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bybeededea, July 29, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This calendar is a good-looking product, it is easy to use and fairly easy to configure. (If you want pretty calendar modules look for "Include Events Cal CSS" and set it to "YES") It produces a fine and usable calendar on your site in no time at all.

Don't let the developers website confuse you, it is a demo and nothing else. His site is difficult to navigate and not the best selling tool in the world. Nevertheless his product deserves a mention from me as being highly recommended.

bybeededea, May 8, 2008
This editor is the best open source Joomla editor there is. It has the ability to link to other content within the site without having to know the full URL.

It has a few quirks, one of which is that when you cut/paste from the JCE WSIWYG editor into an external editor like MS Frontpage using the design tab, the HTML generated has '/administrator/administrator' inserted into every URL link. When you edit that in your external editor and paste it back in, then beware...your links won't work.

I don't know why that is but I've learnt to live with it. I seldom edit externally anyway so it isn't much of a problem.

Another quirk is that the editor is susceptible to the wrong URL, if you put in the browser and your Joomla site is configured as, the editor content pane may not show up at all. This may be a Joomla problem though and not a JCE specific issue.

I have also had problems trying to get JCE as the default editor, sometimes having to de-install all the other editors and re-install JCE a couple of times before it would work.

Once installed and working it is my editor of choice and all my sites now have JCE installed by default.

bybeededea, February 17, 2008
Akeeba Backup
From my experience Joomlapack is OK but not perfect. 1.0 It installs easily enough, although under the administration page all my sites have an error message "Warning: filetype() [function.filetype]: Lstat failed for Array in /home/quad/public_html/administrator/components/com_joomlapack/includes/fBUAdmin.php on line 135" which does not appear to prevent the package working as designed.

The backup and restore works for a small site. You really need to read the documentation to get it to work. However, it does not back up one of my bigger sites, it hangs mid way with the following message.

"Creating archive file

This might take several minutes. Please wait...


14808531 / 25565004"

The admin user is then logged out and your backup is incomplete. I cannot rely on it as a backup solution for this obvious reason. I will try the next version when it is stable and see if the problem is resolved but for the moment backups are done another way.

Dean (yerluvinunclebert)
bybeededea, October 21, 2007
XCloner-Backup and Restore
I had very little time to get a clone completed as my client wanted his site by the next Monday so I had my work cut out. I was looking for a tool that would help me perform the transfer so I downloaded this hoping it speed up the transfer time. It was able to transfer files, but it was unable to transfer the database and the error message it generated was of no use to me in debugging the problem. As it was very late I had no recourse to on-line assistance so instead I used myPHPadmin to export/import and then a lot of configuring of Joomla to get Joomla working on the live site. In this case Joomla Cloner was of no use to me.

I have used a lot of 'packagers' in my role as tech support and I feel Joomla Cloner is just not up to the job yet. It needs to be more intuitive, give some support on it's various functions and make some of the field descriptions a little more helpful too. Anyhow, I bought it without the trial and I now regret it. The support bloke will not give a refund even though I told him I have no intention of using it again.

Joomla Cloner was only needed to speed up the process. It didn't work and won't without some support therefore it is of no use to me. The chap wasn't as understanding as I would have liked so he's not getting any more of my money.
Owner's reply

The lack of properly reading the documentation or asking for support does not mean JoomlaCloner doesn't work!

While we try to make JoomlaCloner as intuitive as possible, there are some technical glitches that are independent of it, this is why we provide full support to get the client understand and pass them! When importing, you need to make sure you are using an empty database first!

While we regret the clients bad experience, the fact that he doesn't request support although we provide it all the time for all situations related to JoomlaCloner, leaves him with the full responsibility on using and understanding the component!

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