JV-Relatives - Configuration for Joomla Articles

JV-Relatives can scan and display related articles for articles in core Joomla content which is the com_content component. Support for Joomla Core Articles is provided by JV-Relatives in two ways - Using a module and a plugin. Based on your choice you need to visit the Joomla module manager or plugin manager and configure the module or plugin accordingly. Following is a guide to various settings you have in the JV-Relatives for Joomla Core Articles module/plugin.

The plugin can be found in the Joomla extensions - Plugin section, under the "content" type with the title "JV-Relatives for Joomla Core". 

Options Tab:

Display Position:

Decide where you want to place the related articles output. If you use "Display after nth occurrence of HTML element" or "Display after a random occurrence of HTML element", then you must configure the options in "Display Element Config" tab too. If you use the "Display where {jvrelatives} tag is present" option, then you need to include {jvrelatives} manually in the articles where you want it to appear.

Width in percentage:

Provide the value in % (without % sign) for the width of the box. For full width, provide 0 as the value.

Related Articles Title:

Provide the title to the related articles display

Social Media Buttons Position:

Decide where you want to place the social media buttons output in the article.

Number of Columns:

Decide the number of columns to use to display related articles. Each related article will appear in 1 column.

Show Article Text:

Decide if you want JV-Relatives to display the article text along with the article/post title for each related article in the list. This is not just the intro text, but text will taken from the full article content.

Length of article title text:

Provide the maximum number of characters of the title of the related article to be displayed. 0 implies that, the complete article title will be displayed.

Length of article text:

If you have chosen to show article text in the related articles list, then please provide the maximum number of characters of the article text to be displayed. 0 implies that, the complete article text will be displayed.

Show article text on click?

If you set this to yes and if "show article text" is also set to Yes, then the text will remain hidden when the related articles are listed. Clicking on the title of the related article will expand and make the text visible

Show Timestamp?

Do you want to display article creation date or last updated date? Options available are,

  • Show created timestamp
  • Show last updated timestamp
  • Do not show any timestamp or (Hide)

Timestamp Format:

This is the format of the timestamp that you want to show. You may use any valid parameter used in strftime php function in this field

Show Number of Hits:

Decide if you want to show the number of hits of the related article.

Show Author name?

Decide if you want to show the author name of the related article.

Show Category?

Decide if you want to show the category of the related article.


Display Element Config Tab:

These options are required to be filled only if you have chosen  "Display after nth occurrence of HTML element" or "Display after a random occurrence of HTML element" as "Display Position" in Options tab. These options are based on paragraph or div HTML tag positioning. This means that, you can decide to display the related articles after a specific occurrence of para or div tag in the article. Alternatively, you can show it after a random occurrence of one of those tags. Additionally, you can decide to hide it initially and display it only as the user scrolls ot a specific position. This position is determined by the number of pixels from the position where it is to the position where the reader is at any point in time.

HTML Element

Select the HTML tag whose positioning is used to display related articles.

Element Position:

Provide the value for n as nth position of the element. For exampe, if you select 4, then the related articles display will be positioned just after the 4th occurrence of the para or div tag (as configured in HTML element) that article.

Element Display mode:

You can decide to show the related articles always at the above positions, or can choose to hide it initially and and display it only as the user scrolls ot a specific position.

Pixels to show from:

This is the number of pixels above and before the element occurrence that the related articles will appear as the reader scrolls. Applicable only if you have chosen scrolling as the mode above.


Joomla Articles Tab:

Number of Articles

This determines the number of related articles to display.

Keywords Source:

Articles in com_content or the default Joomla article manager store their keywords in the jos_content native tables. When you edit or add keywords for an article in Joomla article manager they get added into the jos_content table. These are the native Joomla tables.

Another source is the Joomla article tags in Joomla 3.x. Use this if you want to search related articles by article tags and not on meta keywords.

Some 3PD components like AceSEF and sh404SEF can even generate meta keywords for articles for com_content based on urls. In such cases they store the generated meta keywords in their own tables and not in Joomla native tables.

In this option you need to choose the appropriate value based on whether you are using such 3PD components to generate meta keywords or if you are using the Joomla native content tables. If in doubt please contact our support personnel. Usually majority of the websites use "Joomla Content Tables" for storing meta keywords

Search in my category?

Sometimes you may want to search for related articles from with in the same category of articles as the displayed article is. In such a case, set this to Yes. If you set this to No, then you may configure further options in "Categories to Search"

Categories to Search:

This option is used only if you have selected "No" to "Search in my category". In this option you may select the list of all Joomla categories that you want to search in for related articles.

Search in Article Titles:

If yes then JV-Relatives searches for meta keywords inside article titles as well apart from searching in meta keywords of other articles

Related Articles Fallback:

If the related articles scan for meta keywords does not yield results then you can set this option to show articles from the same category as related articles.

Thumbnail Image:

  • Dont show thumbnail - Does not generate thumbnail
  • First image in article content - The first image embedded in the article will be used for thumbnail generation
  • 'Images and Links' -> 'Intro Image' - With this option, JV-Relatives picks the intro image that you have configured for the article in Joomla article manager, for thumbnail generation.
  • 'Images and Links' -> 'Full Article Image' - With this option, JV-Relatives picks the image that you have configured for the full article display in Joomla article manager, for thumbnail generation.

Thumbnail generation requires PHP GD-2 library to be installed, which is normally the case with most of the service providers. Enabling this option increases CPU load slightly, as thumbnail generation happens online. For more info, on thumbnail generation, please refer to this article

If this option is enabled and the related article does not have an image in it, then the default thumbnail image if configured will be displayed.

Thumbnail Alignment:

You can choose to align the thumbnail image to the left of the related article description/title, or above and center it.

Width of thumbnail:

This is the thumbnail width in pixels, after resizing. If the thumbnail size defined here is more than the image width in the article, then resizing will not happen.

Height of thumbnail:

This is the thumbnail height in pixels, after resizing. You may leave the field empty or set it to 0 to have the height proportionally calculated with width.

Display Social Media:

Set this to Yes if you want to show social media buttons in the displayed article.

Show Related Articles in & Categories options:

Select which category of articles should JV-Relatives include or exclude to show related articles output. If you do not wish to show JV-Relatives output on articles in any category, just de-select the category under include mode. To select multiple category, hit the shift key


Tags Tab:

Tags can be Joomla tags or meta keywords or component specific tags. This set of configuration options applies to tags displayed by JV-Relatives in articles.

Display Tags:

Set this to Yes if you want to display the meta keywords or tags of the displayed article
Tags Position:
Decide where you want to place the tags in the article.
Tags Link Destination:
If meta keywords is the source of keywords (as in Joomla Articles - Keyword Source field), then you can choose to link the tags to Joomla search or Joomla Finder search or not link the tag. 
If Joomla article tags is the source of keywords (as in Joomla Articles - Keyword Source field), then you can choose to link the tags to their respective tags pages or not link the tags. 
Open in New Window:
Decide if you want to open the link on the tag to open in new window or in existing window
Tags Styling & Colors:

If you need advanced styling, then you can add your CSS statements to custom.css of JV-Relatives.

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