I had downloaded v3.8.2 for my site and it conflicted with the Joomla 3.1 tags component. Bad for blogging! "Ack, so what do I do now? I need the auto read more, but I need the tags...." I emailed the developers on Friday night and received an email back on Saturday morning.... ON SATURDAY! Who provides weekend support for a free extension? Well, a lot of people, but it was really nice that they did! Anyway, they wrote back and gave me the most recent version of the extension to install - v3.8.6. That fixed it and now my tags and read mores live in harmony. PLUS, my client is in love with not having to click the read more button every time she writes a blog post. NAILED IT! :-)
If I had not gotten the support or if I had not written to the developer, I probably would not have given a very good review, so to people trying out extensions and giving reviews, please remember that. This is a wonderful extension and if I or they had not put in that 5 minutes of effort, the beauty of this extension would not have been realized.
I have had many bad experiences with extensions, but it is nice to see that sometimes it is worth trying out new extensions that no one has reviewed, because you may just end up being the very first of a long line of good reviews! I imagine that will be the case for this extension.
I saw there are a couple newer versions up on the site, so I am going to go check them out!
Try this extension! Seriously!
Great job! I love your spider!
This is a wonderful extension. Even though it costs a little bit, it is worth it! Only $20 and for now, you can use it on as many sites as you please! This is great for me, because I will be doing a bunch of mini sites with blogs.
It is VERY easy to use and configure. You can download a PDF that has really good instructions on how to use the blog. Don't let the website fool you! The instructions are in English and are very well written. Helpful for someone who is a beginning in Joomla, but the instructions would not be needed for any higher level Joomla user than beginner.
It has the option of using the selected Joomla template for blog styling and the option to just styling that comes with the extension. The default styling that comes with Philo Blog is really basic, bright and simple. You will want to change it, but the CSS is very easy to customize, so this isn't a big deal. (As a tip, if you are changing the background color for the blog titles, etc., find the style that controls one of the titles, and use the "replace all" function in DreamWeaver, or whatever editor you use. This cuts down styling time by a lot and keeps everything the same color!)
I had emailed the developer(s) with some questions - how many domains can I use this for, is it customizable, etc. - and I got a nice response about 1.5 days later. Remember that the developer(s) are in Denmark. Don't worry, though. They speak nice English and are very friendly. :-)
Remember that, when you are setting up Bloggers, that you must create a Joomla User first, that will take on the identity of that Blogger.
As you can see, I really love this extension and I can't recommend it enough!
As another note, at least some of the accompanying extensions (latest article module, control panel icon plugin, etc.) are free, so that was a huge bonus to me! Not only did I get a nice and functional blog, but I got to fancy up my site for FREE!!!!
Bottom line - wonderful job, worth the money, easy to use, will be easy for clients to use once the site is under their control, and the developer(s) is/are friendly. :-)
Thanks again! It was a pleasure being the first person to post about this extension!
Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Nice to know that you like using PhiloBlog.