of the many Moo functions to animate the slide effects.
Slide ease modeChoose how to apply the animation effect. This setting is not used when "Slide Animation Mode" is set to Linear.
Frames per SecondThe 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 DurationThe time (in milliseconds) the duration will last.

Hover FX Settings
- These Parameters Control the Hover Effect:

Hover Effect in ColorThe background color that will fade in when mouse enter the element with class="js_hover".
Hover Effect Out ColorThe 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 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 classes 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 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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