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Guest Book

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

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Requirements:
- Joomla! 1.5, 2.5, 3

Documentation
http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/3-phoca-guestbook-component

Demo (Joomla! 1.5):
http://www.phoca.cz/demo/

Demo Phoca Guestbook and Joomla! 1.6:
http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-guestbook

Trying to prevent from spam
http://www.phoca.cz/documents/3-phoca-guestbook-component/436-trying-to-prevent-from-spam

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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:
http://www.phoca.cz/documents/3-phoca-guestbook-component/436-trying-to-prevent-from-spam

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 :-( :-(


Great


Posted on 07 October 2014

I'm giving 4 stars due to the confusing options of the component. This is just my experience although I can now pass this on to you. I*f you have problems with creating a guestbook, it's not the components fault. It's a flaw with all components due to Joomla 3.3.4 - 3.3.6 will fix this issue. I had some issues with finding information on how to change the permissions. While it seems stupid not to look in the permissions section of component for turning on public posting, with almost all, it's usually the general Joomla options, not the component itself. I had trouble with this initially as I tried looking at "Options Parameters" on the phoca website. After that turned out to be a dead end, I found a post called "Changing Permissions - Adding Posts By Public Users" which explains that it's no longer within the parameters but it is within the category permissions. This was also posted by the developer himself in answer to someone's question. Might I suggest that you edit this artile: http://www.phoca.cz/documents/3-phoca-guestbook-component/574-options-parameters by inserting the alternative on: http://www.phoca.cz/documents/3-phoca-guestbook-component/710-changing-permissions-adding-posts-by-public-users to try to minimize any bad reviews relating to this? Other than that, I have to say that this is highly recommended by me and I am one hell of a fickle woman when it comes to my site! As always, if you have an issue, at least try to find an answer to the question by using the FAQ's. Forums and the articles available to you. Contacting the creator is always a last resort. Try to have some initiative people. ;) Fantastic work on this component, Jan Pavelka. No offence intended by this post.


I upgraded my guestbook to Joomla 3.3 and the latest phoca guestbook and all items did not display in the correct order anymore. Even after one week of talking to phoca I was not able to get the items in date order. In the end I had to use another component.

Owner's reply: Hi, as written in Phoca Forum, if you want to change ordering, you need to set if ASC (ascending) or DESC (descending)


- Order by
- Order direction
- Order direction for comments

Example:

order by DATE - of course - this does not change anything until we will say what we exactly want, so we set:

Order direction: ASC - we have set ordering ascending and we can set ordering descending

If we want to change ordering, we must say how we want to have it, it means, we first set:

by which value we will order - if by DATE or USERNAME but this is very important, we need to say, we want order it ASCENDING or DESCENDING


I don't understand this review and I don't understand why did you do? I can record step by step instruction how to set it and record how it normally works. So this is definitely not a problem of the component. Of course I cannot say what exactly the problem was in your case when you cannot wait for the step by step solution in Phoca Forum.

This is really something wrong in our world - when we don't want to solve our problems but our goal is to make a complaint about the problem.

We don't accept that we can use free extensions with free support and get free time by the extension developer but if the developer waits e.g. one or two days with the answer (do you really think that you get answer in minutes by something what is done in free time? No such way it does not work, I need to go to my regular work, so I can then do free extensions) we just will make a complaint in other forum.

Normally, I am trying to solve user's problem step by step in the forum - asking the details of problems and suggest possible solutions and this takes some time but this requires patience.

So I really don't understand this :-(

Although I don't recommend to use guestbooks on any site, I think this is one of the best solutions of that kind.


Simple good extension


Posted on 04 January 2014

I use this extension already for several years now and the new Phoca Guestbook works good with the new Joomla 3.x CMS.


Phoca Guestbook is an excellent component. I use it for past 4 years, and it didn't fail it's purpose so far.



The component is easy to install. You can set colors easily in configuration options, without need of editing .css files. Same goes for turning on/off other parameters.



I use this component with Phoca Guestbook Latest Entries Module and both, the component and module meet and exceeded my expectations.



If I had question regarding the component I could easily find answer in the detailed Documentation or Phoca Forums. The developer himself replies really quick on support questions too.



I worked with Joomla 6+ years and this Guestbook is easily my favorite, I'd recommend it to anyone who is searching to use Guestbook on their / client's Joomla website.


Great Extension


Posted on 10 April 2013

This component working great in my site, but i hope there is an option to reply to a certain message for an update version later


If you want an easy and effective guestbook you have to install Phoca Guestbook.


Good, but...


Posted on 21 November 2012

I have used this for two sites. Overall, I like the customization options, appearance, and ease of installation. However, the spam is amazing, and none of the options I've tried has made a difference. Some don't appear to work. I've used all the options for captcha, did not allow urls in text (still coming through). When people have commented on this, just referred to the same spam documentation. It's obviously a significant problem with this extension. I also have a problem with the form always showing when it should only show when a link is clicked. Others have also reported this, but the developer seems to be unable to fix this. Wish these items could be fixed -- love it otherwise, but these two issues are a problem.

Owner's reply: Hi, regarding spam, see above (in description of the extension).

Unfortunately, I cannot fix human behaviour. Spammers like all kind of form input fields and all kind of form input fields are spammed. :-(

But really no idea what is wrong on your server. For example, Akismet removes over 95% of spam (including human spammers) in my guestbook. :idea:

Jan

Mobile access


Posted on 21 November 2012

I would give this extension a excellent rating except that it doesn't work on Android phones. My guests can only type in the Subject box but no keyboard comes up when trying to type in the comment box.

Owner's reply: Hi, Phoca Guestbook works on Android with e.g. Firefox or Chrome. If you are using some browser which is not supported by tinymce editor, you can disable the editor in backend.

Jan

I started using this extension some time ago. I have kept up with any updates. I have worked with the spamming information they provided. In the past month, I have received thousands and I mean thousands of spam messages. It is hard to find the good ones among the spam. I have changed the different captcha items, randomized it and still the spam pours in. I have used the IP blocking section and I cannot keep up with inputting all the new IPs into it. I am not sure it is even working or I have missed a comma somewhere that has messed things up. I really did like this extension, but I cannot keep up with the spam. If they ever implement a way to quickly block an IP from the message, I would consider using them again. Overall this extension blended in well with the look of my website, but I just cannot deal with the popularity that has come with spammers of late.

Phoca Gallery

Phoca Gallery

Free | Galleries | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
100
357 reviews
Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! component. It is an image gallery with slideshow. See demo with different features: http://www.phoca.cz/demo/ (click on links on left side to see different features of Phoca Gallery) Demo with tree and image module: http://www.phoca.cz/wallpapers/ Demo with description and no popup: http://www.phoca.cz/templatedemo/phoca-gallery-description Demo Phoca Gallery and Simple Caddy integration: http://www.phoca.cz/stockphoto/ Demo Phoca Gallery and Joomla! 2.5 (1.6, 1.7): http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-gallery Demo Phoca Gallery and YouTube Video (CSS3): http://www.phoca.cz/virtuemartdemo/phoca-gallery-youtube Demo Phoca Gallery and Joomla! 3: http://www.phoca.cz/joomla3demo/ Customized Phoca Gallery on live sites: http://www.cssjoomla.com/ Phoca Gallery 3.2.6 Requirements: PHP - see Joomla! requirements MySQL - see Joomla! requirements Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 Phoca Gallery 4 Requirements PHP - see Joomla! requirements MySQL - see Joomla! requirements Joomla! 3.x
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Phoca Download

Phoca Download

Free | Downloads | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
100
131 reviews
Phoca Download is a Joomla! component. It displays sections, categories and files which can be downloaded from the site. Downloaded files are listed in Statistics View (administration). Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phoca-download/category/1-files http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phoca-download-plugin http://www.phoca.cz/download Joomla! 2.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-download Setting own style demo, Youtube videos in Phoca Download: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-download-youtube Joomla! 3 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomla3demo/phoca-download-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 Joomla! 3.x
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Phoca Maps

Phoca Maps

Free | Maps & Locations | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
100
67 reviews
Phoca Maps is a Joomla! component. It is a small component which displays Google Maps on your site. This component doesn't include too much of parameters, the idea of using this component is a fast creation of map on your site. Just go to Extensions » Maps » New, click on Coordinates button, then click on the place in the map you want to display and save it. Finally create menu link to this map. If you need to set a marker or more markers, just go to Extensions » Markers » New, select map, click on Coordinates button, then click on the place in the map you want the marker will be set. Add description (you can include images too) and save it. Marker will be displayed in the map. Use Phoca Maps Plugin for displaying map or more maps in the article. You are able to select or set your own marker icons. There are two different versions of Phoca Maps: Phoca Maps 1.0.5 - this version uses Google Maps API 2. If you need functions like GoobleBar, Continuous Zoom, Overview Map Control, then download this version. Phoca Maps 1.1.0 (2.x for Joomla! 1.6 or 1.7) or any later version - this version uses Google Maps API 3. You need not to create Google Maps API key for your site but some functions are not included (API 3 is still in Google Code Labs - not ready yet). This version is under active development and includes more new features. Demo (Joomla! 2.5 - custom markers) http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-maps Demo - KML features: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-maps-kml Demo - Joomla! 3: http://www.phoca.cz/joomla3demo/phoca-maps-demo
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Phoca Favicon

Phoca Favicon

Free | Design | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
100
64 reviews
Phoca Favicon is a Joomla! component. It is a simple component that generates favicon on your Joomla! site. You can change the favicon of your site whenever you like. Requirements: - Joomla!1.5, 2.5, 3 (stable or any later version). - PHP 4.4.1 (or any later version) with GD library (graphics library for thumbnails creation). Documentation: http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/4-phoca-favicon-component Frontend Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phoca-favicon Since version 2 (Joomla! 1.7) Favicon can have transparent background Phoca Favicon and Joomla! 1.7 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-favicon
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Phoca Restaurant Menu Lite

Phoca Restaurant Menu Lite

Free | Food & Beverage | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
98
12 reviews
Phoca Restaurant Menu is a Joomla! component. This component allows creating menu for restaurant, cafeteria, fast food, school canteen, buffet, bar, club, snack bar, wineroom, etc. Such menu can be displayed on a website, printed on a sheet of paper or emailed to customers. Joomla! 3 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/restaurantmenudemo/ Joomla! 2.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/wine-list
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Phoca Email

Phoca Email

Free | Email | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
98
6 reviews
Phoca Email is a Joomla! component. It is very simple component with minimum features. There are two ways to use this component: Phoca Email is used for sending emails from other components like e.g. sending Invoice, Delivery Note or Receipt from VirtueMart component Phoca Email can be used to quickly send emails from Joomla! administration site. If Phoca Email is used for sending emails in Joomla! administration, the following features can be select: Email can be sent to one user, more users (email addresses should be separated by comma) or to selected users which are stored in Joomla! Pure text or HTML message can be sent (e.g. to use the component as newsletter) Article can be selected and sent (e.g. to use the component as newsletter) Phoca Email does not have any user directory, etc. It is really simple component to send emails (not to recive them, etc.). As user directory, the list of stored users in Joomla! can be used. The only function of this component is to quickly send emails (if it is used in Joomla! administration by itself). This is not email client and should be not used as email client. Please, don't review this component, because e.g. it doesn't recieve emails, or it does not store sent emails, etc.
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Phoca Open Graph

Phoca Open Graph

Free | SEO & Metadata | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
98
6 reviews
Phoca Open Graph Plugin is a Joomla! CMS Plugin. It allows adding of open graph information into site. Such information stored in meta tags can be then automatically displayed on e.g. Facebook while some visitior of the site commented e.g. article.
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Phoca PDF

Phoca PDF

Free | Print & PDF | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
96
20 reviews
Phoca PDF is a Joomla! component. It enables you to set and create PDF documents in Joomla!. The whole Phoca PDF framework contains: * Phoca PDF component * Phoca PDF fonts * Phoca PDF plugins See more details here: http://www.phoca.cz/phocapdf IMPORTANT: * Phoca PDF requires PHP 5 version installed on your server (because of newest TCPDF library) * You can set e.g. footer or header information with help of HTML text editor (like FCK, TinyMCE, JCE,...), but be aware because not all HTML tags and attributes, wich an editor produces, are supported in PDF * HTML code of your documents should be valid * You can set different parameters for your PDF document, so after setting these parameters you should test creating of your PDF documents because of possible conflicts caused by setting some extra values (e.g. setting of small PDF format x large font size x large line height, etc...) * You can set different font types for different parts of document (content, header, footer) but be aware, because PDF stores information about font types. UTF-8 fonts are supported and after storing information about all font types the size of PDF document can increase markedly * CREATING PDF IS NOT SO SMOOTH AS CREATING HTML OUTPUT. PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT RENDERED IF IT DOESN'T GET CORRECTLY CREATED DOCUMENT HEADER. For successfully PDF creating, the site should not render any PHP error messages or any bad encoding characters before rendering PDF. If you get blank page while PDF creating, mostly this is caused by above described problems. In such case try to see your error log or check the encoding of included PHP files. Joomla! 2.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-pdf
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Phoca Facebook Comments

Phoca Facebook Comments

Free | Social Comments | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
96
15 reviews
Phoca Facebook Comments Module is a Joomla! module which displays Facebook comments on Joomla! site. Users are able to comment the site on which this module is displayed. Joomla! 1.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/news/30-phoca-news/428-phoca-facebook-comments-module-100-beta-released Joomla! 1.7 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-facebook-comments How to moderate comments: http://www.phoca.cz/documents/62-phoca-facebook-comments-module/425-moderate-facebook-comments
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Phoca Gallery Tree

Phoca Gallery Tree

Free | Phoca Gallery extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
96
10 reviews
Phoca Gallery Tree Module is a Joomla! Module which shows a tree of galleries (categories) from Phoca Gallery component. Requirements: - Joomla! - PHP 5 (or any later version) with GD library (graphics library for thumbnails creation). - Phoca Gallery with Slideshow component. Documentation: http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/5-phoca-gallery-tree-module Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/demo/ http://www.phoca.cz/wallpapers/ Joomla! 1.6 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/
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Phoca GAE

Phoca GAE

Free | Affiliate Systems | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
95
45 reviews
Phoca GAE is a Joomla! module which displays Google AdSense code on your site easy way. Don't waste your time filling out a lot of forms. Just copy your Google AdSense Code and paste it into your Joomla! site. This way the Google Search code and Google Calendar code can be added too. Requirements: - Joomla! 1.5 - Joomla! 1.6 - Joomla! 1.7 - Joomla! 2.5 - Joomla! 3 Documentation: http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/10-phoca-google-adsense-easy Frontend Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/phocagallery/demo/index.php/phoca-google-adsense-demo Joomla! 1.6 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/ Joomla! 3 Demo http://www.phoca.cz/joomla3demo/ Download: http://www.phoca.cz/download/category/7-phoca-google-adsense-easy-module
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Phoca Gallery Plugin

Phoca Gallery Plugin

Free | Phoca Gallery extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
26 reviews
Phoca Gallery Plugin is a Joomla! Plugin to show categories or images of Phoca Gallery in an article content. Requirements: - Joomla! - Phoca Gallery with Slideshow component Documentation: http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/14-phoca-gallery-plugin Usage (see Demo): http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phocagallery-plugin http://www.phoca.cz/wallpapers/ http://www.phoca.cz/documents/52-phoca-restaurant-menu-component/308-daily-menu (live site using Phoca Gallery Plugin) Phoca Gallery - Joomla! 2.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-gallery-plugin
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Plugin for Phoca Download

Plugin for Phoca Download

Free | Phoca Download extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
9 reviews
Phoca Download Plugin is a Joomla! 1.5 Plugin which can display: * link to Phoca Download Sections * link to Phoca Download Section * link to Phoca Download Category * link to Phoca Download File * link to previow a file * link to play a file (video or mp3) (in popup or modal) * player for playing video or mp3 * Youtube video in article content. See demo of the plugin: http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phoca-download-plugin
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Phoca Gallery Image

Phoca Gallery Image

Free | Phoca Gallery extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
9 reviews
Phoca Gallery Image Module is a Joomla! Module which shows image(s) from Phoca Gallery component in module positon. Random image or latest images can be displayed. Phoca Gallery Image Module replaces Phoca Gallery Random Image Module Demo - mosaic effect (in top right area): http://www.phoca.cz/wallpapers/ Demo - mosaic effect (on the right side): http://www.phoca.cz/templatedemo/ Demo - standard displaying of one image (on the right side): http://www.phoca.cz/demo/ Joomla! 1.6 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/
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Phoca Documentation

Phoca Documentation

Free | Articles Display | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
6 reviews
Phoca Documentation is a Joomla! 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 Component which displays Joomla's articles, categories (and sections) as a documentation site, e.g. as User Manual, User guide, etc. Documentation: http://www.phoca.cz/documentation/category/6-phoca-documentation-component Download: http://www.phoca.cz/download/category/2-phoca-documentation-component Joomla 2.5 Demo: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-documentation
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Phoca Maps Plugin

Phoca Maps Plugin

Free | Maps & Locations | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
6 reviews
Phoca Maps Plugin is a Joomla! plugin. With Phoca Maps Plugin you can display one or more than one Google Map on your site (in the article). You can display the map or only link to selected map. When user click on this link, the map will be displayed in Modal Box window or in standard Popup window.
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Phoca Gallery Menu

Phoca Gallery Menu

Free | Phoca Gallery extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
93
2 reviews
Phoca Gallery Menu Module is a Joomla! Module which shows a menu (horizontal or vertical) of galleries (categories) from Phoca Gallery component.
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Phoca Gallery Slideshow Noob

Phoca Gallery Slideshow Noob

Free | Phoca Gallery extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5
Score:
93
1 review
Phoca Gallery Slideshow Noob Module is a Joomla! CMS module which displays slideshow of Phoca Gallery images in module positon.
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Phoca Commander

Phoca Commander

Free | File Management | Jan Pavelka
3
Score:
87
2 reviews
Phoca Commander is Joomla! CMS component - it is dual panel file manager (like Total Commander, Midnight Commander, Krusader, ...) working in Joomla! cms. See demo (video): http://www.phoca.cz/phocacommander Phoca Commander features: - Change Attributes (CHMOD) - Rename - View - Edit - Copy - Move - New Folder - Delete - Unzip (Unpack) - Zip (Pack) - Upload
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Phoca Font

Phoca Font

Free | Typography | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
0
11 reviews
Phoca Font Component is a Joomla! component. This component adds support for using downloadable fonts in your Joomla! site. You can upload and select your own .ttf or .otf font file. Font included in this font file will be rendered on your site (with help of @font-face rule). With help of this component you can include fonts from Google Fonts directory. Variant or Subset attributes are included. This feature is supported by following browsers: Firefox Chrome Opera Safari IE6, IE7, IE8 (in case, eot file is included) or any newest IE versions Since version 2.0 (Joomla! 1.6) Google Fonts are supported - it means, the font can be loaded from Google Font Directory (this can be faster and there is no need to install the font on the server) Demo Joomla! 1.5 http://www.phoca.cz/demo/phoca-font-demo Demo Joomla! 1.7: http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-font
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Chart Statistics for Phoca Download

Chart Statistics for Phoca Download

Free | Phoca Download extensions | Jan Pavelka
2.5 3
Score:
0
4 reviews
Phoca Download Chart Statistics Module is a Joomla! Module which displays Google Chart statistics of downloaded files.
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Phoca Guestbook

Version:
1.4.5, 2.0.2, 3.0.2
Developer:
Jan Pavelka
Date added:
Nov 14 2007
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Uses updater:
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