Profile: Jeremy Driscoll

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Excellent tool makes it really easy to update old versions


Posted on 11 January 2016
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Functionality
Excellent. Does exactly what you expect. Transfers and converts data correctly, log file shows full details at end of process.
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Ease of use
Almost too simple - you sort of expect more steps or problems, not just simply import the old database, start it going and done!
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Documentation
Good. Instructions are clear, with various 'how-to's and troubleshooting guide
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Value for money
Good. It's not cheap, but because it works, it's saved hours of work, particularly as I have used it to update several sites
I used this to: Update a series of J1.5 websites to J3, with more to go.
100

Excellent plugin, even better support


Posted on 30 June 2015
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Functionality
Works perfectly.
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Ease of use
Simple to install and configure.
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Support
Excellent. Developer added a requested function for us, and made mods to help overcome an awkward server configuration. Top support!
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Documentation
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Value for money
Definitely worth the money, particularly given the personalised support.
I used this to: We've used this on a number of sites, including one requiring a version for J1.5 and VM1. Had problems with the installation with a couple of these due to the server configuration. Support was excellent and both were sorted by the developer within a couple of hours.
80

Continues to impress!


Posted on 15 May 2014
I've always been impressed with VM as one of the best e-commerce systems around, and VM2 continues to impress. Having been a user since it was Mambo-shop, I've seen how it's developed over the years.



With the experience of multiple sites built using v1.0 and 1.1 it was a bit disorientating switching over to the Joomla MVC model from the old themes approach, but having now built a number of VM2 sites I remain seriously impressed with it's flexibility and robustness.



Out of the box, the core functionality and styling are adequate (much better than the default themes for vm1.0 and 1.1 which were, frankly, pretty ugly), but initial configuration is quite complex, mainly because of the flexibility (read complexity) of what it will do. Other reviewers have commented on needing to know php to customise it - a bit of php knowledge is useful if you want to hack around the default templates and create your own template overrides (as is a knowledge of the Joomla MVC), but if you don't know any php / html and the default template doesn't grab you, there are plenty of low-cost commercial templates available as an alternative.



But a key strength of VM is that when you want more than the basic, it's there in the form of some truly excellent 3rd party extensions to deliver all the extra functionality you need. Many of these are commercial plugins, but mostly very low cost. Well worth exploring the extensions directory to see what's available. You'd have to be some cheapskate to begrudge a the few tens of dollars / euros it might cost to deliver the very fully featured sort of e-commerce site you can create if you want.



Where VM2 falls down though, is in it's documentation. Earlier versions, VM1.1 for example, had very comprehensive developer and user documentation, but this is lacking from VM2, where the online documentation is somewhat patchy.



I have road tested and built sites in other systems such as Magento, but overall, I believe VM is one of the best open-source e-commerce systems available, and remains my first choice.
100

Excellent option where customers need to upload files to accompany orders


Posted on 15 May 2014
Using this extension for a site that provides a wide range of customised printed and embroidered products, and needed a plugin for users to upload artwork and other files to accompany their order.



We're using the in-cart option so that users can only upload files once they are registered.



Installation was totally straightforward, and it looked good and worked exactly as it should straight out of the box and without any fuss.



Uploads go to a customer specific directory on the server, and are accessible to the store administrator directly from the customer order page.



I wish all extensions installed and worked as well as this!
Owner's reply: Dear Jeremy,
The Order Upload plugin for Virtuemart is really working on your site very well. We are very proud of your compliments to encourage other users to try it on Joomla. We're welcome you back to find any other Joomla Virtuemart modules, plugins, components to develop your ecommerce shop(s) at favorable prices and dedicated support at cmsmart.
Cheers.
100

Excellent plugin, great improvement to site usability and appearance


Posted on 15 May 2014
This is the second plugin I've used from this developer, and I can highly recommend it. We have a site where products have a multitude of custom fields, and this plugin provides a range of really attractive and intuitive ways for customers to select various product options: sizes, quantities, colours (including really neat multi-colour buttons).



Straightforward to install and easy to use, with decent documentation. Support is prompt and helpful, even where the problem lies with another plugin...



Highly recommended!
100

Great forms manager


Posted on 27 June 2013
I've been using this extension as my first choice forms manager for a few years now. Does everything you could want, and from a pretty straightforward user interface. There is an extensive forums/knowledge base where you can find answers on how to use it for more complex tasks. Just had my first experience of "real" support, and the response was fast and helpful, and the problem tracked to a conflict with a 3rd party plugin. Very highly recommended, and well worth the subscription.

Highly effective and simple to install


Posted on 10 December 2010
Very simple and easy to install. Using on two Virtuemart sites that had been plagued by product enquiry form spam. Took less than two minutes to install and configure on each, and spam has stopped. Excellent job.
Owner's reply: Thank you for your review!

Neat plugin that does what it says


Posted on 25 July 2010
We add this to all the sites we deploy. Does exactly what it says Makes it much easier for admins to check pages.

Should be standards install for every site!


Posted on 21 August 2008
Simple to install, and easy to configure. Just how it should be. Great stuff!

JCE

Top Extension


Posted on 25 February 2008
This for us a standard extension that we install with every site we deploy. The image manager is much better than anything else, and much easier to understand than mosimage. It's really useful to be able to switch between WYSIWYG / HTML view without waiting for a pop-up. Or indeed being able to save your valid code without it being trashed by a dicky code cleaner in a popup HTML window!



Also being able to configure the layout is good as it lets you limit the damage your users can do when they start to use page level formatting. As well as speeding up the load time by leaving out some of the functions that aren't necessary for most users.



A must have for extension.
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