An editorial staff and user driven review site for movies, blu-ray, digital media, video games and other technology.
What were the site requirements?
We were looking for something that had a very intricate backend that allowed for a relational database. We got something that helped us build very detailed databases and that allowed us (through little effort) to make our site more searchable and accessible to the outside world while allowing users to add their own opinions. We could not have been happier with JReviews.
Why was JReviews chosen?
JReviews is, well, for reviews! Since we mainly do reviews it seemed like a natural fit. We had certain requirements - configurable field types, cross searching, weighted scoring tight integration with the CMS(Joomla). Again, we got more than we anticipated originally! In addition, having the ability to use the built in thickbox for images without an additional plug ins is a great plus and the templates are well commented and easy to adjust.
How is JReviews being used on the site?
We use it for everything. We currently have over 700+ reviews and it compliments those needs. Our Frontpage uses JReviews modules in three module positions to highlight the newest reviews from the primary categories we review on - Games, DVDS and Anime. It also is used to generate our section pages and is used within the content using a JReviews template that has been modified to allow for tabbed reviews with related items using sliding drop downs. This and various other little bits help make our site look and feel professional. It created a very solid backbone that established an organized system that works and integrates related articles together using the fields configured within JReviews. In addition, our authors don't even need to really think about what's been set up in the backend. From the front end the submission process is seamless.
What are the key advantages of using JReviews for your website or business?
First and foremost, the support from Alejandro has been unrivaled. He dedicates himself to clarifying any issues and correcting them. Service goes a long way and it shows. Now, to the beef. It fits our mold for our review site perfectly. It allows us to do so many things that we didn't feel Joomla could provide. It allows us to do a lot of relationships between fields. JReviews submission interface works well within Joomla's interface and allows for our authors to work on what they need to do, submit reviews.