Profile: Kip Kramer

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Time-Saving Productivity that Ties to Security Check and Akeeba


Posted on 22 August 2016
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Functionality
From one location, manage backups, security, extension updates and more for all sites. It points out where action is needed on one screen.
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Ease of use
Very easy and secure to use, you almost need no documentation.
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Support
Joe's support is like having someone sitting next to you almost 24/7. I don't know how he does it, but he cares and he's fast.
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Documentation
Clear PDF and video documentation walks you through the process, but it's simple to set up.
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Value for money
Bundled with Security Center Pro, this pays for itself quickly. Imagine NOT logging into every site separately to do regular maintenance.
I used this to: This is a great way to manage multiple sites from one clear interface. It's nice because it reminds you to do things you might otherwise forget. Incredibly, it shows updates that Joomla's Control Panel can miss. It looks directly @ Extension-->Updates which is more dependable.
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A Must-Have Extension with Top-of-World Support


Posted on 22 August 2016
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Functionality
Mandatory for Joomla websites, SCP protects you from multiple perspectives. The .htaccess changes, firewall, scanners and logs are superb.
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Ease of use
Website security isn't simple, but this extension brings it down to earth. The interface is clear, providing a clear succession of tasks.
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Support
I've never seen anything like this. Even with a 9-hour time difference, it felt like Jose was in the next room. Answers are clear & fast.
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Documentation
The PDF documentation is clear and follows the interface so you can't go wrong. Jose's second language is clearer than my first!
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Value for money
An astounding value. Using Sitelock as a server-level scanner costs twice as much, and the firewall costs ten times as much. This does more.
I used this to: I use the scanner to identify hacks, & .htaccess to hide the admin URL and protect sites from known threats. Use the firewall to keep out problem IPs, geoblock places who should have no interest in a site, filter out many methods of attack, & log it all clearly. AND MUCH MORE!!
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Developer is the best in the business


Posted on 14 July 2016
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Functionality
Multi-featured ways to create modals far exceeds the stock extension available from my template vendor. Love the available options.
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Ease of use
The syntax is easy to follow and allows a great many styling options.
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Support
The support is first-rate. When a website wouldn't pop up in a modal correctly, Peter solved it even though it wasn't his problem.
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Documentation
Very thorough and easy to follow. Beautiful job, and consistent across all Regular Labs extensions.
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Value for money
I used this to: I'm selling a home and need to reference information multiple sources within the website. There are multiple forms of media located internally and externally. This is exactly the solution I need.
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Terrific Support for an RSS Extension with Great Flexibility


Posted on 10 December 2015
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Functionality
Foobla obRSS gives us the flexibility to set up multiple feeds with varying levels of access. Content can be restricted by access level.
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Ease of use
We've used this extension for years, and it's current user interface is the best yet. The feed responds instantly to a setting change.
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Support
Top notch. I'm writing this review because Foobla surprised us by coding a feature for us overnight that works beautifully.
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Documentation
The documentation now is very good, with tips at the user interface level.
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Value for money
It isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. Very valuable functionality with a lot of extension options, such as for Kunena.
I used this to: Documenting changes to a lawyer association website so lawyers know when new information has been posted by other members. Registered lawyer members are the only ones who can see registered articles, and multiple feeds are possible for varying audiences.
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Terrific Multi-Purpose Map Extension


Posted on 10 October 2015
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Functionality
Amazing breadth of features. Read the documentation first to see features you may have never considered.
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Ease of use
It takes time to understand what all the features do and how they fit together. The documentation leads you through it, and then it's clear.
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Support
Rick really cares and is wonderful to work with. He responds immediately to questions and provides great solutions.
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Documentation
Complete and well done ... necessary for such a full-featured extension.
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Value for money
I used this to: We use Geocode to create multiple maps for different purposes. Unlimited full-page and module-based maps behave independently of each other. Customizing maps in Community Builder profiles is critical, especially for professional groups who want clients to find each member.
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Great extension for free, DOES work in Joomla 3.3


Posted on 10 January 2015
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Functionality
Does exactly what it says ... prevents highlighting, right-clicking, and shows a message you define when users try.
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Ease of use
Just install it and set the parameters and let it rip ... but see my final comment for Joomla 3 information.
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Documentation
Could be better, especially for Joomla 3. On the other hand, there isn't much to know.
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Value for money
I used this to: Please note the tip posted in comments below mine. I moved from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3 and thought the extension stopped working. You do have to set the User groups parameter to (in my case) "Public" for it to work. That isn't obvious. But GREAT extension; thanks Galaa!
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Best Quality and Support


Posted on 04 January 2015
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Functionality
I've used other extensions to create tabs, and this just does more. The ability to use a link in the tab title is a big deal, for example.
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Ease of use
The syntax couldn't be simpler, and the extension just works out of the box.
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Support
Peter is renowned for his quick and thorough support.
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Documentation
Detailed and thorough, the documentation far surpasses that of its peers.
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Value for money
I used this to: I used another tab extension to create tabs in a Joomla 2.5 environment. It worked fine, but the change to Joomla 3 was a disaster, even with updated extensions. NoNumber Tabs solved the problem while adding functionality I never considered. Peter's quality is unmatched.

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Wonderful Mapping Component, Module, CB Integration


Posted on 07 March 2014
This is a remarkably flexible mapping solution, because it allows multiple maps to be created for different purposes.



There are main maps for a primary page and module-based maps. All can be customized to show the users or map information that applies to a particular purpose. It can do so much that I highly encourage reading the documentation thoroughly before you start. I found I was able to do things I never considered, and they helped make my sites unique and interesting.



Of particular use for us is the association of Geocode with Community Builder. The ability to customize maps in a tab in each user's Profile has been a critical capability, especially for professional groups looking to show clients how to reach them.



Rick, the developer, is a joy to work with and very responsive. You can't go wrong here.

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We've tried other calendars but prefer JCalPro.


Posted on 20 February 2014
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Functionality
JCalPro has everything we need. We'd prefer it if expired (past) items continued to show on the calendar, but nothing is missing.
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Ease of use
The extension interface is pleasing to the eye and intuitive. It would save a lot of time if we could clone and modify events.
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Support
The support is fast and wonderful. This is critical and now that it's under new management, we've never been disappointed.
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Documentation
Thorough and easy to read.
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Value for money
The price is about right.
I used this to: Group calendar for homeowners' association and trade group.
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A Powerful Bridge Between Email and a Website


Posted on 16 January 2014
Mailster is, to me, a critical component of the Joomlaverse in its ability to tightly integrate email, and particularly an internal mailing list, with a Joomla website. My client had used a Mailman mailing list for years for 130 lawyers and was reasonably happy with it, but it was completely separate from their website. They were two ships passing in the night. The user lists didn’t correspond, and a lot of very good information was shared on Mailman that didn’t make it to their website. That’s a critical loss for a group that is trying to build a searchable database of information that grows in value over time.

Mailster changes all that. It duplicates the capability of Mailman as a closed listserve and adds many more very useful (and kind of amazing) features:

1. It integrates tightly with Community Builder, so you only have one database of users. You no longer need to do painful user reconciliations between the group’s website and its listserve/mailing list.

2. You can add users, permanently or temporarily, to a mailing list who may not possess registered access to the website.

3. You can create as many mailing lists as you want, all from the same interface. This is useful in my client’s case for subgroups of lawyers who might be collaborating on a project.

4. The archives are immediately available on the front and back ends, and are searchable both with a Mailster search and a Joomla full-site search. Attachments appear in the archives (unlike Mailman, which drops them), and they are likewise searchable. This is huge. It means that all the information the group shares is available on the website and easily found either by search or using the menu items for the mailing list front-end archives. A list view and threaded view are both available.

5. Archives for multiple mailing lists can all be set up to be viewed on the website, each with their own menu item or all combined. Using Mailster’s user group tools and Joomla ACL, you can restrict archives to a subgroup of users.

6. Even a complete Mailman archive (but even better, including attachments) can be integrated on a website using Mailster. If you want to keep a Mailman list active, you can set up a public mailing list (perhaps with a complex, non-guessable email address) in Mailster with just one recipient, and list the complex address of that mailing list as a user on the Mailman list. That way, Mailman will send its emails to Mailster, which will incorporate the archive on your website (including attachments). The archive can be viewable by registered users only if you choose. (Note: Mailster is not a "Plugin" solution for Mailman, and imports no existing data from Mailman.)

7. There are lots of possibilities beyond even that. Many of us have clients that are terrified of adding something to a website. But they’re not terrified of email. You could set up mailing lists in Mailster by functional category and give each of them a separate email address. Users who email something to that address will find the contents of that email in the website archives for that category’s email address. This is not the same as Joomla categories … you can’t email an article to a category. But functionally, it gets pretty close to being able to do just that.

I think of Mailster as a flexible bridge between (1) the email interface that everyone is used to and (2) your website, a group’s listserve, specialized mailing lists, and the searchable content of the website itself. It’s a wonderful tool.

One other note: Holger, the primary developer, is extremely knowledgeable, professional and responsive. If you need clear and fast help, you’ll get it. But get Mailster Pro … it’s worth it and necessary to do much of the above!
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