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Thumbnails page with external links

Post by slycrespo » Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:48 pm

Hello!
On my Joomla 3.10.8, I want to have a thumbnail page with external links. It should be like a gallery, except that clicking on each thumbnail opens an external website or an article, not the image. Is there any extension for this?

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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by AMurray » Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:46 pm

I don't think there would be and I can't find any.

It would be easy enough to build a page with CSS Grid. (https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_grid.asp and also https://getbootstrap.com/docs/5.2/layout/css-grid/). CSS Grid is responsive, so should look good on any device - desktop or mobile. It means some "basic" coding - perhaps more copy and paste from the examples on W3C than anything. Read that page and tutorial, have a play with the "Try it yourself" parts.

Once you have the table structure, insert the images into each cell with the relevant link. The images should be "processed" and optimised off-line (a handy tool is Irfanview for bulk processing of images).

[off topic: your joomla's out of date; the current version is 3.10.11]
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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by SharkyKZ » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:23 am

Are those thumbnails supposed to be manually uploaded or automatically generated to show preview of the link?

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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by slycrespo » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:53 am

SharkyKZ wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:23 am
Are those thumbnails supposed to be manually uploaded or automatically generated to show preview of the link?
Either one or the other.. Both would be fine..

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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by Per Yngve Berg » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:22 am

The Weblinks component should do what you want.

https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/weblinks/

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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by slycrespo » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:19 pm

Per Yngve Berg wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:22 am
The Weblinks component should do what you want.

https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/weblinks/
This is not what I need.... I need thumbnails, not just links..

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Re: Thumbnails page with external links

Post by AMurray » Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:35 pm

So to be clear you want a layout as you would see with a photo gallery, but instead of opening photos in light-box, you want the links to be to external sites (opening in new windows or new tabs).

The way I suggested is one method (for the layout of the page - CSS Grid). Create the 'grid' layout (the columns and rows) then insert the images into each and create the hyperlinks.

Another method, https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/jv-thumio/ could help (?). The plugin generates actual thumbnail (screenshots) of the websites being linked to. (For some reason I can't reach the demo as linked on the JED).

You can create the 'grid' with CSS Grid as I previously mentioned, then by a "shortcode" being inserted, you link to the sites you want to, and the plugin auto-generates the thumbnail image. In this way you don't have to be concerned about creating the images that you're using to link to the sites.
Regards - A Murray


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