2.1.1 Released

Version 2.1.1 of the component and modules have been released; an upgrade is also available for 2.1.0 users.

Notable changes:

  • Works with PHP 4.
  • Reviews now have a name field. This will be used in the page title and as the displayed text in the top and latest modules.

If you are upgrading from 2.0.7 you will need to perform the database upgrade from patch 2.0.7 to 2.1.0 first, then you can apply the full 2.1.0 to 2.1.1 patch (file and database).
If you are upgrading make sure you backup your files and database first. Once upgraded make sure your review created dates are correct and check that each review has a sensible name (new field).

Full list of changes:

  • Added ‘Name’ to review which will be used in the page’s title and by the top modules.
  • Added strings to languages files Review_Module.php (FormName, FormNameTip).
  • Added new CSS classes to the review rating boxes.
  • Added a default timestamp to the review dates as in somecases without it ‘on update CURRENT_TIMESTAMP’ was being applied.
  • Changed category name and description to be a database text field rather than varchar(255).
  • Changed review image URLs to be a database text field rather than varchar(255).
  • Fixed the comment email link.
  • Fixed issues with PHP 4.
  • Fixed superfluous spaces in review character filter.
  • Fixed Tag table not being deleted.
  • Fixed Admin Pagination.
  • Fixed Comment form float clearing.
  • Fixed review form text inputs being too small.
  • Fixed review title quote escaping while editing .
  • Removed Category configuaration options (now done via templates in ‘www\administrator\components\com_simple_review\admin\addons\modules\Category_Module\templates\Front\’):
    • Show Title 1
    • Show Title 2
    • Show Title 3
    • Show Rating
    • Show Reviewer
    • Show Date
    • Title 2 is External Url
    • Title 3 is External Url
    • Title 2 is Review Link
    • Title 3 is Review Link

Upgrade 2.0.7 to 2.1.0 Available

Joomla 1.5 only. Joomla 1.0 is no longer supported.

The upgrade was released last week but since the site was down I have been unable to post about it here … until now.
You can download it here, but there are important and possibly breaking changes so continue reading on before attempting an upgrade.

-=Important Notes=-

  1. Backup your Joomla site and Database (important!)
  2. The old links to your Simple Review categories and reviews will NO LONGER be valid.

Instead a page will be displayed informing visitors of the new link.
You can change it to automatically redirect users by editing the file:
and changing line 87 to:

if(SimpleReviewController::_displayLegacy($addonManager, true))

However if you make this change and in your Joomla settings Search Engine Friendly URLs is turned off the Urls may become escpaed e.g. & turns into &

Example old URLs (with Search Engine Friendly URLs turned off) :


Will change to:


If you have Search Engine Friendly URLs turned on they will change to:


The URL redirection assumes that you are using the default URL configuration i.e.:


If you are comfortable with editing your .htacess file and I would recommend doing a 301 redirect via mod_rewrite instead:

-=Upgrade Steps=-

  1. Backup your Joomla site and Database (important!)
  2. Run the following SQL script to update your database database\upgrade_2.0.7-2.1.0.sql.txt
  3. On your Joomla site delete the CONTENTS of www\administrator\components\com_simple_review
    and replace it with files\admin
  4. On your Joomla site delete the CONTENTS of www\components\com_simple_review
    and replace it with files\frontend
  5. Any questions/problems please post at http://simple-review.com/forum

Back Online

The site’s server encountered a serious hardware problem and is now back after being down for four days. Unfortunately it has only been restored back to the 15th of November, so any posts in the forum since then will have been lost, sorry 🙂


Version 2.1.0 of the Simple Review component and modules has been released. There have been numerous fixes and small features added (most of which have been covered in beta releases), of course the main point is that it now runs natively on Joomla 1.5. I have included a German translation in the main release (look out for translation instructions soon).
If you find any problems please post them in the forum.
Download here.

An upgrade path for existing users will be made available in the next few days.

Release Soon

Version 2.1 will be out very soon. I have decided that shipping was a feature I needed, so I have decided to get the Joomla 1.5 version out ASAP as it is long overdue. This of course means some new features that I really wanted will have to be dropped. As soon as I tidy up the category listing code (it has nearly halved) and do some serious testing I will release it.

In other news I also now have an amazon wish list, some items are helpful to the development of Simple Review … some not so helpful.