Then I came across joodb.
Kicking off with the single table "free" version the frame work for the project was up and running within hours. We are currently migrating to the Pro version.
Support is top notch.
If you any sort of data search/ view/edit data application in mind for your Joomla site, joodb is what you need to drive it.
I wish I had found it sooner. It would have saved me so much time and a little money. I took a paid for subscription...
Sorry to find a so discordant opinion among the rest of great feedback we are receiving from users.
We do our best to show which features&functions does include the component, including 3 live demos on our site and a downloadable guide
explaining one by one all functions available. Also we have a presales questions email where everyone can contact us directly to ask
for more details before purchasing, usually with a 24h/response time.
So you feel dissapointed for not finding some functions we never claimed to include, sorry if any information mislead you about the features
you expected to find.
Going into detail, seems you where looking for handling data from external tables. This ext does read other table's data (in order to fill multioption/combo
fields, for ex.), but it's not intended to modify data from other tables of your database. We understand this is not the main purpose of this comp,
thinking that would be more suitable to use components under 'database administration' category more focused on backend view.
About your second request, with that short description we don't fully get the point about what are you looking for, but it you feel it could improve
the extension, you're more than welcome to work with us to develop the idea using our suggestions forum. If we find a good aproach, we could include it for next release.
Thank you very much for your comments.
Again, after hassles with a hosting provider who hasn't a clue about customer service, I decided to move to another host. Akeeba made the exercise quick and painless. The old site was migrate to the new host within a couple of hours and very little effort.
I'm taking a subscription...
I never tested the file, of course. And you know what's coming next, right?
My site crashed the DB and I went to restore it. SO I unpacked the last "good" archive. The 5M packed filed extracted to a 908 byte text file!!!
No back up. Checked the previous backups, but all the same.
I'll accept some of the blame because I seldom read instructions, unless everything else has failed.
All in all, I came away wiser but still disappointed. My warning to you is check that the backup file is actually a backup file!
The plugins are confusing and there is no explanation that I can see as to the need to match a plug in versions against the core version.
Simulation didn't work. It insisted that the (valid) user ID entered wasn't valid. So there seems no way to test anything.
I'd pay for the "pro" version if I could get an absolute guarantee that it'd work. Alas, the "free" version isn't an encouraging introduction.
My head hurts. I'm going to stop now...
Infact there is a commercial support subscription available if you need it ! You can buy it at the website & our support team can easily set it up for you.
Have you read the detailed documentation here : http://techjoomla.com/table/jmailalerts.-cms-delivered-via-email/#documentation
We understand the extension can be confusing due to its great versatility & we have tried to make it as easy as possible to understand & use. If you read the docs throughly , you should not have any issues.
Regarding Plugins, its simple. The 1.X version of the component & plugins are depreciated. use the latest version in the 2.X series. Since we have over 20 plugins for the extension we are working out a better way to maintain them on the site to present them to uses in a better way.
Do reconsider your review & give it a shot again or contact us to let us help you set it up.
Unfortunately the last update (1.3) seems to be focused on let's see what we can break. My test site stopped working, presenting blank forms and error dialogs, especially on the frontend. I spend nearly eight hours working my way through things, and finished up having to remove a swag of modules and components, many not remotely related to CB.
Since I am now at the point of probably having to rebuild the site from scratch I'll be looking to alternatives for CB
Sorry to hear such a different story of all positive feedbacks we got on CB 1.3 this far, and understanding that finally it seems "not remotely related to CB" on your "test site" as you conclude. We are not be able to relate *any* single forum post or feedback from any user elsewhere to this experience with CB 1.3 (nor latest CB 1.3.1 which fixes all known bugs of CB 1.3, which were all minor).
Sorry that you decided to spend eight hours on your own, without community help, not browsing our FAQ (e.g our blank screen FAQ), forums, or request free support on our forums. Very frustrating for the very dedicated CB community to not have a chance to help another community member. Specially for a free extension with free community support. We would much prefer to be able to help you, but with literally no information on the errors you got and your environment, it's impossible. We invite you to use our CB forums for CB support - instead of the JED.
This sounds like a problem. Please use the Attachments forum on http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments/forum/ and I'll try to help you figure this out.
Unfortunately other things were broken in the process, notably the readmore tag button. The author says there are other ways of inserting the tag but I can't find it.
JCE has its own Readmore and Pagebreak buttons in the Editor Layout (not the ones below the editor window). These are better than the default Joomla! Readmore / Pagebreak buttons as 1) They overcome an issue with block element splitting caused by the Joomla! Readmore / Pagebreak code and 2) Pagebreaks become editable when using the JCE method.