- 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 :-( :-(
After testing several guestbooks, I decided to use Phoca Guestbook because it works without any fuzz.
You can edit the captcha tables to remove letters and numbers that are easily confused like 1/l, O/0
It would be nice if Phoca came with a default guestbook already present after installation since it took me a while to understand that I had to create an empty guestbook to get started. I didn't get a useful error message, just 404 page not found.
None the less Phoca easliy beats the other guestbooks I've tried due to
- Simple installation
- Native Joomla 1.5 support
- Backend settings actually work
- Wide language support
Best regards Andreas Gaunitz
Hi, check your server settings, if your server supports ctype functions (HTML purifier uses these functions - http://cz2.php.net/manual/en/ref.ctype.php )
BTW - with your "very poor" rating, you in effect say, I should not implement security functions. If I don't implement HTML purifier library, so the guestbook will work for all without any problems and Phoca Guestbook will not get "very poor" rating... BUT I SAY NO, I will implement every security library which can help users to protect their sites... So if e.g. HTML purifier have some problems on the server (e.g. no ctype functions are installed) it is still better to do changes on the server then not using it and waiting for possible future XSS attacks ... :-(
I would like to have a bit more css classes instead of the fixed styles that are part of it at the moment, hoping for it in the next release.
When it comes to the Captcha part it is not up to scratch.
The backend does it jobb well but the images produced are way to easy do "decode" probalby why some other people have complained.
Hoping for a better system i later releases?
Hi, try to use the combination of standard and math captcha
An easy to install and very useable guestbook. Any questions I had were were already asked and answered on the Phoca forum and it's nice to see that the developer is active on the forum and replies to queries.
The only reason I didn't give this maximum points is that within two days of my guestbook going up I got a lot of spam and feedback from some (would be) posters (friends) complained it was initially difficult to understand what the math captcha was.
In summary, this is a good guestbook. I'll post my feedback to the developer and, as he seems to take great pride in his work, I'm sure the next version will be even better.
Captcha does NOT work. My Guestbook is constantly under attack from spammers.
This product has potential, but because of the spam, I'll be removing Phoca Guestbook from my sites.
Hi, try to use set the Captcha settings (e.g. character) and or try to combine standard captcha and math captcha