Profile: Michael Russell

75

Best way to remove the Joomla meta generator name without editing your template


Posted on 06 July 2018
100
Functionality
Does exactly what it's supposed to do. The Joomla meta generator tag acts like a spam magnet. This plugin fixes those concerns.
100
Ease of use
Dead simple. One button click (enable the plugin) and all done
100
Support
V 1.12 addresses PHP 7 support. Thanks.
-1
Value for money
37

Best of the free comment extensions


Posted on 20 June 2018
90
Functionality
OK out-of-the-box. Hasn't been maintained for a while but see https://github.com/exstreme/Jcomments-Recaptcha2 for reCAPTCHA
95
Ease of use
Needs no in-depth manual to use. Best idea is to experiment with the different settings to suit your needs
1
Support
Non-existent AFAIK
1
Documentation
Not needed
-1
Value for money
I used this to: User to comment on articles. This is, in my opinion, an equally-good alternative to the pricey alternatives (CComment, Komento) and less-clumsy to use than Kunena Discuss. Most important need is to approve comments before they're published to prevent spam.
78

Simple (as the name says) but versatile!


Posted on 28 January 2018
95
Functionality
Pretty much works out-of-the-box; some slight problems if the text is long/wide—may be resolvable with further experimentation—but all good.
100
Ease of use
Dead easy! Got questions? Read the documentation!
100
Support
Although the free version displays the author's name, I paid $5—that's *nothing* right?—and received the commercial version within 12 hours.
95
Documentation
A 17-page user's manual for this "simple" plugin! Comprehensively addresses the extension's features with examples on how it may be used.
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Sometimes you need to *motivate* people who visit your website to actually *do* something! This plugin (even with standard Joomla) provides a way to get that message across. It's simple, not too intrusive (depending on the message(s) you're conveying). I recommend it. Thanks!
73

Perfect solution: exposes the inadequacy of CAPTCH to combat spam registrations


Posted on 07 August 2017
100
Functionality
No problems at all. Stops automated self-registrations stone-cold dead in their tracks!
99
Ease of use
Nearly perfect. Some spelling errors in the tool-tip text that can be corrected by modifying the .INI languages files
95
Documentation
Information here at the JED was more than sufficient
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Medium-size website (with forum) that was attracting sustained attacks by automated scriptbots that circumvented standard Joomla self-registration security features, *including* the use of Google reCAPTCHA. Shows how inadequate CAPTCHA methods are! Magic in its simplicity.
69

Yes! It works


Posted on 09 July 2017
100
Functionality
A popup (modal or non-modal) that can be targeted to any webpage or user group! Does what it claims to do.
100
Ease of use
Simple. Worked first time, straight out of the box.
75
Documentation
Adequate for most first time users. Targeting Joomla user groups requires a little knowledge about setting up viewing rights, that's all.
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Evaluation purposes. This is as good (for a free product) as I've seen anywhere else and better than most that I've evaluated.
Owner's reply: Thanks for feedback. Feel free to use support forum for any problem.
46

Not bad, out-of-the-box but it has a couple of minor styling issues


Posted on 08 July 2017
90
Functionality
This actually does what it's supposed to do (deliver a pop-up/splash over a website) for specific menu items or targeted user groups.
90
Ease of use
Just needed to tweak the "viewing levels" to allow it to interface with some custom user groups, but it worked pretty well.
1
Support
None required at this stage; I was evaluating the product for testing purposes. Unable to comment further.
50
Documentation
Adequate for most purposes. As mentioned, there was a need to modify the Joomla viewing levels but, after this was done, it worked.
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Evaluation purposes. I discovered, however, that the plugin affected the CSS styling of the website and caused the font-family to "revert" to Times New Roman; this isn't a particularly good look. For a version "0.x" development, the extension shows good potential. Thanks.
65

Lightweight, easy, does what it needs to do


Posted on 10 December 2016
100
Functionality
Provides excellent, lightweight obfuscation of the Joomla administration/backend with a simple "on/off" setting
95
Ease of use
A couple of the settings are described somewhat curiously but it should not take more than 30 seconds to install and configure this to run
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Obfuscate Joomla backend from potential hackers and web-bandits
72

A must-have extension for magazine-like sites


Posted on 28 August 2016
100
Functionality
More features that most people would use in a lifetime. Integrates seamlessly with Gravatar and Joomla profile (makes it easy to maintain)
90
Ease of use
Better to use latest method to exclude categories but the current method is acceptable. "Other articles by author" feature is broken.
100
Documentation
Excellent
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Adding biographies and images about authors who have contributed material to a magazine-style website. Used in my own blogging, too. Saved me the effort of writing my own plugin because this does what I want and it *probably* does it better.
63

One of the nicest ways to dress-up a blog site


Posted on 15 May 2016
90
Functionality
Only drawback is that the date displayed is the Joomla article creation date **adjusted** by the timezone difference. Otherwise, it's great.
100
Ease of use
Fairly straightforward and, with a little extra help with CSS tweaking, easily adaptable to one's website theme
-1
Value for money
I used this to: Website blogging; highlighting the date when articles were published.
Owner's reply: Thank you for the review, I really appreciate it!

The issue with date time differences usually comes from having a php server at one time zone and the Joomla site at another one.
PHP timezones are set in the PHP.ini file. I have thought about adding an offset field to overcome that issue in the past but I did not because, although it would fix the display issues, it does not change the fact that the overall site configuration is not quite right and I do believe it is better to fix the root of the problem rather than patching it.

Nevertheless, after reading your review, I may decide to add that offset parameter in the future (in the spirit of making it more user firendly) alongside a warning that will explain just what I just tried to convey here.

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75

Best way to remove the Joomla meta generator name without editing your template


Posted on 06 May 2016
100
Functionality
Does exactly what it is supposed to. Although it's nice to promote Joomla on our websites, the generator name acts like a spam magnet,
100
Ease of use
All done in one click (after you install and enable the plugin).
100
Support
V 1.12 supports PHP 7.
-1
Value for money
Akeeba Backup
Free

Akeeba Backup

By Akeeba Ltd
Site Security
Akeeba Backup Core is the most widely used open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server, making it ideal not only for backups but also for site transfers or even deploying sites to your clients' servers. Akeeba Backup creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all t...
AIB - Author Info Box
Free

AIB - Author Info Box

By Viktor Vogel
Content infos
AIB displays important information about the author above or underneath the article in an author info box! The plugin shows the following information: name, image (avatar), website, email address and description (about me). The author information are optional and can be activated in all possible variations. They are obtained from several sources: the name and e-mail address from the normal user p...
Free

Krizalys Breadcrumbs

By Krizalys
Site Navigation
Krizalys Breadcrumbs is a module for Joomla! that provides the same breadcrumbs functionality as the built-in Breadcrumbs module, and additionally makes use of rich snippets. This helps search engines such as Google to better understand the structure of your website and leads in better SEO. Using this module will allow conforming search engines to offer comprehensive breadcrumbs of your pages dir...
Pre Registration Email Validation
Free

Pre Registration Email Validation

By Function90
Site Security
Pre-Registration Email Validation plugin allows your users to validate their email id before registration. It will reduce the SPAM at your site and also reduce the possibility in typo in email address. You don't have to perform more than two step, just install and enable the plugin. How it works :- An extra button and text field will be shown for sending and entering validation code. User need...
Ogplus for Joomla
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Ogplus for Joomla

By Michael Russell
SEO & Metadata
Ogplus for Joomla provides a convenient one-stop-shop way to add Open Graph, Twitter Card and Google+ metadata to your Joomla articles. Language English (en-GB) but it is not difficult to translate the output into any other language Acknowledgement: This extension is a fork of Phoca Open Graph Content Plugin....
Footnotes
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Footnotes

By Michael Russell
Content Construction
This plugin implements basic footnote and endnote functionality for Joomla! articles. It takes footnotes marked within the article text and converts them into HTML anchors. Simply place the following marker in the text where a footnote is desired: {footnote}Put your footnote text here.{/footnote} The plugin will automatically replace each reference with a sequentially numbered footnote marker (...
Ogplus for Joomla
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Ogplus for Joomla

By Michael Russell
SEO & Metadata
Ogplus for Joomla provides a convenient one-stop-shop way to add Open Graph, Twitter Card and Google+ metadata to your Joomla articles. Language English (en-GB) but it is not difficult to translate the output into any other language Acknowledgement: This extension is a fork of Phoca Open Graph Content Plugin....
Footnotes
Paid download

Footnotes

By Michael Russell
Content Construction
This plugin implements basic footnote and endnote functionality for Joomla! articles. It takes footnotes marked within the article text and converts them into HTML anchors. Simply place the following marker in the text where a footnote is desired: {footnote}Put your footnote text here.{/footnote} The plugin will automatically replace each reference with a sequentially numbered footnote marker (...
Top Posters for Kunena
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Top Posters for Kunena

By Michael Russell
Kunena extensions
The module displays a list of the top posters in a Kunena® forum. Features: The ability to restrict the list to the last n months or x days. List the top 10 posters (by default) or list fewer or more as you decide. Language: English (en-GB) but it is not difficult to translate the language strings into any other language that may be desired Requirements: Kunena 3.0, 4.0, 5.x...
Top Topics for Kunena
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Top Topics for Kunena

By Michael Russell
Kunena extensions
The module displays a list of topics in a Kunena® forum that (a) have been viewed the most number of times, or (b) that have the most posts/replies. Features: Select topics updated within the last n months or x days. Select topics that have been viewed the highest number of times (i.e. most hits) or have the highest number of replies (i.e. most posts) List the top 10 topics (by default) or li...
Pop-Art Tags for Joomla
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Pop-Art Tags for Joomla

By Michael Russell
Content infos
Do you run a blog site or a site with lots of articles? Would you like to attract your visitors to content that has been recently added/modified or the most "popular" content? With this simple plugin you can add additional tags to your Joomla articles: "new"/"updated", "hot" topics, "popular" topics, featured, archived, etc. Unlike similar plugins, this extension has accessibility in mind: th...
Donut Score
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Donut Score

By Michael Russell
Miscellaneous
Visualise numerical data (e.g. percentage results) with a simple Javascript-driven donut chart. Install the module, create an instance (or multiple instances of it), assign it to a module position and a menu page (or pages) and see the results. Features: Default settings allow you to use it straight out of the box Customise with your own numerical value (between 0-100) Optionally add a % sign...
Barcode UID
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Barcode UID

By Michael Russell
Contact Details
This small module generates a barcode in Code 128 format containing the user ID of the currently logged-in user. The barcode contains the value UID:n (where n is the numeric ID of the logged-in user). The module can also display the human-readable translation of the barcode as well as the text value of the logged-in user's account; these settings can be changed if they do not suit your purposes....
Cleaner for Kunena
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Cleaner for Kunena

By Michael Russell
Kunena extensions
The plugin removes the "Powered by Kunena" backlink (and credits page) that appears at the foot of a Kunena® forum . Features: When the plugin is enabled (and the credits are disabled), attempts to view the credits page will result in a "404 (page not found)" error Backlinks are completely removed: search engine crawlers will not discover links from your site to the Kunena website! Improves si...
JAdmin Favicon
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JAdmin Favicon

By Michael Russell
Administration
Are you tired of replacing the favicon in your Joomla administration site(s)? This plugin solves that problem by allowing you to set your own favicon that will not be replaced. Language English (en-GB) but it is not difficult to translate the output into any other language...
Add Stylesheet
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Add Stylesheet

By Michael Russell
Templating
If you can use a text editor and can copy files from your personal computer to your website then you can use this plugin. Most modern templates for Joomla allow the site owner to upload their own customised CSS file, a file that is automatically detected and used by the site template. The standard Joomla site template (e.g. Protostar) allows this. For those templates that do not provide a mecha...