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Akeeba Engage 1.0.0.b1 Beta

Released on: 2020-05-10 19:00 CDT

Joomla and PHP Compatibility

We are developing, testing and using Akeeba Engage using the latest version of Joomla! and a popular and actively maintained branch of PHP 7. At the time of this writing this is:

  • Joomla! 3.9 and 4.0 (pre-beta1 development)
  • PHP 7.4

Akeeba Engage should be compatible with:

  • Joomla! 3.9 and 4.0
  • PHP 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4.


Initial public release.

New features

  • Comments allow for full HTML, edited using the WYSIWYG editor configured in Joomla.
  • HTML filtering for comments either by Joomla itself or using the more robust, heavily audited HTML Purifier library.
  • Comments can be filed by logged in users or guests (configurable with Joomla's permissions).
  • Guest commenters' information can be remembered across sessions on the same browser.
  • Custom module positions for enriching the comments output without overriding the view templates.
  • Guest users can see a module or a module position to help them log in to file a comment (fully compatible with Akeeba SocialLogin).
  • Control open/closed comments, comments autoclose and comments display globally, per category and per article.
  • Comments are hierarchical, i.e. you can file a comment in reply to another comment.
  • Avatars using the Gravatar service.
  • You can optionally require a CAPTCHA for guest comments, non-special users' comments or for all comments. You can use any CAPTCHA supported by Joomla, installed and enabled on your site.
  • Comments can be checked for spam using Akismet (paid, third party service).
  • Notifications about comments can be sent to managers and optionally the participants of a conversation using customizable email templates.
  • wbAMP support for comments display on AMP pages (you can only file new comments and reply to comments in the full HTML view, though).
  • Fully semantic output with tagging using microdata in both HTML and AMP outputs.
  • Dark Mode support, front- and backend.
  • Integration with Joomla's Privacy (com_privacy) and Akeeba DataCompliance components for GDPR compliance i.e. data export and implementation of user content deletion.
  • Integration with User Actions, logging administrative actions taken on comments.
  • Full support for Joomla caching (Conservative and Progressive).
  • You can customize the comments display with standard Joomla template overrides.
  • You can customize the CSS used for comments display with standard Joomla media overrides. You get the full SCSS source files.
  • Downloads and updates to the component are free of charge. Getting support will cost money, though.

Release files

Akeeba Engage installation package

1.32 Mb

Joomla! 3.9 Joomla! 4.0 PHP 7.1 PHP 7.2 PHP 7.3 PHP 7.4

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