- This extension inserts a hidden backlink to the developer.
It has two required parts (i.e., extensions): component + plugin. It also has a lot of optional extensions, including Module, Community Builder plugin, Content Subscription plugin and 35 Language packs, so the resulting solution may be very simple or more complex - it's up to you.
yvComment supports Captcha (secret word) extensions, Smileys, BBCodes, WYSIWYG editor, Community Builder, JNews and many content plugins and tools designed to work with Articles of Joomla! (e.g. GeSHi). yvComment allows users to add Comments to Articles (and optionally Comments to Comments also). Comments may be stored in the same database table used by content (where they are treated as a special type of Article), or in their own table. (Read more on the Homepage).
Replying to the Editor's note above: This extension does NOT have any hidden links. It does have the only visible link of the form: "yvComment v.X.XX", which appears below the list of comments. The link leads to the yvComment's Home page. This behavior is exactly the same as of Joomla!'s core: look at the bottom of the page in built-in Joomla! templates!
BTW that yvComment's Home page hasn't had ANY advertisements in the previous 6 years ;-)
February 2013 v.2.1.0
^ Updated for Joomla! v.2.5. No "strict standards" warnings any more.
+ Added support for the native Joomla! v.2.5 Captcha plugin (ReCaptcha)
In addition, Yuri is always quick to answer questions and offer help.
The only "cons" this has is that the documentation is a bit difficult to read (very long, not extremely well organized and assumes you know Joomla pretty well before reading it), and that it doesn't use Ajax.
But I am guessing Yuri will implement an Ajax solution since he is constantly working and improving his extensions.
On a performance note, I haven't noticed any negative effect at all in comparison with others that I could tell were more of resource hogs. So this is very well coded.
Download this now, it's the Best!
Perhaps even more importantly, Yuri stands behind his work, interacts on a regular basis with the community, responds to questions and fixes problems that might arise. He also encourages others to integrate other functionality that compliments this work (like Captcha and SPAM protection,etc.)
Excellent extension from a hard working, talented third party developer.
It's a nice piece of work. You should give it a try.
The next days i will try to install Bigo captcha, and see if i can.
Anyway, yvComment is an excellent component.
I tried your comments solution, native 1.5, and it is working fine. So you have solved several problems for my site without directly intending to do so, thank you.
I was a little nervous about going with a new component but reading the joomla development blog link you provided was very reassuring.
The only issue I have had so far is that the smiley's and bbc code plugins won't install, error says there isn't an xml file.
I have to update documentation of yvSmiley and yvBBCode plugins: to install that extensions, you have to extract nested zip file, e.g. 'yvBBCodePlugin1.01.004.zip' from packages with version-independent names (e.g. from 'yvBBCode.zip' file).
The backend parameters are also weird, it ask me to add a Guest User account! I haven't seen such a requirement on any other commenting system.
Second, it is not easy for those who want to allow comments for All his sections. This component has no option for All Section, you must enter the section IDs manually.
I am not satisfied. Hope the author will improve it later.
This review shows, that yvComment is not so simple already, as it was 6 months ago :-)
It may be disappointed for somebody, but one have to read instructions on the Homepage to know how and why something is done...
* clean, simple and easy to use in the front section. the others i looked at were too much for what i needed
* admin section was slightly confusing at first
* captcha does not work even after installing captcha
* when entering in too many characters no error appears. only the same page with additional menu items
* add an 'approve comment before display' option
* add bad words option to stop people posting swear words etc...
It would have been good if it just used it's own table.
Why? Cleaner database, easier to delete tables after removing the component. No hudge numbers of "articles" in your article manager, while they are actually not articles....
(if the posts would have been in a separated table i would have used it)
Please, look another time: yvComment supports option to use its own table: its FIRST parameter is: "Use content table" :-)
Moreover, documentation on the Homepage clealy describes differences between "Using Content table" and not using it.
ease of use : ok
I found this extension really effective.
I tried other solutions for joomla 1.0 but they often doesn't work properly or have too many unseful functions to create template problems.
The strength of this plugin is its simplicity and functionality, what common users needs.
I looked at the site and a pagination function is wip. Would be perfect.
I hope this will become the "standard external" comment plugin for j!1.5, so I encourage you to continue developing.
Though it is a really 30 secs simple task to change .css, my only suggestion is to change that default blue-shock color cobination :)
What's about that 'blue-shock color combination': at last in February of 2008 it is not the only CSS 'theme', that yvComment has (and it is not default now) - two new CSS-e were added... but I left that 'blue-shock' (that you for the name!) CSS as an option, because some people appeared to like it :-)