Now get full control over integrating multiple softwares at the same time, with the new master/slave capabilities. JFusion is a free GPL plugin for the award winning Content Management System (CMS) Joomla. JFusion provides universal user integration, by extending the Joomla 1.5 user authentication framework without any core hacks. JFusion does not support every software out-of-the-box, but is designed for people to easily write a plugin to create a bridge, without re-inventing the wheel.
JFusion proves that Joomla is the future of CMS softwares. Which other CMS software can act as a portal and integrate your users across multiple different platforms? None! Now you have full control over all of your web applications using JFusion.
Currently supported softwares are;
1. vBulletin 3.8.0
2. phpBB 3.0.x
3. MyBB 1.4
4. SMF 1.1.8
5. SMf 2.x
11. Oscommerce 2.x, 3.x, XT, Zen, Max, SEO
15. Universal plugin (integration to "anything"? as long as it is simple enugh)
A number of modules are provided with the JFusion package such as;
1. Login Module
2. Latest Activity Module
3. User Activity Module
4. Who is Online Module
Additonal features such as a search plugin (integrates external search i.e. from you integrated software inside your Joomla! search) and a discussion bot(posts news items posted in Joomla! into your integrated forums automatically).
In addition to a user sync feature JFusion now also provides user-group sync using which you are able to link user-groups between softwares (handy if you have membership subscriptions that need to be synchronized between softwares)
Excellent support is available from the JFusion support playform, where our JFusion Support Team is ready to answer any questions you may have. Make sure you also check out our documentation section, as it has many guides on how to make JFusion work for you. With our new version checker and one-click upgrade functions, it has never been easier to keep your JFusion installation up to date.
JFusion is arguably the most actively developed integration software for Joomla. Just imagine what features we will be bringing to you next!
We have used this to integrate, Magneto, Moodle and Elgg while everything didn't go flawlessly it did work out in the end, most of the issues we experienced we due in part to our lack of understanding. But for what it does I really don't think there is anything better at bridging the gap to integrate other frameworks that Jfusion.
So I finaly decided to give it one more try and I did it with easy and with no problems at all, I even managed to set up 100 % working dual login and user sync, now even I decided to put who is online. It is just for all a MUST HAVE !!!!
and after I see what is all suported I am thinking of enchacing my site with few more stuff :)
Thank You !!!
As for issues. I primarily use Jfusion for doing a Gallery 2 embedding. I don't use it much for it's primary function which is user sync'ing. It works fine on one of my sites for embedding. On another where it is more complicated it fails to work properly in frameless mode because it won't pass commands properly to from the Item/Article menu and therefore those functions fail. I have posted the issue on the forums, and tried to post a bug but couldn't get that portion to work. That being said Jfusion has some typical problems of freeware. Namely the Gallery 2 Jfusion developer disappeared off the face of the planet (or Jfusion anyways) and doesn't respond to support issues any longer. I believe Gallery 2 was one of the last items brought into the Jfusion fold and unfortunately the rest of the staff is less knowledgeable about this particular plugin. All responses from developers have been kind or helpful I just hope this particular bridge continues to be supported.
You always get an answer from the support forum. It might not solve your problem but they always try. and remember, this is a free component
Coming from a Joomla 1.0 install with a SMF bridge I was afraid we would have to loose usersync when converting to Joomla 1.5. Luckily the jFusion Beta came along, and we were quickly able to convert our site to Joomla 1.5/phpBB. With this combination jFusions killer features really shines: user/group sync, discussion bot and forum search. It all just works with no serious bugs or signs of instability!
I am now stuck with a half working jfusion... Great.
Quite surprise by this review....
You have 6 threads, 32 posts and dozens of replies to your threads. Also specifically for you a fix was created and released in JFusion 1.2.4. In addition, I had on my todo list a special htaccess rule to create for you that allows auto rewriting of joomla urls to new urls with the joomla .html suffix mode enabled (joomla does not accept non-sef urls with .html suffix enabled).
I guess some people can't be pleased with "free beer" (GPL software) and will complain until they are drunk.
Installing worked like a charm, including migrating the phpBB users to Joomla which will become the master. Had everything up and running within 30 minutes. Only issue we had was with an incorrect redirect which was solved pretty quickly (need to sit down to clarify this more extensively in 'lame man's terms' then the current entry on the 'redirect_loop').
Can't wait till version 2.0 is released so we can also integrate our Mediawiki!
My expectations are fully satisfied, the product works like a charm and its setup is really straight forward.
I can't wait for the next versions !
On looking through the extensions reviews I was very disappointed to read DamienDarwick's assassination of the teams support.
I have had problems caused by other companies paid for components (The component interfered with the phpbb3 forum) and Marius rewrote a whole file of code to ensure that the other paid for component would not prevent the forum software from working. The problem was not with jfusion however the team worked faster on a fix and even discussed the problems with the other components developer in 'technical speak' in an attempt to get a resolution. 5 stars just isn't enough for the support that I received. For me its one of those must have Joomla components. Keep up the great work and roll on 2.0
Because of Zen Cart's peculiar way of doing logins, it's not possible to do the "Master Login". JFusion's Doc files explain why. But at least all my Zen Cart users are imported to Joomla properly. My customers do have to login to Joomla separately, but I think that's OK as long as they don't have to register separately.
Setup is a little fussy with JFusion, but it's worth the learning curve because once it's done, you can really walk away and forget about it. JFusion is very reliable and works flawlessly.
I used an earlier version of JFusion about a year ago: I used the VBulletin bridge. Since then, I see that they have improved installation and setup so it's much easier now. And you can install upgrades right over the existing JFusion, without having to uninstall first. I like that!!
JFusion won't be a solution for everyone. If you want to have Zen Cart as your Master program, then it's a great solution.
If you choose Joomla to be the Master program, then there are problems because Zen Cart does not have Usernames. And almost all Joomla programs need them. So if you want to setup a full social site or a bulletin board to work with Joomla, you may run into complications because none of the users will have a USERNAME. And you don't want the email Address to be broadcast to all visitors as the user ID.
JFusion allowed me to set the Joomla login for EMAIL instead of USERNAME. So it works with ZenCart without a hitch.
I am only using Joomla to add a blog, private messages, a game, Twitter link and Ecards. These are things that Zen Cart does not have and I wanted them.
If you wish to have a fully integrated Zen Cart and Joomla social site, you would probably do better with one of the fully integrated packages for Zen Cart/Joomla, which are mentioned in one of the Joomla Forum Threads.
Thank you to JFusion for such an amazing bridge program. It's one of the most awesome products in this Joomla extensions directory.
Registration emails not arriving is almost certainly due to your spam filter. Registration is working fine (other users can register and post on the forum). Check your spam box for the confirmation email.
Easy to install, simple to manage plugins (hint: use the wizards, they rock!)
Started the bridging process with a competitive (free) plug-in that is popular ... 1H of file copying in, I decided it just wasn't worth it. Luckily found JFusion and after 10 min work total (including some confusion on my part), it's done.
One piece of advice for phpBB3 users ... JFusion will tell you to "disable registration" since it is a slave. I could not find a JFusion switch to do this. Had to log into the phpBB3 control panel, go to Registration Settings and set registration to disable. Now I get the green light. However, phpBB3 login is not disabled and there appears to be no easy way to do that.
Thanks JFusion team! Can't believe you give away such an excellent product.
and i've never been on a support forum of any product which helped me sooo much. when i first followed the directions on setting it up for moodle which are found in the forum, it didn't work, but the support was great and they helped me figure out that i had inconsistent urls and they told me what i needed to change in my moodle configuration to get rid of the problem. after that, everything was smooth sailing.
I was already using Joomla! as my CMS for these sites, but when we wanted to add a forum to one of the sites, the native Joomla! extensions didn't seem right for me, I kept wanting to use phpBB3. When I discovered JFusion I knew it was time to get it set up.
With a little help from Google I was able to get JFusion up and running and had phpBB3 and Joomla's user accounts synced, and was getting logged into both. Encouraged I tried it with Gallery2 with the same success. So now I have a Joomla! website with both phpBB3 and Gallery2 integrated into it using JFusion and all three are working perfectly.
The one thing I'd like to do, and I've seen references to this but I can't find the plugin for it, is the Universal Frameless integration. I have a few websites that I'd like to use in my Joomla! site but I really don't like the standard Wrapper as it uses frames. Once JFusion's Universal Framelss is released (if it's not already) I'll be quick to get that set up.
I need to say again, I DO NOT do this for a living and found it incredibly easy to get configured and working. Thanks for a great solution to integration.
My problems start with the install itself. I encountered a 500 server error while trying to install the product in the first place. I asked about this, nothing was said about it. I asked if it could be the problem, no one answered that part of my question. I realize that maybe a problem with my hosting so I let that go. I checked all the files manually via FTP and ended up uploading a few files that did not get placed into the install. This may also be the problem as well. But the response (or lack thereof) I got is what has me pissed off mostly. Instead they pointed out the obvious that I could see myself and did not need it pointed out that the plugin said that the user did not exist. The problem is I was using my admin account and the user DID and DOES exist in the tables. I posted this information and crickets. I never got any support of help that was actually helpful. I did not post there with an attitude or anything else and I understand and realize that the 500 error maybe a server issue, but one would think that would have at least some response or a possible fix for this. Apparently not I guess. I'm not an idiot and did appreciate being treated like one in the posts there. I install, upgrade & skin these things for a living and have been doing this for over 9 years. I will never recommend this product or others from this group ever to my clients again.
Sorry but this review is completely inaccurate!!!
1: You mentioned you had a 500 error on the forum and had a reponse from the jfusion team within 3 hours. You then replied that you managed to install jfusion and never brought up this issue again. A 500 error is 99.99% related to incorrect server permissions (joomla is not allowed to write files in the joomla directory) and therefore is not an error due to JFusion programmming.
2: you also have a thread on our forum about making oscommerce a "master". I asked for some details about what version of oscommerce you are running (there are an incredible amount of clones) and also to make sure you have selected the correct oscommerce
Interestingly I did not realise that you had a 500 error on installing JFusion and you did not mention this in your post about the user not existing. Obviously if files could not be written due to your server permissions, it is not suprising that some functions may not work.
My suggestions would be to fix your server issues and make sure that you do not get 500 errors on installing (this is pretty logical), before making accusations that a product does not work.
In summary, you have always received fast support replies (you say that you did not receive support) and you forgot to mention in your second thread that you had JFusion installation errors.