Within an hour I'd created a blog on Blogger, set up its feed in Feedgator, configured BlogPress to talk to Blogger and was making posts to the category of my choice in Joomla.
Setup of the component was very easy and intuitive with the 'tooltip' help. No need to refer to any manual. The psuedo-cron plug in does an excellent job of processing the feed at predetermined intervals. This looks like it's going to be a 'set and forget' extension.
Top marks! Feedgator will be my solution of choice for future projects that require remote / mobile publishing to Joomla.
Installation was very easy and things were up and running in a few minutes. However, it soon became apparent that some of the ecommerce features were not as comprehensive as I had hoped. For example, it is not possible to track abandoned carts. Also, although the reports are pretty comprehensive and will suit the majority of needs, they cannot be exported into formats such as a CSV files. Nor is it possible to schedule reports to be sent out via email. Both of these features are available in Piwik, for which there is an OpenCart module available that will provide the aforementioned lacking ecommerce feature
Of course I should have checked the published feature list more carefully, as MijoSoft does not claim to have these features - mea culpa. The lesson is to check carefully what is NOT included as well as what is. Perhaps the developers could consider having a live demo available for evaluation, rather than just screen shots. That might have felped me to avoid my mistake. To their credit and despite my faux pas, MijoSoft honoured their 30 day refund guarantee.
The extension is, in my view, best suited to a site being used purely as a CMS by users who are happy to regularly log into their Joomla Admin to review reports. If the site is for a less savvy client who likes everything delivered on a plate without having to get their hands dirty, then a solution that will send out customised email reports on a weekly or monthly basis is probably a better bet.
Should the developers ever include the desired features I've mentioned they would have an out and out 5 star winner. As things stand it's slightly lacking as a commercial extension when there are free and more featured alternatives such as Piwik available.
Installation is easy and support should you run into any issues is fast, thorough and professional.
I particularly like the abiliy to use Joomla 3's Language override system to edit pre-defined text, compatibility with virtually all OC extensions / modules, no conflicts and seamless integration with Joomla template, the bootstrap responsive template available as an add-on and the recent decision to progress development of the core cart without having to rely on sporadic OC realease updates.
The only real issues I've had over the last few weeks of testing / development for a current project have been related to the packaging of JQuery and how it interacts with one or two other Joomla extensions. Thankfully these have all been successfully resolved by the developers.
The combination of Joomla & Mijoshop is now my ecommerce solution of choice.
Had a couple of issues, which were responded to swiftly by the developer in the forum (i.e. within an hour). Turned out the issues were due to me having the site .htaccess protected during development, rather than GTranslate.
That was two days ago. Today I received an email from the developer with the latest release attached as a Zip (no hunting / checking a site for downloads). This version is a pearler: i) Now uses a Google API (you need to get your own but that's easy enough) allowing translation of up to 100,000 characters a day. A new sophisticated caching system means that changes to pages will only require asking Google for translations of any new words should mean that, after initial translations, the load on Google is keplt well within the character limit. Some users of the previous version had run into trouble with the number of requests being sent to Google and translations were suspended for up to 10 days. Hopefully this will avoid all that. Now for the killer feature: the ability to edit the translated text, so that if Google doesn't get it right you can make manual edits. I'd previously planned to use Joomfish on this site but I really can't see the need now. This looks as though it's going to save me masses of time (and save my clients loads of money!) Following today's release I had just one question to ask the developer (about cacheing) and it was responded to within 10 minutes. Not the cheapest extension I've ever bought but in terms of what it can do, it must rank highly as one of the best value.
i) Ability to upload your own icons for different forum sections etc.
ii) In-editor previews of posts
iii) Fantastic support - the support folk will bend over backwards to help sort out issues for you - even if they are caused by things out of their control such as the template you are using, or other modules. A real personal touch - becoming quite rare!
The developer is responsive to any support queries via a forum and is actively improving the product based on feedback. Yes, it's a commercial product but, quite honestly, not a lot for what you are getting.