Profile: theGrindLab


Nice component. Great support!

Posted on 12 September 2017
Does everything advertised, with a simple UI that anyone can understand.
Ease of use
See above. The UI is simple and straight to the point. I have tried other extensions that require far too many steps.
Awesome! For me, the did custom work on request (at no charge) and they resolved an issue that my server host should have fixed.
Value for money
Very much worth the fee, especially with the level of support you'll get.
I used this to: Music sharing for use in videos/films.

Very useful extension with great support from developer

Posted on 25 July 2015
Some functions (like what the maps display) aren't working for us but the most important features are rock solid.
Ease of use
Use of this extension is pretty straight-forward.
The few issues we have run into were resolved (usually within a couple hours) by the developer.
Value for money
Most definitely worth the investment.
I used this to: We use this component to log our skating routes. Nothing else we looked at worked as well.

Almost great

Posted on 20 April 2013
This plugin works wonderfully with one exception I found. Though I had jquery disabled in the plugin's options, this plugin causes issues with Jomsocial's Mini Calendar on the event creation page. User unable to select event date (not calendar popup) as long as external links plugin is enabled.
Owner's reply: Hi theGrindLab,

Can you tell me which version of Jomsocial you are using ? as we just checked and did not find any such issue with our plugin.


Simple and Clean. Does what it says

Posted on 16 October 2012
I was previously using Flexicontent for front-end article management by my Joomla members but for some reason I cannot recall (as I was very happy with Flexicontent) I found it necessary to come up with another solution. That solution was Form2Content LITE. The layout is simple and clean, pretty straight forward to accomplish the task. This review in no way takes away from Flexicontent (It's still a great extension). I just prefer Form2Content LITE. They are both free so I would advise anyone to give them a try.

Actually amazed they sell it for this price

Posted on 05 October 2012
First off, I have tried the two other group deals components currently available for Joomla and they don't even begin to compare to CMGroupBuying. They cost more (one of them costs MUCH more) and they do far less. Additionally, the other two components are full of bugs that the developers either refuse to or do not have the skills to rectify.

With that said, I give CMGroupBuying 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, 5 mics, whatever the highest ranking available on your scale of choice. It is quite feature rich and the developer releases a new version (with new features and fixes for any issues reported by license holders) every month.

Yes, paying for a new license every month can get a bit expensive but if you only need/want the features of the current version then you'll never need an upgrade/update. Of course, you can also pay for a license to a longer license (or even a lifetime license).

As for bugs, I only have found one. I had an issue with CMGroupBuying and Jomsocial but the developer responded to my support ticket within an hour, pointing me to the forums where the fix had already been posted.

I also happened to run into two other issues but both were a result of issues on my end. Still, the developer explained the cause of the issues and provided the solution to each.

I recommend this extension 110% to anyone wishing to run a group deals site. Keep in mind this won't give you a "groupon clone" but for the most part, you should be happy with your purchase.

Member article/blog submission from one component = GREAT!

Posted on 25 August 2012
I've been looking an easy way to do two things:

1. Allow my site members to submit content for news sections I specify while enabling me to control what is published.

2. Allow my site members full control to post, edit and publish blog posts in categories I specify while enabling me to display those posts in a nice, clean, customizable layout.

I have found a few great blog components but was not satisfied with what is available for member content submission.

FLEXIcontent solved BOTH my issues! It's intuitive, powerful and, though it is well worth a license fee, it's absolutely FREE.

*Hint: When adding a menu item for item submission be sure to choose the categories to which the member group has permission (set in FLEXIcontent global config or category config) to post. Also, it is wise (if not necessary) to set a default posting category for this menu item. I neglected to to this at first, which resulted in my members being forwarded to a menu item that was set as default for anyone without permission to post. (This will all make sense after you have installed the component.)

I would recommend FLEXIcontent to anyone who wants to allow member/team article submission and/or member blogs.

5 Star extension. Perhaps not so on the support side.

Posted on 13 August 2012
Personally, when I still had an active license (and when the Jomsocial forums were still up) I got the majority of my help from other end users. This is not to say that the developers were not around to help, however getting support from them was quite a bit slower than getting help from other paying customers who had the same issues as I did with my own site. But, this was when the forums were still live. Since the forums were taken down the support from the Jomsocial community is not as strong, mainly because the structure of the new community doesn't allow for as much (as as easy) interaction between users. Keep that in mind before you purchase a license.

With that said, aside from (typically) minor annoyances the bugs in Jomsocial are minimal. There have been occasions when the issues were a bit more significant but mostly the software is pretty solid.

Feature wise, the Jomsocial team has gone all out in meeting the needs of a Joomla-based social community. No, you won't be able to launch the next Facebook with JS, however you you shouldn't expect to match FB with a component that costs less than a couple hundred dollars.

Aside from the minor support issue, I still recommend Jomsocial to anyone who wishes to launch a social network. The software is worth 5 stars but if you are unfortunate enough to run into issues you may understand why I rated it with just 4.

5 Stars and only getting better

Posted on 13 August 2012
Sincerely, I don't really know where to begin with how great this extension is and how useful it is for my site. I run an online independent art and talent community and the foundation of it is split about 50/50 between Music Collection and Jomsocial. Music Collection provides a simple, very easily modified means of promoting and distributing music created by our artists. Germi, the developer is responsive in the forums (and via email) any time a customer (like myself) runs into an issue, even when creating custom modifications. The one thing the component lacks is "native" commercial (to sell music) capabilities however, all songs/albums can be easily linked to purchase pages from within the component. I, however, am working on adding music sell options directly to Music Collection and the structure of the extension make that quite possible. I would recommend this software 100% to anyone wishing to run a Joomla-based music portal.

Nice, solid component with fast, effective support

Posted on 07 August 2012
I had tried every other crowdfunding and donations extension available for Joomla and nothing else fit my needs. Fortunately, I stumbled across ZD Donation last week. Honestly, the low price had me suspicious that the component would lack features I wanted but I took the plunge anyway. I am very pleased that I did! Everything installs smoothly and configuration is simple. I did have one issue with "campaign" creation but a quick email to the developer and the issue was fixed within about 10 minutes. The issue was a bug with Jomsocial integration. All has been resolved and I can not launch my crowdfunding site. This component is definitely worth a look.

Easily in my top 5!

Posted on 07 July 2012
The social site I have built uses a long list of components and DMS is one of the most useful and stable. The extension is flexible and powerful and even the custom work (the developer did for my site) is clean and solid. DMS has enabled me to turn social networking into profit for myself as well as members of my site.
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