Profile: Matthew Stahl

Practicality Defined

Posted on 04 January 2012
Here's the on-line placeholder you've been waiting for, one that fills in all those gaps your base Joomla installation leaves. It's attractive, masks those telltale giveaways that reveal your CMS identity, easily configurable and easily customizable via CSS and image file manipulation. The plug-in's clever trigger options fire actions without additional admin intervention. It not only tells visitors when they can expect your site back on-line, it lets them request an alert and turns things back on at the proper time. Your site remains functional even when it's not functioning. That's a LOT of benefits for a comparatively token fee.

Let me add a congratulatory note to the developer. Rarely does one encounter so customer-service oriented an individual. So responsive was he to suggestions, that I almost feel I had a hand in this products development.

Don't hesitate to make this item standard equipment!!!
Owner's reply: Thank you :)

Extremely flexible. How about the finishing touch?

Posted on 23 July 2011
EXTREMELY flexible add-in with a wealth of features. It's one of the few script modules of this type that I can get to work reliably with gantry templates. A few enhancements would make it perfect. First, the ability to reverse the vertical path so add-in images can be made to rise instead of just fall. Second would be a duration field to fade out the graphics after a set period of time. A one incidence per session feature would take the cake. Here's hoping we'll see one or more of these by next Christmas.

One tweak, then perfect

Posted on 22 July 2011
Simple, flexible extension that works out of the box and can be configured in minutes. The only thing I see missing in the backend is a module class modifier field.

A great extension with poor validation

Posted on 27 December 2010
I'm amazed to find that developers that put out much needed products as clever as this just can't seem to find the time to run them through W3C code validation. I wouldn't use an open source solution that breaks compliance, much less pay for the privilege. The showcase demo page for this commercial extension shows 23 errors, That's more than a good alternative that simply seeks contributions, and there's no reference to the problem in the product description here or on the developers web site. The community deserves to know about this in advance of purchase. With a bit more work, you've got a flagship product here.

Functionally excellent, but needs code cleanup.

Posted on 27 December 2010
This is potentially a great component. It's supporting extensions work well together and have great utility, but there are simply too many coding errors to be usable on a production site. Many appear to be simple cases of using hte incorrect case. Would well be worth the effort.
Owner's reply: I've gone through much of the code and re-vamped it to generate XHTML 1.0 compliant markup and to be OK for strict PHP 5.3 compatibility. The entire frontend now validates as XHTML 1.0 compliant via validation. There is one exception: the flashplayer thermometer is embedded via an OBJECT tag and an EMBED tag. These are not W3C/XHTML standard compliant. Yet, there is no way to embed the dynamic flash thermometer without these tags. Hence, this exception to complete W3C compliance remains.

Real Nice and Handy. Just some minor tuning.

Posted on 20 January 2009
For a first effort, you "done good". Those who have problems with image appearing should eliminate write permissions on server. Just run this through an html purifier to clean up some minor &, open Div and parsing errors that break xhtml compliance and you've got a hit on your hands. Hats for for being first out of the box with a much needed 1.5 contribution.
Owner's reply: Hi Thanks for the encouraging words. I have just released version 1.5.1 for Joomla 1.5.x and also version 1.2.1 for Joomla 1.0.x which both provide a slight cleanup of the code. Although I couldn't find the open div tag you mentioned? Can you suggest a good open source html purifier?

Strange fights with some templates: Firefox

Posted on 28 November 2006
Nice program with plenty of applications that works flawlessly in Internet Explorer. Strangely, Firefox refuses to recognize this bot when run in a substantive number of templates, especially those with javascript includes. The moving "moshowhead" tip works for some, not for others. Remember to check yours in Firefox as part of your testing process.
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