Simple Review is a free review component for Joomla 1.5-2.5. It can be used for reviewing books, music, dvds, etc.
Simple Review is independent of Joomla articles and categories. It is a specialized component designed specifically for writing reviews.
Simple Review contains many features including:
*Community Builder, Kunena, JomSocial integration and phpBB via JFusion (currently limited to comment avatars)
*Tag reviews with keywords
*User comments and ratings. Support for comments using Disqus.
*A powerful template system
*User submitted reviews (beta)
*Captcha using Security Images 5 or reCAPTCHA.
16/09/2012: Version 4.0.02 Alpha release. Bug fixes and a new module.
08/07/2012: Version 4.0.01 Alpha release. PHP5 strict standards mode. Joomla ini language files.
28/01/2012: Version 3.0.13 release. Supports Joomla 2.5 and includes some minor bug fixes.
7/11/2011: Version 3.0.12 released. Removes the restriction of comments requiring a rating and comment text.
26/09/2011: Version 3.0.11 released. Removes the restriction of reviews requiring a rating.
I just have one question if you would be kind enough to help me, the only thing I would like to change is the way the TOP REVIEWS are shown. My site works on a rating system of 1 being lowest and 10 being highest when reviewing games, and because there are so many reviews (hundreds) lots of them have a rating of 10, but it seems as though only the first ones which were rated 10 can be displayed in the TOP REVIEWS section, is there any way of randomizing lots of reviews that all rated their respective games with a 10?
Any help much appreciated, thank you
Thank you for your feedback.
If you post your request on http://simple-review.com/forum I will be more than happy to assist you with this. Thanks.
I have just released version 2.2.0 which fixes this template issue.
Template are now file based (so if you update a template this will be reflected in your reviews).
An image uploader would be nice, but more important things need doing first :)
The only way I can see around this is create a review. Try to link to that review (or category) manually. Use a component like JComments to let users submit their rating and comments about the review.
I haven't tested this out so not sure if that will work as I theorize.
I have just released 2.2.0 and now any back-end user can add reviews - adding reviews from the front-end is almost done and will be released shortly.
You must first create and publish a review category and then the link to simple review will show that category (and any others). Once you create and publish reviews they will be listed under their category.
Front-end submission is coming very shortly.
When I check the language files, I noticed that the author used php format for language files, NOT ini format, which should be respected as the J1.5 standard. This is the first fault.
The second fault is, there are two duplicate language files respectively in folder languages and Language_Module. I made a Chinese language translation and uploaded it to the languages folder, but it can't be detected. This component can ONLY detect the language file in Language_Module folder. So, why you created the languages folder?
The third fault is, even after I put my translation language file into Language_Module folder, it can't pick up my translation automatically. I had to choose the language manually at backend settings page of this component. You know, J1.5 has parameter to allow extensions pick up correct php format language files, why didn't you use it?
The fourth and the largest fault is, I can't find the advantage of this component. Imagine this: I create a new section in the Joomla com_content and title it as Reviews, then I can create Categories inside this section. Next, I can write reviews just like new article(content). And the visitors can rating and comment my article(review) via my commenting component. You know, there are many commenting component which can also offer the rating stars feature.
So, what is the advantage of installing a new component to write reviews?
You are reviewing an alpha version i.e. very early build for Joomla 1.5. As you noticed the language is currently incomplete and in two parts which makes it far from ideal. In it's current state it is only there as a place holder while the component is being fully converted from Joomla 1.0 -> Joomla 1.5. The ini format will most likely not be used while compatibility is maintained with 1.0. Myself and others find the component useful, if you don't then that is fine.
Thing I do not like, only the admin can create reviews. I suppose members could reply on a review you create, but its not what my member will want. Nice program, and it is simple.
I like option to make my on template for display-ing reviews. This meen you have full control over layout. This component have own SEF system and works realy good. I am yust waiting now for 1.5 Native. :)
Thanks for this great and FREE component!
It can be fully customized, it is easy to install and configure and it works flawlessly!
It also can be used for a lot of things. I for one have been using it to review new metal albums on my webzine.
The only bugs you're going to find in this component will be the ones that you create yourself.
Cheers! .. and thanks for this marvelous piece of software!
And there is also a great support, because the creator really helps you to customize the component. Definitely a component to watch...
Works well with my template, my only wish is that it was 1.5 native instead of legacy.
Please upgrade this extension, because it makes me happy.
The developer says he is currently developing the component so registered users can leave reviews from the frontend of the site, I can't wait.
This is one to keep an eye on!