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Mod Version: 1.4.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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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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Old 11 Nov 2011, 14:24
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
You need to have configured the default forum option and of course enabled the option to let members post products. Both are in the Product Forums admin options.

Sorted now thanks, I hadnt set the new product forum ID.
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Old 14 Nov 2011, 09:26
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Have a few bugs would like to report..
When a member adds a product, it come up with this is an empty post, I have selected the correct forum ID (in this case 105) and give the forum the permissions to able to post to it.
Also I have set the screen new reviews to no, but they still need moderating.
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Old 14 Nov 2011, 16:08
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by glen290 View Post
Have a few bugs would like to report..
When a member adds a product, it come up with this is an empty post, I have selected the correct forum ID (in this case 105) and give the forum the permissions to able to post to it.
Are you moderating new products? Where do you see this output? Does forum 105 have Product Forums enabled?

Also I have set the screen new reviews to no, but they still need moderating.
Does the forum they are posting the thread to require moderation?
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Old 15 Nov 2011, 18:45
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Thanks for this Ted S, this is something I will definitely follow closely.

At the moment its not as developed as I'd like it to be and Ill just wait a few more months till all these features are added before installing it. Certainty won't mind paying up for a premium version of this with all the planned / suggested features. I mean just got custom simple custom coding done and it already cost me a few hundred and i'm sure theres alot of people like me who have been looking for this and will pay good money, if it was something truly stand out.

Suggestions:

I think more attention should be paid to the formatting with pre-defined categories. So for example if we choose "book" category the pre-defined style (you can customise) is chosen. The reviews can have their own custom fields like "readability of book" which you can enter unique to that category. And when the review comes out its automatically formatted such that image size is smaller(than say travel), etc, i mean just provide a template for each new category which we can edit ourselves would be good enough.

Another suggestion would be displaying similar products, having a filtered search system, making use of the tags to find similar products.

Also more attention should be given to people who leave reviews, a "read all reviews" below thier name, option for them to be a top 10 reviewer, average rating of their reviews, how many reviews they gave, etc.

And of course these implemented in the CP so pple can choose to use them or not.

Hope these suggestions help build a even strong product, will check in again soon
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Old 15 Nov 2011, 20:10
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cowcowcow View Post
At the moment its not as developed as I'd like it to be and Ill just wait a few more months till all these features are added before installing it. Certainty won't mind paying up for a premium version of this with all the planned / suggested features. I mean just got custom simple custom coding done and it already cost me a few hundred and i'm sure theres alot of people like me who have been looking for this and will pay good money, if it was something truly stand out.
We don't do premium mods, over the long term it's just not financially practical to support someone for years over a few dollar sale, nor is mods our business model. But thanks for the vote of confidence in the idea!

As far as your suggestions -- great comments all around.

Of course there's always a line between a solid general mod and something specific to a particular site. Category dimensions are great but vary widely and it's just not practical for us to build books vs dvds for a handful of sites when one site will use "readability" as 1/10 and another prefers "page turning" as a yes/no even within the category. Thus we're looking at custom fields that would let you build in what you want.

The same issue is of course true in the mod in general. Putting out a release with a core feature is something we feel benefits the community and us but while we'd like to tweak it into something that really breaks the mold not just for forums [i think even basic structured data does that] but for the ecomm / online research world, there has to be enough use to justify it.

Usage grows over time and we tend to let it mature before going as far as we'd like to make sure what we're doing is indeed useful.
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Old 15 Nov 2011, 22:00
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
If you want to customize your url structure it would take a bit of work to find each link but should not be difficult to add a title too and then remap with htaccess as you see fit.
Hi Ted - I must admit, I am struggling with this. I can find the links, but I am not sure which variable I need to add in order for the product name to be added to the URL - using {vb:raw title} for example causes the URL to have a number of spaces in it - which is obviously messy.

I would quite like to do this for the Categories as well, so it would look like mypage.com/category/computers - rather than mypage.com/productforums.php?catid=1

Any help would be much appreciated on this.

Will you be adding the option for custom fields? It's the main thing holding me back from adding hundreds/thousands of products with the bulk upload.

Also, speaking of the bulk upload - do you have any data mapping services you would recommend? It's taking me quite a long time to organise the data in Excel and then format it to the required XML format. I know you mentioned before that CSV upload wasn't an option - but this would be a million times easier.

Finally, I know we spoke before about mass editing - I'm concerned that with all the data being uploaded, it is likely to change on a regular basis - could an option be created whereby if a product is added with a matching SKU to a previous product, then it overwrites the previous fields?

Many thanks for your Mod again.
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Old 15 Nov 2011, 23:01
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Originally Posted by downloadsuk View Post
Hi Ted - I must admit, I am struggling with this. I can find the links, but I am not sure which variable I need to add in order for the product name to be added to the URL - using {vb:raw title} for example causes the URL to have a number of spaces in it - which is obviously messy.
The script doesn't do this, you'd have to either build it yourself or make a manual mapping through htaccess to trick things.

For example, you can edit the plugin to output a second variable, {vb:raw urltitle} which runs through the php function urlencode() first or which has spaces and special characters removed / converted.


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Originally Posted by downloadsuk View Post
Will you be adding the option for custom fields? It's the main thing holding me back from adding hundreds/thousands of products with the bulk upload.
Assuming the mod keeps picking up use, yes, we will be.

Originally Posted by downloadsuk View Post
Also, speaking of the bulk upload - do you have any data mapping services you would recommend? It's taking me quite a long time to organise the data in Excel and then format it to the required XML format. I know you mentioned before that CSV upload wasn't an option - but this would be a million times easier.
CSV is a pain to parse as you're counting by the number of comma separated items, not the element names. That means you still have to build the structure, but if you mess up with a single column or special character, the row is skipped or, as is so often the case, gets brought in incorrectly.

I'm sure there's a tool that can convert out from CSV and over to XML easily.

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Finally, I know we spoke before about mass editing - I'm concerned that with all the data being uploaded, it is likely to change on a regular basis - could an option be created whereby if a product is added with a matching SKU to a previous product, then it overwrites the previous fields?
Right now the XML importer throws away duplicates but we can certainly have it update records instead keying off of a UPC / SKU / title match.
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Old 17 Nov 2011, 03:22
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If it had an editor, used the vbulletin editor I'd be all over this.

As far as how it is right now, Its simple and to the point. I like that. When do you think you will add the editor Ted? I'm hanging on a thread here waiting to start using this.
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Old 17 Nov 2011, 05:02
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As far as how it is right now, Its simple and to the point. I like that. When do you think you will add the editor Ted? I'm hanging on a thread here waiting to start using this.
We haven't scoped the next feature release yet to know how much work is involved but given how busy commerce is this time of year, it will likely be a few weeks.
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Old 17 Nov 2011, 15:50
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Old 17 Nov 2011, 16:13
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The script doesn't do this, you'd have to either build it yourself or make a manual mapping through htaccess to trick things.

For example, you can edit the plugin to output a second variable, {vb:raw urltitle} which runs through the php function urlencode() first or which has spaces and special characters removed / converted.


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Thanks Ted - will give it a shot.

On another note, is there any possibility of expanding the search options to search for all relevant keywords in the description as well? For example, at the moment a user can search by title, but say they were looking for reviews of a particular product type, say Black Television, or Smart phone - and these words aren't included in the title, then they don't appear in the search or filter results - it's not the best user experience.

Additionally, allowing a user to sort reviews by say price, or popularity (views) or # of reviews, or even newest first would also be helpful.

Thanks.
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Old 18 Nov 2011, 01:25
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Zeigt mir keine Fotos oder den Verkaufstext an??
Support is offered in english and english only.
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Old 18 Nov 2011, 01:26
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Thanks Ted - will give it a shot.

On another note, is there any possibility of expanding the search options to search for all relevant keywords in the description as well? For example, at the moment a user can search by title, but say they were looking for reviews of a particular product type, say Black Television, or Smart phone - and these words aren't included in the title, then they don't appear in the search or filter results - it's not the best user experience.

Additionally, allowing a user to sort reviews by say price, or popularity (views) or # of reviews, or even newest first would also be helpful.

Thanks.
Certainly possible however we'll likely need to move the mod over to a FULLTEXT index to allow for a more sophisticated matching process rather than looking up individual words. We've come up with a weighting system that makes this work better than many are use to with similar searches but it does slow down the speed of the addon and is certainly not a perfect search solution
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Old 18 Nov 2011, 19:30
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I just saw your mod and installed it. Something I have been looking for a long time and thank you for putting this together.

I just have a few questions:
  • Your mod doesn't create a link to the "productforums.php" page. Correct?
  • We have a closed membership forum and "adding an new product" doesn't really need a "approval" from the mods. Can this be turned off?
  • I might have understand the instructions wrong but I created a dedicated forum for the "product reviews" and added the id from this forum in the Cpanel. This doesn't mean if somebody posts a new thread in this forum it will be added automatically to your mod. Correct? but users have to go via the link in the "productforums.php" page?
Thanks for any help
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Old 18 Nov 2011, 20:36
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by qpurser View Post
  • Your mod doesn't create a link to the "productforums.php" page.
Correct. Every site is different so we leave it up to you to decide where you want it to be linked too.


Originally Posted by qpurser View Post
  • We have a closed membership forum and "adding an new product" doesn't really need a "approval" from the mods. Can this be turned off?

You're the first to ask so it's not a feature option. Making the change however would be simple... If you want the raw code edits let me know.


Originally Posted by qpurser View Post
  • I might have understand the instructions wrong but I created a dedicated forum for the "product reviews" and added the id from this forum in the Cpanel. This doesn't mean if somebody posts a new thread in this forum it will be added automatically to your mod. Correct? but users have to go via the link in the "productforums.php" page?
When you designate a forum as a product-forum area, threads can be created with product data but do not have to be created this way. The new thread button will still trigger normal posting [if enabled at all] while a link to productforums.php start the new product.


Most installs turn off posting in that forum and use the link in productforums.php to startup products since this is not a common task. Reviews are started from within a product thread.
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