jDownloads has a variety of menus as listed below. The objectives of thisatricle is to discuss the general aspects of adding a jD menu item; and then to give details on each menu type.
The menu types available at the time of writing are:
- List All Categories
- List All Downloads
- List my Downloads
- Single Category
- Single Download
- Create a Download
- Search the Downloads.
- List My Download History (from jDownloads 3.2.53 and higher - separate document)
Note that the way the Downloads are shown depends on which layout you have selected. Please see bbbb for more details.
Also of course which categories or Downloads are shown depends on bothe the view Access level and the Uer Group Permissions. We will not be dealng with those aspects here as they are discussed in other articles. However the view Access level of a menu item enables who may or may not see the Menu item itself and this is discussed.
Adding a jDownloads Menu Item
This is of course the same as adding any menu item to an existing menu. So just for completness this is described briefly in the following.
|On the Menus select New Item for the menu in which you wish to place the jDowloads menu item.|
After clicking on the Select then on the modal window scroll down to jDownloads, which currently is at or near the bottom of the list.
This then shows a list of available jDownloads menu items. Note after clicking on lDownloads above you may need to scroll down to see the actual sub memu list of jDownloads menu items. Click on the one you want.
This is the default menu item. A menu item of this type is always required. It is used when forming a link to a Download. It may of course be hidden if you do not wish users to see this menu item or maybe set that it has a view Access so that only specific User Groups can see it.
Many of the options in the List All Categories menu item are the same in other menu items so we will only describe them once. The tabs that are related to jDownloads aspects are the Details, Category Options and the List Layouts tabs. The others are 'regular' Joomla! menu set up parameters.
On the Details page it is usually only necessary to set the menu item Title on the lefthand side and, on the righthand side, to ensure Published and to set the view Access appropriately.
This menu item is like List All Categories but alloes you to select the starting Category.
That is it will show any subcategories,and so on, of the base category.
You can use 'checkbox' layouts with this menu item.
As the name indicates this menu item displays a single Download using the current active Download Details layout.
Either use the Select/Change to select from a list of all Downloads, or typein the exact Download name.
Note that the Download will only be shown if the user has view Access to the Download, so it is suggested you set the view Access of the menu item to the same as that of the Download.
Also of course it will only be downloadable if the user has the relevant Download permission.
This menu item allows a Download to be created from the front end. Clearly one should set the view Access such that only those User Groups that are permitted to create a Download are able to see this menu item.
There are two specific articles on Creating Downloads:
The Search menu item brings up a form that allows selecting various criteria to search in the Downloads. These criteria are shown below in the pictures of the Search Form
There are two layouts that show the search criteria
The "Search Form Horizontal Layout v3.2" is more compact as illustrated below.
|Note the possible options|
ColinM July 2016 (updated July 2017)