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#10721 Piwigo plugin

Parent Category:
DPMedia
Category:
Image Services
Last Updated:
Allon Moritz, Wednesday, 24 April 2024 19:20
Created:
Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:33
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Introduction

The Piwigo plugin integrates media data from your Piwigo website into the Joomla core media manager. It allows the admin to select images in articles and any other extension which uses the core media manager. Beside that it is possible to create albums, upload images, rename and delete the data directly from within Joomla on your Piwigo instance. It's possible to add unlimited different Piwigo accounts in the plugin.

Please read the Concept of image service provider integration article to get more information how to get started with the image service provider plugins from DPMedia.

Piwigo integration into Joomla

Add your Piwigo account

Adding a Piwigo account is rather straightforward. To do so, open the filesystem Piwigo plugin in the plugin manager in the back end of your Joomla site. Click on the green "+" button in the plugin edit form. Copy your credentials and server url settings into the form. Click the "Save" button in the toolbar of the plugin. Keep in mind that the write operations need an admin account. So be careful what you aall want to do from within Joomla.

The hostname must include the protocol, either http or https and optional the port. It has to point to the root url, without /admin.php or /tools/ws.htm.

Piwigo folder

Media files locally

Per imported account the admin can define that media files should be served locally. This helps to ensure that the site is compliant with the sites privacy policy and that the visitors are only fetching media data from the web site.

If activated, then the files are copied from Piwigo to the local filesystem on a path the site admin can define. This happens when a media file is selected in an article or everywhere else from a media field. During the media list fetch, the files and thumbs are not stored locally. Each file will be saved with the last modification timestamp to ensure that the updates are immediately reflected locally.

If the file is an image it is also possible to define a custom width and height, so the drive of the Joomla site will not fill up quickly.

Piwigo local images params

Automatic resize

The plugin supports automatic resize when images are uploaded. The images are only scaled down, but not up. The admin can choose between the following four options when resizing should be applied:

  • No
    No resizing is performed.
  • On upload
    Images are resized on upload only. Existing images do keep their dimensions.

When only a width or height is set, then a resize is performed and the aspect ratio is kept. Like that will all images have the same width or height. When both dimensions are set, then an option is shown which lets you define if the aspect ratio should be kept or not. If it is not kept, then each image has the same dimensions but the smaller side gets cropped. Here are some examples listed for a better understanding:

Image dimensions Force width Force Height Keep aspect ratio Resized image dimensions Crop
2000 x 3000 0 400 267 x 400 No
2000 x 3000 400 0 400 x 750 No
2000 x 3000 400 100 No 400 x 100 Height is cropped from 750 to 100
2000 x 3000 400 100 Yes 67 x 100 No
2000 x 3000 100 400 No 100 x 400 Width is cropped from 267 to 100
2000 x 3000 100 400 Yes 267 x 400 No

Caching

Per imported account the site administrator can define caching so images will be loaded much faster in the media manager. DPMedia uses the core Joomla cache, so it can be revoked at any time in the core Maintenance Manager. Additionally the admin can define a cache time so images will downloaded after a certain time automatically again from Piwigo.

Piwigo cache

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