How to set up JoomGallery, a Photo Gallery for Joomla

One feature commonly found in websites is a photo gallery. This tutorial will show you a popular Joomla extension called JoomGallery

1) As with all extensions we'll be showing you, start by going to Then, navigate to the Photos & Images / Photo Gallery category and find the JoomGallery page


2) Click Download


3) Since we have Joomla 1.5, click JoomlaGallery 1.5



As you can see, there are many extensions for this component that you can choose to download at a later date

4) Click the component link


5) We'll need the installer


6) Click Download


7) Agree to the terms of the license


8) Proceed


9) Save the file to your computer


Now, it's time to install this extension in Joomla


For assistance with finding or installing extensions, watch the first two tutorials in this series


10) Once installed, click Components...


11) ...then JoomGallery


Apparently, an update was released after we downloaded the file. You'll receive update notifications here


The developer recommends you back up your site before updating JoomGallery, just in case. If you're not sure how to do this, watch the tutorials in the Setup series


You can choose here to update using a ZIP file or to auto update


12) Click Start autoupdate


13) Return to the JoomGallery menu


Configuration Manager has many options for you to customize, if you want to. Most of the defaults should be just fine


Check out Help and Information if you run into any problems


Let's add a category


14) Click Category Manager


15) Click New


16) Enter a Title


17) Type a Description, if you want


Scroll down and change the access and display settings, if you wish. Then, scroll right


In the future, you'll be able to choose a Parent Category to put a new category into an existing one


18) Click Save


You can see under Owner and Type that the Administrator created this category using the Admin CP


Now, let's upload some pictures


19) Click Picture Upload


20) Browse for a few pictures


Scroll down


21) Choose a category


22) Enter a Generic Title to apply to every image

23) Click Upload


You can save time and upload a compressed ZIP archive of images by using Batch Upload. Or, use images that have already been uploaded with FTP Upload


Alternatively, you might prefer the Java Uploader over here


Let's take a look at our two images in the Picture Manager


24) Click here


If you encounter any problems with uploads, contact support and have them check PHP's upload_max_filesize for your server. Attempting to upload files larger than the specified size will result in errors


25) Choose one of the pictures


26) Change the title or description, if you want, then scroll down


As you can see, here are are a thumbnail and a larger preview of the picture

27) Scroll back up and click Save



You can also Move a picture to a different category, or Recreate a picture's preview images


Now let's add a menu link for the gallery


28) Click Menus


29) Go to Top Menu


Scroll right


30) Click New


31) Select JoomGallery



You'll only find the standard menu item options here; this component's settings are all in its section of the Admin CP

32) Add a Title


33) When finished changing the options here, click Save


Let's see the gallery on our Joomla site


34) Click Preview


35) Click Gallery


36) Click here to view the images in this category


A preview of the first image in the category is displayed here


37) Click one of the two images


That's it! You now know how to add a photo gallery to Joomla using JoomGallery

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