Profile: Carol Mattsson


Trombinoscope Contacts

Difficult to set up but there's nothing else

Posted on 04 January 2017
Functionality

It works but I had difficulty figuring out how to use it. I could find nothing else like it though, so it did eventually meet my needs.

Ease of use

I had to categorize all my contacts in order to convert them to display with Trombinoscope contacts. That broke my regular contacts display

Support

I did not contact spt.

If I could display contacts by tag or keyword instead of category, then I could have kept my regular contact display

Documentation

Good documentation within the module setup: hover over a field name to see a tooltip about what it's for and tips on setting values.

I used this to: I wanted to manage my website's ~30 contacts in only one place, but display then in two places. I gave up the regular contacts display and display them now using Trombinoscope contacts.

I used CSS to get a responsive multi-column contacts display.
Owner's reply: Thanks for the review, I appreciate it. Note sure I understand your statement: "I had to categorize all my contacts in order to convert them to display with Trombinoscope contacts. That broke my regular contacts display." Sounds to me you had configuration issues, in which case asking for support could have helped you through that struggle.

OSMap

Works well, does what it says

Posted on 23 September 2016
Functionality

Makes an XML site map automatically. Keeps site map up to date with the menu you specify, so you submit site map to Google only once.

Ease of use

Installs like a normal Joomla extension. Notices throughout give hints on how to use, like how to set priority and frequency for links.

Support

I've not contacted tech support so I can't rate support.

Documentation

I did not read the current documentation, as I've used OSMap before and it's intuitive.. Description at JED seems accurate.

I used this to: I use OSMap to create an XML site map to submit to each website's Google Search Console. I've used xmap in the past to create an HTML site map for the website.

Breezing Forms Pro

Fully Featured, Great Support

Posted on 03 May 2016
Functionality

Equal capabilities and quality to RSForms Pro.

Ease of use

Sometimes requires a little hunting around for some of the settings, but forms ARE a complex extension.

Support

Marcus will even give support from the pre-sales question form on the Breezing Forms home page

Documentation

Lots of examples showing custom scripting solutions to various scenarios. I wish the documentation was easier to find without logging in.

Value for money

Excellent, both for the 6mo to 1yr subscription to the lifetime subscription.

I used this to: Four-page rental application form with attachments
Make-an-appointment form with a little custom scripting
Simple form to report a maintenance issue
Employment application form with about a dozen questions

jSecure Lite

Easy to set up, well documented

Posted on 19 April 2014

This is an easy to set up extension that does just what it says. Thank you! Thank you for the good documentation too: I forgot to hit "save" after setting my keyword then logged out to test my new administrator login URL and it didn't work. Luckily the jSecureLite help page at another website at which I'd already installed jSecureLite, told me how to log in.


JComments

Easy to configure and fully featured

Posted on 28 December 2010

I installed JComments at a Joomla 1.5.21 website.



I was pleased that the configuration page showed up right after install.



I like having each configuration option briefly explained right on the form.



This is the first commenting tool I've installed. At my client's website, there is a page for each of four books, and we want visitors to be able to comment on each book. JComments seems to have everything I need. The main feature I wanted was for the website owner to be able to moderate the comments, and that seems to be really easy, especially with the moderation links right in the notification emails.



I also like the ability to set permissions by user role.



I'm an intermediate Joomla web developer.



We decided to let unregistered users comment. If we had wanted to restrict comments to only registered users, JComments would have let me set up that too.


BIGSHOT Google Analytics

Convenient time-saver

Posted on 14 October 2010

I've installed Bigshot Google Analytics at a few Joomla websites now and it has worked well every time: easy to install and then configure in the plugins manager. Just fill in the account ID found in the tracking code snippet Google provides you from your Google Analytics account.



It would be interesting to know why Bigshot Google Analytics still properly sends tracking information to your GA account even though the code snippet in GA is different than the code inserted by Bigshot.


JCE

Thanks for a great Joomla content editor

Posted on 11 March 2010

A couple of years ago I needed an editor that website owners could use that wouldn't unformat the hand-coded HTML in my articles. I tried another Joomla editor but that turned out to insert extra characters in my links. Finally I tried out the JCE editor because it was popular at extensions.joomla.org and it was just right.



I actually need to learn to use JCE myself, because other Joomla developers tell me JCE is their favorite Joomla editor and it saves them time compared to hand-coding HTML.



Thanks to the JCE developers for providing this editor and keeping it up to date with Joomla.


Xmap

Installed easily, looks good, useful options

Posted on 19 October 2009

Installed without a hitch on my Joomla 1.5.14 site. I chose to link to the HTML format of the site map from a link in my website's footer. I chose to turn off the menu names in the site map display, excluded one page from the site map, and turned off developer credit link, thanks for those options.



Thanks to the other reviewers for explaining how to find the options/preferences menu that contains links to the site map URL's. I was pretty lost until I read those notes.


ARK Editor

Love the HTML formatting

Posted on 28 May 2008

I find the JoomlaFCK editor to be as good as the capable TinyMCE default editor that comes with Joomla 1.5 AND it reformats the HTML source after some other editor has "munged" the source by taking out all the white space. That reformatting is the main reason I really like the JoomlaFCK editor, but I also like its image upload feature.



I installed JoomlaFCK 2.5.1.2 on a Joomla 1.5.0 installation, and JoomlaFCK 2.5.15 on a Joomla 1.0.13 installation. It seems to work fine in both cases, though I tried out just a few features, mainly editing HTML source and images.

Owner's reply: Hi mattsson, did you know that the 2.6x series is the ‘only Joomla! editor’ that offers control over the ‘Auto format’ tool and therefore perfect for those advance-users. It can NOW be switched OFF and ON, either globally in the plug-in or on editor’s tool-bar, or on the fly by right clicking the mouse in the content area. Thanks for your encouragement! d:0)
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