Profile: Ian Shere


TLP Portfolio PRO

An expensive mistake

Posted on 16 February 2018
Functionality

Tried the free version and it seemed stable. Pro version is not! Bugs and conflicts. They fixed the broken slider and broke the list layout.

Ease of use

Very easy to use

Support

Overall, poor & sporadic.I asked a bunch of questions twice with no reply. Major issue with broken slider never addressed - angry client.

Documentation

Inadequate.

Value for money

Horrendous. I bought the multisite licence hoping to use it on many of my clients' sites. Waste of money.

I used this to: A "Before & After" portfolio. It would never work properly. Broken slider (JS issue) fixed, which broke the list layout. They fixed that and it rebroke the slider. Then they failed to respond to a support request for 4-5 days (still waiting). This is a great concept poorly built.

Grand Gallery

If only I could log in....

Posted on 28 January 2018
Functionality

No idea - could never log in to ask a simple question...

Ease of use

No idea - could never log in to ask a simple question...

Support

No idea - could never log in to ask a simple question...

Documentation

No idea - could never log in to ask a simple question...

Value for money

No idea - could never log in to ask a simple question...

I used this to: I would loved to have tried this product, but I couldn't ever ask a question. Created an account & got an email, but no way to activate. The contact link in the email was relative, not absolute. Added the relative URL to base URL & it 404'd. Left me with zero confidence in them.

JS Autoz

So much promise...

Posted on 25 November 2017
Functionality

The extension is pretty powerful but lacks styling. So typical of many devs - make a good product but lack any clue how to make it look good

Ease of use

Fairly simple. However, Geolocation fails. Can't find an address in California.

Support

Hahahaha - you jest right? Look at the graveyard of a forum. Dozens of posts with no answers.

Documentation

Link points to the joke of a forum.

I used this to: Practice uninstalling a component from a Joomla website. Alas, on uninstalling it destroyed the website and I had to rebuild it. ALl I got after uninstalling was a white screen.

Tabs GK5

Brilliant AND free!

Posted on 17 November 2017
Functionality

Not sure what the previous reviewer was talking about. This is super easy to use and NO dox required.

Ease of use

Easy, easy, easy. Great range of options.

Support

Didn't need it.

Documentation

Didn't need it.

I used this to: Showing 5 cities weather. Love the mouse over option.

UTransport

It maybe good, but....

Posted on 03 November 2017
Functionality

Who would know?

Ease of use

Ditto above

Support

Never bothered - see below.

Documentation

Never bothered.

Value for money

Who knows?

I used this to: Their demo went to a 404, an issue which was reported to them on their forum over 8 months ago. So, in addition to not being able to see a demo of the product, seeing an 8 month old + post about this problem going unanswered filled me with ZERO confidence.Maybe it's good, but...

Solidres

Exceptional

Posted on 11 October 2017
Functionality

Loads of features and easy enough to customize

Ease of use

It has a learning curve. This is a powerful component, not an image slider. There is set it up, then data entry. But fairly simple

Support

Fantastic. They don't nickle & dime if you ask for help to do a mod (yourself). Time delay is a little frustrating, but otherwise great.

Documentation

Extensive, with a good forum and great support via tickets.

I used this to: Single residence rental. Component can handle hotels so a bit of dumbing down was required (refers to "rooms" rather than "house" for instance). But pretty easy setup and implementation. Looks good on the frontend, though I had a few suggestions to make it more user-friendly.

Love Factory

Good component

Posted on 29 June 2017
Functionality

Overall it's a powerful component.

Ease of use

It's quite a complex component and understanding its flow and setup took some time.

Support

Good support. Ticketing system was no ability to edit previous posts so I ended up writing a second post to say I'd found the answer.

Documentation

Good

Value for money

Great

I used this to: An event dating site. Client was happy.

EShop

Great component, great support

Posted on 12 April 2017
Functionality

Does what I needed very well

Ease of use

Simple and easy to set up. One little quirk with the way images are entered, but otherwise perfect.

Support

Outstanding. Just outstanding!

Documentation

Adequate - not really needed. Especially with the support given.

Value for money

A++ - not expensive at all, even if you need to buy a couple of extra plugins.

I used this to: Numerous eCommerce sites

EasyBlog

Support ++++!!!

Posted on 17 March 2017
Functionality

A very complex and powerful tool. Yes, it does take some learning!

Ease of use

It takes time to learn exactly how to make it work well for you, but it's worth it.

Support

I had real issues getting it to install after a time. I gave up in frustration but Mark reached out and did troubleshooting via teamviewer

Documentation

Good

Value for money

A+

I used this to: After a good start I had all sorts of install problems and gave up. Mark did troubleshooting in the middle of his night to get to the bottom of it. Seemed to be partly my issue and partly theirs. He was so, so helpful. A customer won back! Thanks you Mark.

Company Vacancy Tool

WTF is this?

Posted on 13 March 2017
Functionality

All links broken except download which takes you to a Hentai game - what????

Ease of use

Couldn't evaluate

Support

Couldn't evaluate

Documentation

Couldn't evaluate

Value for money

Couldn't evaluate

I used this to: Couldn't evaluate
JCH Optimize

JCH Optimize

Free | Performance | Samuel Marshall
3
Score:
100
215 reviews
Speed up your Joomla! website instantly with JCH Optimize. This plugin combines your external JavaScript and CSS files into one to minimize expensive http requests. These files can be minified and gzipped to reduce bandwidth and further optimize download time. Typical results after plugin is configured with optimum settings for your site is a 6-10 point jump on Page Speed. This results in enhanced user experience and can favourably affect website traffic and Google ranking. Major Features Combine javascript/css files into one Combine background images in a sprite Minify (Compress) and gzip aggregated files Exclude individual files or files from extensions that do not aggregate well Can defer javascript or place at end of page for optimized download
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