This gives a brief overview of each jDownloads module.
An image of a typical item in the list is shown for most of the modules listed below. Some have specific articles.
The Top module shows those Downloads that have been downloaded the largest number of times. This could also be described as showing the set of the Most Popular Downloads. This is not subject to any time limit.
The Latest module shows the most recently created Downloads.
The Last Updated module shows the most recently updated Downloads. That is those Downloads that have been modified. It is necessary to mark the Downloads as updated and to set the modification date if you wish them to be shown in this module.
The Most Recently Downloaded module shows those Downloads that have just been downloaded. Optionally it also shows the user who downloaded the item.
The Related Downloads module shows those Downloads related to the Download being shown. The Related Downloads are selectable as either those in the same Category or its sub-categories as the Download being shown on the details page or those with the same creation date. It is most frequently used in the Download Details view but it may also be used in Descriptions and elsewhere. There is an article Related Module (opens in new tab/window) on this module. It is a slightly unusual module as it is not assigned to a position.
The Most Rated Downloads module has two variants: the Top Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of stars; the Most Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of votes. You can have both versions as separate modules by making a duplicate.
The Featured module shows Downloads that have been 'featured' and are typically listed with a yellow star. This is most useful to pick out the featured Downloads in one or more categories.
The very useful Tree module shows the Categories and Sub Categories in a tree structure. It gives an alternate navigation aid. There is an article on the Tree module (opens on a sepate window/tab).
The Stats module shows the statistics: how many Downloads; the number of Categories; and the total number of times files have been downloaded.
The View Limits module shows a logged on user their current download limits. These include daily, weekly and monthly limits. See [NEEDS REF] for more details.
Setting up Modules
Setup of the most modules is very simiar.
- There is the ability to add text before and after the module list;
- to select from which category or categories the information is shown;
- the number of entries in the list;
- set as a link to Download Details page, subject of course to the Permissions;
- view Description as a tool-tip; and so on.
Of course only those Downloads which have the appropriate view access are shown. For example with the View Limits module then one would set the view access to Registered.
There are four module parameters that must be set up, except for the Related module where no position is specified:On the Module tab Title: Position and Status:
and on the Menu Assignment tab Module Assignment
1. A neat way to show several modules without using a lot of screen space is to show in a Tabs module
(opens in a new tab/window
2. The Before and After text fields are very useful to add in extra information.
3. Sometimes you may wish to add in not just text but some html code. However jD removes regular html enclosed in < ... >. But if you use the Sourcerer plugin,available free from www.regularlabs.com
, then it is possible. The code below gives the result shown in the picture. Note the use of [[ and ]] in place of < and >.
ColinM Nov 2019