Joomla is one of the world’s most popular and widely deployed content management systems… and for good reason. Its open source distribution model and large developer community ensure that new and innovative features and add-ons keep coming. With so many useful plugins available, we thought we’d start a new series detailing some of our favorite.
A stock Joomla 1.5 install has no built-in facility to display page content in tabs or slides, and so developers must either cobble something together from scratch or use a third party plugin. And that’s what takes us to our first plugin of the series… Joomla Tabs and Slides (in content items). Like most plugins, Joomla Tabs and Slides provides a non-invasive method of adding its functionality without the developer having to add any code to his or her templates or touch the core Joomla code at all. As with most well-written plugins, simply install the Joomla Tabs and Slides ZIP archive in the Joomla Control Panel (Extensions > Install/Uninstall) and then make sure it’s activated in the Plugin Manager (Extensions > Plugin Manager). At this point, you need only add some simple inline tags to your articles, so let’s talk about those.