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Joes Revolver Map (JRM)

Instructions:
  1. Visit the website http://revolvermaps.com/?target=setup
  2. Configure the map to the settings you want.
  3. Copy the ID reference as per the "Important Note" below.
  4. Login to your Joomla website admin panel
  5. Install this module as per usual (will auto-install)
  6. Go to Extensions > Module Manager
  7. Paste the ID code you got from revolvermaps.com into the module parameter.

Important Note:
The ID it installs with is for my demo site. If you want to reset the visitor count and associate it with just your site, you'll need to visit www.revolvermaps.com and take your ID from the script code:

For example:

  1.  rm_f1st('0','280','true','false','000000','3sv7MUqXeMI','true','ff0000'); 
or

  1.  <param name="i" value="3sv7MUqXeMI" /> 
The Unique ID code would be "3sv7MUqXeMI" (without the double-quotes)

How to do this without using this extension:
  1. Visit the website http://revolvermaps.com/?target=setup
  2. Configure the map to the settings you want.
  3. Copy the entire javascript code they give you.
  4. Login to your Joomla website admin panel
  5. Create a new Custom HTML Module
  6. In the "Custom HTML", either disable rich-text editor or click on the HTML button
  7. Paste the code you got from revolvermaps.com into the "Custom HTML" parameter.

Demo

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RamzWS
# RamzWS Thu, 16th September 2010
Hi, great module. Im loving it!
However Im not sure if I have done something wrong as the only person that displays on the map is myself, even though I know I have visitors from different area's on my site. Any idea's on why?
Thanks in advance
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# Webmaster Thu, 16th September 2010
Thanks for the comment RamzWS. I know, the module looks nice when lots of people are on it but personally I find mine too busy and can't read all the countries unless I zoom in...

A visit is associated to the ID code (in your Joomla Admin Panel as a Module Parameter). RevolverMaps.co m store the IP which runs this using that ID code and counts that as 1 more visit. That tiny bit of data is held on their servers. If you have just installed it then it is likely to be clean with just you displaying on the globe.

This revolver map is meant to list only current visitors. It can give a number as to recent visitors but get 2 people on your site and you should see two dots on your map. If not then there may be an error, in which case reply to this comment and attach a webpage address for me to look at.
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RamzWS
# RamzWS Sat, 18th September 2010
Thanks for the quick reply.

It seems I have it setup correctly with the ID code, set "yes" to visitors, recent hits and stars. I see from another module that I have visitors from different areas but they do not display on the revolving map, or the 2D map as dots or "flags".
Webpage address is http://www.ramzws.com
Any idea's you have on correcting this would be great.
Again, thanks in advance!
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# Webmaster Sat, 18th September 2010
Hi RamzWS,

Flags won't display on the 2D version, would be cool though, a lot more educational perhaps. But beyond my control i'm afraid.

I'm of the opinion that the module displays visitors to that page and not to the overall site but I'll find out from RevolverMaps.Co m and post back.

PS: If they don't and it is just the page, you could consider generating codes for each page and then total these... I had an ID generator in version 1.0 but wasn't sure how RevolverMaps would react... You could always use the default ID code but it wouldn't be true...
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RamzWS
# RamzWS Sat, 18th September 2010
Hmm... let me know the feedback you get from Revolvermaps.co m.
I would have thought that there would be a progressive total of "dots" on the 2D Map? If you visited that page I would have thought that there would be more than one "dot" on the 2D map. I know that the current "dot" corresponds to myself.
I'll wait for your response then consider some of the other options you have suggested. Im not keen to use the default code though, kind of pointless since it isnt true. 8)
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# Webmaster Mon, 20th September 2010
Hi RamzWS,

RevolverMaps haven't got back to me but after going through their site, I found that the globe and the dots all come from globalizer. I'm going to see if I can get it to display total visitors to the site reading from Joomla! tables.

I'm busy going live with an internal web-system but I think I'm going to use it for version 1.3 of this module :c) And I'll see what I can do about a code generator.
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# Webmaster Fri, 24th September 2010
I should've given them more time. Globizer.net is having some problems with their site so I'm unable to get the source code. In the meantime, RevolverMaps.co m have got back to me with the following:

"thank you for your great commitment. The service displays the visitor on
the page that includes the widget. In order to display the visitors of
the whole website the widget must be placed on every subpage. See also
section 5 on http://revolvermaps.com/?target=faq.

Please note: Beside the ID (as you mentioned correctly on your site) the
user also has to insert the right URL to the RevolverMaps server. It's
currently rc.revolvermaps .com and jc.revolvermaps .com, but it changes
from time to time. Both: The ID and the servers must be verified by the
user in order to ensure the proper function of the module.
"
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RamzWS
# RamzWS Mon, 20th September 2010
Thanks for your help. Ill eagerly keep an eye out for the version 1.3 =)
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snooky147
# snooky147 Sat, 19th February 2011
it's AMAZING !!!!
Hi, very nice module with an excepionnal precision, where others see IP at 100 kms from my home, yours see exactly where I live, that's almost unbelievable !!
It's should be a good thing to have an option to display only one country or one part of map and also only enable access to statistic for "special" and not for public or registred.
Thanks
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Alison
# Alison Wed, 12th October 2011
Looking forward to this cool app getting J1.7 ready.

Love your work Joel!
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shilpa
# shilpa Wed, 21st March 2012
Its really very very nice module.I liked it.Thanks
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Pak Sae
# Pak Wed, 28th March 2012
Do you have a plan to support multilanguage?
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Jasper Jones
# Jasper Thu, 5th April 2012
Would these maps you're writing about also show all the different social search options for advertising? How would that work? How would they be ranked?
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Elysea
# Elysea Thu, 24th May 2012
Again I have installed this on our forum, but as I remember it used to count unique visitors only, but doesn't seem to do that any more.
Am I wrong?

Anyway, a nifty add on to the forum
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# Webmaster Thu, 21st June 2012
Hi Elysea,

The module has to be on every page of your site in order to catch all the users. I am currently upgrading this module for Joomla 2.5.x websites.

Visitors view the revolver map which in turn sends their IP to the revolvermaps server which returns what the globe should be displaying... if that makes sense. The visits should be just unique ones and the dots are previous visits, as far as I gather.
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Elysea
# Elysea Thu, 21st June 2012
I was thinking about the counts shown on the page where I go to from clicking on the map. Maybe I just read it wrong, but it seems like it's counting the same persons visit every time.
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Thierry
# Thierry Tue, 13th November 2012
:roll: YESSSS Please for joomla 2.5
It's the best visitor map for joomla..

Thanks you very much.
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MPADIDAR
# MPADIDAR Wed, 13th March 2013
hi,

First, let me say that it is a great extension. I have been using your extention on Joomla 1.5 and it works great. I am in process of creating my site from scratch with Joomla 2.5 and I installed your extention but I cannot save the extension when I try to save the generatd jave code from revolvermap.com . It works fine when if I get a code for a new site but when I use the update option, I cannot save the code. Can you help me with this?
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# Webmaster Wed, 13th March 2013
Hi Mehrgan,

I'm possibly misreading but do you use the module parameters or the code. In your website link you are using the Flash version. Try switching the module parameter for this to Java.

If that doesn't work feel free to write back :)
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Bill Duncan
# Bill Thu, 16th May 2013
Excellent extension.

When I generate the ID code from RevolverMap and paste it into "Generated Code Override", the code disappears when saved and I am still seeing the data from your base download install on the globe.

Or am I doing something wrong?
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# Webmaster Fri, 17th May 2013
Hi Bill,

I'll investigate further as you're not the first to say this happens.

In the meantime, simply create a new Joomla module "Custom HTML" and paste your code in there, in principle, it should work.
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Bill Duncan
# Bill Fri, 17th May 2013
Its a great extension. But when I set it up I only show my presence on the 3D map and no other visitors listed or totaled up. Not sure what more I can do.

Any help is so appreciated.
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# Webmaster Fri, 17th May 2013
Hi Bill,

From the developers of RevolverMaps, "the module would need to be published on every page of the website in order to catch all visitors".

I hope that answers your question!
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Bill Duncan
# Bill Fri, 17th May 2013
Hello Joel:

Yes, I do have it published on all pages of the site. I just went back to Revolver maps to update a code and when entering the web site find the return that "no widget found" although it has been installed the day before. Could be some issue there
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# Webmaster Fri, 17th May 2013
Hmmm...

Sounds like a problem with the identifier. Was it working before and has there been a change since? The key value to have is the ID which RevolverMaps give you.

Looks good on the site though I may be biased :) Could you check your Joomla sessions while displaying the module to see if it corresponds?

Thanks !

Joe
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Bongo
# Bongo Fri, 31st May 2013
Good day Joel. I enjoy your site and articles and particularly liked this one as I hoped that it would help me resolve an issue with my site. I recently updated my revolver map code on a site that update for (www.cainidepolitie.com) but haven't launched the facelifted version of the site. I noticed something strange with the new "updated" javascript. It doesn't show the total amount of visitors or "hits". Is there a way that I could bring these back? I'm launching the new site in two days and really need this.

warmest regards.
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# Webmaster Fri, 31st May 2013
Hi Bongo,

in the code that RevolverMaps.co m give you, try changing "n=false" to "n=true":

n=true for numbers
v=true for visitors
r=true for recent hits

Let me know if that works for you.

Cheers!
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seath
# seath Mon, 28th October 2013
Hey Joel. Very nice work!
I have a problem with the extension (I saw it has been reported before). When I use it I get only my current position (not total visitors, recent hits etc). I tried the custom html mode (copied it from revolver maps) and everything works fine. Do you have any idea what could be the problem? I would prefer use your module since you are the original "source" for locating this.
Notice that before custom html code, using the module and clicking on the image the revolvermaps reported no visits at all. Now if I use the id code from the custom html into your module and click on the map I am getting at the "correct" page but the image coming from the module still has the same erratic behavior. Notice finally that now I only have published the HTML code... but I can republish module for you to see it...

My only answer would be that erratic behavior has to do with file ownerships etc.
Thanks for the consideration
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# Webmaster Thu, 9th January 2014
Hi seath,

Not sure if we took this conversation to e-mail, so I'm replying here as well. Using your own ID is correct. The module has to be on every page of your site in order to count visitors though. Personally, I have found the module slows down the site a little so for my own website, I only have it on the front page (used to be on every page but changed it for performance).

Hope that answers your question.

Kind Regards,

Joe
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jodonde
# jodonde Thu, 9th January 2014
unale to download any of the revolvermaps extensions files!
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# Webmaster Thu, 9th January 2014
Hi Jodonde,

You will need to use a browser which has javascript enabled in order to download the files. If you still experience difficulties, then send me an e-mail with what Joomla version you are using and I will send you the appropriate module.

Kind Regards,

Joe
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Manfred Valentin
# Manfred Sun, 20th April 2014
Hello,
is it possible to use this module also in joomla 3.2?
Thanks
Manfred
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# Webmaster Tue, 22nd April 2014
Hi Manfred,

Some downloaders have reported that the version of this module intended for Joomla 2.5.x has worked on Joomla 3.2.x.

As always, if there are any problems with this, then I'd appreciate any feedback and I can then release an update to address any issues.
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