Just recently I stumbled upon a quite interesting video, reviewing front page news modules for Joomla. The video is published by SmartTactics and devotes most of the time talking about AJAX Scroller. The video is pretty informative so check it out below (jump to 3:35 if you want to go straight to the AJAX Scroller part).
- It uses AJAX, and that’s quite important, because it’s on the front page. So, if we can scroll through a number of stories, you don’t want all of those stories loading as the first page loads, cause you’re just gonna slow down people getting on to your home page. The AJAX Scroller actually loads one story bringing the others in as it needs them.
- It is editable from the front end. That’s critical for us, because in many of the sites we run and manage for our clients, they are only editing from the front end. In fact, we could have dozens of editors on some of the sites, and they only have front end access. Many, many, many Joomla scrollers simply wouldn’t do what we want it to do because there was no way of interacting for all and making it more dynamic. What’s really great about AJAX Scroller is that the stories are added by a single editor who doesn’t need to control all sections of the site.