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Udja Comments ComponentModulePlugin

Due to a distinct lack of comments and a high demand for a comments extension for 1.6 which can provide functionality which rivals that of jComments I created a simple but easily extended comments component+module+plugin combination. This has since expanded but I still intend on keeping it SIMPLE, not complex.

This enables you to use the comments module with non-content frontend pages, and the content plugin for content related pages. Making comments for things like Virtuemart/Download extensions etc a possibility.

2.0 beta

- Akismet integration (find this under the spam protection section)
- Manual email notification list for all comments being posted
- Improved manual spam protection using regex
- Frontend "delete comments" ability
- Improved reply embedding
- Export button in admin panel to download people who subscribe to receive EDMs

1.0.1 Fixes

- On some systems comments weren't deleting. Fixed.
- Email was being forced even when not selected. Fixed.
- Some German translation bugs. Fixed.

Bug fixes for 1.0 Stable

- XSS exsploit when entering website for comments
- Admin glitch where text jumped out of popup in IE7
- Bug where content auto-spammed itself
- Bug with category filter not working
- Error with development environments housing Joomla in a subdirectory

Security Release RC3

- Fixes a small XSS oversight
- Fixes category filtering for article glitch where catid=0

New Features RC2

- Added JComments import feature - this is early beta. Do not use on live websites.
- Added basic support for [code][/code] and [quote][/quote]
- Change the way the data is affiliated to content to make it easier to hook into other components such as K2
- User login restrictions - can now only show comments or allow comment submissions to registered users.
- de-DE translation - Thanks Gerhard Sopolinski
- Unsubscribe link added to notification emails


New features and bugfixes in 1.0 RC1

- ReCaptcha added (this will require a reCaptcha api key)
- Fixed language bugs for en-GB
- pt-BR and se-SE native translations have been added. Thankyou Alex Castro and Kristian
- users name/email pre-populated when logged into frontend
- Content plugin created to use with articles
- Content plugin hook to display X comments on blog layouts
- auto-updater fixed (please note due to a bug in Joomla this will NOT WORK untill Joomla 1.7 stable is released - due in the next couple of weeks)
- javascript reply to other post fixed


Pre-Existing functionality list:

- Supports nested comments (replying to others comments)
- Has basic spam detection, word/ip/email/domain filtering.
- Avatar & Gravatar support
- Fully using framework, LANG/HTML are both overrideable without core-hacks.
- Uses a module for the comments so can be used with any component, not restricted to content.
- Can be ordered oldest->newest or newest->oldest
- Form position (above or below comments)
- Pagination, and customi

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2012-09-12
Reviews: 3
Udja comment looks great, is clean and simple to use and has some nice extras as well, like the ability to have people tick a checkbox when commenting to added to a mailing list.

That said, there are a couple of things that are pretty clunky, for example:

When someone selects the checkbox to be added to the mailing list, there's no mention of where that email / person goes! I couldn't see any way to contact them ever again even though they asked. Really what's needed here is the ability to put in, say mailchimp account details and have them added there.

No akismet integration. They have recaptcha, but not everyone who wants some spam protection wants to put their users through that.

On the topic of spam, messages with banned words still seem to get through. I'm not sure if this is because it only looks for whole words (ie "slotmachine" doesn't block "slotmachinesite") or because it doesn't check the url's for the banned words. All I know is they keep getting through.

Lastly, there doesn't seem to be any way to provide the email or Joomla user where you want notifications. I didn't realize I had hundreds of spam, because it was going to my server's default email address (which I don't use).

Despite these shortcomings, I really like Udja especially considering it's beta. I'm just really hoping the developer will continue to improve it and address the issues above.

You're on the right track. Carry on, onwards and upwards!
2012-06-08
Reviews: 2
udja comment is simple and really helpful, which I recommended to my friends. The only problem is I cannot get the alert through my email and everyday I have to check the component in backend. I hope producer upgrde this extension ASAP.
2012-04-02
Reviews: 7
This is a quick and easy to use commenting system. Only problem I had is that it is not checking if jQuery is already loaded. So it is messing with my other jQuery gadgets in the site. Solved it using this explanation: http://www.yootheme.com/themes/documentation/troubleshooting/javascript-errors
2012-02-26
Reviews: 5
If you would like you users to be able to comment articles on your site, this is definatly a great addition to the site. It works really well, and administration is quite easy to overlook :)

I made a translation to my danish site (just changed the relevant text in the english translation and duplicated the files and folders with da-DK naming)

After that, this was just, plug and play. Alteration of looks was done real easy with css (use forebug to identify the needed class and id names).

In a couple of hours, it was running. Its pretty smooth.

I tried out to different extensions for this purpose, the other one supports Akismet and you can flip comments on and off on each article iff you would like that. That feature is pretty powerfull on a newssite like mine! - Nonetheless, i wen't running with this one.

So far im happy :)
2011-11-22
Reviews: 4
really hard to find out language files...! i found accidentally that was under module folder!
the rest great!
2011-11-11
Reviews: 1
Been using this extension for a while. At first got spammed like crazy, but switching on the spam protection fixed this great. Only issue is I can't seem to figure out how to receive emails/updates whenever comments are posted.
2011-11-11
Reviews: 2
I was not able to delete comments that I selected on the previous 1.0stable version. I was thinking to uninstall it. But I came back to this page and found that the problems is fixed. So I downloaded 1.01stable and it is really fixed.

It is not that excellent comment plugin to me. But after having the problems fixed, I rate it very workable plugin. I am thankful that some programmer release this kind of freeware for web beginners.

Another thing I want to feedback on spam security. I do not know how to use ReCaptcha Spam protection in Options setting. Even though I enable 'Enable ReCaptcha', it does seem to be working. There is Public Key and Private Key I seemingly need to enter it manually. This should be more improved.
2011-10-25
Reviews: 6
Its true that there are not many comment extensions yet for J 1.7. This one installs easily, and set up is quite intuitive. Its pretty basic. There is no native captcha, but re-captcha works fine.
Its not clear, if you select the option to sign up to a newsletter, how that request is handled. I guess you manually go and get the info and copy it over to your email system.
Clearly this extensions is in development, but the big problem for me is that you cannot remove the url field. It can be made required, or not, but can't be hidden. That means I'm going to be deleting links to pharmacies and who knows what. So not useable for me on that one point.
One to watch, probably.
2011-10-10
Reviews: 1
A nice, clean and clear comment function that works well and provides a good range of optional settings. The latest 1.0 stable release is very good - installed in the blink of an eye over my earlier version and integrated with my Joomla 1.7 environment no problem. I had a few minor kinks to work out with an earlier version of this extension, and got very quick, successful fixes via the Ujacomments forum and by email from the developer. This time, no kinks, but if there were, I am confident the support would continue to be excellent.
2011-10-09
Reviews: 3
I have tried many other comment extensions but since jComments don't support Joomla 1.6/1.7 I have chosen this one as it really worth it.
I really like the front end of it - it's clean and simple. However, needs language selection or just custom field names - that would save time editing the language files. the "force email entry" isn't working - regardless what I selected, it was still demanding to enter email address on the front end. When trying to delete one or all comments at the back end, it didn't delete them even if I was noted that the comment/s was deleted successfully. The last thing I don't understand is when you submit (or attempting to) a comment for about half of second it takes you to the top of the article where notifications are shown and then straight back to comment box (why notifications are not shown somewhere around the comment box?).
Despite that, it is a really good extension and I'm really happy I found it. It's exactly what I was looking for and if you are looking clean lightweight article commenting plugin - it's really great. And despite all the bugs that I experienced I still use it, only gonna wait for the update.
2011-10-07
Reviews: 4
In the Comments CPanel where are listed all comments there's a "View Everything" link. Clicking on it you get more info about the comment. I particularly love the "Comment Url" link since this is the only way to see to which article the comment belongs. BUT, BUT THERE'S A BUG!
The link is badly formatted and it points you to a 404 error page. Although the article id is correct the whole link is a mess.

Could a developer correct his small bug?!

BTW, Excellent commenting system highly recommended
2011-10-01
Reviews: 1
I can't seem to able to turn off the e-mail availability function. No matter whether I choose 'yes' or 'no', it still requires the submitters' e-mail address!! Further more, maybe it's a good thing to let this extension have its own styling availabilities. Some templates are just not made to be compatible ;) Other than that, it's a very nice extension! Keep it up!!
Owner's reply

Hey Meseko,

Sorry you've experienced an issue with the extension I haven't had any others report problems with the email validation. For future reference technical support questions should be posted on the developers website. This allows the developer to reply and help get the problem fixed.

With regards to your comment of styling, this is something that is supported. You can disable the CSS that comes with the extension through the component parameters allowing you to customise the styles through your template.

Thanks,

Andy

2011-09-28
Reviews: 3
really good component, you can import Jcomment.
Very simple and easy
2011-09-26
Reviews: 1
If you want to allow your site visitors to comment on articles, this is the extension you need.

With RC3 it allows you to specify which category or categories have comments active, in turn this allows you to keep comments off of the articles you do not need them on.

Very well done and thank you to the developer. Joomla needs to integrate this as a part of the core Joomla CMS.
2011-09-26
Reviews: 3
Great Extension!!! Easy install and setup on my J1.7.0

but i want a module which display the latest Udja Comments from the articles
2011-09-25
Reviews: 1
I tried to post this on developer site but their register button did not work.

I installed it but do not see it on my articles.
Is there some configuration I need to do?

Thanks
2011-09-15
Reviews: 1
I have just installed this component in my Joomla 1.7 magazine website. It's a pretty simple component to integrate and use. The CSS is sufficient to begin with.

But I think an approval system and a reporting system could be really helpful.
2011-09-13
Reviews: 4
It looks good!

A few suggestions:
- Allow managing comments in admin panel (if this can't be done already; this would include amanging reports and whatnot)
- Approval system (for people who don't want to just allow comments to directly show up)
- Maybe assign moderators (if there isn't a way to do that already)
- Reporting system
- Akismet integration (along with being able to check all comments marked as spam, etc, along with marking them not as spam (ham), or marking ones not found as spam; this would also allow us to not need reCaptcha!)
- improvements on the css theme. I have to admit it doesn't look that bad to begin with, but especially the threaded part I think should be improved. You could use ideas from the disqus and JAComment themes. Their's are really nice.

Thanks for all the work on a nice system! :)
2011-09-06
Reviews: 6
Thanks a lot
But we need report button for abuse comments to that mail that comment to admin or author of that content.
2011-09-03
Reviews: 1
Does everything that I require. Easy to install and configure and support is good.
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