Real Estate, Cars, Pets, Electronics, Furniture, ... whatever your classified project is, AdsManager can be configured to fit many needs.
AdsManager provides plenty of options, flexible views and extensions to help you to build your websites.
AdsManager is used by webmasters and developers alike:
If you are a webmaster and not a developer, you will like Adsmanager as a ready to deploy solution
If you are a developer and you want a component that can be easily adapted or extended. AdsManager is for you. The code has been written using the MVC Joomla architecture and with KISS principle (KISS= Keep it simple, Stupid!) KISS systems work best because they are kept simple rather than made complex. Simplicity is the key design goal and unnecessary complexity is avoided.
1. RSS feeds for the Classified Ads
2. Ability to restrict a field to a given category or some given categories in large sites does not work properly as the categories unselect after saving.
3. A little bit of work on the overall look of the component.
This is a very good component and I by far admire the work done to put it together. I would advise every one to use it as long as they want Classified Ads functionality on their Joomla sites.
For example, I would like to have seen the stylesheet editable through the configuration screens, and the ability to group custom fields relating to individual categories so these could be viewed as a group.
But these are minor niggles that can be lived with, because otherwise AdsManager is a top component.
The only need is a bit more flexibility in the css styling. Sobi2 offers a good example of how to do field level styling.
Great work thank you!
While it allows you to add and remove and place fields in a few places the actual look and feel and styles and editing the system would be too daunting for most.
It uses one css file so it is easy to make a few cosmetic modification's but unless you have good php and html experience the rest of the customisation is a - do at your own risk - situation as I felt that even the code with the base html file (adsmanager.html.php) has insufficient detailed comment to follow it clearly.
I hope the developer takes my comments as being constructive criticism and keeps developing it and separates the html and css into a template based system, I suggest something like what has been done with SOBI2 as an idea that the developer may want to look at for future development of this ad system.
So to sum up, if you want to install as is and not change much go for it as it will do what you need. If you need customising of how it looks but are not good at HTML or PHP stay clear of it or hire someone to help.
The support is the best I've experienced. I'm going live in 3 days. I needed to tweak the links a little to behave the way I wanted them to. Don't know much about coding, so I shot Thomas an e-mail and literally within minutes I had a response with a solution.
Highly recommended if your looking for classifieds (can you tell I like it?) capability.
One Feature Request - I found a PayPal add-on in the forum, but would love to see Thomas integrate this with the main component!
it has a lot of unique features, and there's a paypal plugin being developed on the website's forum that lets you apply a charge for posting ads. there's nothing of the sort in any other free component.
development has slowed down a bit lately however, more developers are needed I guess.
The only problem I've noticed was an error in language files (I've tried Italian and Russian)...
Here is it:
DEFINE( "ADSMANAGER_DEVICE", "€");
(...causes no price on Ad page...)
This bug is present in lang_italian_2_1_6.php and lang_russian_2_1_5.php (maybe somewhere else)
Here is the same const in lang_english and it's ok...
DEFINE( "ADSMANAGER_DEVICE", "$ %s");
%s - is important, let it stay! ;-)
More attention please! :-)
I especially liked the ability to imprint the site name on photos shown which stops illegal copying. A very good program, to which some enhancements would not go amiss. I look forward to the next update, with perhaps some of the items mentioned incorporated.
1. Let user customize the page title
2. Let user insert some customized text below the title and above the mainbody of the compoent
3. Let user add customized fields, and also the fileds can be allocated to different category
I think all those extension developers should follow this example to make better extensions.
Many many thanks to the author(s) of Ads Manager.
Forum shows that some users share the problem.
I am everything but a php beginner but I couldn't even find out where this thing tries to store image paths...
Developer couldn't help either...
But it is a powerfull comp. hopefully there will be improving versions to come..
It is extremely easy to install and configure for your usage. It is also very easy to edit the look and feel with basic knowledge of html/php.
I think this will eventually replace all the other classifieds components for Joomla. It does have some rough edges but then most Open Source projects do.
Thanks for a fab component.
There are a few issues that I would like to see corrected or improved upon. The Ad layout configuration page on the back end does not work. I've done some checking in the AM forum and apparently they know it doesn't work and the explaination is "you can't use it right now".
There are also several areas in the code where "hard coded" columns are mixed with dynamic ones. So rather than simply turn off or remove a column/field from the back end, you need to go into the code and comment it out. I've also noticed in some places the backend seems to funtion a little on the quirky side. Changing a value there doesn't always appear to show up in the database.
I'm also having some trouble getting the "price" value to display on the ad layout and also to remove the "Contacts" section, which doesn't seem to want to go away. I would like to display things a little differently than the default in that area. In all fairness I haven't yet had a chance to search their forums on these issues and it very well be a solution is there.
All in all this is a good extension that provides much needed functionality for me. Just a few things that need to be improved upon to make it a great one.