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byMesquiteMan, January 6, 2014
ccVAOM for Virtuemart
I only write reviews for extensions or developers that I feel have really earned it. I used to use CCVOAM in the past and switched to VM Invoice (VMI) a few years ago. The main reason for my switch was VMI's ability to manually create and edit orders.

I have a need now for being able to easily download chosen order information into my UPS software so I contacted Chill Creations to see if CCVAOM could do what I wanted. I got a super quick reply so I went ahead and renewed my subscription.

I can say that CCVAOM is a wonderful component and Chill Creations' support is absolutely top notch! I still have to use VMI for my manual orders and order editing but hopefully, CCVAOM will add this in the near future and I can ditch the other. The other is pretty good but their support, on a paid extension, is ATROCIOUS!

I had an issue after installing CCVAOM where my VMI would not create pdf invoices. To give a little more information, I am still running J1.5 and they made it real clear they no longer support J1.5 before I purchased. I am in the process of migrating to J2.5 but don't have it ready yet so the installation was to my old site.

I submitted a ticket and mentioned that I know they no longer support J1.5 and if they were not able to help, I would completely understand. Within a few hours, I had a reply asking for login info to my site to see what was going on. After providing that, a few hours later I got reply and all is working fine! That is going above and beyond in my book.

I just wish that other Joomla developers who are going to ask for my hard earned money for their extension would treat me at least half as well! Yes, there are quite a few but there are also many whose support is lacking at best, including the other I mentioned above.

Great job Chill! Thank you!
byMesquiteMan, September 27, 2011
Virtuemart Pre-Order
I have been running VM Preorder for 4 or 5 months now and it has increased my sales tremendously. Now, instead of customers getting an unavailable message on a particular item, they are now able to make a small deposit (that I set the amount for) to save their place "in line". I used to just use the waiting list feature of VM but I sell a product that is quite popular frequently out of stock as I make more. Customers would add themselves to the waiting list and when I updated inventory, the e-mail would frequently be sent out to 10 or more people. Usually, the first few to get the e-mail bought out my inventory and the rest were mad. Now, they can pre-order and be guaranteed product as soon as I get it back in stock.

VM Pre-order installs with one click and no code modification and works great "right out of the box". You can set different deposit amounts for each product either as a fixed fee or as a percentage. The customer then has the ability to pay just the deposit or the entire amount if they prefer. If they pay the deposit, their order status is changed to "Partial" so it is easy to track who still owes.

Jeremy, the developer is WONDERFUL also. He lists his phone number on his website and has answered the phone just about every time I have called. When he doesn't answer, he always calls back in less than 30 minutes.

When I first started using VM Pre-order, I needed it to do things just a little differently. I called him and explained what I needed and he got right on it wiht the changes ready that same day! I gave him superadmin access and he even went in and installed it for me. The next day, he had that update on his site for the rest of his customers to use. THIS GUY IS DEDICATED to his work!

I would HIGHLY recommend VM Pre-order for anyone who is running a VM site that sells items that frequently are out of stock. It will increase your sales tremendously!
byMesquiteMan, July 22, 2011
Admin Tools Professional
I have downloaded and used a lot of different components on the 5 or 6 sites that I own and maintain. Some have been great and some have sucked. Some have had good support and some are absolutely atrocious. The support from Nicholas with Akeeba AdminTools Pro is far and above any other developer's support that I have ever used. AdminTools Pro is also a great addition to my site and is a wonderful component. It takes a little while to get the hang of things and to get everything dialed in but rest assured, if you ask Nicholas a question, he WILL answer very quickly with good, pertinent answers.
byMesquiteMan, June 12, 2009
Ignite Gallery
This is a GREAT gallery component for any site! I downloaded and installed some of the "others" and they do not even come close in simplicity and nice clean output. It was very easy to set up and does a wonderful job. It is one of my favorite components. Well worth the cost!