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IanE

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byIanE, April 17, 2014
Universal AJAX Live Search
Universal AJAX Live Search is a huge advance on the standard Joomla search mechanism and in my view an essential component for any modern site. It works with modified versions of the Joomla search plugin system and is capable of searching a growing range of popular extensions bringing back images and relevant data, including prices from shopping carts, and displaying these in a pleasing way. There is a bit of a learning curve as the system comprises a component, a search module and a display module along with the necessary plugins but the developer has made the installation and configuration of these as straightforward as possible. I had a couple of issues with plugins for Joomgallery and Hikashop and these were modified to my requirements without delay. This extension will revolutionise the way you think about, not just search, but the role search plays within your site, and it comes with great support. Highly recommended.
byIanE, November 26, 2013
MultiTrans
This module does exactly what it says and comes with a number of pre-configured styles and options which would be perfect for most users. To ensure that the module works "out of the box" under most circumstances the developer has hard coded a number of styling parameters (such as the font used) which I found tricky to over ride even though there are style configuration options in the modules admin screen. The developer was very responsive and helpful to requests for assistance and I did achieve what I wanted in the end, so I am happy to give this 5 stars.
byIanE, August 16, 2013
VirtueMart
I have used Virtuemart for about five years and grew to love VM1 despite it's quirks. Virtuemart 2 is a different animal and despite several attempts over the last year to migrate a site to it I have given up. I'm also frustrated that VM is not yet supporting Joomla 3.0 (yes I've read the argument about 3.5 being the long term release but people want to build Joomla 3 sites now and other components support it). So for me thank you Virtuemart, I'll keep in touch but for now I'm moving on.
byIanE, September 15, 2010
Xmap
I have used Joomap, upon which this component is built, to great effect on a number of sites but Joomap doesn't appear to have been updated for a while and didn't work properly for me on my latest virtuemart site.

Xmap has picked up the baton and works really well - although it may take those unfamiliar with joomap a while to figure it out. Only problem I had was that the option to edit menu items included in the map didn't work in Firefox (worked fine in Chrome though). Also there is a link to the author which is on by default but which can be switched off in preferences.

It's great to have a properly working sitemap again - thanks to the authors and also the original author of joomap.
byIanE, October 7, 2009
Ignite Gallery
This is a nice looking gallery with a lot of good features that I needed, particularly user image uploads, voting and comments. Unfortunately in the current version (2.1)there is no facility to moderate uploads or comments which is very risky so I am going to be using something else for my next project. The next version promises moderation so I hope to see this within the six month subscription period. I was also struck by the global parameters menu which looks almost identical to Phoca gallery - do these have common origins?