Joomla! 2.5 Demo:
Setting own style demo, Youtube videos in Phoca Download:
Joomla! 3 Demo:
Phoca Download 2 Requirements:
PHP - (5.2.4)see Joomla! requirements
MySQL - (5.0.4)see Joomla! requirements
Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, 2.5
Phoca Download 3 Requirements
PHP - see Joomla! requirements
MySQL - see Joomla! requirements
With Phoca Download manager U get what U pay fore.
First of all it’s “Mission impossible” 2 find documentation to install and setup the system – Phoca’s homepage lacks structure.
But I managed to get Phoca Download to run within 2 hours.
The interface is nice but the buttom’s are ;-(
Next is setting up the module….
Without documentation I’m only capable of creating a menu which points to section which point to a category which contains the files which user could be able to download. It’s the same way user has to access the files – click on the menu, chose a section, chose a category, and then final chose a file….
Am I missing something here?
Furthermore it seems impossible to select only one section/category for a specific menu point it’s all or nothing
Isn’t it possible to go directly from the menu to the category folder?
Well without the documentation it hard to customize Pooco…
But it’s free and it works – what more can U expect?
Nice work – and still room for improvement.
Option 1 failed because of an uncomfortable backend.
Option 2 limited my options for file and category naming not allowing special chars
Option 3 was PhocaDownload - it does almost everything I wanted it to do, and even if I had to mess a bit in the code to get the rest done I am still convinced that this is the best way to go in terms of download plugins.
Also the forum is busy with tips, tricks, hints and at the time of my last visit the creator had made over 10.000 posts in the support forum. Speaks for itself, doesn't it?
Thanks for sharing this great component for free!
Howver - There is a patch available on joomlacode.org by codejunkie, that changes that and now I can add menu items witha choice of sections/categories/files and this works brilliantly.
With a little knowledge of php and CSS I have been able to style the output to meet my client's needs exactly.
This is now a standard component on my base installation for clients.
Hi, thank you for your review. Since 1.3.1 the menu option (solution from codejunkie) was integrated to the component.
So big thanks to codejunkie.
Thank you, Jan
After struggling with the integration of Docman with joomla multi site, I came across Phoca Download. From the first install, everything worked perfectly. It is so easy to use and looks nice and clean.
I have nothing to say against it!
Phoca extensions never stop amazing me!
I've created dozens and dozens of Joomla sites with templates from all over the place. I have never seen more complicated CSS in my life. If you need to so the simplest thing, like change the color of the text in the front end component, you'll have to manually add the CSS yourself. Some of the images are called from the CSS file, others from php files that are so buried in the package, you'll need a flashlight to find them.
Actually, no amount of words can do justice to the amount of frustration you're going to experience trying to customize the CSS. Just go ahead and try. You'll see what I mean.
Again, just to be clear, the component seems to be rock solid and extremely useful. Definitely worth more than the price (free). But the CSS? My goodness, it should be an example of exactly how NOT to style a site.
Hi, thank you for your review.
Please, let me know exactly (http://www.phoca.cz/forum), what you mean with the CSS problems. E.g. the color of text is not set in Phoca Download, as color of text is set in Joomla! template, this should be changed there (Phoca Download doesn't change your main style)
Some of design parameters can be added via Parameters, so these cannot be saved in external CSS but as Phoca Download follows MVC pattern you can easily overwrite the design of Phoca Download template (default.php files).
Why? Well, it has categories and sections. I can administer licenses and global settings. Even statistic are included and it looks very nice but what´s extremly missing for me is the pathway-inclusion. Only the title of the menu-item (don´t know what´s the right name in English) IMHO is not enough when having categories and sections.
The only downside (and extremely minor at that) is creating Phoca Download menu items. The only option you have is listing by section, not category, or file. In all defense there is an article in Phoca forums that covers the reasons why, but I’ve found using external link type is an easy workaround. I can’t stress this is very minor hopefully the experts will figure it out.
Support is good. I had an issue with setting up the forums account and found 2 of my email services (AT&T Yahoo, and HostGator.com) are blocking the emails from Phoca.cz. I ended using a Gmail account and Jan fixed the accounts on the forums board promptly.
There are also other plug-in and modules that add to the functionality.
Jan – This is an awesome product, great job!