3.0.8 Released

Simple Review 3.0.8 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.7 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Also don’t forget to download the new search plugin.

The release contains some Joomla 1.6 fixes for user reviews and various smaller fixes and changes. Full list:

  • New. When writing a review the ‘select category’ step is removed if there is only one category.
  • New. Added star rating ability to forms.
  • New. Option to show/hide the review alias on the user review form (defaults to hidden).
  • New. Google image search for selecting user review images.
  • New. Review and category aliases are now optional. If not entered it will be generated from the name.
  • Fix. Issues with including jQuery and jQueryUI.
  • Fix. Frontend user review listing not allowing editing.
  • Change. Updated to jQuery 1.6.1.
  • Change. Tidied up user reviews form (more to come).
  • Change. User review alias is always filtered (based on tag configuration alias replacement setting).

3.0.7 Released

Simple Review 3.0.7 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.6 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Some new features as mentioned here.

  • New. Support for comments using Disqus.
  • New. Support for reCAPTCHA.
  • Fix. Category and Review image selector Joomla 1.6.
  • Fix. Backend review filter and pager issue.
  • Fix. Content plugins Joomla 1.6.
  • Change. The default comment template has been simplified and the orange has been removed.
  • Change. The default review listing template (category.css) has been changed and the alternating background colour has been replaced by a top and bottom border. This is due to not currently having nice transparent star icons.
  • Change. Categories and Reviews default to being published.

3.0.6 Released

Simple Review 3.0.6 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.5 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Version 3.0.6 adds some long overdue features as well as fixing some PHP errors. A small but strongly recommended update.

  • New. Can now delete custom fields.
  • New. Can sort reviews in the backend.
  • Fix. Deprecated errors in PHP 5.3.
  • Fix. Comment display template undeclared PHP error.
  • Fix. In the backend item listing the unpublished icon was displaying as published.
  • Fix. Error if editing a review which has a long category field.

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.


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:
sardless.com/reviews/18-Characters-From-Your-Language.html (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 com_simple_review_2.1.0_alpha2_joomla1.5.zip.


  • 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.