3.0.5 Released

Simple Review 3.0.5 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.4 users (download).

The Top and Latest review modules have also been updated to support Joomla 1.6 as well as the ability to show the rating as a star rating.

  • New. Support for JomSocial.
  • Fix. A problem with the pager in Joomla 1.6.
  • Fix. Added pager css classes to category review listing (Joomla 1.6).

3.0.4 Released

Simple Review 3.0.4 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.3 users (download) – a word of warning, the upgrade is quite large.

The main addition is support for Joomla 1.6. It may contain some issues so please treat Joomla 1.6 support as being a beta.

  • New. Joomla 1.6 support (beta).
  • Fix. When editing a review on a site with a lot of users then author combobox causes issues.
  • Fix. Editing a banned IP may result in an undefined method PHP error.
  • Fix. Top Rated Review widget layout on some Joomla templates.
  • Fix. Cancel button not working on configuration page.

3.0.2 Released

Simple Review 3.0.2 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.1 users (download).

There is a small breaking change for those that have edited the comment display template.
To fix it we need to remove the directory path in the avatar URL, in the template file commentdisplay/template.php find the line which looks like this:
<img align='left' src="components/com_simple_review/images/avatars/<?php echo $c->avatar;?>"/>
and change it to this:
<img align='left' src="<?php echo $c->avatar;?>" width="48px" height="48px"/>

The biggest new feature is there is now limited support for Community Builder and Kunena. At the moment Simple Review only supports using their avatars in comments, but you can post your requests here.

Full list of changes:

  • New. Added basic avatar support in comments for Community Builder and Kunena. Comment display template changed.
  • New. Tag configuration: can specify the default template for tags.
  • New. Tag configuration: can specify the replacement character for non-Latin characters in tag aliases.
  • New. Placeholders can now be used in the tag review listing template. See this guide to upgrade your template (if applicable), be sure to use the tag template instead of category.
  • New. Cleaned up main administration page.
  • Fix. Error when editing a review with no titles.
  • Fix. Quotes in meta information not being escaped.

3.0.1 Released

Simple Review 3.0.1 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.0 users (download).
Please note, if you have created your own template or edited an existing category template please make a small update by following this guide.


  • New. Placeholders can now be used in the category review listing template. See this guide to upgrade your template (if applicable):
  • Fix. Frontend tag filter not working.
  • Fix. Widget configuration not saved on some PHP setups.
  • Fix. A new user review could not be given the max rating.
  • Fix. Joomla plugin warning in newer PHP versions (tested on 5.3.1) “Parameter 1 to plgXYZ() expected to be a reference, value given in…”.
  • Fix. Tags could not be deleted from the tag administration page.
  • Fix. The last tag could not be removed from a review on the review administration page.

Upgrading Template 3.0.0 to 3.0.1

This guide also applies for the tag template.

Simple Review 3.0.1 has a new feature for category templates which allows you to use placeholders when creating your review listing template. This change will allow you to easily add custom fields to your review listing without having to resort to using PHP. You can ignore this guide if you are using an unmodified category template that comes with Simple Review e.g. default or dark. If you have created your own template or modified the existing category review listing template (template.reviewlisting.html.php) the below will show you the difference and what to change.

Old template code to replace (~line 109-124):

$isAlt = false;
foreach($reviews as $r):
$css = $isAlt ? 'odd' : 'even';
$isAlt = !$isAlt;
$reviewName = Simple_Review_Common::RemoveSlashes($r->name);
$reviewName = "<a href='$r->url'>$reviewName</a>";
<tr class="<?php echo $css;?>">
<td><?php echo $reviewName;?></td>
<td><?php echo $r->rating;?></td>
<td><?php echo $r->averageUserRating;?></td>
<td><?php echo $r->createdByName;?></td>
<td><?php echo $r->createdDate;?></td>
<?php endforeach;?>

New template code:

$isAlt = false;
foreach($reviews as $r):
$css = $isAlt ? 'odd' : 'even';
$isAlt = !$isAlt;
<tr class="<?php echo $css;?>">
<td><a href='{Review:Url}'>{Review:Title}</a></td>
$tableRow = ob_get_contents();
echo $this->Replace($r, $tableRow);

As you can see the table row’s cells (<td>) no longer contain any PHP.

3.0.0 Beta 1 Released

Beta 1 of Simple Review 3.0 has been released (download). As a beta release you should install it with caution on a live site.

The main change is the new template and place holder (formally called Simple Tags) system.
Templates are now found in www/components/com_simple_review/templates and are not compatible with previous versions. The place holders format is now more logical and easier to remember, example {Review:Field:1} and {Review:Title}.

I wanted to get some more features and fixes (e.g. missing translations) into this first beta but due to a hardware failure it may take a week or two to get it back up and running. Below is the list of changes in 3.0.0 Beta 1:

  • New. Option to require comments to be approved before being published.
  • Change. Template system has changed. Old templates are no longer compatible.
  • Change. Simple Tags have been renamed to Place Holders. The place holders have a new easier to remember format and provide additional features – the old format is still supported. They are no longer case sensitive.
  • Change. Editing content is now more consistent with Joomla. The layout is now simpler and provides things such as an image selector.
  • Change. Category & review titles are now called fields. Fields are now optional.
  • Change. Include jQuery locally by default and upgraded to 1.4.3.
  • Fix. Bug where the user’s real name was always displayed instead of the user name.

Version 2.3 Status Update

A quick update on the status of Simple Review 2.3. First of all the changes are are quite big so the next release will actually be version 3.0! I have implemented the new template and tag system and they are proving to be a huge improvement. In the upcoming weeks I will release a preview version of 3.0 to showcase the new features and gather feedback.