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Phoca Guestbook is a Joomla! component. It is a simple guestbook with Captcha system.

- 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 :-( :-(

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Reviews: 1
Hi, I all ready install this grat component. But when change my template and try to write a message I get this: "Please enter content"
Any idea?
Owner's reply

Hi, thank you for your review, I think, this should be a question on Phoca forum -


Reviews: 19
There are still developers that don't understand design should be in CSS files, not in html or php. This guestbook takes much time to adjust to a design which is unnecessary if coded properly.
Owner's reply

:-( There are still users that don't understand that the design is set in Parameters and because of it it cannot be included in static CSS file.

This guestbook is designed primarily for users who do not know programming or coding or for users who have no time to find and replace code. It is designed for users who want to set the design in parameters easily.

Such parameters cannot be included in static CSS file, they need to be included in dynamic php (html) file.

Phoca Guestbook includes CSS file, but design parts which can be set in paramters are of course included in php file which can work dynamically with the parameters.

So please, try to find some information about CSS and you will know it is static and cannot include parameters (of course there is a way making CSS as php but this is more complicated than adding inline styles into php (html))

When I don't see the problem comprehensively, than I cannot say, someone does not understand :-( :-( :-)

Thank you for understanding.

Reviews: 4
One of the reviews alerted me to the right path for setting configuration parameters, otherwise I would not have been that happy with this Mod. The way it stands now, however, is that because of the way you can configure this, I was able to show this exactly as I wanted, in a flash!

Kudoos to Jan, great Extension!!
Reviews: 20
This is a phenomenal component!
Installed in seconds and in less than five minutes, I had it customized and had guestbooks and menu links up and running.

I needed just a simple, reliable guestbook and got that and more with Phoca Guestbook. Nice customizable parameters and can set the background, border and font colors without having to hack the css: wonderful idea!

This is a true gem and if you need a guestbook, you'd be crazy to go with anything else.

Awesome job, Phoca! Thank you for making such a great component.

Now I'm gonna go grab some more Phoca stuff!
Reviews: 1
This Guestbook is absolutely brilliant. I'm using it on different pages, and it's working just excellent. There are some very good options (like E-Mail alert on new entry, etc.)
Reviews: 6
Awe - Some! Phoca crew... you never let me down. Thank you! Expect a donation soon.
Reviews: 2
possible issue with PHP 5.3! It seems that the settings to make a field available as an option ie: a URL, doesn't work! Since most general Joe public web surfers do not have a web site, I ended up only making the Name and content fields available since the settings seemed to not matter where I had them set I kept getting a http:// is required, or whatever field I was playing with. In fairness to the author, I suspect strongly this is an issue with PHP 5.3 since I've run into several other issues recently with other stuff...
Owner's reply

Hi, this was explained in the forum, this doesn't depend on PHP version.

In Joomla! you can set parameters in:

- Parameters (Component Parameters)
- Parameters Component in menu link to guestbook, see:

There are two kinds of checking the URL field:

1) You can set if this field will be required or not. If yes, then the URL must be added, if no, then the URL needs not to be added

2) The format of URL will be controlled independently of the choice of 1). It means:

- If you set that the URL will be required and
-- user will add URL with the wrong format - user will get error message because of wrong format
-- user will add URL with the right format - OK
-- user will leave the URL field empty - user will get error message because of empty URL field

- If you set that the URL will be not required and
-- user will add URL with the wrong format - you get error message because of wrong format
-- user will add URL with the right format - OK
-- user will leave the URL field empty - OK, because the field is not required.


Reviews: 2
Jan, you have done an excellent work. And your response for the support request is "Superb".

I have a sugestion, if there is an option for the Guestbook owner to comment on the entires submitted by visitor, it looks more interactive.
Reviews: 1
This is very good extension. I really like it.
I am sure that developers working on making it more user-friendly and robust.
I am waiting for new version with new features.
Reviews: 1
Why isn't romanian languge?
Owner's reply

Hi, thank you for your review. I don't speak Romanian language :-(. This is why there is no such translation. If you speak Romanian language, will be great if you can create one. This will be appreciated.

Thank you, Jan

Reviews: 2
track both as regards the use for the language.
Reviews: 4
This is a really great extension ... Thank you very much ...
Reviews: 1
Really good job man! Easy to install & work with.

All users should notice is that the real guest book adjustments of fields, captcha and requirements are made on the Menu Link, not while creating a GuestBook!

So don't panic when you dont see any options while creating :P
Reviews: 2
This is another high quality component from one of the best Joomla developers. It's amazing to see such high quality software in the open source realm for those of us who are on a tight (or non-existent) budget - I use it on a non-profit school site. Keep up the great work!!! I'll be donating to this project for sure!
Reviews: 10
This GuestBook is pretty straightforward.

The only issues I had were figuring out how to install the additional language packs, since it was not just a matter of "installing" via the Joomla installer.... I had to unzip them and copy them over the the specific language folders using FTP.

Poking around it is easy enough to figure out.

Thanks for this!
Owner's reply

Hi, thank you for your review, please take a look to the documentation:


Reviews: 3
As usual, this is another quality Phoca component. It's easy to setup, easy to use and it looks good also. My minor suggestions for future versions are:

(1) If Captcha is going to be case-sensitive as it is now, there should be a message regarding that somewhere as it is not the expected Captcha behavior.

(2) The grammar needs some serious work. There are commas all over where there shouldn't be and the English is mediocre at best. Perhaps someone could help translate it a bit better.

(3) The math Captcha is a bit odd and could use some instructions for users. In my test pool, some people were trying to enter the equation itself. lol I know, I know. Typically math is displayed in plain text though so the novice internet users might need a little assistance.

I have already rectified these issues on my site as they are easily sorted but I just thought I would mention them. Again, they are minor issues and this extension is very good.

Thank you for another nice component.
Owner's reply

Hi, thank you for your review:

1) 3) You can write it into description field, so this depends on administrator which instructions will be displayed

2) "Perhaps someone could help translate it a bit better" this is the problem because there is nobody to do, so if you want to help, just fix all the English issues and let me know. Will be great and I will appreciate such help a lot.

Thank you, Jan

Reviews: 8
I use this component frequently. It is easy to install and has all the features a basic guestbook needs. The support is very good considering only one person is the developer and support.
Reviews: 1
Great extension. Easy to install and configure.

I only have one question - how do you lowercase the posted Title & Name?
Reviews: 2
Very nice extension that is easy for manage and have great support! If you have any problem just try to search in their forum or ask and you will have the solution!
Reviews: 1
After trying for hours to get EasyBook to work, I tried Phoca Guest Book and was pleasantly surprised. It had nice instructions and did exactly what it said, displayed nicely, and has great options. The Captcha is a little funky, but I like the component.
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