10:06am Installed the add-on
10:10am Had the add-on running
I used the pre-C5.7 version which was a bit of a mission to link and get running.
This is, for the most part, very automated.
Made a few tweaks to the add-on stylesheets to match my theme and all is good!
What's with the negative reviews?
Chad, I would like you to use different nomenclature on your 'is_canonical' page attribute. Something like, 'canonical_date_paths' might be more appropriate? I make mention here to possible help others who might trip over it (like I did).
Thanks for your good work!
Where is Support?
ProBlog uses core conversation block, which requires from visitors the whole name, e-mail, www-site-address and captcha for sending a message. In 5.7 you can't modify it unless you are php-coder. I am not, so I had to return back to 5.6. I Don't recommend this Add-On.
The best $30 you'll ever spend.
Get this. You won't regret it.
Agree with last reviewer
Made one installation, ran into difficulties and wanted to uninstall and start fresh. Uninstall failed to fully clean out the addon's data in the database so ended up having to trace and delete old database entries manually to get a clean install.
Most of the templates had some bugs, or code which didn't work correctly on 5.7.4 (not sure for previous versions of concrete5), so have overridden many controllers and view files to get the addon to work.
I found support to be less responsive than they advertise. I submitted several tickets, most went unanswered for several days. Some never. I still have two issues with the software that aren't resolved. From the addon page I expected support to be a bit more helpful.
General documentation and how tos are a bit thin and there's no detailed documentation and few forum chats to help with learning the way the system works. So you really have to trace through the code to get the flow before you can fix any issues.
Overall I spent many hours on troubleshooting, and the whole point of buying an addon was to save time. I'm a developer, so was able to fix most issues, but for a non-developer I think this addon would be extremely frustrating.
If install / uninstall was smooth, support more responsive, and less bugs would give 5 stars. Functionality that I'm looking for is all there, blogs are easy to update, interface is good, and feature set is great. In its current state, can only recommend to developers willing to spend a bit of time to hack it into a working state.
Must-Have for Concrete Blogs
Support responded and resolved one minor issue we had in record time. Definitely recommended! The quality and service is top-notch.
No Longer the Most Powerful and Easy To Use and Manage Blogging App for C5
I have migrated clients to a competitive solution - C5DK Blog - with fantastic results and excellent client reviews.
Additionally, the SEO tools provided by ProBlog have been a huge feature that clients have really enjoyed.
This is a powerful tool, $40 is a drop in the bucket compared to its usefulness.
* Note: the C5.6 version has ample documentation that can help point you in the right direction for using the C5.7 product but sometimes the 5.6 answers don't apply to this version.
In some cases integration with outside services like Disqus is offered to add to or replace native features. This is a fair trade-off but only after searching for non-existent settings did I understand that this was the work-around to some limitations in this product.
Personally, as a first-time user, I have spent hours between finding information, posting or reading bug reports, and correcting issues with ProBlog.
For example, after deleting a file for a month in which posts no longer existed (trying to correct for a bug that I later discovered is to be corrected in the next release) a problem arose that essentially crashed the blog pages. Ok... my bad! Uninstalling and re-installing ProBlog should have allowed me to get back to square one, but the uninstall did not even remove the ProBlog-specific database tables, never mind entries added to other Concrete5 tables. I had to go through the ProBlog code to find where information had been stored and remove database records by hand. Of the issues with this product this is the one that was most troubling.
To be fair, the developer seems like a nice fellow and is actively fixing bugs and rolling out new releases. I posted one serious bug and it was fixed in about 3 or 4 days. I am confident that this will mature into a worthy Concrete5 native blogging tool. In the meantime, I feel that the product description - copied from the previous version - is misleading as it makes it seem like this is a mature product at this time.
If the uninstall was comprehensive I would rate this 3 stars. If you treat ProBlog gently it will work for you and allow you to avoid a separate WordPress install.
In time this will no doubt become a fine product - refer to the latest reviews for the current state of development. For now, however, use it with care.
I hate that you felt compelled to A) leave a bad review to discredit our hard work and tell others not to buy it B) never ask for help.
Very very very disappointed in this. You didn't even give us the chance to right something before dinging our good effort and brand.
You clearly have absolutely zero clue how hard it was to even get a package from 5.6 to 5.7 to begin with. With a barely working core and no documentation I might add.
I completely do not respect or agree with this review. Tasteless and rude and shows a tremendous level of ignorance and arrogance on your part.