Introduction

Events Management, Directory, Classified Ads, Ratings & Reviews, Content Construction

JReviews is a directory, classifieds, reviews, ratings, catalog, content construction kit (CCK), and multi-media gallery component, all rolled into one very powerful and flexible Joomla extension. 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 for building directory sites similar to Yelp and TripAdvisor.


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.

JReviews has been in continuous development since 2006, making it one of the longest-running projects for Joomla. You can use JReviews for any type of directory with reviews functionality, including, but not limited to:

  • Business directory
  • Products directory
  • Hotels directory
  • Restaurants directory
  • Events and venues directory
  • Offers directory
  • People directory
  • Organizations directory
  • Places directory
  • Products directory
  • Hospitals and doctors directory
  • Universities, colleges and schools directory

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

Directory

  • One directory 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 where we have examples for each type of directory.
  • 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 review rating system.
  • Configurable rating scale for review ratings.
  • Assign custom weights for individual review criteria ratings.
  • Bayesian ranking system used to calculate a listing rank based on average rating and number of reviews.
  • Listing ordering by individual review 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) for reviews
  • Advanced filtering for reviews with the ability to create custom search forms.

Media

JReviews has an advanced media system for listings and reviews 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 approve 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 (listings, reviews, review comments, owner replies) 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 EasySocial and JomsSocial. It can automatically link users to their EasySocial and JomSocial profiles. It can display EasySocial and JomSocial avatars and automatically add listings, reviews and media activities to the EasySocial and JomSocial activity streams. It also comes with several apps/plugins for EasySocial and JomSocial to display My Listings, My Favorites and My Reviews in profile pages. Finally, there's also and integration for Community Builder and Kunena to for profile linking and avatars .

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. The modules are fully configurable and many of them have auto-detect functionality to show dynamic results based on the current page directory, category and listing type. When integrating with EasySocial and JomSocial using the Everywhere Add-on for profile reviews, it is also possible to use the listings and reviews modules with these EasySocial and JomSocial profiles and reviews.

  • Listings Advanced Search
  • Listings Advanced Filtering
  • Reviews Advanced Filtering
  • Directory
  • 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:

FREE

  • RapidLauncher: The quickest way to get a working setup of JReviews on your site. One-click import for Business Directory, City Guide Directory, Classifieds Directory, Movies Directory, Games Directory, Tutorials Directory and Products Catalog.
  • Queue: Improve the processing speed of the most common actions on your site, including, but not limited to listing and review submissions, by offloading dependent processes to a queue, for asynchronous processing.
  • TrustedUsers: Allows bypassing moderation settings for designated users or based on earned trust.
  • EventsCalendar: Displays listings in a calendar format with year, month and day views, and filtering functionality.
  • Dashboard: Provides listing owners with traffic insights for their listings.

PAID

  • Assist AI: give your users a review writing assistant powered by artificial intelligence.
  • REST API: unleash the power of JReviews beyond your website.
  • MapsPro: seamless integration of maps and proximity search functionality using Google, OpenStreetMap or Mapbox.
  • 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
This has more than enough functionality to solve any sort of directory/review service you could need.
Ease of use
It does take sometime to get used to with the amount of options but I'd prefer it have more optionality than less.
Support
This is amazing Alejandro will go above and beyond to help you solve issues and sometimes even add features in the next release.
Documentation
Good, easy to parse and search through, just need find the write article to read.
Value for money
Easily worth the money. Between this being a super powered component the support alone is worth the money.
I used this to: Reviewing performances and performers and have others do the same.

Ok extension



Posted on 19 July 2022
Functionality
Yes it has all the functions for directory. I would like to see this ext. grow and get nicer filters for example but it is great otherwise.
Ease of use
Bare in mind that this is a big component and you have to learn so it can be challenging from time to time.
Support
For now, I did not use it. But looking at forum it looks that responses are quick and there are no complaints
Documentation
I was really surprised when I saw that developers have even posted detailed server requirements needed regarding php functions. Great work!
Value for money
Yes I have no complaints regarding pricing of the component and addons.
I used this to: Creating directory listing website for restaurants and tourist attractions in my country.
Owner's reply: Thanks for the review! Feel free to use the support system if you have any questions.
Functionality
We've been using JReviews for 10 years and can honestly say that there is simply no better reviews system for Joomla!
Ease of use
The component is simple to use, but has so many powerful features that really make our music reviews site truly stand out of the crowd.
Support
The best support we've had on any software product ever... period! Alejandro will really go the extra mile for his customers. A true star!
Documentation
JReviews is very well documented and customer support has a rapid response time. It's perfect in every aspect.
Value for money
Worth every penny: You won't find any other directory/reviews component that does so much for so little money.
I used this to: The reviews section of our website (official home of a British music magazine specialising in Rock & Metal music) is based on JReviews. We boast over 8000 reviews (albums, live shows, DVD, Blu-Ray & books) and a fully searchable reviews database. All thanks to the great JReviews!

The best



Posted on 22 December 2021
Functionality
Works great and is very flexible with some great features liked geo maps and paid listings
Ease of use
Very easy to use, there is some learning to do at the start but once you get the hang of it you realise how powerful it is
Support
Superb support, always get an answer and in most cases it has turned out to be an issue I have created myself.
Documentation
Great documents but if you struggle with that the support is very helpful
Value for money
Good value considering the amount of work that is constantly put into it
I used this to: It powers the whole website, apart from articles but they are minimal
Functionality
This extension is very scalable and your imagination is the only limitation on how many ways is can be used.
Ease of use
Very easy to use and whatever we had challenges with, getting support was fast and easy.
Support
Alejandro not only developed this product but he personally assisted us in ever way to be sure we got the exact usage we expected from it.
Documentation
Documentation is very clear and easy to understand. There is a lot of documentation and it has saved us a lot of time.
Value for money
Considering how much you can do with this extension, it is a very strong value for the money
I used this to: We use it for a missing persons reporting system, something it was never intended to be used for but it works perfectly for us.
Functionality
Jreviews is packed with loads of features allowing you to go wild.
Ease of use
It's easy to use from the start, but if you want to go beyond and beyond you need some time to learn all the tricks.
Support
Simply amazing. No question remains unanswered. Community is also active.
Documentation
Excellent. It covers more than the basics. A lot of useful examples.
Value for money
You get what you pay for they say! In Jreviews case is true... and you might get even more!
I used this to: Online directory.
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Impressed



Posted on 16 December 2021
Functionality
The inclusion of the Rapid Launcher Add-on makes things so easy, even I could manage it.
Ease of use
It took a little while for me to understand how it works. Once I put my manhood aside and actually read the instructions it made sense.
Support
I asked a question and the response was almost immediate and helpful.
Documentation
Is provided and was very helpful. I really need it too because I am not really good at this stuff.
Value for money
Worth every penny. I never know if I am wasting my money on an extension, this was well worth the price.
I used this to: A Community Website I have been working on for a while. This extension actually the main component of the site.
Functionality
Super powerful features with tons of customization options. You can create any type of rating system with images and multi-level categories.
Ease of use
There is a learning curve with all extensions that have so many features. Easy to get started and lots of documentation.
Support
The best support I ever had from an extension provider! The forum has very good responses, the support from the app developer is great!
Documentation
Tons! Includes a demo site that you can test out. Also has clear examples in settings and options.
Value for money
Excellent value - the Jreviews extension is very sophisticated and really undervalued.
I used this to: Product reviews, events and news. Directly listings with powerful search features allowing clients to pay to gain access to tons of information.
Functionality
Always works. Never conflicts with other components, modules, and plugins.
Ease of use
Very easy to use. You can keep it simple or expand it to millions of pages!
Support
Super quick (although support is rarely needed!). There are both forums plus a ticketing system.
Documentation
Excellent (very detailed). There are tons of pages available online for viewing with explanations, samples, and tips!
Value for money
Excellent. What else can I say? If you are looking for a directory with reviews capability, this is it!
I used this to: I can't believe that I haven't reviewed JReviews previously! I've been using JReviews since Joomla 1.7. It is the core component of our website with over 1.4 million pages of database driven output and review pages. No other directory & reviews component even comes close.
Functionality
A very versatile tool that can be use for any number of website features. Collecting and displaying reviews and comments is just one aspect.
Ease of use
JR has a vast set of options with reasonably set defaults. Modifying these options is easy. The only challenge is finding them.
Support
I’ve never experienced support this good. JR uses an intuitive ticketing system. Alejandro responds quickly and solutions are spot-on.
Documentation
Online documentation is extensive. It is written at just the right level of detail. When that’s not enough, support is nearby.
Value for money
Well worth the price. The time you will save and the results you will get will outweigh the cost.
I used this to: I originally purchased JR to build a gallery of member-built furniture pieces similar to work I had posted on ehive Each listing contained important metadata about the object. Standard gallery software could not accommodate this, but JR did it with ease.

JReviews

Version:
4.2
Developer:
ClickFWD
Last updated:
Dec 01 2022
1 day ago
Date added:
Oct 16 2018
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Paid download
Includes:
c m p
Compatibility:
J3 J4
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