Menus Overview

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:

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. menu01A

 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.

 menu02A

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.

 menu03

List All Categories

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.

Details Tab

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.

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 Category Options Tab  List Layouts Tab
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  List All Downloads  

This menu item just lists all those Downloads for wich the user has view Access rights.  Of these only those with Download Permission are downloadable.

The main Details tab is very similar to the List All Categories setup, except of corse for the Menu Item Type.

Note that there is no Category Options tab.

One of the restrictions of List All Downloads is that it does not support 'checkbox' layouts, even if one of that type of Files layout has been selected.  That is only one Download at a time may be selected for downloading.

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 The List Layouts in List All Downloads has some additional options but is generally similar to the List All Categories menu item.

Note that you can limit the number of Downloads to show.

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List my Downloads  

This is a very useful menu item as it allows selection of only those Downloads created by the logged on user.  It does NOT mean the Downloads that have been downloaded by the logged on user.

If the Download is created in the Front End then jD will automatically insert the current user into the "Created by" field of the Publishing tab.  You can manually override and select from a list of users.

With this menu type it would be usual to set view Access to Registered or similar.  If you leave Access at Public then jDownloads will divert user to login page as List my Downloads will only show those Downloads belonging to the Current logged in user.

The List Layouts tab is the same as for List All Categories.

You can use 'checkbox' layouts with this menu item.

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Single Category

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.

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Single Download

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.

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Create a Download

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:

Search the 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

  • Search Form Vertical Layout v3.2 - Standard
  • Search Form Horizontal Layout v3.2

The "Search Form Horizontal Layout v3.2" is more compact as illustrated below.

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 Note the possible options menu00I2 cr
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ColinM  July 2016

  • Friday, 22 July 2016