Profile: Brendan Ihmig


JCE MediaBox

Must have plugin if your site is media focused

Posted on 01 December 2017
Functionality

More media functionality than you can shake a stick at... or is that click at mouse at?

Ease of use

Once you get around the installation and setting up the options it is a breeze to use. The learning curve might be steep for some newcomers

I used this to: I use JCE Media Box with JCE Editor on every Joomla! website I have designed and published for probably close to the last 10 years. In total I estimate that will be 60+ websites.

JCE

So good it should be part of Joomla! core

Posted on 01 December 2017
Functionality

Fully loaded out of the box and more so if you work through the settings and options

Ease of use

There is a small learning curve if you are not familiar with WYSIWYG editors and the additional functionality can take some time to work out

I used this to: I use JCE on every Joomla! website I have designed and published for probably close to the last 10 years. In total I estimate that will be 60+ websites.

ampz

Recommended default Social Media sharing extention

Posted on 01 December 2017
Functionality

Great functionality out of the 'box', but with tweaking of settings and customising with css you can get great looking functionality!

Ease of use

Setup is very easy and more so if you follow the manual. Make sure you read settings/option as sometimes they can be phased in an odd way.

Support

Excellent support that is both prompt and personal. Highly skilled and knowledgeable developer.

Documentation

Documentation is good and always good to review before setting things up so that you get the full functionality out of the extension!

Value for money

Software is often hard to determine if its value for money, in the case of Ampz this is not a problem - definitely worth the subscription!

I used this to: I have been using Ampz for more than a year on both personal and commercial sites. Here are a few live examples on commercial websites:
* http://www.shop.namibwatches.com
* http://bestguideinc.net
* http://www.seawind.com.na
* https://www.quanta.com.na
ampz

ampz

Paid download | Social Share | roosterz.nl
3
Score:
100
110 reviews
AMPZ | Social Sharing Like a BOSS - Best reviewed Responsive Multi-position Extremely Fast Social Sharing Extension in the JED! AMPZ Social Share Buttons will Increase your Sales and drive More Traffic to your Joomla website, in style! 100% rated and used by more than 2000 websites. What about yours? AMPZ can display Social Sharing buttons anywhere on your website (!) as well as multiple static positions (Sidebar, Inline and Fly In) for the popular social networks including WhatsApp and Telegram. Responsive, fast and compatible with all Joomla components! It includes a Social Sharing statistics dashboard! Why should you buy ampz? ✔ Privacy: AMPZ cares about your website visitor's privacy and does not share any information without their own consent (actively sharing your content)! ✔ Sharing Statistics: Get insights on the social networks people share your content on, as well as the positions they use the most ✔ Shortcodes: Place the buttons ANYWHERE you like on your website by using simple, intuitive tags ✔ Responsive: The social buttons look great on ALL devices using a special Mobile Mode ✔ Attention when needed: the buttons will draw your attention when using multiple positions at the right moment ✔ Compatible with All Joomla components, just specify where to display ✔ Sidebar & Inline (above, below or both)...at the same time! ✔ Follow buttons in the Fly In position for extra followers ✔ Minimal external requests, using smart caching feature. Optimized for Speed ✔ Multiple (retina ready) button designs to fit your website, customizable ✔ Specify when to display total number of shares to prevent negative social proof ✔ Display the Twitter count: unique for a custom social share plugin! ✔ Multilingual button labels FEATURES ✔ Positioning is King AMPZ buttons can be displayed in anywhere you want! Sidebar left / right, horizontal inline above and/or below content, a fly in panel and the mobile positioning are the default options. Easily defined shortcodes can be used to place the buttons on any other position. ✔ Sharing Statistics The main aim of a social sharing extension is to get more exposure for your website and, by doing so, attract more visitors. If you also know what networks are used to share your content and what positions are most popular that would enrich your own insights to further tune your website. Ampz includes a fancy animated statistics dashboard which includes information based on the actual clicks using the social sharing buttons. ✔ Responsive Your website is responsive? So is your social sharing plugin! By using the special "Mobile Mode" the social buttons are displayed in the bottom of the mobile screen. You can control how many buttons are visible, if share counts need to be displayed and when Mobile Mode needs to be activated. ✔ Amazingly Intuitive to set up Special attention was given to the backend of ampz. Whereas most Joomla! extensions use built in backend interfaces, ampz is created from the perspective of being intuitive and easy to use. A clean interface, combined with logical menu items, drag & drop sort functionality and display of relevant fields only makes configuring ampz a breeze. ✔ Highly Customizable Customization is key. Ampz has included 5 custom retina-ready designs for the social buttons to fit the look and feel of your website (hint: or not, so they stand out even more). You control things like whether or not to show counts, labels or total shares. Also button size or border radius can be adjusted. If that still is not enough, you can always modify the design yourself since they are made of 100% pure CSS. ✔ Rocket Fast External url requests (as requesting the number of shares on a social network are) cause relatively huge delays while loading a page. Smart caching functionality in ampz minimizes these external requests while maintaining sharing functionality. If the number of shares is requested from external sites, ampz will do it asynchronously so the effect for your visitors in minimal. And again: You can control the level of caching. ✔ Placement & Trigger Since ampz can be displayed in multiple positions (fixed sidebar, horizontal inline above / below content and a fly in panel) at the same time, the social buttons are always visible for your visitors, which makes it psychologically hard NOT to use them. The fly in panel attracts even more attention, providing a crucial trigger to share...exactly what your visitors need to let them share your content. ✔ Compatible with ALL Components Most social sharing plugins are compatible with Joomla! native content (articles) component. If you are lucky a few more third-party components like K2 or Virtuemart are supported. This makes ampz different from its competition: ALL components are supported! Whether you want to display the buttons in K2, Virtuemart, Hikashop, EasyBlog, RSForm, JEvents, Breezing Forms, AllVideos, Ohanah, Ignite Gallery, FLEXIcontent, ZOO, J2Store or any other component: ampz is compatible! And naturally, you control which components display the buttons. ✔ Social Networks The most popular social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Flattr, Xing, Email, Reddit, VK (VKontakte), GMail, Facebook Messenger, Ok.ru (odnoklassniki), Pocket, Buffer, Flipboard, Line, Houzz, Youtube (follow only), Instagram (follow only) & Print) are built-in already, including WhatsApp, Viber & Telegram for mobile devices. If you want another button just let me know via the support pages. Also direct chat using Facebook Messenger is possible in the Fly In position. ✔ Right-to-left support AMPZ supports RTL based websites. 30 Days Money Back Guarantee If, for whatever reason, you are not 100% satisfied with ampz I will refund your purchase without any hassle. If you are having configuration issues please use the support first.
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JCE

JCE

Free | Editors | Widget Factory Limited
3
Score:
91
524 reviews
An award-winning, configurable WYSIWYG editor for Joomla! based on Moxiecode's TinyMCE. Includes advanced Image, File and Link handling, plugin support, and an Administration interface for editor configuration.
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RokSprocket

RokSprocket

Free | Articles Display | RocketTheme
3
Score:
89
26 reviews
RokSprocket is a revolutionary extension for Joomla designed to give you an incredible level of control over how you present your content. Sophisticated content filters, robust layout modes and options, integration with multiple content providers, and a streamlined no-nonsense interface all contribute to a powerful yet user friendly experience from start to finish. ★ Features — Multiple layout options: Features, Lists, Headlines, Mosaic, Strips, Tabs, Grids, Tables, Sliders, and Quotes. — Multiple content provider support: Joomla, K2, Seblod, EasyBlog, Content Builder, FieldsAttach, and Zoo. — Advanced cumulative filters: specific and dynamic filters — Advanced sorting rules: automatic, manual, mixed or random — Individual article display and configuration — Inline article previews — Inline article details and editing — RokGallery/MediaManager support — Dynamic settings / configurations — Module shortcodes
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Gantry 5

Gantry 5

Free | Templating | RocketTheme
3
Score:
86
26 reviews
Gantry 5 Framework Gantry 5 is a comprehensive set of building blocks to enable the rapid development and realization of a design into a flexible and powerful web platform template. Please visit http://gantry.org to download a FREE Joomla Gantry 5 default theme (Hydrogen) which can be used as a base for your own template! Gantry 5 is packed full of features created to empower the development of designs into fully functional layouts with the absolute minimum effort and fuss. Responsive Layout System Gantry 5 uses the Nucleus grid system, built from scratch using Flexbox and tied in to the Layout Manager to generate classes. Cross-platform Support The new responsive Gantry 5 framework is available for WordPress 4.2+, Joomla 3.4+ and Grav 1.0+. Intuitive YAML-driven Configuration YAML is a human-readable data serialization, making it easy to create and configure blueprints for back-end configuration options. Twig Templating Gantry 5 utilizes Twig to make creating powerful, dynamic themes quick and easy. New Administrative Interface Gantry 5's administrative interface has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to meet the needs of tomorrow's developer, today. Infinitely Customizable Gantry 5 is the most customizable and powerful version of the framework yet, featuring drag-and-drop customization controlling virtually every aspect of the site's layout and design. New Particles System Gantry 5's new Particles system makes it easy to create, configure, and manage content blocks. Create new Particles in minutes, adjust their settings at multiple levels from global down to the individual block, and more! Flexible and Easy Layout Manager Set up and configure page layouts with Gantry 5's new Layout Manager. Featuring drag-and-drop functionality that gives you the power to place content blocks, resize them, and configure their unique settings in seconds. Load layout presets or duplicate the layout of another Outline with a click of the mouse, and customize virtually every aspect of the page layout without ever having to touch a text editor. No Programming Experience Necessary Adding and moving positions, resizing blocks, and more can be done with drag-and-drop simplicity in the new, powerful Layout Manager. Error pages and other areas of site design are also easily handled in Gantry 5's administrative interface. You can change almost any aspect of a theme without breaking out a single editor. Powerful Menu Editor Change the way your site's menus look with Gantry 5's powerful Menu Editor. Quickly insert Particles, rearrange menu items, and add icons in seconds. New Outline System Theme overrides are now part of Gantry 5's Outline system, enabling you to easily create and manage Layouts, Settings, Styles, and more and assign them as needed. Use SCSS, LESS or CSS Gantry 5 has built-in support for SCSS and pure CSS, with the ability to support LESS. > For video tutorials and documentation please visit official Gantry Framework site.
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JCE MediaBox

JCE MediaBox

Free | JCE extensions | Widget Factory Limited
3
Score:
86
19 reviews
JCE MediaBox is an optional companion plugin for the JCE Editor that adds 'Lightbox' style features to your site, with the ability to display images, videos, inline and iframe content in a customizable inline popup. JCE MediaBox includes 4 themes that emulate popular scripts such as Lightbox, ShadowBox and Squeezebox and can use custom themes too. JCE MediaBox is installed using the Joomla! Extensions Installer.
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RokPad

RokPad

Free | Editors | RocketTheme
3
Score:
85
7 reviews
RokPad was devised as a tool to provide an easy and elegant interface for editing Joomla content, to make it a pleasure, not a chore. Advanced functions such as an Ajax saving action, plus shortcut keys, are incredible some of the many time saving features. RokPad is perfect for anyone who prefers to avoid the WYSIWYG editors but still craves the richness of a code editor. ★ Features Code Highlighter built on the great ACE Editor Support for CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, LESS, Markdown, PHP, SQL, Plain Text, Textile, XML and more... Ajax save and Automatic Save options. You'll never loose your content again, nor wait until the page has finished reloading after a save! Save, Undo, Redo, Goto line, Advanced Search and Search & Replace, Full Screen. Settings like Themes, Font Size, Code Folding, Wrap Mode, Invisible Characters, Print Margin, Highlight of selected word 26 Themes to choose from Resizable Editor by dragging the Statusbar Keyboard shortcuts Brackets match Multiple cursors and selections Vertical Selection Ability to insert at multiple locations xtd-buttons shortcodes, all at once. Self-closing HTML tags, you type , RokPad auto-fill with Shortcodes and Universal Tag Insertion Drag & Drop of text from external applications such as other Browser Tabs/windows or Native Applications (Supported on Firefox, Chrome, IE10 and Safari) Import local files by Drag & Drop directly from your desktop! (Supported on Firefox, Chrome, IE10 and Safari 6+) And much more!
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RokAjaxSearch

RokAjaxSearch

Free | Site Search | RocketTheme
3
Score:
84
43 reviews
RokAjaxSearch is a truly powerful module that brings fantastic search functionality to Joomla, using the powerful and versatile javascript library, Mootools as well as full Google Search integration. RokAjaxSearch offers AJAX powered real time search results for both your Joomla site content as well Google Search. There are various configuration options and parameters allowing you to enable not only Google web search, but Google Blog search, Google Image search, and Google Video search. ★ Features Real Time Search: AJAX loads search results in real time. Multiple Sources: Search your local Joomla site or the web at large. Search Options: Even more search options with Blog, Video and Images. Advanced usability: Script enhancements for intuitive navigation.
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RokCandy

RokCandy

Free | Coding & Scripts Integration | RocketTheme
3
Score:
83
12 reviews
RokCandy provides BBCode style macro functionality for Joomla. It provides a WYSIWYG-safe macro syntax to allow you to easily add complex HTML with a simple BBCode macro. RokCandy changes the preset syntax, such as [example] to the relevant HTML code during the rendering of the Joomla article. RokCandy allows you to create complex HTML output as simple macros to allow your complex content to be created quickly and easily with a minimum of fuss.
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RokBooster

RokBooster

Free | Performance | RocketTheme
3
Score:
76
7 reviews
Increase the speed of your site by enabling the RokBooster plug-in. This advanced extensions will compress and combine your CSS and JavaScript into as few files as possible each. RokBooster can dramatically reduce the number of HTTP calls a browser has to make, and sending those compressed files GZipped means your pages will load faster with less load on your server. ★ Features — Combine and compress CSS and JavaScript into as few files as possible — GZip compression used to send CSS and JavaScript files — Compress Inline CSS and JavaScript — Customizable cache timeout — Background rendering, so initial file processing won't slow your users down — Full page scan allows for non-header JavaScript and CSS to be included — Ability to ignore specific CSS and JavaScript files Below you will find images of our demo website before and after enabling RokBooster.
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