Sticky module position for Joomla 1.5 [Updated]

Some months ago I surfed around the official Joomla forum and I saw a request about a module, which provide a sticky module position for Joomla. I thought I will prepare a free module, which give the solution for this request.

What does it mean 'sticky' module?

It's hard to tell, but I will try to show you in an everyday problem. Let's start! You have a menu and a login form on the left side of your site. This column approximately fills the 50% of your site viewable area's height. You have some pages, which contains pretty long stories, product pages etc... Your visitor read the whole article and end up on the bottom of your site. What can (s)he do? (S)he can scroll back to the top of your site, maybe you have a navigation in the footer. What if (s)he would like to log in to write a comment? Scroll back to the top.

Try it on our Demo site!

I hope you see that it's not so user-friendly solution. This is the problem what the Sticky modules position can solve. It gives you a canvas where you can put your modules up and this canvas will move with the visitor scrolling.

Setting up the module

Download the installer
Install it on your site
Go to the module configuration
Here is one important parameter: Module position to show
This module position will show up in the Sticky module
Important: Never use the template built-in module position names(eg.: left, right...). Use a unique name, you can leave the value on the default 'sticky' text.
Now you can put modules on this canvas.
Go to module edit and change the module position of the modules (which you would like to show on this canvas) to the position name what you set in the previous step (default: 'sticky').
Note: The position field is a combobox, so you can write in the field.
You are done, check the result of your work.
Please write your ideas and experience in the comments!

Some screenshots

[Update 1]

In some templates there was some problem with the measurment the height of the column. In the new version (1.1) a new parameter showed up where you can set up a minimal height for the calculation.

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Comments

Guest
Yuri
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Nice idea, but it doesn't work for me...

The menu doesnt appear in the sticky module position...

Could you help me?

Roland
Thursday, 28 April 2011

Hi,

I sent you an email. I hope you received it. We will solve your issue!

Guest
lol
Saturday, 30 April 2011

When I configure the sticky module like here, it dosen't appear the sticky position in the other modules and i can't choose it.

Roland
Saturday, 30 April 2011

In that list Joomla displays the module positions, which is predefined in the template xml file, BUT you can write in that field anything (When I first met with Joomla, I thought too that the field is just a selection list, but not, you can type in there)

Guest
lol
Sunday, 01 May 2011

That is true. Now is working perfect, good work...

Guest
Erhan
Thursday, 19 May 2011

Unfortunately doesn't work on my YooTemplate. Modules appear for a second on the right side but then they disappear and it's only blank on the right side.

Roland
Thursday, 19 May 2011

Could you send me a link to your site to check this issue? You can reach me: roland.soos[_@_]offlajn.com

Guest
yy
Thursday, 02 June 2011

how to put the menu in sticky module position...?

Could you help me?

Guest
yy
Thursday, 02 June 2011

it does not display on my site... even i wrote in there "sticky"...

Pls help me...

Guest
M
Tuesday, 21 June 2011

mine doesn't work either. whole module disapear when I try to make it sticky

Roland
Thursday, 23 June 2011

Hi!

Please contact with me the provided email address some comments ago.

Guest
cris
Tuesday, 28 June 2011

I have three menus in my site, all in the same position. As I scroll down the page, the menu instead of following, it moves in the opposite direction

Roland
Thursday, 30 June 2011

Please get in touch with me on the provided email address. Send me a link to your site and an admin account. I will try to solve the issue.

Guest
datshay
Thursday, 14 July 2011

It worked for me. But it only scrolls download till the stretched area of left column. I mean if my article is longer then it wont scroll down till the bottom of the article.

Guest
TiD
Tuesday, 19 July 2011

I can't seem to get this to work with RT Gantry Framework. :(

Roland
Monday, 25 July 2011

Please get in touch with me: roland.soos[_@_]offlajn.com We will try to figure out a solution for you.

Guest
Akis
Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hello

I tried your module but it doesnt work for me either. I put your module in "sticky" position and then I wrote in main menu position "sticky" but it doenst show anywhere.

Roland
Saturday, 30 July 2011

Please try it out with the new version. I hope it will work fine.

Guest
akis
Monday, 01 August 2011

I already downloaded the latest version. Maybe you just need to make a video how to use the module. It will be easy then :)

Roland
Friday, 05 August 2011

Maybe if I will have some time I will make the video :D

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