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Mod Version: 1.4.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (34 votes - 4.50 average) Installs: 214
Released: 07 Sep 2011 Last Update: 06 Apr 2014 Downloads: 1712
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Version 1.4.0 has been released to remove the giftery / list it integration of the addon now that service has been discontinued. No upgrade is needed though there have been a few other bug changes since 1.3.5.

Finding Feedback Can be Like a Needle in a Haystack


The more your forum grows, the more of a challenge it becomes to sort through the history and get the full story.


Product Review Forums Brings Structure to the Chaos


As a full-featured product management addon, PRF sits on top of your forum allowing you to create defined products which, unlike individual posts, stay relevant over time. Each comment, review and even product updates filter back into this one spot allowing for a quick and comprehensive overview while the individual discussions rage on as always.


Here's just a few of the many features you'll find in PRF:
  • Bring structure to products with established pages & reviews
  • Reduce the number of repetitive posts from members looking up the same info
  • Increase your traffic with content-rich, seo friendly, product listings
  • Drive revenue by adding your own affiliate links to product listings
  • Increase the activity stream's value with review integration
  • Engage visitors with integrated wishlists from Giftery.me
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Installation is not upload & go... individualized settings are required. Read the install file.


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Enabling Product Forums: To show product details and ratings, each product-forum must be enabled in the forum manager.

Adding Products: You may upload products one at a time through the admin [includes an image uploader using GD] or you can bulk import through XML. You can also enable users to add moderated products through a global and usergroup option.

Product Review Index: To access your forum's product overview go to www.yoursite.com/productforums.php - You may want to add a link to this to your navbar or as a tab.

Customization: This addon is made to be customized. To change the color schema see clientscript/vbulletin_css or dive right on in to the templates and phrases.

Powered by Giftery.me: This mod is maintained includes two integrations you should know about. Both can be controlled through the mod options.

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  #1426  
Old 23 Oct 2012, 21:56
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ludachris View Post
Would just like to confirm something on the functionality - the admin is able to specify usergroups who can add products, correct? Are they able to add products on the front end or do they have to have ACP access? Can they edit product info (as well as affiliate links) without going into ACP after the product is posted?
Correct, product additions are a usergroup level permission as well as an overall mod option.

Users add products on the frontend but can not upload photos directly. URLs to external links can however be sync'd.

Users can not add to products after the fact or change links.

1.4 will update both those last points and may allow multiple stores per product.
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Old 23 Oct 2012, 23:00
ludachris ludachris is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Correct, product additions are a usergroup level permission as well as an overall mod option.

Users add products on the frontend but can not upload photos directly. URLs to external links can however be sync'd.

Users can not add to products after the fact or change links.

1.4 will update both those last points and may allow multiple stores per product.
So editing the product information and links would have to be done in ACP then?

When do you estimate 1.4 to be ready, roughly?
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Old 24 Oct 2012, 00:58
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ludachris View Post
So editing the product information and links would have to be done in ACP then?
Yes. Only an admin will have access to approve / update an item.

Originally Posted by ludachris View Post
When do you estimate 1.4 to be ready, roughly?
I have no real estimate yet as we haven't had the level of input / requests we look for before starting changes. Thus right now our focus is on working with forums to insure the mod fits, works as intended and learn where we can take it.
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  #1429  
Old 29 Oct 2012, 21:11
KeystoneAirsoft KeystoneAirsoft is offline
 
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Hi all,

Ok I have added this to one of my sites and have an issue and a question pertaining to my issue as well as another question.

My issue is when I try to do a Review on a product and click submit I get this error message - Fatal error: Class 'vB_ActivityStream_Manage' not found in /home/xxxxxx/public_html/productforums.php on line 588. I noticed on page 88 of this post, post #1316 someone else had the same issue and in post #1318 located here you made mention of having a activity system installed. Now is this a completely different mod or one built into this one that I am overlooking?

Now my other question, I have a forum area for Product Reviews, now I have several sub category forums under product reviews(Forum ID 7) such as Spring Guns (Forum ID 8), CO2 Guns ( Forum ID 9), AEG's (Forum ID 10), Scopes(Forum ID 11), etc, etc. Is there a way to allow Reviews under each one of these sub categories instead of the main Forum Area?

Thanks much in advance.
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Old 29 Oct 2012, 21:39
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by KeystoneAirsoft View Post
My issue is when I try to do a Review on a product and click submit I get this error message - Fatal error: Class 'vB_ActivityStream_Manage' not found in /home/xxxxxx/public_html/productforums.php on line 588. I noticed on page 88 of this post, post #1316 someone else had the same issue and in post #1318 located here you made mention of having a activity system installed. Now is this a completely different mod or one built into this one that I am overlooking?
The activity stream is a default part of vBulletin 4.

What version of 4 are you running?

Originally Posted by KeystoneAirsoft View Post
Now my other question, I have a forum area for Product Reviews, now I have several sub category forums under product reviews(Forum ID 7) such as Spring Guns (Forum ID 8), CO2 Guns ( Forum ID 9), AEG's (Forum ID 10), Scopes(Forum ID 11), etc, etc. Is there a way to allow Reviews under each one of these sub categories instead of the main Forum Area?
Add your products to the respective forum categories and the reviews will be included as post replies to them.
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  #1431  
Old 29 Oct 2012, 22:34
KeystoneAirsoft KeystoneAirsoft is offline
 
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Hi Ted S,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

Ok cool, will have to see if I can find it. I am currently using VB 4.0.4.

Ok I figured out how to add the Reviews to the specified forum areas. Didn't think that one through enough before posting. Sorry for that .
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  #1432  
Old 29 Oct 2012, 23:38
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by KeystoneAirsoft View Post
Ok cool, will have to see if I can find it. I am currently using VB 4.0.4.
That's fairly old... probably why the error.
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  #1433  
Old 31 Oct 2012, 12:00
Caseycase Caseycase is offline
 
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Hi,

I've been testing the Mod for a few days now and I'd just like to say it is excellent.

To keep up the tradition, there is a but...

firstly can I add a vote to the custom rating fields being controlled on the review by product category, product sub categories sounds good to me as well.

I think a lot more development effort, but my third vote would be for a mechanism to control product field labels by category. e.g. Create 5 additional fields in the product table on the DB and then have a mechanism to apply different labels to the user based on the product category. Obviously these fields could not be used for structured searches as the data wouldn't necessarily be relevant across product categories but it would allow more flexibility for uses where you want users to create data, but at the same time make it more obvious / structured to what they populate where.

The next thing is a funny that has me stumped, but this could be vb related, which I am also new to. When I posted my first review to a product I noticed that the custom rating fields in the review, posted with the html tags visible.

<strong>Quality</strong>: 1 stars<br><strong>Value for Money</strong>: 1 stars<br>

However I carried on testing, creating new products, reviews etc. When I went back to the original review that had the problem it was displayed correctly without the tags. (though there is a possibility that I did edit the post, which I guess may have corrected it)

Now though I have another product that has 2 reviews, with the custom rating fields showing the tags. One review was created by my admin account the other was created by a normal user account. Once I spotted this problem I tried to creating another review, however this was created fine displaying no html tags.

I'm 99% certain that no configuration changes have been made between posting the various reviews, and unfortunately I'm not able to replicate the issue.

I guess it is something unique to my set up, and as it is no longer happening not really a problem, however I thought I'd mention it in case it does happen to someone else, or someone can tell me the error of my ways!

Thanks again for the excellent mod
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Old 31 Oct 2012, 18:38
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Caseycase View Post
firstly can I add a vote to the custom rating fields being controlled on the review by product category, product sub categories sounds good to me as well.
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Sure... Noted

The next thing is a funny that has me stumped, but this could be vb related, which I am also new to. When I posted my first review to a product I noticed that the custom rating fields in the review, posted with the html tags visible.
We insert the HTML but vBulletin's CSS kills it in many cases depending on your theme although it should happen all the time or none... perhaps the admin had rights to post it while the users did not thus the parser filtered differently... It's on the table to revisit.
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  #1435  
Old 05 Nov 2012, 10:18
Phrost Phrost is offline
 
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Dumb question: can members add products or does this have to be done by an administrator?

-Someone who should have never upgraded to VB4 because it killed GARS.
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Old 05 Nov 2012, 18:20
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Phrost View Post
Dumb question: can members add products or does this have to be done by an administrator?

-Someone who should have never upgraded to VB4 because it killed GARS.
Members can add products if you enable it on their usergroup.

They cannot upload images but they can provide urls which will import if you want to use the thumbnail options.
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  #1437  
Old 06 Nov 2012, 02:13
Subieforums Subieforums is offline
 
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For some reason, my Create Product Review button is not showing up in the forum section anymore, not sure if I mixed up a setting but it was there before...

http://www.subieforums.com/f24/

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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Old 06 Nov 2012, 05:44
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Subieforums View Post
For some reason, my Create Product Review button is not showing up in the forum section anymore, not sure if I mixed up a setting but it was there before...

http://www.subieforums.com/f24/

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
The setting is in two places: the overall mod option and per-usergroup. Check both then check that your forumdisplay templates aren't missing any default hooks.
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Old 07 Nov 2012, 00:31
Subieforums Subieforums is offline
 
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Ted,
I checked the forumdisplay.php file, and my edit is still there.

I am also checking the control panel options and nothing...where exactly would that feature be at there? Just want to double check...it's weird because i had it there...
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Old 07 Nov 2012, 00:36
Subieforums Subieforums is offline
 
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Also, inquiring about the following:

Is there a way that when a user adds a url for the product image, it can automatically be downsized to the thumbnail sizes etc, like it does when manually uploaded to server?

And, is there a way that a usergroup pre-defined, can have access to moderate the approval of a submitted review? I made a specific usergroup that can submit reviews, I want to be able to allow them to approve the product reviews, but I dont want them to have access to my admin panel.

Thanks!
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