This component and two plugins provide a simple content versioning solution for Joomla. It saves a backup copy each time content is saved. It also adds an editor button to allow you to restore a document you're editing with a backup version.
-A new enterprise workflow add-on to this package is now available! (Workflow is 1.5 only) See our site for more info!
-A new autosave add-on to this package is now available! See our site for more info!
-Shows a list of prior versions for every article, their size, creator and date
-Allows for preview of prior versions before use
-Send an optional email notification when content changes
-Shows a difference view, displaying changes from current to selected version.
-Shows the number of versions directly on the button
-Displayed as a an editor icon, no separate component to deal with
-Translated into French, Spanish, Catalan, German and English
-Configurable limit of versions to store
-Ability to delete prior versions
-Ajax enabled, very simple to use.
-Optionally disabled for front-end users
*Improved "Diff" view performance for very large articles
*Added document size to the selection screen
*Updated to include support for JCK Editor
*Updated to include support for FCKEditor
*Updated to use correct directory seperator.
*If you have had problems installing, we found that a spanish character in the xml file was causing problems with some versions of Joomla. Please try the latest version.
*Fixed multiple front-end bugs,
*Added new installer script
*Updated difference view
*Moved SCV to use the actual revision number from SVN
*Added a "Difference" view to the preview showing difference between current article and selected version
*Fixed autoincrement bug in table create statement
*Added limit to number of versions to store (under content plugin parameters)
*Added version deletion with Ajax goodness
*Thanks to Lucas Guardino from Web Empresa for the Spanish and the Catalan Translation
*Added the author name next to the version
*Added language files for multilingual support
*Added full content preview for large articles
*Added a version check for 1.5.4 or higher
*Added a training video
*Fixed a bug to include fulltext
That is not correct. It's simply that Joomla 3.2 will include Version Control in the core, so this component will no longer be required.
It will still be available for 3.1.x and prior versions of Joomla
1. The extension ONLY tracks the TOTAL number of times an article is staged, NOT what has recently been staged. This forces the admin to look through the entire list to see is there is anything needing "looked" at and approved or reversed. There is no "new or recent cue" ... so if you are using this extension as part of a wiki-style setup in Joomla with lots of updates being performed by lots of different registered members (as in my case), this would cause a ton of frustration. In fairness though, I don't believe it was designed for that particular environment (hence my good rating still).
2. As I was testing the extension, I noticed once where the extension did NOT portray my edits correctly in the staged version awaiting approval. Lines were crossed out that were never actually deleted. This concerns me a bit, and makes the extension a little untrustworthy. Is it showing me the "true" updates or not?
3. Versions and Workflow on the front end was a bit difficult to understand what was happening. Sometimes it didn't show other versions at all, though this may have been my particular permissions in need of adjustment. Also, the tabbed css was off a bit with my themes. Should probably get rid of the tabs and go with something more straight forward and functional; not as pretty, but this would then work better with other themes.
I believe with some tweaking and more testing this would be a really nice extension.
Thanks for the review.
Item #1 is actually not correct. If you click on the Workflow button you will see the revisions ordered by date, including the content of those revisions.
Re #2: We use a open source HTML Diff, which is about as good as it gets. HTML Diff is non-deterministic, test changed to test actually looks like the string "test" was deleted.
#3 is always tough, e.g. themes with overreaching CSS are freely able to manipulate our layout.
Once either or both of the plugins are enabled, I found I can no longer submit content with anything other than the administrator back-end: all front-end content submission now generates a complete failure and the site crashes.
I am using Joomla 1.6.1.
We fixed this issue (with Joomla 1.6.1 only)
But I am working with Joomfish too, and then it seems to produce trouble.
As I've seen the question about Joomfish support was posted 1,5 years ago. Is there anything new?
Thanks a lot, Heike
It would be nice to be able to save versions of more items, e.g. modules, products, translations etc. The versions button actually shows on many of those items, but it only works for articles.
One workaround that I can see for the time being, for those that must use JCK, is to go ahead and use JCK with versioning enabled, and if you have to restore to an older version then do so with JCE or TinyMCE and then switch back to JCK for editing :)
On a final note, I see that it's been almost a year since this plugin has been updated. That worries me a little, and I would hope that the developer doesn't abandon this very useful project.
+ Support languages
+ Better preview, it´s a little confusing for me.
+ This is the one, incorporate in the preview who published the article, who put it in frontpage or not, who recategorize, etc. So, allow me to easy look in the preview other changes in the article but not in content.
Thanks for your component.
My company builds websites that make use of the popular K2 content system.. And while the version plugin does show up under the editor window, there are no revisions in the system because it's not K2 aware.
For most people this is a non-issue but it's good to know in case you're using something other than the out of the box Joomla content management.
With all of that said, I've used it in the past before we switched and it definitely saved our life more than once.. if/when K2 support is ever included, I'll be a user again.
I'm installing it in all of my sites. Not only is it great for client article screwups, it's also great for the webmaster. I am more willing to make test changes knowing that there is a list of backups of the articles -- just a click away.
the preview is a little bit confusingly.
but there is a several problem with the JCE-editor.
using them together, you lose the content.
This plugin does work with the JCE editor. Please post a question in our support forum if you have a problem. Thanks!
This extension has helped me several times as I now can find, compare, and return to previous versions of articles.
This extension is easy to use and I believe it simply is a must for anyone looking to make life easier for themselves when working on a live site.
Again - the component works GREAT now that I got that solved. Thanks!