Joomanager allows for the creation of custom fields so you can have an unlimited number of attributes associated with a particular item. These attributes are defined in the administration area of the component and can be geared towards any type of site to make it your own; for example a site that sells/lists: cars, boats, motorcylces, houses and whatever else you can think of.
* Joomanager is now responsive!
* Joomanager templates are also responsive ready
* New responsive Joomla template included
* Pay to post items feature with following gateways:
* Pay to post based on ad system, unlimited number of ads
* Assign custom fields to specified categories
* Custom user alerts on items
* New category navigation by letter for directory websites
* Change the order of categories and items
* Set frontend item sorting
* Allow users to rate items and leave comments
* Improved SEO:
o Item titles, category titles now display in title tags
o H3 tags for item titles on item details
* SEF URLs via Joomanager plugins for sh404SEF
* Google Maps on item details
* Social add button for item details (this replaces tell a friend for item details)
* Unlimited custom fields defined via Joomanager, you customize Joomanager to your needs!
* You define price, description fields, website URLs etc
* Item images displayed with lightbox
* Add items via frontend of the site
* Set items to featured with one click in the admin of Joomanager
* Set image proportions for: category, item list and item detail thumb/large images
* Unlimited Category levels
* Breadcrumb navigation
* Valid XHTML Markup
* Valid CSS Markup
* Contact seller form on each item (can be hidden or shown)
* Contact seller form includes image captcha to prevent spam
* Compatible with all major browsers
* Includes default Joomla language file and additional Falang language file for translation
* Runs on a templating system to allow for various themes
* There are three theme files: one for the category page, one for the item list page and one for the item detail page
One suggestion I would have to say is to start extending it.
Joomfish does work fine with 1.5 version of Joomanager as you can also see from the review below this one. Yes we unfortunately are we behind schedule for Joomla 1.6+ version with language support as our previous developer did not work out. We've started over a fresh and the new version is almost ready.
We have Joomla 1.5, Joomanager 1.3., and (recently) JoomFish 2.2.3
After updating JoomFish to version 2.2.3 is was not possible to add translations for Joomanager via JoomFish. In the control panel of JoomFish we saw errors about content elements that were missing for 2 tables. After much trying without success we decided to contact Jonah (the developper). He spent much time to find the cause of the problem. He discovered that 4 files were missing and after placing this files on the server everything worked well again.
I highly recommend this extension and this company.
If you want a component that is capable of pulling "compliant" RETS imports, LOOK ELSEWHERE.
(RETS/Real Estate Transaction Standards is the standardization of how MLS data is formatted - ie if a product claims to be RETS Compliant up to version 1.1.8, then it is supposed to be compatible with MLS,s that run servers compliant to that version or lower)
If you are looking for a RETS importer (RETS Client) to integrate into your website, at first glance JOOMANAGER seems promising. If you are a REALTOR or if you design Real Estate websites, you probably already know that there are certain requirements that MUST be met in terms of what can and what can not be displayed as well as what MUST be displayed with each property listing.
JOOMANAGER CLEARLY FAILS THIS TEST DUE TO CONFIGUREABLITY ISSUES!
IT DOES NOT IMPORT ALL REQUIRED FIELDS, HOWEVER, IT ALSO GRABS DATA THAT (is allowed ONLY for "agent use exports", BUT WHICH) MUST NOT BE DISPLAYED ON PUBLIC ACCESS WEBSITES. JOOMANAGER DOES NOT OFFER THE ABILITY TO FILTER THE FORBIDDEN CONTENT FROM PUBLIC EYES, RENDERING THE PRODUCT UNFIT FOR USE ON PRODUCTION WEBSITES.
As additional info, the support forums are full of request that you relinquish sensitive RETS LOGIN information to the moderator (LOOK AT THE CONTRACT YOU/YOUR CLIENT SIGNED WITH THE MLS-PROVIDER... I bet it prohibits sharing this info with anyone other than those named in the agreement) While Jonah may have pure and honest intentions, it becomes obvious through the forums that he is NOT the developer. What means is, not only does he have your RETS LOGIN INFO, most likely it will likely be shared with any developer(s) he may hire to help sort out issues. While I suspect only the purest of intentions, it is easy to see the potential for great harm through miss use and the potential theft of data. (EXAMPLE: Using stolen data you/your client already paid for, to generate real estate leads they try to sell back to you/your client.)
THE BOTTOM LINE...
Joomanager does NOT do what it promises, while it does things it should not. Using Joomanager in it's current version/release state, you/your client will probably be in violation of the RETS Access Agreement with the MLS or REALTOR Association which may cause you to have your RETS access privileges revoked.
JOOMANAGER SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS A RETS IMPORTER FOR PRODUCTION WEBSITES UNTIL, IT OFFERS PROPER USER CONFIGURABLE CONTROL OVER THE DISPLAY OF THE DATA IT IMPORTS.
"JOOMANAGER CLEARLY FAILS THIS TEST DUE TO CONFIGUREABLITY ISSUES! IT DOES NOT IMPORT ALL REQUIRED FIELDS, HOWEVER, IT ALSO GRABS DATA THAT (is allowed ONLY for "agent use exports", BUT WHICH) MUST NOT BE DISPLAYED ON PUBLIC ACCESS WEBSITES. JOOMANAGER DOES NOT OFFER THE ABILITY TO FILTER THE FORBIDDEN CONTENT FROM PUBLIC EYES, RENDERING THE PRODUCT UNFIT FOR USE ON PRODUCTION WEBSITES."
Joomanager imports all fields, the current version allows you to actually choose what fields you desire imported and which you don't. Yes it does import all server fields we didn't realize some RETS server keep old and new records on, so this is a feature we'd like to implement in future versions, ability to choose new/active records or all records on a server.
The thing is with RETS is there is no standardization. It was supposed to be a standard in and of itself but every server has different field names for their fields, so without a standard it complicates things. What we do at Joomanager is if its not working for you, we'll work alongside and custom code it until it does. Yes it may take some back and forth time and yes we would have to test your RETS login details.
In particular, the built-in search and sorting features are nice. Recognizing that this is geared more towards the real estate crowd, it does work pretty well for that function; with a nice, clean intuitive interface and some basic, clean template choices.
WORD OF WARNING: As another reviewer has mentioned, don't expect the RETS integration to function. At least on Joomla 1.6/1.7, there are a few very noticeable bugs in the code. Luckily, I'm a fairly advanced PHP developer, and was able to get in and get everything working. But if were an average non-programmer ... forget it.
For the price of this extension, it is an awful lot to expect an out-of-the-box, functional RETS integration. If you can get over that detail ... this is still a very good extension. Well worth the price of admission. Easy to use ... elegant ... lots of nice features built right in.
As of December 12th, 2011 this has been fixed. We realized many users were unable to connect and we've update the RETS functionality of Joomanager to fix these issues.
If you want a cheaper option for your real estate website or any website that utilises a directory layout then this is the component to choose.
Joomanager does allow for importing via RETS. Unfortunately we had been out of the office for 2 days when you emailed, we did respond upon return.