ParaInvite is a full-featured viral marketing component that allows your users to manage, view and send invites. It is designed to look and feel exactly like Facebook's invites functionality.
It allows your users to grab contacts from their webmails (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail etc) and social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter). This ensures all contacts import and invites and handled properly. It also integrates with OpenInviter to provide additional services.
ParaInvite also displays a user's history of invites (viewable to all), and a complete breakdown of each user's statistics (viewable to administrators).
The Ranking module allows ranking of users based on accepted invites.
Other features include Auto Connections setup, points, and much much more. It's simply too much to list them all here!
Separate installable Pro add-on adds the following functions:
- Include sending invitations as part of the registration process
- Force users to send out at least a configurable number of invites before registration process is considered complete
- Badges feature which allows your users to place personal badges on their blogs, forums and other websites to promote your site, and getting points in return.
- Namecard feature, which is a URL which your users can leave anywhere they want (forum posts, other websites, emails etc), and when people follow this link, they will view their namecards with a link to register on your site. Namecard invitations are considered a successful valid invitation.
- Allow you to restrict registration to people with valid invitations.
ParaInvite is integrated with (but does not require):
- Community Builder
- Jomsocial points
- Jomsocial activity stream
After installing ioncube an curl library on my host, i've bought and installed Parainvite.
I just find the component (and it's plugins and modules...) Amaizing and very useful for a websites that wants to increase his number of members.
Mike helped me very quickly when i needed his help and we don't find that everywhere.
80 euros is nothing regarding what the component will bring to my website.
You can have a look and test it by registering:
If you are building a community site, this is an essential!
The price is perfect - and can't be beat for the level of service, and technology you receive. The install is a breeze, and the documentation is superb - clear - and step-by-step. The ease of modification (*tweaking) is to die for! We extended this tool to carry video, reward referrals with cash, and build up point to trade for merchandise.
Mike - THANK YOU - for making viral marketing with a Tell A Friend form so FUN and EASY!
When I buy an extension, my expectation is to have a good and quick support. This is not the case actually. So, don't buy this extension until a fix.
It does work with CB1.1 and J!1.0.13
And example, since little people help in forums, integrating joomlaboard karma system to give prizes people that helps its an option but for a minimal share of your audience, but, the vast mayority wont be forum or blog gurus and wont imput content, even in youtube only 1.8% of users upload content or comments, but with this extension you can give prices to people that invite more people, this is the very best lead generator for your casual audience.
installation: is simple (cb plugin, component)
css templates: piece of cake
support: is mostly not needed, but when needed mike is there, the forum is read-open to non-clients
inteface presentation: very intuitive and sleek, nice design with ajax feels very WEB 2.0, this one wont generate desertion from naive users
price: 92$ (cb plugin+component and module)no matter how little your website is, this one pays for itself, its worth 5 times its price, I know there are dozens of scripts that apparently do this but, believe me:
none works for more than 3 months,
none has nice design,
none integrates with community builder,
none uses AJAX,
none levels up inviters (karma+joomla awards CB ;),
none connects inviter with invited people in CB
except mike's ajax plaxoinvite
my user registration went TOPNOTCH 400%!, using this. before I used to send thousands of promotional emails, the statistics speak for themselves:
Mass email vs Ajax plaxoinvite: (actual site members: 7000)
50,000 email DB, discount/prize email bulletin with PHPlist
lead generation: 6523 visitors
registration conversion: 2710 new members (same month)
Ajax Plaxoinvite site members invitation (30 invites per user aloud only one time):
lead generation: 27,000 visitors
registration conversion per user: 2
Total new registrations: 9960 new members (same month)
Most web master shouldn't be surprised, since sites that implement contact importers like hi5, myspaces, facebook know this, they only use invitational emails as viral strategy, but my point here is:
SPARE YOUR VALUABLE TIME, free scripts arent an option in some areas, saving 92$ and using a free script, will result in "Error 404, or service not availiable" most days,although 80% of the extensions I use are GNU/GPL, after 1 year testing user conversion strategies, the hotmail-gmail-yahoo importer proved the best one, and again, after 1 year of testing this scripts and hardcoding payed and free ones, my last bet was mike's, 2 weeks with joomlancers trying to integrate a cheap script with joomla at a very basic level (users), VS 5 min installation plus 1hour css with plaxoinvite it's no brainer I learned the hard cheap way, but now I'm makin money not tweaking php.
joomla doesn't aloud to post sites to prevent seo association and google rank punishment if eg: a warez or porn site posted here, my 2ct (you should do the same in your comment extensions)
greets, to mike
Mike was able to advise on this issue.
This was apparently due to a bug in wysywgpro which I use as my primary editor component. The bug apparently affects situations when 3rd party components call an editor box.
This was solved easily by editing the content as per normal, changing momentarily to the html tab, then switching back to the normal tab before saving. This refreshed the editor itself and bypassed this bug.
Im pleased with the extension which I believe works well, looks good and is worth the money
this is a well constructed plugin, well worth the small price tag!
now I can finally start my online marketing push knowing that my users can invite their friends, making the push that much more worth while.
see live example of this plugin on smart-love.ca
There is one thing about the support though. Mike answers questions very fast but wanted to charge me about 50 bucks for a small layout change with this component. Thats almost the same price as the component itself, which is one of the most expensive components around here by the way.
Anyways, maybe the change I wanted wasnt that small at all. If you have regular requests Mike is very supportive and helps you out...
More importantly, especially for people who are fairly new to Joomla and website management in general, the developer of this plugin is incredibly accessible and was a huge help when I had some questions about the plugin.
These are 'very reasonably priced' products for what they do. You know, we all get a lot of free stuff in this community (and others). I hope we can support the very good work of those who can deliver high quality, innovative products (that work) at very, very reasonable prices... just like we support the community as a whole.
Now then, on to the review:
1. This is a market-driven product (as his others). It is very robust. It works right out of the box (even though there are no boxes anymore). It looks great, works great.
The AJAX is cool. The match up is smooth. It is a professional product. I hope this inspires others like this guy to take the time and effort to produce thought-through products.
And no, I did not require any coaxing whatsoever to write this.
which fits my requirements for a business site
Invite new members,
see the progress / status of invite
revoke delete or renew the invite
IMPORT contacts for invite from
different files (csv, tsv/tab/txt/stxt/ldif/tsv/vcf)
Ranking for the most active ivite senders
It looks great (AJAX) and it WORKS fine with Communiy Builder
and it send invite links to the CB registration form !!!
I love this all-in-one "AJAX PlaxoInvite Plugin for CB"
Yes, Mike ask for 50$ and i payed the 39 Euro and it worth realy every penny/cent.
From my point of view a "must have" for a joomla/community builder based comunity site.
ups, dit anybody notice that I´m impressed?
so, take it and love it
happy sunny regards from GERMANY
This is a great plugin that does a lot but is simple to set up. Most importantly, it is extremely simple for the end user.
Using the Plaxo widget, users can invite contacts from all major webmail services and outlook, etc. After importing them into the plugin, users can then select which users they would like to send an invite to. Users also have the option of typing in additional addresses and a custom message.
The invitee receives an email with a special link in it, clicks on it, and an automatic connection is made between invitee and inviter.
No complaints from me. In fact, I ran into a snag installing -- no fault of this plugin -- and Mike helped me out. This is a commercial component, but you can expect solid and friendly support.
Anyway, I'm a happy customer.