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Silver CONTACT Component

Silver Contact Extension is a Joomla Component which helps you to showcase your contact or office or branch details with Google Map very easily and effectively. This is a very lightweight component allows you to setup your contact details very rapidly. This component comes with inbuilt Google Map integration and displays your contact directly on it. Single Contact and Multiple Contacts are two themes available with this component allows you to select as per your site requirement. Component also have flexibility to enter latitude and longitude directly to display exact location on Google Map. This Joomla Component works with Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5 versions.

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2012-01-03
Reviews: 31
Sometimes the extensions that look the least promising turn out to be the best and this is one of those.

I wanted a fairly comprehensive contact form that looks good and will render well with mobile devices. This one includes a Google map, a business card and an email form so I had doubts but decided to try it regardless.

It installed perfectly and the few user setting required were easily completed. As with most extensions I had to do some 'code tweaking' to make it show the address in UK format and I tidied up the appearance to suit my needs - such is the beauty of open source.

I had a couple of questions for Support and I got helpful and honest answers back very quickly the same day. They even advised me that it was not designed to work with mobile websites but I believe there is no reason why it shouldn't with some judicious tweaking.

From this point of view I have to score this extension top stars for quality and support.

There are a couple of things that would be useful and having mentioned them to the vendor I believe they could be in the next upgrade version. One is to permit the user to enter map co-ordinates rather than trust Google to set the location based on address - not often accurately. The other is to permit the user to set the zoom factor for the map although this is easily done by changing a number in the php code.

Apart from that, the 'Miscellaneous Description' field sets the width of the whole contact screen so if you leave it blank, or use only a few words, the form will not span the screen width. The fluid page width has great merit but there should be a means to override it because if you use a smaller screen width, the Info Bubble on the Google map will be wider than the map which looks very untidy.

These are just minor niggles and for anyone with a little php or html experience, it is totally configurable - which is perfect for my application.

It also has huge potential and has been nicely thought-out so for that reason I recommend it and declare it well worth the $5 it costs to download.