Search Plugin Released

A native version of the search plugin is now available.
Please remember to enable it else it will not work.
It only works with Simple Review 2.1.2 and higher.

2.1.2 Unreleased

I have temporarily unreleased version 2.1.2 due to a bug where you cannot add new titles to a category.
In the meantime you can apply the fix yourself.
Directory: www\administrator\components\com_simple_review\addons\

File: CategoryForm.php
Line: 89
(insert a new line after
var tm = new CategoryTitleManager("tm", "title", "", 20, tmLang);)

Add the following:

tm.AddTitle('', tm.GetNextNumberedTitleName('Title'), 0, 'Text', 0);

2.1.2 Released

Version 2.1.2 has been released. There is also an upgrade available for 2.1.1 users, please read the instructions carefully before upgrading – especially the part about adding missing names to your reviews (for pre 2.1.1 users). There are a few new features but it is mostly a bug fix and clean-up release. Special thanks to forum user NRyan115 for his assistance.

Full list of changes:

  • Added a new tag {sr_name} to display the name of the review.
  • Added pathway/breadcrumbs.
  • Added new language strings:

    • FormTemplateCategory
    • FormTemplateCategoryTip
    • Error404Title
    • Error404Description


    • Error404Title
    • Error404Description


    • ConfigPluginFooter
    • ConfigPluginFooterTip
    • ConfigPluginHeader
    • ConfigPluginHeaderTip


    • TagReviewName
  • Added frontend 404 error pages to be displayed if a review or category is not found or not published.
  • Added a template for categories. This will be used when the user visits a category i.e. clicks your reviews menu item and sees the list
    of categories and their reviews.
    The templates are found in:
    To modify the template copy the ‘Default’ directory and give it a name e.g. ‘MyTemplate1′.
    Edit the HTML in MyTemplate1\Template.php (editing area is marked with START EDITING).
    Edit the CSS in MyTemplate1\Template.css
    Go to the Category administration page and change the ‘Category Template’ to your new template ‘MyTemplate1′.
  • Changed the HTML and CSS for the rating boxes – they will now be displayable horizontally (and inside P tags) rather than the forced vertically.
    To revert to vertical change the css in:

    to (from display:inline-block;):
    .scoreBox, .userScoreBox

    The new HTML looks like – note that the class names have changed and the divs have been replaced with spans.

    <span class="scoreBox">
    <span class="ratingHeadingContainer"><span class="ratingHeading">Rating</span></span><br/>
    <span class="ratingContainer"><span class="rating">0.0</span></span><br/>
    <span class="ratingTextContainer"><span class="ratingText">out of 5</span></span><br/>
    <span class="ratingFooterContainer"/>

  • Changed Administration Review listing to now use the review name instead of title 1, 2 and 3.
  • Changed and improved the plugin selection configuration.
  • Fixed a bug where if Joomla ‘Search Engine Friendly URLs’ was turned off a user will be redirected to the main page rather than the review after adding a comment.
  • Fixed a bug where you could not view a review if ‘ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY’ was turned on in MySQL.
  • Fixed star rating not being shown on category listing.
  • Fixed configuration options:


    • Sort options. Added “Review Name” as the default sort field.
    • Limit Top N to Current Category
    • Removed option ‘Show Review Count’ (edit via category template see here)
    • Removed option ‘Show Reviewer’ (edit via category template see here)
    • Removed option ‘Title 2 is Review Link’ (edit via category template see here)
    • Removed option ‘Title 3 is Review Link’ (edit via category template see here)
  • Moved:
  • Moved:


    The reason for moving into both Review and Category folders
    is incase you want smaller or different coloured star icons in the review listing (category page) or review page.

  • Removed file Category_Module.css and merged it into the Default template.
    If you have made changes to this file copy them into the template.
  • Removed directory:
    and merged the contents in:
  • Removed directory:
    File Simple_Review.css has been merged into the Default Review and Category template CSS files.


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.

Simple Review 2.1 Beta 2 Released

Beta 2 has quickly released to fix a bug in Beta 1.


  • Fixed configuration layout in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed error after saving configuration.
  • If a review has a type or Link or Rating it will be rendered as a link or star rating (if star ratings are on) when using {sr_title1},..,{sr_titleN}.

Known Issues:

  • The review titles are not rendered on the category page.
  • When Single Category Bypass is on ‘Top N’ do not get displayed.

Still Workin’ on it

Work on 2.1 is going well and hope to have a beta out early September and then a final out October.

I recently added a new tag call Page Name which should be used as the URL to the review (or category) instead of the review titles. I was previously restricting it to numbers, the English alphabet and hyphens, I have removed this limitation and you can now use items from the UTF character set. For example a link to your URL could now look like this: (sorry I cannot seem to get foreign e.g. Japanese characters to work in this post so use your imagination)

However the caveat is that since the URL gets encoded Internet Explorer (even version 8.0) will still show the encoded text in the status and URL bar, Firefox and Chrome however will (correctly) decode the URL and display it in its native language. For the previous reason and others such as people who can’t type in your language cannot manually enter the URL I would recommend sticking to the English alphabet.

At the moment I am thinking about dropping support for Joomla 1.0.X and Internet Explorer 6 … we shall see.

Simple Review 2.1 Alpha 2 Released

Simple Review 2.1 Alpha 2 has been released. You can download it from here, make sure you download


  • Languages have been cleaned up and moved into:
    Note that at the moment the language cannot be changed from en-GB, you are free to modify en-GB to test.
  • The category layout has been moved into a separate file:
    Note that at the moment the template cannot be changed from Default, you are free to modify Default to test.
  • Works on PHP 4
  • Created By and Last Modified By are now being saved (broken in Alpha 1)
  • {sr_categoryID} tag now works
  • Can now submit a comment with rating 0
  • Non-ASCII titles in URLs are now handled correctly i.e. non-ASCII character removed, temporary solution a new field will be added for the Url.
  • The administration review listing now has a category filter.
  • Provide alternating star image in review listing.

You can see a list of known issues here, please also post any new issues you may find.

Simple Review 2.1 Alpha 2

The second alpha for Simple Review 2.1 will be released shortly. The current version does not work on PHP 4 due to get_class() returning a value in lowercase, as opposed to PHP 5 returning the correctly cased value. The category HTML has been completely separated into a separate and simple file (view), so now almost anyone should be able to easily change the layout of the category pages. The languages have also started to be migrated into a new format in a central place. I am not using the Joomla 1.5 ini format as it makes it more difficult to maintain compatibility with Joomla 1.0, however the new format for Simple Review will be just as easy for translators.

Joomla 1.5 Native Component Released

Version 2.0.1 of the component has been released. It works natively on Joomla 1.5. It is an alpha release so there will be issues – do not install it on a live site.
Please download it and report any bugs in the specific forum. There are some known issues which I will report in the forum. I have also re-opened registration on the forum.

The license has also changed from the MPL to the GNU GPL.

Existing modules and mambots do not currently work.

Special thanks to the the following sites which made the upgrade possible: