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Post by Mosaab » Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:30 am

Geat job - clean, welcoming and looks so professional! Good luck with your international expansions  ;) :D

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Post by kickarse » Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:22 pm

Looks really good!

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Post by ozbit » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:57 am

Hello

love the idea.
How is you OZ site coming along?

Have a look at our community site http://www.ozbit.com.au

Prbably a good place to promote your business.
Lots of IT people are on the divorce road.(The long hours)
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Post by wrongjon » Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:39 pm

Hi

Love your site very well done....  have just launched my first community site http://www.walkactive.co.uk early days....

But my client want online chat just once per month and see you use flashchat

Do you think my shared hosting wiull handle that

are you using a dedicated server....  hows the bandwith on the chat

Cant find a better chat component, and want to restrict chat to JACL members group.... 

any advice appreciated

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Post by cantthinkofanickname » Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:30 pm

Very nice layout. How did you get the 2 colomn content to line up at the orange HRs, I thought Joomla had a problem doing that and I have not achieved it yet?
Thanks for your time.

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Post by ashar » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:23 pm

Two thumbs up

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Post by believe » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:21 pm

Hello,
I am new to Joomla, but I am enjoying the ride. I recently visited your site and found it easy to navigate. I have fireboard and community installed, but I am not sure how to use them toghether can you direct me or tell me how you incorporated these two into your site? Is there a tutorial out there. I want to create a social networking site also and all help will be greatly appreciated  :) 

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Post by ianrispin » Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:23 pm

Thanks for everyone's kind comments about the Wikivorce.com site.

Here are the answers to the various recent questions:

"Out of interest, did you develop the templates yourself or are they based on something that is available?"
The template is based on Orange Smoothie by RHUK (free template) but has now been heavily customised, particularly the addition of numerous new module positions.

"my client want online chat just once per month and see you use flashchat
Do you think my shared hosting wiull handle that?"
Flashchat has worked pretty reliably for me on shared hosting.

"How did you get the 2 colomn content to line up at the orange HRs, I thought Joomla had a problem doing that and I have not achieved it yet?"
I did nothing special...just selected option for 2 columns in frontpage menu options.

"I have fireboard and community builder installed, but I am not sure how to use them toghether can you direct me or tell me how you incorporated these two into your site?"
Fireboard and community builder integrate well together. Just install them separately.
Then go into options for each component and select integration options to use CB avatar and CB profiles.
Also install the CB plugin to show  fireboard postings in user profile.

Current projects on the site are customising GroupJive as its default template is pretty basic.
Also integrating other components into GroupJive.

Recently got around to customising the template and CSS far more than before.

I think next steps are also to implement a few Ajax modules as i feel site will get dated quite quickly without them.

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Post by johnnyrover » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:19 pm

Your implementation is terrific. I really enjoy the bright, clean design.
Respectfully,

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Post by hansjb » Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:05 pm

Wow, this is great jobs!!! i wish I have site like this

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Post by adirisman » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:35 am

very nice site.
The intro on the left is cool!

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Post by snadowitz » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:54 pm

nice clean template - gr8
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Group Jive?

Post by mediaguru » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:02 am

I've wanted to implement user groups but heard that group jive wasn't ready for prime time. I see you are using it. Does it work ok? Any problems?

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Post by muddauber » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:07 am

Great Site! Loved your "Listen to Wikivorce Intro"
with the lady and her Brit accent! Where'd you get that
flash mod?

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Post by ianrispin » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:54 pm

Answers to latest 2 Qs:

1) The speaking lady widget is from sitepal.com , it is not free unfortunately, i think it costs around $15 a month.

2) Group Jive is working in a basic fashion.

The functionality to create, manage, admin, join groups etc is pretty much OK.

But...once you are in a group there is not much for a user to do....
i.e. the only real integrated component is fireboard so group members have a private forum.

But very few other components are integrated into groups and I don't see a clear roadmap on the groupjive site.

Groups would be much better if the following were integrated with groupjive:

- Content submission and viewing
- Bookmarks
- General modules showing group specfic content
- Photo gallery
- PMS email lists
- Blogs
etc

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Post by mediaguru » Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:10 pm

Ok thanks for that great answer. Yes, what's the point of having the group if there's nothing unique they can do once they're in the group!?

Perhaps somebody else will come up with a group component or GJ will eventually reach maturity.

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Post by in2town » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:40 am

I like this site. I would love to know how you have managed to get the search section on the site where you can search for legal advice within a certain distance from your home. I would love something like this for my site. I would also like to know what seo you have done to get such a huge hit rate in a short time. Well done.
Go to our new section and put a free link to your website by asking people to review your site and gain traffic http://www.in2town.co.uk/List-forums/Th ... Forum.html

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Post by ianrispin » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:21 am

The search by distance feature is powered by the 'radius search' plug-in (not free) from sigsiu the providers of SOBI2.

I have done nothing too special on SEO....in fact i need to do more.

One factor though is that having a busy forum creates a great many indexed pages in google.

The key is to make the site deliver what users need and getting users to generate lots and lots of content.

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Post by ianrispin » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:52 am

In just a few days my joomla site http://www.wikivorce.com will be 1 year old.

2 weeks ago it passed the significant milestone of 10,000 registered members.

So I thought I should say another big thankyou to:
- the joomla team
- the community builder team at joomlapolis
- the my blog guys - azrul
- the fireboard guys - bestofjoomla
- and many many others out there whose components/modules made my site possible on a tight budget.

I am making progress weekly in Google natural search and so my challenge is changing from adding new functionality...
to making sure the site performs under heavy load.

I am learning a LOT about joomla and performance.

My Tips:

- get a dedicated server if u can afford it
- install APC for PHP caching
- switch on My SQL caching.....and get it configured right
- if you use SEF .... switch on its caching (i use sh404sef) and make sure u set the cache size correctly
- use GZIP
- use joomla caching
- consider Page Cache from http://www.joomlaperformance.com
- clean and validate your html and css
- compress your images
- set as many modules as possible to cache=yes
- turn off mambots on modules that dont need them
- consider merging all css into one file

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Post by SuperGoofy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:26 am

wow! Awesome website. Thanks for the tips too! ;)

By the way, how did you add members' avatars next to their blogs' entries in azrul's modules, please? :D

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Post by ianrispin » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:52 pm

I just uploaded my modded myblog module to the azrul site....

http://forum.azrul.com/index.php/topic,2369.0.html

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Post by SuperGoofy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:05 pm

ianrispin wrote:I just uploaded my modded myblog module to the azrul site....

http://forum.azrul.com/index.php/topic,2369.0.html
Thank you!
Lately I did a search on Azrul's forum and found your old post (2007) :D

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Post by believe » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:14 pm

Sorry, but Where can I find this module or component?

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Post by ianrispin » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:36 pm

The module being referred to is an add on module to the My Blog blogging component by azrul.

Their site is at http://www.azrul.com

My hacked version of their latest blogs module is at the link posted in my last post in this thread.

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Post by lonely_mizo » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:50 am

Another masterpiece, kudos to Joomla.
Do what you always wanted in life!
www.lonelymizo.com

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Post by AWY » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:43 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!!!

I was hoping you could answer a few more questions. What is the menu that you use? I like how you have the picture menu with dropdowns and the menu on the bottom.... how is this done? Also, I have LiveUser but do not get the same effect when I scroll over a name - nothing pops up; how is this done? Last, I cannot find mod_whosonline anywhere... I searched for three hours. Do you know where you got this?

Thank you again... you are amazing.

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Post by ianrispin » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:03 pm

No problem AWY.

The menu is jscookmenu http://extensions.joomla.org/component/ ... Itemid,35/

The second menu is just another copy of the jscookmenu in a second position in my template
(i added an extra template position for this)

To get the popup feature go into LIveuser module and set Use tooltip? to Yes

mod_whosonline is part of the core joomla installation...
go to your modules list in the admin....and click 'select type' dropdown.....it should be there somewhere....you just need to publish it

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Post by AWY » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:20 pm

Thank you again... your help has been a tremendous asset for me and others. I can't believe I didn't notice that mod_whosonline came with Joomla, haha, but thank you for being nice about my ignorance. Have a great week!

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Post by zizani » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:05 am

The number of visits so far today under "Our Community", is it a hack or is it provided from core joomla modules? I did not see such query in mod_totalusers module or in core joomla modules. You website is awesome, a perfect model to build social networking sites.

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Post by ianrispin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:59 pm

Thanks for the complement.

The nbr of visits is from a module that comes as part of the joomlastats component.

http://extensions.joomla.org/component/ ... Itemid,35/


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