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Affiliate Tracker
For a few years I had been periodically checking for a good affiliates extension for Joomla 2.5, and Affiliate Tracker has proven to be just that. It's simple and fairly intuitive if you have some experience with third-party extensions, and especially if you read the documentation carefully. I have around three years experience of working with Joomla but I'm not an expert and have no coding knowledge - still, it was all straightforward.

I use a custom lesson-booking and payments system on my site, so 'Joomla That!' had to do some bespoke development to integrate this with their off-the-shelf plugin. They did this very quickly and communicated with me throughout the work. Prices and so on were upfront and honest; in my opinion anyone has been 'burnt' before by custom developers should have no concerns about approaching them for this kind of integration. The service and support was absolutely exemplary.

I also had a couple of questions at the end and one styling issue which were resolved very quickly.

I think this extension does everything you could expect from an affiliates system. One thing I'd love to see would be the ability to create a kind-of gallery for banner images, so affiliates could browse through and then copy-paste a snippet of code that would include their individual link. As it is, affiliates are simply provided with an individual URL that they can use however they wish. I suppose that maximises flexibility and keeps it simple.

You can pay affiliates a percentage or a set rate, but as far as I can tell you can't change the rate depending on the product that was sold or the overall price of the sale. That's not something I need but there might be people out there who'd need something like that - their profit margins could differ between products or they might want affiliates to push particular items so could offer better commissions. Apologies if that is actually in there - I have a tendency to skim read...

So overall, Affiliate Tracker provides an excellent way to promote your site with very low upfront costs. I expect it to become one of the most popular extensions in the Joomla directory. The support was probably the best I've experienced, too.
byBugsy81, May 29, 2013
Agora Pro
I have just started the process of building an online community on my website and I have high hopes for Agora Pro. Set up was straightforward and it blended with my template nicely. It seems to be a pretty big and powerful extension so I expected teething problems but so far, so straightforward. It certainly has all the functions you'd expect from a forum, plus nice touches like the ability to add YouTube clips to posts.
byBugsy81, May 29, 2013
I have created literally hundreds of esl comprehension quizzes on three sites using this extension. The ability to add free html into the header of each quiz gives very useful flexibility. My students and other visitors love the quizzes, so thanks to Mr Mavros for making them easy to create. On another note, I have always found his support to be unbelievably good, especially considering the low cost of his extensions.
I've used extendedreg for a couple of years now, and I like the fact it does as little or as much as I want it to. Originally I just wanted to add one custom field to my registration process and it was the most straightforward way to do that. Now I'm using it for multiple forms and making use of a few of the add ons. I've used it on j1.5 and 2.5 and can't remember any problems.