What were the site requirements?
The site had a very simple set of requirements: videos about how to tie a scarf; an ecommerce boutique (for which we used Virtuemart); and a blog.
Why was JReviews chosen?
We wanted to create a video library of ways to tie a scarf, but we were unhappy with other solutions: the extensions that are specifically built for handling videos did not provide other features like allowing us to create very customized module views, add additional custom field information, etc. Also, they didn't leverage Joomla's core content section/category structure. We chose JReviews because it gave us all the flexibility we needed, plus the ability to create very custom layouts for both modules and core component views. By creating a field to reference a YouTube video, we got the best of all worlds: working within Joomla's familiar content structure, but with more control over layout and extra fields.
How is JReviews being used on the site?
JReviews is basically being used as a "vlog", a video blog. We will eventually also use it for reviews in the ecommerce area but using Everywhere with the Virtuemart integration.
What are the key advantages of using JReviews for your website or business?
JReviews extends Joomla to make it a truly robust system. We really appreciate that JReviews builds on Joomla's native section/category/articles rather than creating a secondary content repository; by doing so, we’re able to use the same content with other 3rd-party extensions. The templating system makes it possible to create any type of view or module, taking Joomla from a simple and basic CMS to one that is absolutely configurable and customizable.