Profile: Chris Ludwig

100

With support, was able to migrate two websites from 2.5 to 3.5 worry free


Posted on 05 May 2016
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Functionality
This migration component is simple to use. Simply install it as any component, then operate it in the back end of Joomla!
100
Ease of use
Migration is quite simple with this extension. It creates a second version of the site which you pre-configure before going live.
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Support
When I experienced difficulty with the migration of both my sites, the developer personally performed both migrations for free. Exceptional
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Documentation
No complaints
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Value for money
When factoring in the extraordinary customer support provided by the developer, this extension is excellent value for the money.
I used this to: Migrating two Joomla! 2.5.x sites to the latest version of 3.5.1
98

Has proven invaluable to me immediately


Posted on 17 January 2015
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Functionality
I am using this plugin to interface with Bandcamp. The configuration options are limited (colour, player size), but plenty adequate.
100
Ease of use
Extremely easy - this is the future for plugins; no parameters are needed i.e. file Just type in the url and the plugin does the work
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Support
Excellent - I had a problem with the player and posted to the developer's forum. He responded and solved the problem in less than 24 hours.
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Value for money
This 9 Euro plugin saved me money by allowing me to shift the hosting/bandwidth of 80 audio files from my site's server to Bandcamp.com
I used this to: my record Label's website and one of my artist's websites. I have 5 albums posted on Bandcamp. For the first time thanks to this plugin, I no longer need to host those audio files on my two sites, thus saving me bandwidth and almost 500MB of server space.
100

The Best for me To Date


Posted on 14 April 2014
I needed a responsive/mobile audio player for my Record Label's website and for three of my artist's sites for whom I designed personal sites. I purchased this extension but was initially shy about using it due to my limited Joomla! and mp3 tagging skills at the time. After revisiting Commedia some time later, I realized that this extension was by far the perfect tool for the job. Configuring the extension for the sites took a little trial and error for me, especially with my non-existent understanding of jQuery (a simple matter of on or off in the component). Once I got up and going, the extension is remarkably intuitive, considering that two of my sites have over 150 internal audio files. Commedia has worked perfectly on the various mobile devices I have tested it on so far; the play bar moves on all platforms and it always resizes to fit any device perfectly.

I will use Commedia for all my sites that require audio players from now on. I recommend Novices to stick with it and select one of the many free mp3 tagging softwares out there as a supplementary tool.

As a final note: The support from this friendly developer is first rate. I do however, wish to be made more aware of updates and improvements to the extension as they come about.

Highly Recommended.
100

5 Stars, but some annoyances


Posted on 09 December 2013
I use this extension as it is great for mobile, is lightweight and fast. It satisfies my need for non-flash extensions, and has met this requirement handsomely. While the back-end may not be elegant, it certainly gets the job done. As mentioned in an earlier review, a youtube icon would be great. I had to make custom icons for Soundcloud, iTunes and youtube in the custom section of the module. That being said, sizing the image of the custom icon to match the standard icons is a a bit of a nuisance. The images must be uploaded into the media manager and took a little trial and error on my part to make work.

The extension allows for only four custom icons, so I do worry a little that I will run out of slots.

Thank you to the developer for this free, effective, stable and reliable extension.
100

The solution to my frustrations


Posted on 29 October 2013
I was suffering from template and menu extension compatibility nightmares with 2 sites I am working on for almost a month! Embarrassing to say the least.

This extension worked out of the box, and no support was needed. This was a massive relief as I am a relative novice.

This is also the first Menu System that I have been satisfied with on mobile devices (which was my primary goal in the first place). My Menu systems work well on all devices despite my incompetences. While I am not and might not ever use the full power of this extension, it is still well worth the money even when used on a simple level as I do.

Thank you to the developer for putting an end to my misery.
100

Nice Little Extension


Posted on 27 March 2013
The JT quick contact form is the perfect way to put a contact form in any template position. The form can direct messages to any Email address(es) that you input into the module (they needn't be from a user of your site). I find this module is dirt simple to use, quick and flexible for a novice like me. While I can see a myriad of features for the developer to expand upon, the principle and foundation of this extension are sound and has pleased me greatly. I do however, wonder about my site's security with this contact form.

Thank you to the developer for this convenient, attractive little extension.
80

Almost Perfect


Posted on 13 March 2013
I use ARI EXT menu on a client's site that has over 65 menu items (I am a novice). This extension has streamlined the site with the addition of simple arrows to direct the user to submenus. The appearance of the menu is clean but somewhat clinical. It is rock solid (stable and compatible with the entire site), and the ability to control the fade rate when gliding over menu items is a very nice touch. While multiple font sizes for the menu item text can be set, the inability to adjust the width of the blank space between text and the edge of the menu item creates a limitation for me - this makes the difference between fitting my menu on one line, versus spilling out onto a second line. I wish I could give this extension a 4 1/2 stars because it is near perfect in both its simplicity and appearance on both front end and back end. I highly recommend it, especially since it has been the perfect choice for my client. Thank you to the developer for this great extension.
100

I can't believe it is non-commercial!


Posted on 13 March 2013
I needed an event calendar for my musician's concerts. This extension is like a mini Joomla! within Joomla! Despite its power, iCagenda is dirt simple to use. I love being able to show the location of my concerts on the google map within each event's page/details. This gives my site a very professional look. More importantly, iCagenda works perfectly with the existing positions in my template. At present, this extension is perfectly suited to a novice - the perfect balance of ease of use and power. After combing through many extensions, this is by far the best for my purposes. If iCagenda was strictly commercial, I would happily pay for it. Lastly, the thumbnails with the dates on top of them are fantastic, and iCagenda seems to automatically resize any image I throw at it perfectly.
Owner's reply: Thank you very much for the review!
And .. to tell a little story, at first I develop a simple version of iCagenda for my clients, groups of music... ;-)
40

A Great Concept - But...


Posted on 10 March 2013
I purchased this extension to add some flair to the links in my articles. It is a great concept, however, as a novice to Joomla! I found it too advanced for my skills. It is necessary to add significant code for each link in the html source editor. This is probably easy for most Joomla! developers, but for me it proved too difficult and time consuming. I would however, be the first to buy a more novice oriented version of this extension.
Owner's reply: Thanks for your review.

But the review you posted here is not true . every module and plugins have their own configuration setting and you need to play with it if you are a newbie or you even dont know how to use a simple plugin then its your fault , that you did not read the documentation well .
100

Very Useful Plugin


Posted on 10 March 2013
I am surprised that there are few extensions like this and that this is the first review. I needed to have a large amount of text on one page, but did not want that page to be long. This plugin was my solution. It is simple to use, but there might be a learning curve for a beginner as many parameters can be configured within the text of each article (if you wish to have a change from the global settings). Text formatting and line breaks can be a bit temperamental, but other than that, this is a great plugin. What impressed me most is that the developer responded to my questions in less than 30 minutes. I am satisfied with this extension as it has improved my site greatly.
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JJ Social Slider

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Social Presence
Social Slider is a simple module that appears in a fixed position, either on the left or right hand side of your page. Upon hovering over an icon, the bar slides out using CSS3 transitions, providing a small caption which you can link to a social network page. The icons supported: Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace Youtube LinkedIn Steam Last.FM Pinterest Soundcloud Tumblr Github Flickr RSS Vimeo...
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