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Joomla Reviews Component Intro & Quick Setup Guide - JReviews

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JReviews is one of the first and most powerful Content Construction Kit (CCK) extension for Joomla; with a strong emphasis on performance and SEO. It has powerful review and media features that easily makes it one of the best CCK extensions you can buy. It's been in development since 2006.

This presentation is a beginners guide to JReviews. With a detailed explanation of the concepts used and how they all fit together. It also has a quick step-by-step guide to help you get started so you can build amazing websites.

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Joomla Reviews Component Intro & Quick Setup Guide - JReviews

  1. 1. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews Introduction & Quick Setup Guide Joomla
  2. 2. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews JReviews overview and concepts Setup JReviews in just a few quick steps You should have already installed Joomla and JReviews Reference Table of Example Fields and Field Options Look at this page while setting things up
  3. 3. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews JReviews is for much more than just reviews! • Single content type • Standard fields • Schema.org markup limited to ‘Article’ object type. Joomla Joomla + JReviews • Multiple content types (CCK) • Standard fields + custom fields • Better Schema.org markup: Per listing type; breadcrumbs markup and review markup. • Custom and dynamic page titles, meta keywords and description tags using custom fields • Article URLs without numbers using the included SEF Plugin • Powerful review system with custom fields • Rich media: photos, videos, attachments and audio uploads in listings and reviews with HTML5 playback • Easy video embed from popular sources • Integrated with most popular community extensions • Add-ons to further extend functionality • And so much more …. JReviews extends and improves the native Joomla Content System with an emphasis on performance and SEO.
  4. 4. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews A conceptual view of JReviews Listing Types Field Groups Rating criteria Detail page widgets Sub-categories Joomla Categories JReviews Directories Listings Listing Type Listing Type Custom Fields Detail Page Widgets Standard Fields Optional The Listing Type is the heart of JReviews. Field groups feed into Listing Types and Listing Types are associated with Joomla categories. All listings in a category inherit its Listing Type settings. Overrides for: • Config settings • Access settings • Media settings Listing Field Groups Custom Field Custom Field Custom Field Review Field Groups Custom Field Custom Field Custom Field Reviews Rating criteria Custom Fields Standard Fields Media Media Review Discussions
  5. 5. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews A practical view of JReviews – City Guide  Restaurants Restaurant Listing Types Field Groups Rating criteria • Food • Atmosphere • Service • Pricing Detail page widgets • Nearby restaurants (requires GeoMaps Add-on) ‘Restaurants‘ Category ‘City Guide‘ Directory Listing Type We take the conceptual view and transform it into a practical example to illustrate how all the parts fit together to build a Restaurant Listing Type. RestaurantsAddress Restaurant Info ‘Restaurant ABC‘ Listings Custom Fields Detail Page Widgets Standard Fields Reviews Rating criteria Custom Fields Standard FieldsAddress Restaurant Info Nearby Rest. ‘Location‘ Listing Group State City Street address ‘Rest. Info‘ Listing Group Cuisine Meals Served Postal code ‘About Me‘ Review Group I am from Age group About me Media Media Review Discussions
  6. 6. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews JReviews overview and concepts Setup JReviews in just a few quick steps You should have already installed Joomla and JReviews Reference Table of Example Fields and Field Options Look at this page while setting things up
  7. 7. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews Setup JReviews in just a few quick steps JReviews has hundreds of settings and tons of features, but you can get started fairly quickly and explore all the possibilities once you familiarize yourself with the setup process. JReviews uses the Joomla content system, so the first thing you need to do is create a few categories in Joomla that you want to use with JReviews. For ease of use, custom fields are grouped together and all groups can be re-used in different Listing Types. Lots of choices here: select lists, radio buttons, checkboxes, datepicker, website, email, text, textarea, code, numeric, banner and related listings. Choose the field groups you want to use, add the rating criteria, create some detail page widgets and override almost any global setting. Joomla categories are grouped together as a directory to display a nice overview of your setup to end users and to search engines. Let JReviews know which Joomla categories are part of the JReviews system and associate each category with a Listing Type and Directory. Create required Joomla menus and a few JReviews ones to display different types of pages. Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories OPTIONAL OPTIONAL Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8. 8. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews In the Joomla Category Manager create the ‘Restaurants’ category and save. You can always come back and add more categories or sub- categories. 1. Joomla Categories Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Add New Category Title*: Restaurants Content Category Manager ✔ Save Online Documentation
  9. 9. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews Title*: Address ✚ Add 2. Field Groups In the Field Groups Manager create ‘Address’ and ‘Restaurant Info’ Listing Groups. Then select ‘Reviews’ from the Location dropdown list and add the ‘About me’ Review Group. At this point just fill out the Field Group title and ignore other settings. JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager Field Groups Manager Location: LISTING Location: Listing Review Components Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 JReviews Online Documentation
  10. 10. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 3. Fields – Create Listing Fields ✚ New In the Fields Manager first add the ‘Address‘ and ‘Restaurant Info‘ groups custom fields, only paying attention to the Title, Type and Field Group settings. Custom Fields Manager Location: Listing Review ✔ Save Custom Field Type Single select Title: State Field Group Address A CB In the ‘Address‘ Field Group create: • ‘State‘: Single select • ‘City‘: Single select • ‘Street Address‘: Text • ‘Postal Code‘: Text In the ‘Restaurant Info‘ Field Group create: • ‘Cuisine‘: Multiple select • ‘Meals served‘: Checkboxes • ‘Price Range‘: Single select JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager Next, create field options Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Online Documentation
  11. 11. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 3. Fields – Add Field Options ✚ New Access the Field Options Manager for the ‘State‘ field to start adding the options. Then do the same for the ‘City‘ field and establish the relation with the ‘State‘ field and value. Continue with ‘Cuisine‘, ‘Meals Served‘ and ‘Price Range‘ in the Restaurants Info Field Group. Custom Fields Manager Location: Listing ✚ Add Field Options Manager: City Text jr_state (State) JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager Address Group Title Options Type Address State Select Address City Select ✚ ✚ Value boston Control Field Boston Massachusetts Control Value • First add the options for the ‘State‘ field without filling out Control Field and Control Value. • Then add the City options, selecting for each one the Control Field and Control Value. Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A CB Next, create review fields
  12. 12. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 3. Fields – Create Review Fields To create the Review Fields, first select the ‘Review’ Location in the Fields Manager and click ‘New’. In the next step we create a Listing Type that uses the created Field Group. Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A CB ✚ New Custom Fields Manager Location: Listing Review ✔ Save Custom Field Type Text Title: Location Field Group About Me In the ‘About Me‘ Field Group create: • ‘Location‘: Text • ‘Age Group‘: Radiobuttons Then add the ‘Age Group’ field options as shown in the previous step. JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager
  13. 13. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 4. Listing Types Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ✚ New Listing Types ManagerJReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Listing Types Manager ✔ Save Listing Type Main Settings JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager Rating Criterion Required Weight Tooltip Food  Atmosphere  Service  Pricing  Title  Address  Restaurant Info  About Me Comments & ratings Allow comments & ratings Select Field Groups to Associate with this Listing Type Restaurants Rating Criteria ✚Add new criterion Create the ‘Restaurant’ Listing Type. Associate the previously created Field Groups and add the Rating Criteria that will be used in Restaurant reviews. Online Documentation
  14. 14. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 5. Directories Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Directories ManagerJReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager Title* City Guide ✚ AddName* city-guide Create the ‘City Guide’ Directory that will be used to group all City Guide related categories such as ‘Restaurants’, ‘Hotels’, etc. Online Documentation
  15. 15. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 6. JReviews Categories Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ✚ Setup New Categories ManagerJReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Categories Manager ✚ Setup New Categories Manager JReviews SETUP JREVIEWS Field Groups Manager Fields Manager Listing Types Manager Directories Manager Categories Manager X Select Listing Type Restaurants Directory City Guide Select one or multiple categories Uncategorized Restaurants ✔ Save The JReviews Category Manager is where you choose which Joomla Categories to include in the setup; and associate them with a Listing Type and Directory.Online Documentation
  16. 16. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 7. Menus – Create Required Joomla Menus Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Add New Menu Item Menus Top Menu We chose the ‘Top Menu’ as an example. Menu Title* Restaurants ✔ Save Details Menu Item Type Category Blog Select Choose a Category Restaurants This is a very important step! Joomla requires that you create Joomla Category Menus to be able to generate nice looking URLs for articles, which are equivalent to JReviews listings. They are also necessary to be able to assign modules to Category and Listing detail pages. By enabling the Jreviews SEF Plugin, which is installed by default, the Joomla Category Menus will render as very-nice-looking JReviews Category pages. Otherwise you will also need to create the corresponding JReviews Category Menus. Choose Articles / Category Blog A B Online Documentation
  17. 17. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews 7. Menus – Create JReviews Menus Joomla Categories Field Groups Fields Listing Types Directories JReviews Categories Menus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Menu Title* Submit Restaurant ✔ Save Details Menu Item Type Submit New Listing Select A B Create your very first JReviews menu to start submitting listings in the Restaurants Category which you can view using the menu created in the previous step. Choose JReviews / Submit New Listing Menu Title* Submit Restaurant ✔ Save Choose a Category Restaurants JReviewsDetails Directory Select Directory Menus To have the form default to the ‘Restaurants’ category you can select it here, but this is optional. Online Documentation
  18. 18. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews JReviews overview and concepts Setup JReviews in just a few quick steps You should have already installed Joomla and JReviews Reference Table of Example Fields and Field Options Look at this page while setting things up
  19. 19. ClickFWD LLC Copyright © 2010-2014 http://www.reviewsforjoomla.com JReviews Reference Table of Example Fields and Field Options Field TypeLocation Field Options Control Field Control Value ‘Location‘ Group State City Street address ‘Rest. Info‘ Group Cuisine Meals Served Postal code ‘About Me‘ Group I am from Age group Select Select Text Text Select Multiple Checkboxes Text Radiobuttons Listing Listing Review •Massachusetts •California •New York •Boston •San Francisco •New York State •Massachusetts •California •New York French, Italian, Spanish, American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert 18 & below, 19-25,26- 32,33-45, 46-69, 60 & above

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