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Extensions

Out of the box, Joomla! does a great job of managing the content needed to make your Web site sing. But for many people, the true power of Joomla! lies in the application framework that makes it possible for developers all around the world to create powerful add-ons that are called Extensions. An Extension is used to add capabilities to Joomla! that do not exist in the base core code. Here are just some examples of the hundreds of available Extensions:

  • Dynamic form builders
  • Business or organisational directories
  • Document management
  • Image and multimedia galleries
  • E-commerce and shopping cart engines
  • Forums and chat software
  • Calendars
  • E-mail newsletters
  • Data collection and reporting tools
  • Banner advertising systems
  • Paid subscription services
  • and many, many, more

You can find more examples over at our ever growing Joomla! Extensions Directory. Prepare to be amazed at the amount of exciting work produced by our active developer community!

A useful guide to the Extension site can be found at:
http://extensions.joomla.org/content/view/15/63/

Types of Extensions

There are five types of extensions:

  • Components
  • Modules
  • Templates
  • Plugins
  • Languages

You can read more about the specifics of these using the links in the Article Index - a Table of Contents (yet another useful feature of Joomla!) - at the top right or by clicking on the Next link below.


Component - Joomla! Extension Directory Components

A Component is the largest and most complex of the Extension types. Components are like mini-applications that render the main body of the page. An analogy that might make the relationship easier to understand would be that Joomla! is a book and all the Components are chapters in the book. The core Article Component (com_content), for example, is the mini-application that handles all core Article rendering just as the core registration Component (com_user) is the mini-application that handles User registration.

Many of Joomla!'s core features are provided by the use of default Components such as:

  • Contacts
  • Front Page
  • News Feeds
  • Banners
  • Mass Mail
  • Polls

A Component will manage data, set displays, provide functions, and in general can perform any operation that does not fall under the general functions of the core code.

Components work hand in hand with Modules and Plugins to provide a rich variety of content display and functionality aside from the standard Article and content display. They make it possible to completely transform Joomla! and greatly expand its capabilities.


Module - Joomla! Extension Directory Modules

A more lightweight and flexible Extension used for page rendering is a Module. Modules are used for small bits of the page that are generally less complex and able to be seen across different Components. To continue in our book analogy, a Module can be looked at as a footnote or header block, or perhaps an image/caption block that can be rendered on a particular page. Obviously you can have a footnote on any page but not all pages will have them. Footnotes also might appear regardless of which chapter you are reading. Simlarly Modules can be rendered regardless of which Component you have loaded.

Modules are like little mini-applets that can be placed anywhere on your site. They work in conjunction with Components in some cases and in others are complete stand alone snippets of code used to display some data from the database such as Articles (Newsflash) Modules are usually used to output data but they can also be interactive form items to input data for example the Login Module or Polls.

Modules can be assigned to Module positions which are defined in your Template and in the back-end using the Module Manager and editing the Module Position settings. For example, "left" and "right" are common for a 3 column layout.

Displaying Modules

Each Module is assigned to a Module position on your site. If you wish it to display in two different locations you must copy the Module and assign the copy to display at the new location. You can also set which Menu Items (and thus pages) a Module will display on, you can select all Menu Items or you can pick and choose by holding down the control key and selecting multiple locations one by one in the Modules [Edit] screen

Note: Your Main Menu is a Module! When you create a new Menu in the Menu Manager you are actually copying the Main Menu Module (mod_mainmenu) code and giving it the name of your new Menu. When you copy a Module you do not copy all of its parameters, you simply allow Joomla! to use the same code with two separate settings.

Newsflash Example

Newsflash is a Module which will display Articles from your site in an assignable Module position. It can be used and configured to display one Category, all Categories, or to randomly choose Articles to highlight to Users. It will display as much of an Article as you set, and will show a Read more... link to take the User to the full Article.

The Newsflash Component is particularly useful for things like Site News or to show the latest Article added to your Web site.


Plugin - Joomla! Extension Directory Plugins

One of the more advanced Extensions for Joomla! is the Plugin. In previous versions of Joomla! Plugins were known as Mambots. Aside from changing their name their functionality has been expanded. A Plugin is a section of code that runs when a pre-defined event happens within Joomla!. Editors are Plugins, for example, that execute when the Joomla! event onGetEditorArea occurs. Using a Plugin allows a developer to change the way their code behaves depending upon which Plugins are installed to react to an event.


Language - Joomla! Extensions Directory Languages

New to Joomla! 1.5 and perhaps the most basic and critical Extension is a Language. Joomla! is released with multiple Installation Languages but the base Site and Administrator are packaged in just the one Language en-GB - being English with GB spelling for example. To include all the translations currently available would bloat the core package and make it unmanageable for uploading purposes. The Language files enable all the User interfaces both Front-end and Back-end to be presented in the local preferred language. Note these packs do not have any impact on the actual content such as Articles.

More information on languages is available from the
http://community.joomla.org/translations.html

Antiques

As a pawn shop, we do have some interesting stuff that comes through the door.  We commonly have antique knives, trinkets, figurines, old bottles, bowls, old wood tools, old guns, old books and more. We are constantly buying and selling new antique items. You never know what treasures you may find by stopping by.  You are also welcome to give us a call or email us if you have a specific item you are looking for.

- NEW ADDITIONS -

**NEW** We are now in the process of going through and marking a collection of antique toys and collectibles.  Star Wars, Care Bears, Star Trek, GI Joe, Disney, etc.  Come in to see the new items in our collection. (I will be listing some online as well)

* We now have a collection of antique and toy cars.  Over 200 on display
* We recently purchased a collection of cool jems and stones - Cut and Uncut
* We have some new antique guns in - Check our Gun Update page for new arrivals.
* Received some Comic Books - I am in the process of going through them and identifying price.  I should have them on display in the next couple of weeks.

We are open to buying collectibles and look forward to seeing you come in to browse or sell.

We now have a Couple of Original William Verdult Oil Paintings for sale

We now have a Solid Bronze Replica of the Michaelangelo Madonna Della Pieta Stature for Sale

 

Newsflash

BEAVER SPORT & PAWN is one of the largest pawn shops in Utah with over 1500 Sq. ft. of Guns (over 1500 guns on display) and around 10,000 Sq. feet of Sporting Goods!!!

Beaver Sport has 1000's of Books and Movies!!!  Sale is on now on both. Soft Back books are $2.00 and Movies are $3.00

Beaver Sport carries a large number of collectible guns including the John Wayne Commemorative set, Utah Centennial Numbered pair, EMF Utah Commemorative, Multiple Luger's, dozens of military rifles, Old Pistols and Revolvers, Old Winchester 94's and 87's in multiple calibers, various shotguns and various other great collector rifles.

We have a new Photo Gallery with 100's of pictures of the Beaver Utah Area.  Feel free to browse the pictures of our mountains, lakes and wildlife. 

Hunting will be changing in SOUTHERN UTAH!  Proposed changes to the division of hunt units may affect your hunting areas. Learn more by visiting the Division of Wildlife resources website. 

*** NEW ***
SEE INSIDE BEAVER SPORT AND PAWN
INTERACTIVE VIEW!!!

* Beaver Sport Adventures *

Fishing Guides          * Hunting Guides          * Hiking Tours          * Picture Tours          * Mountain Bike Trails
Ghost/Mining Town Tours          * Game Calling Tour          * Rock Hounding Trip          * Archery Shooting Course
* ATV Riding Tour          * Snowshoe Trek          * Cross Country Skiing          * Family Reunions          * Survivor Style Games
* Camping Packages          * Stargazing Tour          * Wildlife Tours          * Boat Rental

TOUR PACKAGES COMING SOON!