There's no color change, you cannot force the size of each module.. it's basically a see what you get. I mean that you get a drop down menu that looks exactly like what they have - don't expect to change really any of it. Two examples which I'm sure will be dismissed by the developer is that you cannot get rid of what it says easily ie “Hello Guest!”. You can change the percentage of the width but what happens is the tab will shift along with it so if you want it small enough for a login panel only (lets say is 30% of the original size) then the tab ends up in the center which looks awful. The corners are sharp square also so decreasing it's width will only make it look worse. The width changer happens to be one of it’s few functions and that doesn’t even function properly! Basically to make it look right you need to keep it at it's original with. In order for that to look nice, you'd need to fill the entire panel up with modules thus decreasing load time on your pages. You can start to see how it's a snowball affect which simply doesn't work.
Also, testing this with various browsers on the fresh test site I noticed it looked really bad if the browser window wasn't fully extended so if you ever have a client doing side by side windows then you have yet another thing to contend with.
After talking back and forth with the developer, he ended up not responding. I saw the emails had been read on his end so that's how their support works. I even tried to directly contact them from their site; yet again no support.
I likely wouldn’t have even bothered leaving a review if it weren’t for the support or lack of.
This extension is to make life more simple, not the other way around. To go into further detail, the security features are lacking. To stay secure year round prepare to pay year round even for large security vulnerabilities.
The thing that gets me are all of the cheaper/free extensions that are equivalent to this one don't have anywhere near as many problems.
I spent a lot of time and effort with this extension, in the end I was able to get everything working and have to say I not only feel as if I completely wasted my time but also feel a lot more appreciation towards some of the other extensions offered here.
It's important to state that the people I spoke with were very professional.
As you don't really point at any particular issue you had, I cannot really provide any specific answer. There are still a few comments I can make though:
First, a technical one: having a problem which appears when sh404SEF is on, and disappear when sh404SEF is off does NOT mean in any way that sh404SEF is causing the issue. Only that the fault, wherever it happens, only appears when SEF urls are on, and that's pretty different.
Best advice is to contact support, which can usually work things out but sometimes the faulty extensions cannot be fixed, or this is too complicated.
Second, the extension is not simply here "to make life more simple". It is here to achieve higher SEO performance and do more things in the simplest possible way, that's a little bit different.
I'm glad you were able to have your site running in the end, and that you appreciated the support professionalism.
Hopefully next time the ride will be smoother. sh404SEF has been around for more than 6 years now, but still has just been voted as part of the Top 10 extensions by Joomla! community magazine. I hope this shows we're still working hard on it on a day to day basis!
This ranks in my Top 5 non-commercial extensions for 2012.
Thank you for your kind words. We're always open to new ideas, suggestions, improvements, bug reports, the works. It's only through feedback that we know where to place our development efforts.
We'd love to hear your suggestions. You can use our contact form at abivia.net, post on our forums, or even send a Tweet!
You have your own specific requirements that our component cannot do and we do not think it is a general features to benefit to other users, so we do not add the feature and issue full refund to you without asking a question and our developer has helped you change things without any charges, what are we doing wrong? We leave this to the public. For the functionality, we do believe our component is quite poweful and stable compared to other membership software. Please note we only need what we have helped and offered can be appreciated and treated fairly.
I literally just selected a few random pages, pressed save then tested to see if it worked. It worked without any issues that quick!
I have great respect for people who offer not only a great product but one that is free. Thank you so much!