The component provides an easy voting system, requiring only a single click action for a speedy process. The component can be used to rate different images like landscapes, art, etc. which can be assigned to numerous categories. The upload is very easy, allowing also multiple upload. For each picture, a share link, rating, the number of votes will be visible on display and, if admin has them enabled, the comments. To allow the administrator content control on the site, each picture and comment can be reported.

It is mandatory that, before the first usage, you configure the basic settings regarding the extension. For doing this, go on the upper menu on Components/Hot or Not Factory and then to click on Settings.

To control the content added by users on your website, you can enable the Approve media option which will require the administrator to verify and approve all the images uploaded on the website.

With Guest upload you can allow your website visitors to upload photos without the requirement to log in.

From the Terms and conditions field you can select one of the available Joomla articles to represent the T&C regarding the content which is uploaded. For every new uploaded, users will have to read the terms and conditions and agree with them by selecting the checkbox.

A Comments system can be enabled for visitors. A text field will become available below each photo where users can express their opinion regarding it.
To control the comments made you can also enable the Approve comments option, this will allow you as an administrator to filter and delete the offensive comments.
You can also enable the Guest comments options meaning that visitors will not need to log in in order to post a comment, they will appear as Anonymous User.

Limit per page will define the number of comments shown per page, if more comments are made than the set limit, pagination will become available.

For the Voting system you can choose the Scaling of the ranking to either 10 or 5 stars. In case you choose to modify it later on, remember that the votes already made will not change and it is recommended that you use the Reset votes found at the top of the page to clear them.

The Interval field will allow you to set after which period of time a user will be able to vote again the same photo.

The same as for uploads and comments, you can allow guests to vote photos by enabling the Guests voting option.

To keep your website clean and well ordered, the images will be resized to a maximum Height and Width. You can modify these values on the Images tab.

Restrictions can be set for the uploaded images with the Minimum height and Minimum width options. Uploading smaller images than the set values will trigger an error saying that the image size is not valid.

The Watermark feature offered by Hot or Not Factory allows you, as an administrator, to add an image, such as the website logo, and stick it on all the uploaded photos in order to avoid from being stolen by other websites.

After you Enabled this feature, choose the Image which will be used as the watermark. Click on Select and a modal window will appear from which you can click the image to be inserted.

You can define the position of the watermark on the photos with the Vertical Alignment option which will place it either to the top, middle or bottom and with the Horizontal alignment, which will place it to the left, center or right side of the photos. Here you can also add (in pixels) the Margins of the watermark.

Each photo will have a Thumbnail generated for it. From here you can set their Height and Width.

You can now integrate Love Factory for a better socializing site. Keep in mind that you need to install Love Factory first in order to be able to enable this integration.


Since the component is a media portfolio for users, which gives them the possibility to vote each others' photos. As an administrator, you can help in populating the database with photos or manage the existing ones from the Media page.
This page will provide you all the existing photos from the database with various information of them, such as their categories, tags, status, the users who added them and more.
In case the approval feature is enabled, you will be able to use on this page the Approve and Unapprove buttons accordingly, in order to manage their current state.

In order to provide a full functionality, a sorting system and a Search bar are also implemented. Using the search bar, you can search for a word in the title or description of the items while using the Status and Approved filters will narrow the results.

To insert a new photo to the database, click on the New button found at the top of the page.
Details of already existing photos can also be edited by simply clicking on their names or picture or by selecting them and clicking on the Edit button.

The page that will appear when adding a new photo or when editing an existing one will allow you to set every detail of it such as the title, description, tags, category and to assign it to a specific user.


With the Comments system enabled, users will be able to post comments on the frontend for each photo and share their thoughts on them.
From this page, you will be able to see all the comments wrote along with the photos on which were made, the username who made them and the date and time of posting.
In case the approval system for comments is enabled, the new ones will appear with their status as "Unpublished" and will require your action to become "Published".

From this page you can also insert new comments or edit already existing ones by selecting the checkboxes and clicking on the Edit button.
Here you will be able to select the author of the comment, the date when it was submitted or the actual message.

Components Menu

Hot or Not Factory's menu comes with various menu items that you can manage by adding or removing them from the menu.
Here is a complete list of them, these being available for the registered users upon the installation:

  • My Media - Shows a list of the media items uploaded by the logged in user.
  • Latest Media - Shows a list of the latest media items uploaded by all the users.
  • Top Rated - Shows a list of the media items which currently have the best rating.
  • Last Voted - Shows a list containing the most recently voted media items.
  • Upload Media - Shows the upload form for multiple new media items.

(!) Documentation based on Hot or Not Factory version 4.1.5