2.0.7 Released

Version 2.0.7 of the Simple Review component has been released. An upgrade for 2.0.6 users is also out.

  • Fixed Category bypass, now implemented
  • Fixed paging for Joomla 1.5 review listing – has know issue with paging and review first letter filter.
  • Fixed strange characters appearing at bottom of component.
  • Fixed some undefined variable errors.
  • Fixed missing text ‘You may only rate an item once.’ when adding multiple comments
  • Fixed _SRL_COMMENT_NO_COMMENTS appearing instead of actual value.
  • Fixed newline character in title breaking everything.
  • Fixed incorrect category and subcategory listing/order.
  • Fixed changing a reviews category.
  • Fixed missing JavaScript files in backend.
  • Added tooltips on fields in backend (e.g. configuration).
  • Added Category option ‘Limit Top N to Current Category’.
  • Added Category option ‘Number of displayed Categories’.
  • Added Category option ‘Number of displayed Reviews’.
  • Added option in configuration to not have title 2 and 3 as links to the review in the review listing page.
  • Added Pager for top level categories.
  • Language files Changes:
    Category_Module and Comment_Module.

Note that language files have a few new strings so current translations will not work.

Next release will be 2.1 and will a native Joomla 1.5 Component.

2.0.6 Released

UPDATE: the new setting to skip the category listing if there is only one category has been removed from the release notes, you will see it in the configuration but it will not do anything. The workaround is to link directly to the category.

Simple Review version 2.0.6 has been released.
Changes include:

  • Only plugins which can be used with the module will be shown in the configuration.
  • New category config setting to skip category listing if there is only one category.
  • Two additions to category module language file.
  • New setting to limit the length of a comment.
  • Three additions to category module language file.
  • Two additions to review module language file.
  • Review page title now has spaces separating titles.
  • When editing a review you can now change the published status on the same form.
  • Simple Tag {sr_catName} now works.
  • Comment JavaScript issues resolved.
  • Some general code house keeping.

You can download the full release and the upgrade from the project home page.

As for what’s next? Well the next release will focus on running natively on Joomla 1.5, and once that’s done then some nice new long promised features can be added.

2.0.5 Released

Update:I have updated the downloadable zip file as there were a few extra files in it which were causing problems for Joomla 1.5.

Version 2.0.5 has been released. The release contains a few bug fixes as well as some new presentation features.

  • Fixes bug with nested selects on review listing.
  • Fixes incorrect Top N sort order.
  • Adds a First letter filter for reviews on category page.
  • Adds the option for a default sort field for reviews on category page.
  • Adds a new (nicer) horizontal Top N listing.

The first letter filter lets you only show reviews starting with say ‘M’. The new horizontal Top N layout is a lot nicer that the vertical one and takes up a lot less real estate. As usual you can see the changes in full effect at sardless.com.

You can download it from the Project Home Page. An upgrade for 2.0.4 users will be available soon as well as the fixed search bot.

The bad news…
I really wanted to get user reviews in, I know I have been promising this ever since it was taken out of the original 2.0 release; but unfortunately this will not be available for quite some time. I am relocating overseas and it will be at least a month before I get set back up and can continue with development. If any developers out there want to attempt it then feel free to contact me about it.

2.0.4 Component and Modules

Version 2.0.4 of the Component and Modules (top and latest reviews) has been released. There is also an upgrade for users.


  • Review listing on category now has an alternating css class
  • You can now have a max rating of > 5 for star ratings
  • Improvements for Latest and Top modules (css suffix and class)

To upgrade the component unzip the patch and follow the instructions in README.txt. To upgrade the modules uninstall the old ones and then install the new ones.
IMPORTANT: You must use version 2.0.4 of the modules with version 2.0.4 of the component.

Simple Review 2.0.3 released

Simple Review 2.0.3 is out.
New feature: Star Ratings. A review can now be rated out of 5 stars. Star icons will be shown in the category listing and on the review page. Comments do not yet use this.

There are also some fixes – important for Joomla 1.5 users:

  • Missing avatar for comments now fixed.
  • Date now shown in review listing.
  • Table type is now specified in install file, this will fix full-text index errors.
  • Menus in the admin end (1.5).
  • Quotes are now correctly escaped for reviews and templates (1.5).
  • Incorrect locking capability checking now fixed.

An upgrade will be available within a week.

Simple Review 2.0.2 released + new search bot

Version 2.0.2 of the Simple Review Component has been released.
New features:

  • Now compatible with Joomla! 1.5 in legacy mode (there are some known minor known issues in Joomla 1.5 such as text and breadcrumbs missing) .
  • Emails now sent after comment submission
  • The pager now works for review listings
  • New logo by pEdRomAU @ BAD THISeyeNZ

The search bot has been released. It will only work with version 2.0.2 of the Simple Review Component.

An update will be available within the next few days for 2.0.1 users.