Les Arbres Web Solutions


Simple Picture Gallery Manager is a very old picture gallery, but is simple, fast, and responsive. SPGM was originally written long before Joomla and can still be found on SourceForge. The original SPGM does not integrate into Joomla and does not have an administrative interface. Our component is a fork of that project that integrates SPGM into Joomla with a front and back end.

SPGM is simple. Galleries are simply directories that contain pictures, sub-galleries (sub-directories), and thumbnails. It is highly configurable, so many different layouts are possible - see the user guide for more details and some examples.

SPGM Has Retired

We took on SPGM back in the old Mambo days because it was one of the few galleries available but needed work to make it secure. Since then it has served us and thousands of other sites well. However, there are now dozens of galleries for Joomla, many of which are far better than SPGM. Downloads had been steadily falling, and it had not received a review on the Joomla Extensions Directory since 2013. Consequently SPGM has been retired and will no longer receive updates. We'll remove it from the site completely by the end of 2021 at the latest. In the mean time, SPGM works perfectly well in Joomla 4 and PHP 8.

Features of the Front End

  • Simple. Galleries are directories that contain pictures, sub-galleries (sub-directories), and thumbnails. SPGM does not use the database.
  • Responsive. Automatically adjusts to any screen width.
  • Supports jpg, png, and gif images.
  • Gallery/picture captioning
  • Infinite sub-galleries
  • Several sort options for both pictures and galleries
  • Random or fixed thumbnails used for gallery previews
  • New pictures highlighting
  • Can display Exif data
  • Slideshow
  • Multi-language support (34 languages)
  • Many options for controlling layout and behaviour
  • Mature and stable. We haven't seen a bug in SPGM for years.

Features of the Back End

  • Gallery (sub-directory) navigation
  • Create and rename galleries
  • Upload up to ten files at a time, with optional image resizing, or use FTP for larger quantities
  • Automatic thumbnail creation for uploaded files
  • Create thumbnails for an entire gallery just by clicking a toolbar button
  • Delete and rename image files, with automatic deletion/renaming of associated thumbnail
  • Display full size images in a popup window
  • Edit text files (e.g. caption files) in-situ, with intelligent updating of file lists
  • Dedicated editor for editing SPGM configuration files
  • English, French, and Italian translations.

The Admin Interface

The user guide includes full details of installation, gallery creation, and configuration options.

SPGM User Guide Version 5.06
SPGM Component Version 5.07