- Joomla! 1.5, 2.5, 3
Demo (Joomla! 1.5):
Demo Phoca Guestbook and Joomla! 1.6:
Trying to prevent from spam
Please, read before making review based on spam issues
If you hate spammers, please don't blame Phoca Guestbook or other extensions which produce input form field on your site.
To not be spammed, you should make all the recommendations in this article:
and of course your server needs to have a lot of different tools to prevent from spam.
And you need to care about your inputs, because for example, you cannot prevent from human spammers automatically :-(
The situation with spam is really horrible (I know it from my experiencs where spam and ddos attacks makes my server down most of time)
If you have some input form, you need to care about it everyday.
Regarding Phoca Guestbook: I am regularly working on different protections for the Phoca Guestbook but reviews here based on spam issues (without reading the articles and making no other spam protections on the server) demotivate me like other "input form" developers. Maybe there will be nobody in the future who will do such extension because he/she will be blamed instead of the spammers :-( :-(
Phoca Guestbook is not the one who spams your sites, please think of it while making a review. And Phoca Guestbook is not the one who ignores the spam problems (just see the article and the features) but you should know that it is really difficult to fight the spam :-( :-(
In Phoca Forum, I am using phpBB project, I get spammed every hour by a lot of spams (mostly human spam). You can find a lot of information about "spam and phpBB". Does it mean, the phpBB is not OK? No, the phpBB is one of the best forum project (similar to Kunena, etc.) but because it is famous, the information about spam is well known. But I will newer rate phpBB with information, it has no sufficent spam options. :-(
Try to read the article listed above and similar article to know the situation about spam problems. Phoca Guestbook uses many spam protections and can be extended by many other anti spam plugins made for Joomla! But mostly this depends on administrator of the site which methods to protect site inputs he/she will implement. As described in the article, try to set that only registered users can leave a message, because this is only one method which can prevent from human spam (and of course this does not work 100%). The site which get input from world must be daily checked, because the 100% protection against spam does not exist.
It not just the the extension that is superb but the support from Jan (the developer) is fast and first class.
I see many people on the forums here wanting to remove the powered by link and also criticise Jan for putting this on! Well to remove it just make a simple/small donation and email the developer and you wishes will come true! This is a small price to pay to support someone who develops a critical piece of work to the Joomla Community and users who use Joomla for their site requirements! Jan - well done, keep up the good work!
Another point is I am not able to send email notification to any address I like. example my joomla admin id is say email@example.com. I need the emails to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, thank you for your review, please ask questions in Phoca Forum - http://www.phoca.cz/forum. You can add an user into your Joomla! and then you can send email to him.
The options provided are many but intuitive and the Guestbook looks great in the front-end.
The software has also been translated in many languages, so one is very likely to find his own.
Great looking, Easy to set up, Great work!