Almond Classifieds Component for Joomla!(1.5, 1.6) includeds the following features: users can submit ads with photos; Admin. can create as many ads categories as it is needed. For each category the set of ad fields (such as price, city, age, area, etc.) can be specified in different formats such as "text", "textarea", "select", "checkbox". Optionally verification code can be applied to prevent using automated spamming programs.Admin can delete the list of spam ads using search by spam keywords, spammers e-mails or IP addresses.
I am unable to see the ad images in the free version. It just shows an "x" mark. Is it because it's free or will I have the same problem in the pro version as well.
The administration is unorthodox but with the potential of being very fast to manage. The front end is well laid out.
There are no available modules (free version, not sure about commercial version) nor there are connections to the various community scripts.
With a few more features and a better handling of the payment system it could be a contender, but the free version should really be called a "demo"
Adding fields and setting categories is a nightmare only after a good time I managed to understand it.
Then there is the no search option and the must have their name in the site thing...
In few words, this component should be really thought through by it's developers.
We have been developing different classifieds scripts for more than 10 years.
And here you can find different reviews about our script. But the main criterium is a number of
successful live sites. Typical live sites which use our classifieds scripts
you can find at our page http://www.almondsoft.com/alcl.html
To choose the script that matches all your needs, it is important not only to compare declared
features or demos of different scripts but also compare live classifieds with large numbers of ads.
Then many questions can be answered.
Some options which at first seem to be inconvenient, after detailed analysis become effective solutions.
"The small text link to http://www.almondsoft.com must remain in the script and appear at the footer of all web pages genarated by this script."
Pasted from their site (including spelling mistake)
So not only do you pay for their 'pro' version but must recruit customers for them also!
Don't waste your money...
Great set of default fields.
Front End presentation exceptable for craigslist style classifieds.
Setup and customization not very intuitive.
Uses CSS independent of site template and changing the CSS is challenging. Trying to figure out the naming convention for items on the screen is tough.
Admin password field is not masked.
No Search capability.
Can not restrict access level based on registration. I classified menu option and the only option I had was acess level. I wanted to be able to set minimum levels for view and add, however could not.
Modify the menu option to allow different levels of access levels for view, update, add, delete.
Create an option in the module that allows you to modify the main CSS elements such as header colors, text colors, style, etc or just have it follow the Template CSS.
Add search capability.
Mask the admin password field.
Streamline the setup process or include setup instructions or video on Joomla page.
Bottom line is you can't beat free and I will check out the paid version to see if it is worth purchasing. Good Work on extension.
Maybe they can do something about it.
And yes, if the price was good for a full version, I would buy it. But it is to expensive for me.