Introduction

Multimedia, Classified Ads, Food & Beverage, Ratings & Reviews, Content Construction

JReviews is a directory, database, content construction kit (CCK), reviews, ratings, catalog, multi-media gallery component, all rolled into one very powerful and flexible extension. It has been in continuous development since 2006 and is one of the longest-running projects for Joomla. It combines a powerful multi-directory/database system with the most advanced multi-criteria ratings and reviews functionality. Use it to build City Guides, Classifieds, Business Directories, Real Estate Listings, Product Catalogs, Book Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Hotel Reviews, Events, Movie & Gaming Review Databases, Job Boards, Beverage Reviews and so much more. Perfect to build sites similar to Yelp and TripAdvisor.

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JReviews is developed with a strong emphasis on user experience on desktop and mobile, SEO, and performance, so you can focus on building a great site. It has hundreds of features and settings so we recommend that you take some time to go over our website, documentation, and demo. You can also get started quickly with the free RapidLauncher Add-on, which lets you easily choose from several directories that you can import to your site with sample data.

Below you can find a summary of some of the most important features and functionality:

Directory

  • One or multiple directories on the same site with a single installation (City Guide, Business Directory, Catalog, Classifieds, Events, Recipes, Downloads). You can see this type of setup live on our demo site.
  • Inquiries to contact listing owners.
  • Claims to allow a business owner to take control of a listing to update it and be able to reply to reviews.
  • Listing comparison functionality
  • Media uploads (photos, videos, audio, attachments)
  • Multiple layouts for photos and videos
  • Advanced search and filtering with the ability to create custom search and filter forms.
  • Site members can add listings to their favorites list
  • Related listings widgets to display information in one listing about other listings. For example, display events in a venue listing and venue information for each event. Display albums for an artist and artist info in albums. Display nearby places inside a listing. Display other listings from the same category and much more.
  • Multiple layouts available for list pages: blog view, tableview, thumb view, and masonry.
  • Powerful SEO features that allow you to easily create dynamic page titles and meta descriptions for listings based on title, field data, and more.
  • Schema.org, Facebook Open Graph and Twitter Card markup and the ability to easily select the correct Schema.org and Facebook Open Graph object types for your listings.

Reviews

Most powerful review system of any extension and longest running multi-criteria ratings reviews project for Joomla since the pre-Joomla Mambo days.

  • Site editor and user reviews which are separate from each other.
  • Multi-criteria rating system.
  • Configurable rating scale for ratings.
  • Assign custom weights for individual criteria ratings.
  • Bayesian ranking system used to calculate a listing rank based on average rating and number of reviews.
  • Listing ordering by individual rating criteria (best service, best value, best location, etc.).
  • Review custom fields.
  • Owner replies to reviews.
  • Review comments.
  • Ability to disable ratings and use reviews as an advanced commenting system.
  • Media uploads (photos, videos, audio, attachments).
  • Advanced filtering with the ability to create custom search forms.

Media

JReviews has an advanced media system that allows you to use it for downloads, audio, video and photo galleries. It also allows you to easily embed videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo and Twitch. It supports storage in localhost, as well as Amazon S3, RackSpace and Digital Ocean Spaces. For audio and video uploads, it supports FFMPEG for local encoding and also integrates with the most important cloud encoding services.

Custom Fields

Through the use of custom fields, JReviews allows you to create your own listing and review forms and these can be different for each listing type you create in the system. Each field has advanced settings that let you control view/write access and customize its output. You can also establish field relations like Country/State/City. The following custom fields are available: single and multiple select, radio, checkbox, text, textarea, date, website, email, integer, decimal, related listing, banner.

Last, but not least, the FormBuilder field which allows you to create custom forms with repeatable inputs. It comes with predefined forms for recipes, business hours, restaurant menus, inventory, computer specifications.

Moderation System

Choose which types of submissions are automatically published on the site and which ones should enter a moderation queue that allows site administrators to review them before making them live. Each listing type can have different settings for each type of submission. This applies to listings, reviews, media, review comments, owner replies, etc. and they can all be set up individually according to your needs.

Notifications System

Advanced notification settings for all different types of submissions so you can decide which activities should trigger an email notification to site users.

Community Integration

JReviews comes with out-of-the-box support for profile linking, avatar display and activity stream integration for EasySocial and JomSocial. It also comes with several apps/plugins for these two extensions to display My Listings, My Favorites and My Reviews in profile pages. It also includes profile linking and avatar display for Community Builder and Kunena.

Modules and Shortcodes

13 different modules are included in addition to listings, reviews and field shortcodes that can be used to show listings and reviews throughout the site.

  • Listings Advanced Search
  • Listings Advanced Filtering
  • Reviews Advanced Filtering
  • Directories
  • Listings
  • Reviews
  • Reviewer Rank
  • Fields
  • Range
  • Media
  • User Favorites
  • Totals
  • Calendar

JReviews App Store

The system can be further extended through Add-ons available in the JReviews App Store:

  • GeoMaps: adds maps and proximity search functionality
  • PaidListings: monetize your website by accepting payments for listing submissions and for enhanced listings with custom fields and media.
  • Import: import and export listings using CSV files.
  • WidgetFactory: powerful widget generator that lets listing owners publish widgets on other websites
  • AMP: Lightning fast and beautiful content-rich pages in mobile search results.
  • ListingResources: complement your listings with 3rd party resources (deals, affiliate links, news, articles, awards, ...). The add-on can handle any resource that you want to include that doesn't require a separate listing.
  • MyLists: keep users coming back to your site by allowing them to create their own public and private lists (wishlist, watchlist, etc.). Site owners can also create pre-defined lists.
  • UserProfiles: add a powerful profile system to your site that takes advantage of all the powerful features in JReviews like multimedia upload, custom fields, user reviews, and advanced search.
  • Everywhere: one powerful review system for all your needs. Extend the user review functionality from JReviews to other components, then manage all reviews from a single place. Plugins for leaving reviews in EasySocial and JomSocial profiles are included.

Customization and Development

JReviews has an advanced overrides functionality which makes it easy to change code and theme files without the risk of losing your changes during updates. It also has documented development features like Filters and Events which allow you to extend the functionality without the need for changes to the core code. There are many examples in the documentation and blog to get you started.

This is just a brief summary of JReviews. Please, explore our website, documentation, and demo for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Functionality

There is so much that can be done with JReviews that your imagination is likely to be the limiting factor.

Ease of use

It took me a little while to get my head around it, but the videos, rapidlauncher addon and live demo site will get you on your feet quickly

Support

Excellent. Whenever I've contacted them directly they have answered within 24hours. The forum is also very active

Documentation

Excellent documentation as well as video tutorials. The free rapid launcher helps to give you a working dummy site that compliments docs.

Value for money

The price is my only gripe. I consider it to be quite expensive, but despite that I still give it 100/100. It's that good.

I used this to: I use this to review Easysocial profiles (among many other things). It is a critical part of my website which allows visitors to quickly browse the sites members and to compare them. JReviews is 1 of several methods that I employ to monetize site and to give value back to users.

Functionality

Flexible, and when you think you've mastered it, new amazing features are added with updates

Ease of use

Easy to use for non-coders. unbelievable flexible when you are a coder

Support

JReviews has the most amazing support I ever had worked with, really fast, friendly, and positive

Documentation

Extremely well detailed documentation, including coding examples for customisation to help with your project

Value for money

Well worth the price, it's feature rich and Alejandro always delivers, the ONLY extension I've been working this long

I used this to: I use JReviews for numerous projects, even "non-directory" projects. Is always my FIRST option when developing something new. I honestly feel I grow up as a developer because of all these years JReviews, it helped me expand my perspective, improve, and think outside of the box.

Functionality

Extremely functional with endless options to customize as a user sees fit. I was able to get a working website up and running in 30 minutes.

Ease of use

Simple to learn and the official site features many tutorials and video walkthroughs.

Support

Quite simply, the best support on the planet. Alejandro, the developer, is very pleasant and extremely friendly.

Documentation

Very thorough and covers the basics and advanced tweaking of code. If you need extra assistance, the support forums are a friendly place.

Value for money

Is it worth the price paid? Definitely. Not only for the very extensive component but the useful add ons.

I used this to: I've been using Jreviews since 2011 for various projects. It's my go-to component and one of the reasons I chose Joomla over Wordpress for my latest project. The developer is a genius. The component itself is extremely easy to get to grips with. User rating: 100%.

Functionality

It's extremely powerful in its capabilities and it allows to do any directory one can think of and even some well organized content.

Ease of use

A little tough approach at the beginning. But it's all so well documented that is a breeze to learn properly how to fully use it.

Support

The fastest and more complete support ever received. With a 100% rate of successful answers and problems solved. Greatest support ever.

Documentation

Extremely well detailed. There's also some great videos for beginners and every aspect of its functionalities are covered.

Value for money

Just worth every single cent.

I used this to: An extensive directory of recipes, restaurants, companies, cooking professionals, cooking schools and everything that revolves around italian cuisine.

Functionality

Jreviews has continually added new functionality over the years, saving me tons of time, especially as I am a non-programmer!

Ease of use

As I am not a programmer- I can't say how grateful I am to be able to put together a website with minimal programming skills.

Support

Alejandro and team are always willing to help and go above and beyond "normal" support. Support is among the best for any extension I use.

Documentation

Plenty of detailed documentation is available, written in good English

Value for money

If I had to write these scripts myself, it would take ages. So the value is high - and add the support and I am very happy,

I used this to: National reviews website

Functionality

Top features, no more ioncube

Ease of use

easy for me

Support

Great support

Documentation

great documentation

Value for money

great value

I used this to: phones reviews/comparison website for a client

Functionality

The developer has been improving the extension more than 10 years, really features rich.

Ease of use

It's easy to start and learn to customise it.

Support

the best support ever for me in Joomla world. when there are issues, submit support ticket. The developer replied so quickly.

Documentation

very good documentation.

Value for money

I have been using for 10 years, worth it

I used this to: business listings site

Functionality

Jreviews has the capabilities and features you'd expect from an enterprise-class solution. Extremely flexible

Ease of use

Without an exact plan, you'll end up over-configuring it for a simple website or under-using it for a complex solution. Know what you want.

Support

Very responsive, clear answers and willingness to assist. I've found that the reply always suggests a better way to do what I wanted.

Documentation

The documentation is clear. It's my first port-of-call because it's updated

Value for money

Given you can compare this to an enterprise-class solution, the investment upfront and renewal costs are easily justifiable,

I used this to: We currently have three licenses. Two are in production. A primary review site for products and services that are linked and associated to each other. We use this same concept on a Job and Skills Portal.

Functionality

So many possibilities, so many options, this is 10 extensions in only one. i am using it for almost all my sites and for different themes.

Ease of use

Really easy to use even for beginners. Well documented and backend is very well organized.

Support

The support is amazing, i am using joomla for more than 10 years now and this is by far, the best support i ever had.
Fast and always kind

Documentation

Amazing and precise documentation, every single question is covered from basic ones to more complicated.

Value for money

This is not free but it totally worth the money it cost.

I used this to: This component is everything, i use it for almost all my sites with joomla and for so many differents projects from classifieds ads to recipes, products reviews...

Functionality

Great functionality!

Ease of use

Very easy to use and very good documentation which is always up to date.

Support

Alejandro provides great support on time in his forum.

Documentation

Online, extended and always up to date.

Value for money

Very good.

I used this to: I use Jreviews for about 10 yrs now. I built numerous projects, the largest was a product review community with >10.000 Users and >150.000 product reviews. Jreviews was the perfect extension as a central part of the project.
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Last updated:
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Date added:
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