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FW Gallery tutorial for Joomla!
Joomla! 3.10.x, 4.2.x

Responsive media (images, video, audio) file gallery with drag & drop files upload, multi-level sub-categories, tags, slideshow, Instagram and FTP import and many other add-ons.

Current version: 7.2.1
Release date: 21 March 2023
  • or higher

All Features

Responsive Photo Gallery
Mobile friendly layouts for best performance and look on any device.
Images Batch Upload
Fast and handy files management with batch upload feature.
Multi-level Galleries Hierarchy
Unlimited levels of galleries to build required folders tree.
Images rotate
Rotate manually images if camera rotation is not rendered correctly.
Watermark protection
Protect images from unauthorized usage on other websites or media.
Social share buttons
Allow your visitors to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest.
Galleries list view
Top level gallery view with all galleries included as a sub-folder. No images in this view.
Single gallery view
A gallery with any number of sub-galleries and images included in a current.
Item view
Single photo layout with its display settings and options.
Gallery display settings
Configure galleries grid, number per page and ordering. Show/hide empty galleries
Item display settings
Configure images display grid, number per page and ordering.
Menu item settings
Define specific gallery and image settings via menu item options.
Default gallery image
Select default preview image among the images in a gallery.
Item details
Set image name, owner, upload date, description, copyright note. Choose what is shown.
Gallery details
Set gallery name, owner, create date and description. Choose what is shown.
Quick categories
Create category tree with subcategories in a text window in minutes.
Batch operations
Move files, change owner, access level, copyright or add tags to selected files in one go.
FW Gallery Product Change Log
Version 7.2.1 (Maintenance) released on 21 Mar 2023, 1 modification
  • fixed search doesn't work for file names
Version 7.2.0 (Minor) released on 14 Feb 2023, 2 modifications
  • Better website verification
  • fixed storing "off" values in the desing settings
Version 7.1.9 (Maintenance) released on 20 Jan 2023, 1 modification
  • removed tree dots instead of 5 in the pagination block
Version 7.1.8 (Maintenance) released on 20 Jan 2023, 1 modification
  • fixed pagination width when no sorting/limit options enabled
Version 7.1.7 (Maintenance) released on 18 Jan 2023, 1 modification
  • fixed escaping fron-end links when Joomla! SEF mode is off
Version 7.1.6 (Maintenance) released on 16 Jan 2023, 1 modification
  • fixed php 8 notices
Version 7.1.5 (Maintenance) released on 02 Jan 2023, 2 modifications
  • links in modules on pages without FW Gallery component fix
  • translation requesting and loading fix
Version 7.1.4 (Maintenance) released on 21 Dec 2022, 2 modifications
  • * FWG - waterfall grid fix
  • * FWG - moved watermark settings from Files desigs section to Watermark settings
Version 7.1.3 (Maintenance) released on 14 Oct 2022, 3 modifications
  • slightly changed the display of cards in the admin
  • fixed batch upload and folder import of videos and music
  • fixed display of vertical images configured in the component settings (when the height is greater than the width)
Version 7.1.2 (Maintenance) released on 13 Sep 2022, 1 modification
  • fixed display of installed addons on *nix hosting when there are uppercase letters in the path
Version 7.1.1 (Maintenance) released on 12 Sep 2022, 1 modification
  • added a check for an active subscription with an inactive site
Version 7.0.1 (Maintenance) released on 29 Jul 2022, 1 modification
  • unable to get to the FW dashboard
Version 6.7.2 (Maintenance) released on 20 Sep 2021, 1 modification
  • Critical Editor bug fix for Joomla 4 when editing files and categories.
Version 6.7.1 (Maintenance) released on 10 Sep 2021, 2 modifications
  • Adding new category error fixed.
  • Cleaned up uploading images process and notifications fix.
Version 6.7.0 (Minor) released on 08 Sep 2021, 3 modifications
  • Major Joomla! 4 review
  • Admin design fix
  • Joomla! 4 router update
Version 6.6.4 (Maintenance) released on 19 Jul 2021, 1 modification
  • Frontend gallery date ordering changed to creation date instead of last edit date.
Version 6.6.3 (Maintenance) released on 17 Jul 2021, 2 modifications
  • Improved integration for FWG Front-end manager add-on.
  • Language files update.
Version 6.6.2 (Maintenance) released on 13 Jul 2021, 3 modifications
  • Admin CSS Styles update to make design CSS tabs editable for easier text copying.
  • Renamed "Save" button to "Save Custom CSS" to make more obvious the fact that only Custom CSS can be edited and stored in the database.
  • Numerous language corrections.
Version 6.6.1 (Maintenance) released on 02 Jul 2021, 4 modifications
  • Back-end language constants fix.
  • CSS Styles typo resulted into broken data save fixed.
  • Front-end audio files upload fix.
  • Back-end big size MP4 video files upload improvements.
Version 6.6.0 (Minor) released on 16 Jun 2021, 8 modifications
New features
  • Menu Item layout shows only settings for selected options
  • Added Category and Files sorting option to show latest updated/uploaded. Sorting by order is still there when Order column is clicked.
  • Moved uninstalled add-ons placeholders to the end of the list in Settings -> Add-ons.
  • Improved mass update/installation process in admin Dashboard and Wizard.
  • Vote bugs fixed for showing stars when a heart was selected, and choosing always thumb up when thumbs option was set.
  • FWMG_NOTIFICATION language constant translated in admin panel for notification toasts.
  • Fixed removing category cover image.
  • Fixed Video Autoplay for FWG Layout Anywhere module.
Version 6.5.0 (Minor) released on 09 Jun 2021, 4 modifications
New features
  • Download Access parameter in Category and Settings added to define level of users who can see and use Download button.
  • Download File parameter in Settings allows choosing which file will be downloaded when Download button is clicked.
  • Single file view is updated to show new FWG File Meta Tags add-on parameter to show IPTC image tags.
  • Wizard Assistant Update/Install process improved and simplified.
Version 6.4.1 (Maintenance) released on 08 Jun 2021, 3 modifications
  • FWG Meta Data import meta title as file name upon upload.
  • Update cache time issue fixed.
  • Removed temporary admin placeholders in Add-ons section.
Version 6.4.0 (Minor) released on 07 Jun 2021, 4 modifications
New features
  • Redesigned Admin panel to use available space more efficiently.
  • Wizard assistant to help with key steps for straightforward configuration and management process.
  • Better add-ons interaction and data exchange.
  • When files are batch uploaded, all add-ons process them as if it was one by one upload.
Version 6.2.0 (Minor) released on 10 May 2021, 3 modifications
  • Major language file structure rework that affected all add-ons as well. Make sure you update all add-ons as well.
  • Overall code optimization and stability improvements.
  • Resolved problem with some add-ons not being correctly updated via native Joomla! updater.
Version 6.1.1 (Maintenance) released on 29 Mar 2021, 2 modifications
  • File upload optimization and improved Joomla! 4 compatibility.
  • Title is changing when when files are browsed via thumbnails on a single file view.
Version 6.1.0 (Minor) released on 24 Mar 2021, 1 modification
  • Important update to make FW Gallery work with mootools libraries on the front-end and in the back-end. Make sure you update add-ons that requires FW Gallery version 6.1.x at least.
Version 6.0.0 (Major) released on 23 Mar 2021, 3 modifications
New features
  • Full Joomla! 4 compatibility. Major code review and refactoring to work with new architecture and libraries.
  • Stackideas Komento product integration as an alternative comments solution to Disqus.
  • IMPORTANT! All add-ons must be updated to work with FW Gallery v 6.x.
Version 5.13.0 (Minor) released on 15 Feb 2021, 1 modification
  • Admin -> Dashboard Add-ons update process. Some add-ons kept telling to install new update while the latest version was installed.
Version 5.12.2 (Maintenance) released on 19 Jan 2021, 1 modification
  • 3rd level categories infinite loop that led to timeout in back-end and on a front-end. Now fixed.
Version 5.12.1 (Maintenance) released on 18 Dec 2020, 1 modification
  • Waterfall grid responsive styles update.
Version 5.12.0 (Minor) released on 28 Oct 2020, 21 modifications
New features
  • New Cascading layout for categories allowing fast tab-like navigation between sub-categories with specific design of each category.
  • Admin Categories list new Parent category filter.
  • Admin images file list now shows real file name as it is stored on a server.
  • Admin Categories/Files: Description column shows up to 200 symbols or counter of total symbols.
  • Admin Categories: Images counter shown only if images are in a category.
  • Admin Categories/Files: colors for publish/unpublish button icons.
  • Admin Categories/Files: nice class frame for cover images preview.
  • Admin Categories/Files: full footer pagination: counter, navigation, limit box.
  • Add-ons layout settings admin parameter for advanced add-on management on menu items layouts.
  • Admin Settings get Font size parameter to control relative size of the elements as all styling is done using rem units which is based on HTML font size.
  • New Useful Services section in admin Dashboard to help see new available services for FW Gallery.
  • Merged all file types into one listing instead of file type tabs as was before.
  • Site category limit pagination is now proportional to number of rows and columns selected for grid. Used to be fixed
  • In admin Category edit: a current date will be stored as create date, if date is empty or incorrect.
  • In admin Category edit: a first file image will be stored as a category cover image on save, if cover image is empty.
  • Removed Empty categories show/hide parameter to avoid confusion.
  • Copyright field is now part of the main component. Used to be part of FWG Meta Data add-on.
  • Waterfall load more pagination now sorts images in columns.
  • Context help and detailed parameter description with all language files update.
  • Cover image was not removing in admin Category edit.
  • When a file grid was loaded in FWG Layout Anywhere add-on there was no top margin for the loaded row.
Version 5.11.1 (Maintenance) released on 01 Oct 2020, 2 modifications
  • Admin Categories and Files sections context help update.
  • Admin main menu constants cleanup and fix.
Version 5.11.0 (Minor) released on 28 Sep 2020, 12 modifications
New features
  • - Unified files layout for all files types.
  • - Added physical file name for images.
  • - New parent category filter in categories section.
  • - Huge update in context help for FW Gallery Admin section.
  • - Cleaned up layouts in admin sections.
  • - Vimeo thumbnail was not saved from a server when a video was stored.
  • - Fixed linear effect for justified section in order to prevent image overlapping.
  • - Casual AJAX warning fix for categories list to prevent warning message with strict reporting websites.
  • - Dashboard files cleanup was deleting cover images for videos and audios.
  • - Video thumbnail is stored now if no particular file was selected.
  • - Fixed category pagination limit to be proportional to columns number multiplied by rows.
  • - Fixed filters to apply when files tab is switched.
Version 5.10.1 (Maintenance) released on 15 Sep 2020, 1 modification
  • - Improved integration with Slideshow Layout add-on.
Version 5.10.0 (Minor) released on 14 Sep 2020, 4 modifications
New features
  • - FWG Slideshwo Layout add-on inetgration
  • - FWG SEO Booster add-on integration
  • - Thumbnails image stretch fix in Chrome.
  • - Category ordering reset after selection.
Version 5.9.0 (Minor) released on 01 Jul 2020, 4 modifications
New features
  • Files Cleanup section in admin Dashboard to detect unlinked files on server and delete them permanently.
  • Loading files on Single File view in gallery thumbnails on demand rather than all at once. It was a problem for big galleries as it loaded all files at once.
  • CSS Styles fix for FWG Layout Anywhere add-on to load styles in module layouts.
  • Update button not working in admin Dashboard fix.
Version 5.8.1 (Maintenance) released on 22 Jun 2020, 2 modifications
  • Admin Dashboard update for installed add-ons layout.
  • AJAX pagination bug fix.
Version 5.8.0 (Minor) released on 18 Jun 2020, 11 modifications
New features
  • Admin Dashboard: add-ons section will now show documentation and demo links when available. You will be able to upgrade your component and add-ons just from admin Dashboard.
  • Admin Translations: copying constants to Overrides option. Also an icon will appear if a constant has an override which means ignoring any value set in language file.
  • Site: added files prefix to make pagination work in FWG Layout Anywhere add-on.
  • Admin Dashboard: component section separated from add-ons list.
  • Admin Dashboard: install all and update all buttons will appear in add-ons section header if available.
  • Admin general: language file wording update.
  • Site: updated style for Justified category view.
  • Admin Dashboard: missing language constants added.
  • Admin Dashboard: add-ons counter fixed in component section.
  • Admin Categories: fixed double category creation when it was created with a cover image.
  • Site: fixed AJAX pagination for categories and files.
Version 5.7.0 (Minor) released on 04 Jun 2020, 7 modifications
New features
  • Flat view category layout allows show a category with all its subcategories as a flat list. See on demo Gallery -> Front-end layouts -> Flat Gallery Layout.
  • Trim files description in admin in file list if it is longer than 250 symbols.
  • In CSS Stlys admin show text area if no editor is selected in Joomla!.
  • In CSS Stlys admin added Joomla! standard code editor with lines and markup.
  • Fix design for categories with video cover.
  • Updated column styles to support Flat view.
  • Fixed tag gallery category ID parameter to be used only if category is defined by tags.
Version 5.6.2 (Maintenance) released on 07 May 2020, 1 modification
  • Fixes to make layouts and other plugin work correctly with video and audio file types.
Version 5.6.1 (Maintenance) released on 15 Apr 2020, 1 modification
  • A typo in SQL query that resulted in inability to verify account in Admin panel.
Version 5.6.0 (Minor) released on 14 Apr 2020, 4 modifications
New features
  • Single file view can now use keyboard arrows to navigate through gallery thumbnails.
  • File Grid parameter to hide file types icons in listing.
  • Google Structured data add-on support.
  • Added an option to get error message if images can not be properly rendered via caching mechanism FW Gallery uses. Previously it was impossible to detect why images do not generate and no errors appeared.
Version 5.5.1 (Maintenance) released on 09 Apr 2020, 1 modification
  • Update link was not rendered properly giving error at automatic Joomla! update.
Version 5.5.0 (Minor) released on 08 Apr 2020, 2 modifications
  • Add-ons badges to help you see most popular, new, recommended and add-ons that have updates available.
  • Add-on view page that provides detailed information on add-ons which is being constantly updated.
Version 5.4.6 (Maintenance) released on 02 Apr 2020, 1 modification
  • Fixes "Enable add-ons" parameters for newly installed add-ons to show them as No. Previously it showed Yes, but in real this setting was not saved in an existing menu item.
Version 5.4.5 (Maintenance) released on 18 Mar 2020, 1 modification
  • Tags import update APIs to process correctly images made with front-end cameras and then rotated or edited in phone editors.
Version 5.4.3 (Maintenance) released on 13 Mar 2020, 1 modification
  • Special update to make extension add-ons work with Joomla! native update system and show updates available if logged in into Fastw3b account with client Access Code.
Version 5.4.2 (Maintenance) released on 10 Mar 2020, 1 modification
  • Fixed issue that caused file slider to disappear and ignore category setting when configured on a Single File layout.
Version 5.4.1 (Maintenance) released on 06 Mar 2020, 6 modifications
New features
  • New data type Audio Files allowing add MP3, WAV, OGG, ACC files in category or mix with other file types.
  • New Audio tab in files to manage audio files.
  • Use Viewing Access Levels instead of Joomla! User Groups for setting category and file access.
  • Batch upload now processes audio files. Meta data will be imported if add-on is enabled.
  • Updated translations on front-end and admin.
  • Corrected code to remove some warning that showed for PHP 7.3.
Version 5.4.0 (Minor) released on 03 Feb 2020, 4 modifications
New features
  • Batch Categories. New button in Categories section in admin allowing quick text category tree creation in minutes.
  • Now Video plugin allows batch video upload. Usually videos are bigger than images and it is less important to import videos in a batch, but now it is very easy, if needed.
  • Moved Add-ons section to second top in menu to make it more obvious. Also added deals and shop filter links to help identify available for purchase add-ons.
  • Fixed transparent PNG background to be white instead of black. Still plan to release an update to fix the issue completely and keep it transparent. Coming in next releases.
Version 5.3.0 (Minor) released on 29 Dec 2019, 3 modifications
New features
  • Free multi-media gallery component with add-ons to extend functionality. Make sure you use your Fastw3b account Access Code to link your account to download and update add-ons.
  • Categories (galleries) have their own design and layout settings that inherit global Settings, but can be set for every gallery individually.
  • All major functions and designs are redesigned into separate add-ons.
Version 5.2.4 (Maintenance) released on 18 Oct 2019, 1 modification
  • Single file layout resulted into 500 error page for galleries with lots of files. Fixed.
Version 5.2.6 (Maintenance) released on 18 Oct 2019, 2 modifications
  • FWG Content Plugin gave fatal error for single file due to missing function parameters. Fixed.
  • Single file layout resulted into 500 error page for galleries with lots of files. Fixed.
Version 5.2.3 (Maintenance) released on 11 Oct 2019, 1 modification
  • Administrator Javascript conflict resulted into inability to select parameters in Configuration and disappearing tabs in Gallery parameters.
Version 5.2.0 (Minor) released on 02 Oct 2019, 12 modifications
New features
  • Batch operations. Select files and move to another Gallery, change Access Level or set copyright for all.
  • Basic ACL support. Now you can assign who can manager FW Gallery in admin back-end.
  • On file upload Alt text is set to file name by default.
  • Lightbox windows now have their own URLs so if sent they will show the file a user was looking at.
  • Lightbox windows get their own page titles based on their gallery and file name.
  • Lightbox single file layout enlarged to make it full width.
  • Filters in Files admin section remain after browsing through tabs, uploading files or editing them.
  • If Gallery is selected in admin and new file button is clicked selected gallery will be set automatically.
  • Save All button now saves files ordering in admin.
  • Galleries and Files settings are regrouped and synced to be the same in Configuration and Gallery settings.
  • When new gallery is created all settings are set to Default.
  • Saving order in admin with save icon resulted into loosing tags for all reordered files. Not anymore.
Version 5.1.0 (Minor) released on 21 Aug 2019, 3 modifications
New features
  • Template override system for FW Gallery designs the same way as for any other Joomla extension via template overrides. Just use templates/[your_joomla!_template]/ html/layouts/fwgallery/common/listing/categories.php. Where common is a default FW Gallery design, but you can use any other design name to override it.
  • Old files import has a moving indicator now showing import progress. It will disappear as soon as import as finished. As long as it stays the process still continues.
  • On front-end gallery view when changing ordering or limit in a child category without its own menu item after refresh it would go to parent category. Now it stays on the same page.
Version 5.0.5 (Maintenance) released on 06 Aug 2019, 6 modifications
New features
  • Admin files search by ID. Now you can use search text field to search files by IDs.
  • Social networks windows now open in a resized smaller windows rather then new tabs. Based on customers request we made social windows more less confusing.
  • Old version data import script update. After few new situations with data import we updated algorithm to make it even more stable.
  • Watermark fix. Parameter was not rendered correctly which caused Watermark not showing. Works now.
  • Ajax pagination update based on a bug report.
  • Back-end File edit page title and hint update. Didn't change header title and hint and showed file list texts instead.
Version 5.0.4 (Maintenance) released on 02 Aug 2019, 11 modifications
New features
  • Batch Upload button in Gallery edit page in Admin. Now you can upload files while editing a Gallery. Make sure you save gallery name before upload.
  • Added cache folders check on Dashboard Admin view. Very often cache folders that don't have writting permissions cause thumbs problem.
  • Mobile grids views layouts. Standard, Waterfall and Custom grids are now much more responsive.
  • Removed file description formatting in Admin, limited to 200 and show total characters number.
  • Hide ordering and limit container when nothing is shown there.
  • Show file tags if a gallery has uploaded files and tags parameters. If a gallery has files uploaded and set by tags they will show up in a gallery description.
  • Single file view thumb slider display. Right side arrow was moving along with container when the end of the list was reached.
  • Single file view thumb slider last image not showing. Thumb margin was not calculated in slider shift and caused wrong shift on scroll.
  • Wrap standard pagination to fit its container. For many pages block for standard pagination it was impossible to click the links that went out of pagination container.
  • Gallery name change after Lightbox open/close. Gallery name was switching to file name after light box file view was opened and closed.
  • Hide gallery date parameter works now. It was ignored before disregarding a value set.
Version 5.0.3 (Maintenance) released on 29 Jul 2019, 2 modifications
  • Changed Copy import process to allow continue from a place where it broke in case file archive was too big or some timeout or server error popped out during the process.
  • Added notification message showing error if import process got terminated.
Version 5.0.2 (Maintenance) released on 27 Jul 2019, 2 modifications
  • Improved old media data import to migrate tags and votes.
  • Upon installation Content Plugin and Editor Buttons are removed as they are now replaced with FW Gallery Module.
Version 5.0.1 (Maintenance) released on 25 Jul 2019, 3 modifications
  • Improved previous version media data import.
  • Updated import options to Copy or Move media data when previous version is detected.
  • Watermark import.
Version 5.0.0 (Major) released on 24 Jul 2019, 13 modifications
New features
  • One component instead of two. Now FW Gallery is a component with extra add-ons split into free and paid and corresponding to former Light and Grand versions.
  • Backup/restore solution. Backup/restore your existing galleries when migrating to a new version.
  • FW Gallery Bootstrap design. Bootstrap add-on of the design type adds a distinct look to your gallery.
  • Grid display effects. Attractive images grids set in gallery settings - Standard, Waterfall, Justified, and Custom.
  • Info details positions. A choice of 7 stylish file info positions - top, bottom, left, right, over slide up, and over full hove.
  • Meta data section. A new section allowing to add meta keywords and meta description for better search engine optimization.
  • On hover effect for a file. 2 beautiful file on hover effects - Ken Burns and Enlarge.
  • Updates:
  • Moved gallery layout settings to gallery level. Now gallery layout settings are configured at the gallery level, not menu item level.
  • Parent gallery settings priority. All settings of the parent gallery get automatically applied to a child gallery. At the same time, child gallery settings can be manually changed if it is needed.
  • Configuration section update. Divided Configuration section into General, Galleries, Items, and Add-ons tabs for better usability and navigation.
  • Custom image sizes. Added the ability to set custom sizes for different images formats. Now you can set custom sizes for gallery cover, listing image, lightbox, and single file format. (edited)
  • FW Gallery Bootstrap design. Bootstrap add-on of the design type adds a distinct look to your gallery.
Version 4.10.0 (Minor) released on 02 May 2019, 14 modifications
New features
  • Gallery description next to the gallery. Now the gallery description can be placed next to the gallery.
  • Tags display on the gallery view. Now the tags assigned to the gallery are displayed оn the gallery page, underneath the gallery title.
  • Search by ID in the admin panel. Added the ability to search for files by ID via the admin panel.
  • Search by tag in the admin panel. Added the ability to search for files by tags via the admin panel.
  • Custom CSS style section. Added CSS style section in admin panel so the users could edit CSS styles of the component directly via Joomla! admin panel.
  • Gallery display is a map module. Added the parameters allowing to display a particular gallery in a map module.
  • Renamed Default design to Fancy. Renamed Default design to Fancy to avoid confusion with the default option allowing to set priority between menu item settings and global settings
  • GEO tag for a gallery. Added the ability to assign a GEO tag to the gallery.
  • Default image setting for a front-end manager. Added the ability to set default cover image for a gallery via the front-end manager.
  • Tags display in menu item settings. Tags added for a new gallery didn’t display in menu item layout settings.
  • Tags order. Synchronized the order of the tags between the front-end and back-end.
  • Batch upload via the front-end manager. Batch upload didn’t work for the front-end manager.
  • File description. Fixed the file description display in the below position.
  • Video cover upload. It was impossible to upload a video cover for a gallery.
Version 4.4.4 (Minor) released on 18 Apr 2019, 1 modification
  • Youtube and Vimeo videos display. Bug caused inability to display videos via https connection.
Version 4.9.4 (Maintenance) released on 18 Apr 2019, 1 modification
  • Youtube and Vimeo videos display. Bug caused inability to display videos via https connection.
Version 4.9.3 (Maintenance) released on 19 Mar 2019, 2 modifications
  • Tags display on file preview description. Added a parameter allowing to switch on/off tags on file preview description.
  • Menu layout options structuring and grouping. Placed files list displaying settings into a separate section to set logical structure in gallery layout settings. Gave titles to the sections.
Version 4.9.2 (Maintenance) released on 11 Mar 2019, 1 modification
  • Metadata import. Bug caused inability to import metadata using batch upload.
Version 4.9.1 (Maintenance) released on 01 Mar 2019, 2 modifications
  • JavaScript conflict which could occur when using default design.
  • Video styles update for layouts when information was configured to be shown underneath the file in a gallery view.
Version 4.9.0 (Minor) released on 26 Feb 2019, 22 modifications
New features
  • Beauty design. New fonts and green/spa colors calm design for beauty websites.
  • Gallery video cover with preview. Ability to set video as a cover for a gallery and play video on hovering a cover.
  • Option defining the length of gallery/image preview description. Ability to define the length of gallery/image preview description by the number of symbols.
  • Lightbox for all designs. Now single image display in a lightbox is available for all designs - Default, Masonry, Pinterest, Polaroids, and Classic.
  • New full image preview lightbox script. Replaced a script that cropped image and had glitches on responsive views for better visual presentation and comfort user experience.
  • Safari optimization. Now the component is optimized to work with Safari.
  • Slideshow/latest module display via file/gallery description. The slideshow/latest module can be placed into the image/gallery description.
  • Removed formatting from gallery preview description. The description is displayed as plain text.
  • Download button for a menu item. The download button can be enabled/disabled for a particular menu item.
  • Files counter for a menu item. Ability to enable/disable files counter for a particular menu item.
  • Default gallery cover parameter. Now a gallery cover can be set from the existing images.
  • Tested gallery with Joomla 3.9.3.
  • Date/author/gallery counter display. Bugs resulted caused inability to enable/disable the parameters via menu item settings.
  • Watermark text display. Bug caused inability to display a watermark text over images.
  • Comments display. Fixed comments display via menu item settings.
  • Latest module optimization for a lightbox. Fixed module layouts display in the lightbox.
  • Links display in gallery preview description. Bug caused incorrect links display within the gallery preview description.
  • Show backlink option for default gallery settings. Added show backlink option in default gallery settings.
  • Bellow gallery description display. Bug resulted in an inability to place gallery description underneath the image.
  • Gallery preview display in Masonry. Aligned gallery preview image for Masonry format.
  • Language files update. Bug resulted in missing translations.
  • Files ordering. Added files ordering buttons in the files section.
Version 4.4.3 (Minor) released on 26 Feb 2019, 1 modification
  • New lightbox script that shows images full size without cropping and allows comfort preview on mobile devices.
Version 4.8.3 (Minor) released on 22 Feb 2019, 1 modification
  • Editor (JCE) Button plugin fix. Used to give a 404 page when used in editor.
Version 4.4.2 (Minor) released on 04 Jan 2019, 2 modifications
  • Fixes for compatibility with older FW Gallery version. Bug resulted into T_FUNCTION error in some cases and didn't show some Admin sections.
  • Checked menu options parameters to work as expected, grouped them in sections for easier navigation.
Version 4.8.2 (Maintenance) released on 04 Jan 2019, 1 modification
  • Fixes for compatibility with older FW Gallery version. Bug resulted into T_FUNCTION error in some cases.
Version 4.8.1 (Minor) released on 19 Dec 2018, 7 modifications
New features
  • Added anchors to galleries and files blocks in a gallery layout so a user gets back to section where pagination was clicked rather than at the top of a page.
  • Removed sub-galleries parameters as redundant.
  • Updated Galleries columns settings and layout on responsive devices.
  • Front-end Manager design update: controls update, fields regrouped for better usability.
  • Save filter parameters after editing a file. It used to get reset before.
  • Checked IPTC/XMP tags to be imported when single file is uploaded or a batch upload is used.
  • Checked menu options parameters to work as expected, grouped them in sections for easier navigation.
Version 4.4.1 (Maintenance) released on 19 Dec 2018, 4 modifications
New features
  • Added anchors to galleries and files blocks in a gallery layout so a user gets back to section where pagination was clicked rather than at the top of a page.
  • Removed sub-galleries parameters as redundant.
  • Updated Galleries columns settings and layout on responsive devices.
  • Save filter parameters after editing a file in Admin section. It used to get reset before.
Version 4.4.0 (Minor) released on 06 Dec 2018, 12 modifications
New features
  • New Default design for Gallery, Image and Lightbox.
  • Combined Gelleries List and Gallery views to simplify front-end configuration and improve usability.
  • Layout options for a gallery album.
  • Layout options for a file in a gallery.
  • Option to select gallery information underneath a thumb or on hover.
  • Option to select file information underneath a thumb or on hover.
  • Gallery and file layout global settings can be reconfigured via menu item settings.
  • Gallery can be set by selecting several galleries to a menu item.
  • New design for Single item layout with a gallery slider underneath.
  • Show/hide parameter for a Single item view.
  • View files in a gallery with a lightbox rather than on a separate page.
  • Joomla 3.9.1 compliance check.
Version 4.8.0 (Minor) released on 06 Dec 2018, 23 modifications
New features
  • Layout and design parameters for Content Plugin.
  • New Map module design to show thumbs on map.
  • New Default design for Gallery, Image and Lightbox.
  • Old default design comes as a separate design called Classic.
  • Every gallery and gallery file has its own layout in a different design.
  • Combined Galleries List and Gallery views to simplify front-end configuration and improve usability.
  • Layout options for a gallery album.
  • Layout options for a file in a gallery.
  • Option to select gallery information underneath a thumb or on hover.
  • Option to select file information underneath a thumb or on hover.
  • Design can be set for any menu item.
  • Gallery and file layout global settings can be reconfigured via menu item settings.
  • Gallery can be set by selecting several galleries to a menu item.
  • Gallery can be created by selecting tags assigned to files in different galleries.
  • New design for Single item layout with a gallery slider underneath.
  • Show/hide parameter for a Single item view.
  • View files in a gallery with a lightbox rather than on a separate page.
  • New Admininstrator section design.
  • Added Dashboard in Admin section to monitor updates and Statistics.
  • New gallery Files section design in Admin panel.
  • Removed Tag Gallery layout.
  • Updated 12 language files translations.
  • Update for Picasa plugin and renamed to Google Images Import Plugin.
Version 4.7.0 (Minor) released on 26 Jul 2018, 5 modifications
New features
  • Hotkeys for Single Image view to navigate through gallery with ←, →, ESC to go back to parent gallery.
  • Tested gallery with Joomla 3.8.10.
  • Fixed Front-end gallery setting saving its value and allow front-end editing. Also added a little hint to help configure Front-end Manager.
  • Fixed admin navigation after saving image or category in the middle of a listing.
  • Fixed high thumbnails in gallery preview.
Version 4.3.2 (Minor) released on 26 Jun 2018, 2 modifications
  • Single image right column fix to hide when nothing is shown in it.
  • Joomla 3.8.8 compliance check.
Version 4.6.0 (Minor) released on 25 May 2018, 7 modifications
New features
  • New gallery type is a Tag gallery! Set your gallery by choosing tags used for images and videos to create a gallery. Any image that have tags matching selected will be listed in that gallery.
  • Custom images sizes configuration settings for small, medium and large versions to keep high quality at lowest resolution adapting it for used template.
  • Improved design and layout settings for Galleries and Gallery view. Now design can be set for a front-end layout using Global Setting or Menu Item Options.
  • Facebook import plugin update: according to Facebook security changes Facebook import was updated to work correctly. Now a user will have to create his own Facebook App rather than using common Fastw3b app we had setup, but the rest is the same.
  • Joomla! 3.8.8 compatibility.
  • Right data column is hidden is no data is shown, image is centered.
  • Images listing pagination in admin after editing.
Version 4.2.4 (Maintenance) released on 07 Jun 2017, 4 modifications
New features
  • pagination option: standard Joomla or AJAX load more
  • 1 column display option
  • active tag highlight in tags view
  • HTML enabled for gallery and image descriptions
Version 4.2.3 (Minor) released on 18 May 2017, 3 modifications
New features
  • Added default option for menu item parameters to use global configuration if parameters were not specified on purpose.
  • Joomla 3.7.1 compliance check.
  • Fixed bug with menu item parameters and their priority over default configuration parameters.
Version 4.0.3 (Maintenance) released on 18 May 2017, 3 modifications
New features
  • Added default option for menu item parameters to use global configuration if parameters were not specified on purpose.
  • Joomla 3.7.1 compliance check.
  • Fixed bug with menu item parameters and their priority over default configuration parameters.
The fastest way to get FW Gallery working

Setting up FW Gallery on your website is a very simple and straightforward process.

Here are the topics covered in this manual:

  • Downloading free component
  • Installing on your website
  • Basic configuration
  • Verifying account
  • Understanding Add-ons concept
  • Support & documentation
Downloading free component

FW Gallery is a free product with no limits in number of categories or files. You can always find the latest version on our website at FW Gallery product page . Take your time to explore the product page as it contains a lot of helpful information and deals.

Find a big yellow Download button and hit it. If you are on the top of the page, you will be taken to a download section, and you will need to hit Download button one more time. The same yellow big button.

In Download Details section on the download page you will see product info, a list of free add-ons that come with the product on the right and a link to Terms & Conditions.

After clicking the final big yellow download button, you will be able to download a file and store it on your local computer.

Download complete! Now you have an installation ZIP archive file on your computer. Let's move on to installation.

Installing on Joomla!

If you followed previous Downloading free component part carefully you have a ZIP FW Gallery file ready to install. The process is no different from any other Joomla! extension installation. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Joomla! Administration panel in a browser. Usually it is your website + /administrator/ in URL.
    Example: https://joomlawebsite.com/administrator/
  2. In Admin Main Menu go to Extensions -> Manage -> Install.
  3. Select Upload Package File tab if not selected.
  4. Drag & Drop FW Gallery installation file or click Or browse for file button to locate the file on a hard drive to launch installation process.

When installation is complete you will see a message from Joomla!, reporting your installation was successful.

Basic configuration

Before you start filling your website with actual data, 2 things we recommend you to do:

  1. Go to Extensions -> FW Gallery -> Dashboard and make sure Quick Check section is green, telling you that all important folders exist and writable.
  2. In Extensions -> FW Gallery -> Settings set general categories and files layout and design. Can be done later.

Detailed overview of every FW Gallery section in Admin panel can be found in Main Component manual.

Verifying a website

Verification is a very important step! It will allow you to update component and install add-ons in one click, see new versions available, check new paid and free add-ons, manage subscriptions and use support.

The verification block is located on the sidebar, under FW Gallery logo.

Just click it and log into Fastw3b account or register. With this account, you will be able to visit Fastw3b's Client Section at fastw3b.com website.

Once your account is verified you will be able to:

  1. Download and install all purchased/free add-ons.
  2. See when add-on and component update is available and install it in one click (if allowed).
  3. See all new add-ons in Admin -> Add-ons section of your component.
  4. Manage subscriptions right from your website's Dashboard section in Admin panel.
  5. Use verified website to report a bug in Fastw3b Ticket Support system.
Non-verified accounts are not eligible for any support according to our Terms & Conditions
Understanding Add-ons concept

FW Gallery is a free Joomla! component with free and paid add-ons. Add-on is a very important element of Fastw3b product eco system. It allows flexibility to use only those features every website needs saving budget and time configuring through numerous features one may not need.

Add-on is any FW Gallery specific Module, Plugin or Design. Disregarding the fact they are packed as standard Joomla! extensions and can be installed via standard installation process, any of these add-ons will have no use without FW Gallery component. That is why we came up with a specific word "Add-on" for all these product specific extensions.

A type of add-on is always specified in Add-ons section in Admin panel on your website.

It doesn't matter if you buy add-ons from your component's Admin Add-ons section or our website. These transactions are equal and will reflect in your account the same way. All paid add-ons come as subscriptions for 30 days or 12 months.

You must verify your website before you can make any purchases from it.

We came up with 30 days option because some websites need a quick and cheap solution. Sometimes it may be good for testing purposes while developer is not sure if solution will work with other products on a website.

12 months subscription allows you to download updates any time within a year and get access to full support. Yearly subscription costs at least 250% cheaper comparing to monthly option. We encourage you to get yearly subscriptions and enjoy all benefits of new releases and exceptional support.

You can always test all add-ons on our FW Gallery demo website, including admin section which is also available for testing.
Documentation, demo & support

Every product has its own documentation section, demo website and support. While development is a never-ending process we try our best to keep documentation and demo synced and actual to current development state.

Most of the job is being done while we develop and test new releases. From the other hand our tests are limited to our imagination and environment we test in. Sometimes, receiving your questions in Ticket Support, we hear of new ways to use features we never thought of using this way. Sometimes we discover how some specific hosting environments may affect our product performance. It also happens when we miss some bugs and release them in new versions after fixing other parts of the product. But as soon as problem is discovered we release an update as soon as we can.

Our Ticket Support system is part of our subscription for all our customers disregarding of number add-ons you use or technical level you have. If you can't find any information or feel puzzled please don't hesitate to contact us and we will assist with any your questions about our product and add-ons.

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