Introduction

Authors, Editing, Authoring & Content, Content Submission, Content Versioning

A complete article submission and approval system for Joomla!, Article Factory Manager offers an approval oriented alternative to the default J! article submit form, allowing webmaster to filter any unwanted articles with a simple and clean interface. Approvers can reject articles with predefined reasons from a specific menu which displays relevant data regarding the article.

  • Favourite
  • Report

Administrators can set up their website to submit in multiple categories from different users with ease, have one approver for a single or multiple categories, have more approvers for a single category, and let users choose their approvers from a specific category, let writers manage their resource box to reduce workload, all of this is possible with the latest version of Article Factory Manager.

Key Features

  • Approval system for new articles and subsequent edits
  • Approver user groups (users that may approve articles from frontend)
  • Version system (multiple versions of the article are saved with each edit that can be restored at will)
  • Submission form
  • Guest submission (no registration needed)
  • Featured articles
  • Notification system
  • Resource box (predefined description of the user along with an avatar)
  • Permissions fully compliant with Joomla! ACL
  • Native Joomla! categories
  • Predefined reasons for article rejection
  • Alert words (approvers will be notified when these words are present in articles)
  • Configurable filters (word count, link count, image count)
  • Metadata
  • Quick search bar on the article list
  • reCaptcha Validation for frontend submission, using native Joomla plugin

Standards

  • Multi-language support, UTF-8 support, comes default with English INI language files
  • SEO/SEF friendly
  • Default integration with Joomla! user profile, allowing a single login for Joomla! and component
  • Easy transition to RTL
  • Simple installation, configuration and updating process

Main Settings

  • Enable/disable featured articles
  • Enable/disable approval system
  • Allow user to choose article approver
  • Define alert words
  • Enable and set up allowed HTML tags
  • Enable/disable metadata
  • Set up limits for word count, link count and image count
  • Enable resourcebox and set the number of allowed links
  • Enable and set up revisions system
  • Enable and set up avatars (allowed extensions, minimum and maximum size)
  • Allow users to set the ordering of the articles
  • Manage the permission settings for user groups

3rd Party Integrations

  • Community Builder integration for Article List
  • K2 integration with support for revisions (articles and revisions are processed the same way as with the Joomla! Content component, except they are saved in the k2_items table)

Notifications

  • Email notifications for important events to authors and approvers
  • Customizable email templates

Backend Management

  • Manage articles by editing or deleting them
  • Approve, reject, publish or unpublish articles in a batch
  • Manage reject reasons: add, remove, or edit them from the interface. Set them to appear in the Toolbar, buttons will be created with them for easy rejection of articles in the Frontend form
  • Add, remove, or edit emails which are sent upon predefined actions

Requirements

  • Joomla! 3.x
  • MySQL (min. 5.1 + )
  • cURL, GD2 libraries enabled

FURTHER DETAILED INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE PRODUCT HOMEPAGE!

32

Not usable


Posted on 08 April 2017
48
Functionality

Ok

58
Ease of use

Ok

5
Support

I asked for a refund within hours of purchasing this product but was denied. Fully disappointed in this company.

48
Documentation

Programmers, can you not create something that will redirect users to a private folder?

3
Value for money

Worthless for me.

I used this to: I will not use this product. I do not understand why anyone running a web site would want users to have full access to image and file folders. So, I was very surprised to purchase a component at this price and find it to be very sloppy and unprofessional in this aspect.
Owner's reply: We feel bad you wanted to post this REVENGE review, just because we refused to refund you for no reason. If you just want to download extensions for free, then select the ones for free. Such attitude, does not serve the community, only discourages developers, which in the end reflects on the quality of the extensions. We stand by our extension and it's quality and we thank to all our users which are respecting our work and commitment to the Joomla Community.
40

Horribly Disappointed


Posted on 11 September 2014

Technical support is less than helpful. They run you through hoops just to get a simple answer, or no answer at all. Documentation is not helpful.



They say it integrates K2 content, however there is no way in which to assign an item image.



Finding (ie: filtering) an article in the administrative area does not work. Submitted a trouble ticket and was told that it does work. When they didn't even ask for access to the administrative area to assess the issue personally.



The component does not offer enough menu assignment options to make this fully granular.



It seems like they are over loaded on trouble tickets and are not able to address the issues of their component, so they just say whatever they need to in order to get people to go a way. Done and done.



It's unfortunate because no one is developing a functioning frontend article submission component for K2, not even K2, for that matter.

Owner's reply: 1. We integrate K2 in an Joomla type article form, where you can include images in articles, but K2 can also use third party plug-ins to improve image handling. If there is another case, you can of course contact us by our standard forms and we will revise the integration. Not providing any feedback to us directly will not help you, neither improve the product!

2. You provided us directly with your login credentials and we did not have to ask, we proceeded to log into your website to test your scenario. You searched for a 3 letter keyword, using a filter which also looks in descriptions. Of course it did not change the results, since ART could very well be included in every article on your website in one way or another! We advised you to use a more specific search term and tested the function on your website, which worked very well on your site and our own test sites. Changing this behaviour is also trivial should you have asked, or continued the ticket which you not followed!

3. We are open to suggestions. We will either implement better functionality in the component, for all customers to benefit, or provided a solution for your particular case, again, if you would have just talked to us!

I assure you we take customer support very seriously, as can be seen in our forum replies and detailed forms for submitting a ticket.
40

high hopes - low yield


Posted on 25 September 2013

First I was excited about the frontend article management features of the Article Factory manager. After installation and configuration my enthusiasm was clouded. After a deeper look at the code and templates I had to realize that the article factory manager is a Joomla 1.5 component that was only partial recoded to the needs and possibilities of Joomla 2.5. In the end I had to realize that I could´t use this extension for productive use. It may be enough for some editorial driven Joomla 2.5 sites but others like me will miss important features.



positive:

- better frontend article management

- working frontend approval system enhancing the editorial workflow

- group management integration

- viewing and editing Articles waiting for approval

-rejection snippets, bad words list





negative:

- completely out-dated template design (tables etc.) - templates not suitable with responsive layouts

- templates not suitable with multi column layouts

- important features available in the joomla standard edit view are simply missing (like image management, for instance)

- no language packs and files (only

- weak css styling

- slow performance

- very high price

- insufficient customer support



So in the end this extension is not living up to its promises. Hopefully it will competely redesigned in the future. Because it has enough potential to become a "must have" for editorial focussed website.

Owner's reply: It's very strange that you acquired a product for an older Joomla version, but you expect it to look like a J!3.x product. It is unfair that you felt the need for a bad review, just because you wanted some customizations that we could not provide due to our current schedule.
100

Awesome extension for joomla! It extends the article management features joomla already has and makes them much more powerful. The Restriction system was one of the applications i bought it for, you can deny some user classes publishing rights into certain categories(as many as you want) and this makes possible for some really nice content separation (the mass advertising from genuine news or quality posts). And also the number of links can be limited per post, combined with more content filtering and control options. You can create a very clean content website with this, i highly recommend!

Love this component, works beautifully, integrates with Community Builder wonderfully. Small problem with user's display of articles in profile was fixed immediately by support. Thanks for an excellent extension!

Useful


Posted on 04 October 2012

Nice article platform, it has anything you would need to start an article based website. And its features allow the webmaster to handle and moderate a huge number of articles within a short period. I like how simple it is and also how robust, very easy to install and use, takes no more than a half an hour to fully configure it, although it has a large number of settings you can play around with. Support is also nice and helpful.

Great support


Posted on 11 August 2012

It is a lovely component no doubt, more significantly, I am highly impressed with their support. I was having issues with the installation because my host company does not meet up with the installation of the component, and I told the developers about this issue, the support I got from them was great, they assisted me in fixing the error in my control panel, and the installation was done with ease. I never had any issue with the component itself, it is very easy to configure, and it has great features that can make anyone have a powerful articles submission website.

Good product


Posted on 31 January 2012

Perfect component for handling huge quantities of posts, ACL combined with Restrictions, word filters, recaptcha, frontend approval, email confirmation for posting, minimum and maximum character count...these are the main features for article control, quite enough to keep spammers away.

The support by the way, is perfect! If you need help with customising or configuring they help right away and with small tweaks they even write the code for you, if you ask nicely:)

They seem to have a wide range of products starting even from joomla 1.0, i may be using them for another project soon.

This extensions was the 3rd or 4th one I bought for the purpose of front end article submission. While the other extensions offered more 'customization' such as custom layouts for the articles, etc.. they were so confusing with their documentation and required so much time to set up, I gave up.



Found another one that seemed simple, like the Article Factory, bought it, but it caused some problems with displaying on the site. Waited about a week for them to solve the issue, then gave up.



Got Article Factory last night, set it up this morning, tested it. Was unhappy that the JCE editor didn't show in the front end, because I wanted people to be able to format their articles, add photos, etc..



Went to their forum, read several different posts including answers from their staff, had the problem solved in seconds.



I'm new to Joomla, so I want my extensions 'basic' as far as setup, but I also want them to work as described.



This one, so far, has met my expectations.

I wish there was a very very poor rating I could submit for the component and the support received. At first, In order to purchase "The Factory had to email me the component because something was wrong was wrong with their website. I have asked numerous times for instructions on making small modifications to the component, to which I'm directed to the forums. Forums that I can't log into on the website I can't log into.



Support keeps telling me that I can't log onto their site because of a sql problem on my side. Really? I'm on a college campus and tried to log on with over 20 machines in the labs in addition to my linux laptop and my windows laptop.

At this point I just want my money back.



I really didn't care I couldn't log into the website if we could have handled the issues through email. But it's not cool when "The factory" website is not working and you get nasty via emails and refuse to help.



The sad thing is that I estimate that if you had just answered my question the first time we could have avoided 4 months of emails and I would probably had a glowing review for you component and your company.

Owner's reply: I am sorry for the problems you had logging into our site.
As you know, we solved them as soon as we could (unfortunately not before you posted this review), and the problems were caused due to several attempts to log in with a wrong password (the system did automatically ban you for some hours)

These things can happen, and we tried to solve this issue as quick as possible.

I am glad that there were no issues with the product itself, and that we could find a common ground in the meantime.

Thank you for your review and feedback,
Andrei
The Factory Team
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Article Factory Manager

Version:
4.4.0
Developer:
thePHPfactory
Last updated:
Nov 01 2018
Date added:
Jun 26 2009
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
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Compatibility:
3
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