Instructions for the module «Widget community VK» for Joomla

First, get the module by clicking the button above «Get module», if the module has already been received, then proceed further.

Installing the module in CMS Joomla 3

Go to your site’s dashboard.

In the top menu, follow the path to the extension installation manager along the path «Extensions» – «Manage» – «Install»:

Joomla 3 Extension Manager

On the page that opens, press the green button and select the archive received on the IWS.BY website when ordering.

After successful installation, you will receive a notification about successful installation:

Joomla 3 Successful Installation Notice

Enabling the module «Widget community VK» in CMS Joomla 3

To work, the module must be enabled.

Go to the CMS Joomla 3 module management manager along the «Extensions» – «Modules» path.

On the page that opens, in the search bar, enter the name of the module for a quick search. Title «IWS.BY Widget community VK».

Only one module we need will remain in the list of modules. There will be a red cross next to the name, click on it to activate the module.

The red cross will change to a green checkmark, the plugin has been successfully activated.

Configuring the module «Widget community VK» in Joomla 3

In the list of modules, click on the name of the module. The module configuration page will open. Let’s consider the required fields.

First field «License Key».

«License Key» field

It is necessary to fill in the license key received during the registration and download of the plugin from the IWS.BY website. The key must be filled in to receive regular plugin updates. Without this key, an error will be displayed when updating to a new version.

Field « Connect OpenAPI VK?»

If you select the «Yes» option, a public API service will be connected to the site, which are necessary for the work of the widgets of the Vkontakte social network.

If your site already has a public API connected, then set the option to «No».

Field «Community ID»

In this field, you must enter the numeric community identifier in the Vkontakte social network. How to get a numeric community ID, read below, or go directly to the required section by clicking on the desired item in the table of contents on the left.

Field «Display mode»

The display mode is responsible for the type of information displayed in the widget. There are 3 types of data display. Consider each one.

«Members» – photos of members in the community will be displayed.

«News» – a list of community posts will be displayed.

«Name only» – The widget will display only information about the community without photos of members and posts.

Field «Do not use cover art»

Опция отвечает за отображение обложки в виджете. Если стоит галочка, то обложка будет скрыта.

Field «Advanced mode»

Enables an extended information display mode. This option works only if the «News» value is selected in the «Display mode» field.

Field «Widget width view»

The option sets the width of the widget. By default, the width is automatic, but if you want to constrain, then select the «Specify the width» value and fill in the box below.

Field «Widget width»

Indicated by a number in pixels. The value from this field is applied if the «Specify the width» value is selected in the «View width widget» field.

Field «Widget height view»

The option sets the height of the widget. By default, the height is automatic, but if you want to limit, then select «Specify height» and fill in the field below.

Field «Widget height»

Indicated by a number in pixels. The value from this field is applied if the «Specify Height» value is selected in the «Widget Height View» field.

Field «Background color»

The option sets the background color of the widget.

Field «Text color»

This option sets the color of the text in the widget.

Field «Button color»

The option is responsible for the background color of all buttons in the widget.

Now you need to adjust the display position of the widget in the right place.

Field «Status»

This field must be set to Published.

Field «Position»

In this option, you must select the position of the module in the template, where the community widget will be displayed.

Next, go to the «Menu Assignment» tab

A tab with one field will open «Module Assignment»

At this point, it is important to select a value, otherwise the module will not be displayed on the site pages. In our case, we chose the value «On all pages».

These are all the fields and options, by filling in which on the site you will see the Vkontakte community widget.

Getting a Vkontakte community ID

To get the numeric community identifier on the Vkontakte social network, you need to go to your community page.

In the right column on your community page, go to the Statistics section.

A page with statistics for your community will open. We are interested in the address bar of the opened page.

The number «1111111» is the numeric identifier of your community on the Vkontakte social network.