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byAndriaD, November 12, 2013
Remository
I love this extension -- in fact I've never been able to get any other download program to work at all, so I've always used Remository. Now, I have more than 50 downloadable files at my main site, and I'd really like to update that site to Joomla 3.x -- but I can't, because there is no Remository for 3.x, and I'm wondering why? There isn't even any news or announcements about it at their site, and they won't even reply to forum questions about it. So I either have to delay updating my main site for some indefinite time, or I have to try and figure out how to use some other download program. Neither of those prospects suits me, but what can I do? They won't even tell us IF or WHEN there MIGHT be a 3.x release of Remository.
byAndriaD, November 12, 2013
JSN PowerAdmin
I can't say that this extension really helps me run the site; I'm fairly expert with Joomla's backend, so this doesn't do much that I can't do already. The one thing that it does which is MUCH easier than Joomla itself is in the ordering of modules in a given position, or the ordering of articles, and this is only in Joomla 3.x -- the new method of ordering in 3.x seems really buggy, or inept, or something -- as there is no way to "save" the order once you're selected it -- sure you can drag and drop, but it doesn't stick, there's no way to save it as you used to be able to. Using Poweradmin makes ordering in 3.x MUCH easier.
byAndriaD, June 7, 2013
Web Fonts
I'm kind of a font geek, and very much a CSS geek, but I've had the hardest time getting web fonts to work in my templates, if the template isn't already setup to use them -- but this extension -- component + plugin -- makes it a snap! The other one I tried first, didn't even have the "Paprika" web font, and I KNOW darn well that's a Google font, that's where I first found it! So thank you for CORRECTLY implementing ACTUAL web fonts! Both thumbs up!
byAndriaD, May 4, 2013
JCH Optimize
This extension is the best thing to happen to my site since AdminTools. According to Yslow, my site was a laggardly "53" -- but using this extension to minify the CSS and javascript, along with a few other improvements (to .htaccess), I managed to get it all the way to "100"! It's true that all sites and their hosts are different, and some may not get the same stupendous results, but this extension is really brilliant. Also, depending on the template you use, you may not be able to use the "sprites" generation thing to cut down HTTP accesses for images -- the author has a page describing the ins and outs of that. Naturally you should always have a backup before doing anything like this to your site, and it's a good idea to try it out first on a "dev" site -- ideally, on the same host as the live site, so that all server parameters are the same. But this extension can change your site from one that's so slow that surfers leave it before it finishes loading, to one that surfers will hang around and really look at! Both thumbs UP!!
byAndriaD, February 10, 2013
I've followed what little instruction there is for this plug-in; granted, plug-ins are fairly simple to activate. And yeah, when I refresh my site and view the source, I can see the javascript right there above the /head tag, and the code appears to be identical to the code I'm seeing at the Google analytics site -- but it still keeps saying "tracking code not installed" at the GA site, so I have no clue what's wrong with it, and there is no way to ask the plug-in's creator for his thoughts on the matter, since there is no forum and no way to contact him whatever. I have to give the extension the lowest possible rating for that; it's simply inexcusable for the author of any kind of free software to be completely unreachable. And now I've wasted all this time on the thing (it's been about 6 hrs since I installed it, and still GA says it's not installed), and I still have to find some way to get this stupid javascript on my site.
byAndriaD, January 21, 2013
Phoca GAE
I tried another Adsense extension before this one, and was unpleasantly surprised to find that it did not implement module suffixes correctly, so my sidebar looked wonky. But this one is GREAT -- and it handles the suffixes PERFECTLY so my blocks look as they are supposed to. Thank you so much for a great, easy-to-use extension!
byAndriaD, December 18, 2012
Accordion FAQ
I thought finding a decent FAQ extension would be a huge trial-and-error process -- but I tried this one first, and it's terrific, and so easy, a blindfolded chimp could use it!
byAndriaD, September 14, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Admin Tools Professional
There's no such thing as perfect security for anything on the internet, but if you've had problems with your site being hacked, this is an absolutely essential tool to help you secure your site. Nick is very knowledgeable, and also very generous with his time and replies if you buy the supported version -- but even the core version is an absolute must-have. I can't run any kind of secure site without this program; it's an absolute GOD-SEND.
byAndriaD, May 28, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
MultiTrans
I can only repeat what others have said here: unlike gTranslate, this one works without trashing your template and then being told to "check the validity of your code." This one also lets you adjust the CSS of its display, so you're not stuck with someone else's idea of a good color scheme, and that is always the mark of a good extension, IMHO. 2 thumbs up!!
byAndriaD, May 2, 2011
Flexi Custom Code
I was really stymied on how to include a javascript ad rotator provided by one of my sponsors; there aren't yet a real lot of choices for 1.6, but this one really fills the bill -- worked perfectly, even though there are no docs to speak of -- they really weren't necessary. Good job! Thanks!
byAndriaD, January 14, 2010
Akeeba Backup
In 2 yrs of using JoomlaPack, I've never encountered such a terrific extension; it's so smart that even with shared-hosting-type limitations, it can adapt and get the backup done successfully; moving a site is so seamless that I can't believe it took me 2 yrs to find out about this marvelous extension. And they even support their product in a forum which they actually pay attention to; a more helpful environment can't be imagined! Both thumbs up!
byAndriaD, November 9, 2009
K2
This looks like it could be a really excellent extension -- but it's hard to say, since it doesn't have a single doc or instruction or hint or clue or ANYTHING to tell you how to use it. I've posted a couple of things at their forum, and got no replies. So, it's just useless. If they ever get around to explaining how to use the thing, it'll probably be great -- till then, who can figure out how to use it, except the programmers who made it? All I can see is a lot of folks who WANT to use it, but keep crying out for docs, to no avail whatever.
Owner's reply

I guess you're right. K2 is bad because it has yet no documentation and it's really hard to figure out...

So I guess the people who built these amazing websites http://k2community.joomlaworks.gr/profiles/blogs/k2-powered-joomla-websites are magicians. One of these websites was recently voted as one of the best in "culture" in the UK by the Telegraph newspaper. Now, how did that happen?

You obviously do not understand the concept of open source. And if you don't give K2 a try on your own, you really won't understand it either. We know people hate manuals and that is why we've built K2 to be as familiar as possible to Joomla!'s core articles.

Vinaora Visitors Counter
I tried to customize the way the date/time appears in this, but the usual php identifiers just don't seem to apply at all. Also, when you go to their site, as I did to try and find out what sort of weird php they may be using, the whole thing is in vietnamese with no English translation. So I'm off to find something else, which I can at least READ what they have to say about it at the creators' website.
Owner's reply

Vinaora Visitors Counter use only JOOMLA's date/time format. I don't use any others.

You can see >> http://api.joomla.org/Joomla-Framework/Utilities/JDate.html and http://www.php.net/strftime

My site is Vietnamese language but you can go to
http://vinaora.com/joomla/vinaora-visitors-counter.html
and http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=393501&start=30

Or you can use http://translate.google.com/

I'll try to support more English as soon as possible.

Tks for your comment.