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bywhiteknight82, March 11, 2012
TableBooking
As we move to using Joomla 2.5 (and higher) this is currently the ONLY solution for table booking, for use on restaurant websites. This review will be based on **Version 2.0** of the extension.

Pros:
- Multiple restaurants (at different locations) supported.
- Multiple areas (within a restaurant) supported.
- Automatic notification emails to Restaurant and Guest.
- Back-end calendar: Admin can see all bookings at a glance (in addition to "list view").
- Very simple 2-step availability front-end search engine: Guests can book a table or a number of tables (for larger parties) intuitively and quickly.
- Export to CSV file function: Allows a restaurant to have a print out of bookings ready for reference on Guest's arrival.

Cons:
- Can't (currently) specify Admin notification email address (except with code hacks).
- Does not (currently) support Joomla's "component heading" i.e. no page title displayed with menu item chosen for component.
- Does not (currently) use own CSS for "date picker" i.e. conflicts with template CSS (unless with custom CSS changes).
- Admin notification email contains confirm/cancel booking links as sent to Guest which may not be needed i.e. should optionally contain those links leaving power to confirm/cancel with Guests.
- No export to PDF bookings report (with filters) option (yet).

All-in-all highly recommended because the developer is receptive to new ideas and feedback surrounding the future of this extension. It's very near-perfect at the moment. Please note that all the Cons presented above are "minor" issues from my testing. I look forward to the next version. Lastly, Beesto support is professional via their top-notch helpdesk.
bywhiteknight82, May 29, 2010
Portfolio Zen
I have found this extension useful to display a portfolio of websites that our web design company has worked on. The only reason this doesn't receive 5 out of 5 stars is because it doesn't (currently) work with our sh404SEF extension i.e. doesn't have a search engine friendly url.

Despite the lack of SEF support this extension works great.