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AS Alejandro Schmeichler June 09, 2021
It's been 15 years since the first release of JReviews back in 2006. That's a lot of years! For a long time now, I've silently faced a bit of a struggle on how to best move forward with the project. I want to renew the code and take advantage of the modern libraries and frameworks, but re-writing the project from scratch is really not an option because it's cost-prohibitive and would entail too many changes for clients to upgrade. The alternative, to just keep building on top of legacy code just doesn't feel right and it's not really something...
AS Alejandro Schmeichler October 13, 2020
Extending JReviews these days is easier than ever. In this development blog post you are going to learn how to use JReviews hooks to build a simple read-only REST API that can can be consumed by external services, or even a mobile app, to display listings and reviews from your site.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler February 11, 2020
The essence of a successful online community-driven website is member engagement and giving users the tools they need to interact with each other, create and contribute content that is easy to find, and can be promoted to its intended audience. I'm excited to announce now, with the launch of the PeepSo Add-on for JReviews, PeepSo and JReviews for WordPress have become the perfect combination that provides the needed functionality to build and grow a vibrant online community and social network on any WordPress site.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler December 18, 2019
In this blog post you will learn how you can extend the functionality of JReviews using its powerful Events system, to calculate an average "paid price" for products or services using information provided by users through review custom fields. This is a great way to utilize the information you already have on your site to provide even more value to your site visitors.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler November 15, 2019
In this practical development blog post I am going to show you how to take advantage of the extensibility features in JReviews to create an e-commerce solution for Joomla and WordPress, so you can sell products and services right from your listings, and without having to use a separate e-commerce platform and its associated overhead. With this tutorial you'll be able to easily add a "Buy" button for one-time payments to your listings with Stripe payment processing and accept payments with Credit Card, Google Pay, Apple Pay and iDEAL.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler September 24, 2019
Last week, Google made a BIG announcement related to the display of stars in search results in a blog post titled Making Review Rich Results More Helpful. This refers to the rating stars that appear along side Google search results for pages that are marked up with the review structured data. Losing the stars could have a big impact on your site's search traffic.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler September 24, 2019
The CSMBold team has launched their new Bold Reviews Template for Joomla built with Bootstrap 4 and the Helix Ultimate framework. The template is beautifully designed, fully responsive, and perfect for directory, reviews, and community sites.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler July 26, 2019
It is a well known and researched fact that useful, timely and personalized notifications will help improve retention rates. Once you acquire a user, the best way to keep them engaged and coming back is through notifications. According to a mobile push notifications analysis, 95% of new users churn within the first 90 days if they don't receive any notifications. 95% of new users churn within the first 90 days if they don't receive any notifications. Our latest offering, the EngageUsers Add-on for JReviews, is a complete notifications...
AS Alejandro Schmeichler June 30, 2019
We recently released JReviews 3.6. In this version we've put a lot of work into improving the overall user interface. There are important UI changes throughout, including form elements, dialogs, and a new improved listing comparison widget that also works on mobile. The most notable improvement, though, are the new card-based layouts for the listing list pages, listings module, related listings widgets and listings shortcode. These new layouts are stunning, fully responsive so they display great on desktop and mobile, and they will immediately transform your site so it looks better than ever. ...
AS Alejandro Schmeichler April 23, 2019
With the JReviews Advanced Filtering for Joomla and WordPress you can easily add faceted advanced search to your site so users can quickly find what they are looking for. Advanced Filtering in JReviews looks and works like what you see on popular sites like Amazon.com, eBay.com, and TripAdvisor.com.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler October 14, 2018
Today we are releasing JReviews 3.5 to mark the transition to an open source license for all of our Joomla! extensions and WordPress plugins. This update is available to everyone starting today. At the same time, we are also launching new pricing plans to provide options with better value and to allow us to continue providing you with the best products and support. Existing license keys will be moved to a Legacy plan and the renewal price for the Legacy plan is also being updated. Please continue reading for more details about the new license, the new pricing plans...
AS Alejandro Schmeichler September 13, 2018
In this tutorial you will learn how to create your own profanity and spam blocker for the various forms in JReviews that allow user generated content submissions. We are going to take advantage of Developer Filters introduced in JReviews 3, which allow you to extend the functionality of your directory and review site.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler August 23, 2018
Today I want to share with you a tutorial to show you how easy it is to extend the functionality of JReviews 3 to work with different services. You will learn how to integrate JReviews with Pinterest using Zapier to automatically create a pin when a listing is created. To build this integration we are going to take advantage of JReviews Developer Events, introduced in JReviews 3, which allow you to extend the functionality of JReviews without the need for core customizations.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler March 12, 2018
JReviews 3 is the culmination of many months of work to create an even better version of JReviews. It is more modern on the surface with a refreshed theme, but most importantly, it is much better under-the-hood. There is a monumental amount of changes in JReviews 3, which implements several new software design patterns that make the code more robust, modular, easier to develop, and faster. All the JReviews Add-ons have also been upgraded with new versions for compatibility with JReviews 3.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler September 10, 2017
In this blog post you will learn more about how to create a classifieds website using Joomla and WordPress using our products. JReviews and the PaidListings Add-on work on both Joomla and WordPress and offer the perfect solution for creating a successful classified ads website.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler September 23, 2016
I have a lot of great news to cover in this post, but the main highlight is the compatibility with PHP 7 because of the significant performance improvements it offers over PHP 5.6. We also have a new module for Joomla and widget for WordPress, shortcodes functionality, enhanced custom fields functionality, new features for UserProfiles and more!
AS Alejandro Schmeichler May 10, 2016
It is quite often that we get asked the questions below by clients either through the ticket system or the forum: Should I use WordPress or Joomla to build my site? Should I switch my site to WordPress or stay with Joomla? What are the differences between the JReviews versions for WordPress and Joomla? I decided that it's about time we put those answers in a blog post to help you make an informed...
AS Alejandro Schmeichler February 02, 2016
We've been helping people with their review sites for over 10 years now, even before the first version of JReviews was released in 2006. In this blog post I'd like to summarize the five most important mistakes I've seen clients make when starting their own review websites. If you can avoid making these very simple mistakes you'll not only save a ton of time, and money, but you'll also increase the chances of finishing your site and turning it into a successful business.
AS Alejandro Schmeichler November 21, 2015
It's time to step up your game! Your own efforts can get you so far in terms of attracting new traffic and reviews, but what if you can get other sites to do the work for you? That's the whole idea behind TripAdvisor and Yelp. Businesses reviewed on those sites proudly display their ratings on their own sites and drive traffic and more review submissions to TripAdvisor and Yelp. Well, what if you could do the same thing?
AS Alejandro Schmeichler November 21, 2015
Are you already attracting some traffic to your site? One important statistic you can check is the new vs. return visits. You want to keep attracting new visitors, while at the same time have the people that already visited your site keep coming back. You can keep people coming back through regular content updates, but also if you are able to create site stickiness. If your site members feel that they have valuable information they need to access or use on your site, they’ll keep coming back. In this short blog post we discuss one specific functionality made possible...
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