Profile: Fiona Coulter

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Useful plugin


Posted on 03 May 2016
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Functionality
Gives the correct IP address when using cloudfare, useful when using admin tools, also paypal payment plugins
100
Ease of use
very easy
100
Support
support was not needed
100
Documentation
documentation is clear
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Value for money
I used this to: I started using cloudfare because I was having some problems with unwanted traffic on my site, which mainly seemed to be badly behaved robots, so far it does seem to be helping. It is a good service.

Really Useful Extension


Posted on 16 August 2012
I have been using admin tools pro for about three months now. I am using it on my own site and now routinely install it on my client's sites.

It is extremely helpful. It allows you to do most of the important things to protect your Joomla site very easily. It is not a substitute for knowing what you are doing, and it is a really good idea to read the documentation - which thankfully is is quite thorough. But if you have a basic understanding of site security it is very useful indeed. I find the log format particularly helpful, you can see exactly attacks are taking place on your site.

I definitely recommend this extension.

Just What I Needed


Posted on 15 July 2011
I was looking for plugin that would include the Google plus one button on my site. This plugin does this, but also several of the other important buttons, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



It was very easy to set up and configure.



Something that would make it even more helpful would be the option to individually select for each button whether to show it in the article, category and section layouts. But it is still an excellant plugin. Thanks to the developer.

Very Good, Professional Looking Forum


Posted on 15 April 2011
I needed to change my site forum in a hurry due to security concerns with the forum I had been using (ccboard). I found Kunena very quick and easy to set up. It is a very professional looking forum and gives a nice user experience.



The only slight niggle I found was that the input text when making a post was very small, really only pixies could read it. It was not that easy to track down the bit of css required to change it. The layout of the files and folders in the extension isn't really standard for a Joomla MVC component, so it makes it that bit harder to find the relevant file. What I found in the CSS is that there are a lot of very specific rules for the font sizes (77 in all!). Some of them use relative font sizes (em) which was causing problems on my site because the font size was already small. If it is really necessary to be that precise about fonts it might be better to stick to using absolute font sizes, then at least there should not be any danger of ending up with unreadable text. Possibly it might be argued that 77 rules for the font size is too many.



But this is a minor reservation about what is a very good extension.

On the whole I like Virtuemart


Posted on 17 August 2010
There are many good things about Virtuemart. It is free and open source. The database design is efficient which means that it can handle pretty much any size of store. I use it for a client's site which has over a thousand products and several thousand registered customers, it handles this with ease and I am sure could handle even bigger sites.



They seem to have ironed out a lot of the more annoying bugs, also they have introduced a system which allows you to extend the main classes through the template, which should allow for a lot more flexibility.



As the creators themselves say, Virtuemart is not intended to be a 'straight-out-of-the-box' complete e-commerce site, you do have to put a bit of work in yourself - or find a good template that does this for you. What it is good for is providing an e-commerce framework that you can customize to do most things that you want.



The annoying things about it (and which prevent it getting 5 stars) are that it is not well integrated with the Joomla menu system, which can cause problems. Also the support is truly terrible. I have never had a question answered in the support forum, really there is no point in even posting.

JCE

Excellant Editor


Posted on 28 July 2010
I too had problems trying to configure the editor facilities by group, I thought it was just me but perhaps it was not.



Having said that, this is a great improvement over the standard Joomla editor. It is particularly useful if you want to add Flash movies, but has many other useful features. The great thing about it is that it allows your to customize a lot of the editor behaviour, though as I mentioned above it only seems to work for the default group.



It also includes a code highlighter, which is very useful if you want to edit the html. Also you can turn off the feature which converts absolute into relative URLs on your site - this is very useful if you are trying to send out a newsletter, otherwise any links to your site in the newsletter will not work.



It is a bit of work to install and set up the editor, but well worth the effort.

K2

Great Extension


Posted on 05 July 2010
This an excellant extension that allows you to construct more sophisticated formats for your Joomla content, and to link it to content authors in a much more satisfactory way than the Joomla core content component.



It is easy to use and includes plenty of the features that you might want from this sort of component, without being over complicated.



The thing that is really missing at the moment though is some sort of framework for extended field type plugins. If there were a framework for 3rd part developers to create new field types this would provide a huge boost to the usefulness of what is already a great extension.
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Mail IP Address

By Fiona Coulter
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Imgen
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Imgen

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VM ModController Pro for VirtueMart
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VM ModController Pro for VirtueMart

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One of the frustrating things about using Virtuemart is that it is not possible to assign modules to Virtuemart pages through the Joomla menu system. This module allows you to control the display of any other Joomla module on Virtuemart pages. It allows you to assign modules to Virtuemart pages (including specific flypages or browse pages), categories, and shopper groups. For example, if you ju...
Featured Items Pro
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Featured Items Pro

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Product Snapshot for Virtuemart
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Product Snapshot for Virtuemart

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Spiral Download For Virtuemart
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Spiral Download For Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
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AS3 Manager
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AS3 Manager

By Fiona Coulter
Cloud Storage
This extension package for Joomla! 3 allows you to manage your cloud files from your Joomla admin. It supports files hosted on both Dropbox and Amazon S3. For Amazon S3, you can upload and delete objects, and create and delete buckets. You can create download files and packages (consisting of multiple files), and make files available for download on your site. For Dropbox you can view the files...
Mail this page
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Mail this page

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Sharing
This module allows a site visitor to mail the URL of the current page to a friend - a great viral marketing tool. This module is written natively for Joomla, and so takes advantage of Joomla's security functions. Usage It is very easy to install, you just use the Joomla! installer. The only thing that you need to remember is to set the from email address through the module parameters, otherwise...
GoogleBaseXML for Virtuemart
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GoogleBaseXML for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This Component generates a product data feed for your Virtuemart store. This feed can be uploaded to your Google Merchant centre account. The product listing generated by the component is in XML format, and can be manually uploaded, or submitted to Google Merchant Center for scheduled upload. Once uploaded to your Google Merchant centre account the feed can be used for Google Product Search, Goo...
Amazon Shopping Cart
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Amazon Shopping Cart

By Fiona Coulter
Affiliate Systems
This is a package of Joomla extensions that allows you to create a complete Amazon store on your Joomla website. Customers can :- browse Amazon products on your site, and search the Amazon database directly from your site. insert products into their cart directly on your site, modify the quantity, delete items, save them for later, all on your site They only need to leave your site when they...
Featured Items
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Featured Items

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Display
A module extension that displays a short excerpt from articles in a selected category, with link and optional thumbnail image. You can choose the number of characters displayed, the section and category to be displayed, and whether to display thumbnail using the module parameters. You can specify individual articles, as well as categories and sections. You can set the thumbnail size, also the a...
News Tab
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News Tab

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Display
Our newstab module allows you to display links to your Joomla news articles in a series of tabs, a format popular with many news websites. The tabs can be displayed in either horizontally across the top of the module, or vertically down the site of the module. You can have as many instances of the module on a page as you wish. A simple application of this module would be to display 'latest', 'po...
Jigsaw
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Jigsaw

By Fiona Coulter
Board & Table Games
This is a Flash puzzle game for the Joomla! content management system. This would be suitable for a site aimed at children - or for adults who like puzzles. The component displays images in a selected folder as a jigsaw puzzle. Additional user-created images can easily be added, and a different folder can be specified - it is possible to display multiple versions of the component using different i...
Featured Items Carousel
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Featured Items Carousel

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Display
A module extension that displays a short excerpt from articles in a selected category or section, or from a specified list of articles, with link and optional thumbnail image. The items are displayed as a carousel, either horizontal or vertical, with the scroller responding to either mouse click or mouse hover actions. Not only does it look really cool, it is a great space-saver. This highly ver...
Featured Items Slideshow
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Featured Items Slideshow

By Fiona Coulter
Slideshow
This module can display images from your Joomla! articles as a slideshow, with a caption taken from the text, and a link to the articles. The module can be used to create an easily editable slideshow by uploading images to a Joomla article, and setting this article as the source for the module. It can also have a variety of other uses, including creating a front page slideshow, with each main i...
Featured Products Grid for Virtuemart
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Featured Products Grid for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This is an alternative to the Virtuemart featured products module. It can be used to show featured products, top ten products, recent products, and random products from some or all categories. It has two views, a grid view and a list view: the list view can be used to show product information. The module is particularly useful when you want to display additional images for your products, as thes...
Articles Count
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Articles Count

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Display
The articles count module (as the name suggests), counts the articles in your Joomla categories, and displays them in a list with a link to the category. There are a variety of options available, including which categories to display, and whether to display empty categories. The categories can be displayed either as a simple list or a collapsible tree. Since version 3, as well as displaying the c...
HTML5 Product Slideshow for Virtuemart
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HTML5 Product Slideshow for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This versatile module can display images for your Virtuemart products in an attractive HTML5 slideshow. The module features a variety of transition effects: Grid, Bars, Blinds, Scale, Scale Rotate, Fade, Translate, Grow, Grayscale, Inverse, Pixelate, Threshold, Lower Threshold and Dissolve and Smear. Features * You can choose the number of products, plus from a variety of orderings, top sales, mo...
Product Snapshot Pro for Virtuemart
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Product Snapshot Pro for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This Joomla content plugin allows you to embed your Virtuemart product information in a Joomla article. This is the 'Pro' version of the plugin, with extra layouts, the ability to display additional images for the product, and a more sophisticated add to cart button. The button includes quantity controls and includes custom cart fields such as a product variant select box. The pro version support...
Email Hider
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Email Hider

By Fiona Coulter
Site Security
A problem with the Joomla content component is that it provides an easy way for spammers to get hold of your author emails using your articles feed. One way to stop that is to change the site configuration to use the site email instead, but this is not always a good solution, because you may want to use your site email address to do things like actually contact people, and don't want to get a lot...
Spiral Image Zoomer for Virtuemart
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Spiral Image Zoomer for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This custom plugin allows you to add a nice image zoomer to your Virtuemart product page. It displays a medium sized image, when the customer hovers over the image a magnified version of the image is displayed in a floating window, allowing the customer to inspect product details. It is possible to include multiple images in the zoomer, which are selectable by clicking a thumbnail image. For examp...
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Spiral Unpaid Download for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
This custom field plugin for Joomla and Virtuemart allows you to add a free download link to your product page. For example if you want your customers to be able to download a free pdf manual for your product you can use this plugin to attach a download button to the page. The plugin can track the number of downloads made. It has some useful additional options. Optionally you can require that th...
Articles Count for K2
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Articles Count for K2

By Fiona Coulter
K2 extensions
The articles count module (as the name suggests), counts the number of articles in your K2 categories, and displays the numbers in a list with a link to the category. There are a variety of options available, including which categories to display, and whether to display empty categories. The categories can be displayed either as a simple list or a collapsible tree. The tree shows the category str...
GProduct Review Feed for Virtuemart
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GProduct Review Feed for Virtuemart

By Fiona Coulter
VirtueMart extensions
Creates an XML feed of your Virtuemart product reviews suitable for submission to Google Shopping, as described by Google here: https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/6171899?hl=en-GB You can easily create a full feed in a few minutes. If your store has a large number of reviews the extension makes it a simple matter to create an incremental feed. You can also mark a review as spam, or delet...
Gatekeeper
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Gatekeeper

By Fiona Coulter
Site Access
This plugin allows you to restrict selected pages on your site from view. Until the user enters a code or codes of your choice, they see the page covered by a modal backdrop. What this plugin does is to provide an easy way to steer users away from content that is not relevant to them, by restricting the page view from casually prying eyes. Note that this is not a way to secure the pages, for tha...
Tags Match
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Tags Match

By Fiona Coulter
Articles Display
This module for Joomla 3+ displays items selected by tag. It works with the Joomla Core Tags component. The module options allow you to select that tags that you want to match, and the module can display the items, with a link to the full item, plus an optional image with optional item text. There are several configurable options, including whether a complete or partial match is required, the cont...
AmazonWS Light
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AmazonWS Light

By Fiona Coulter
Affiliate Systems
This content plugin allows you to embed product information and reviews and links from the Amazon Product Advertising API into your Joomla articles. A simple short-code allows you to easily insert Amazon products directly into your Joomla articles, or into any other extension articles that support Joomla content plugins: this includes Easy Blog and K2. This is the free version of the plugin, and...