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.
- 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
- 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)
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
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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! :)