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MIXER!! Review | By: Boonexoid

This community software review will talk about one of the leaders in the industry of community software solutions - Mixer. As the company states, Mixer is a community and dating software solution, a combined software. Mixer has a lot of features which makes it unique and attractive. In this review I’ll try to show the features and abilities of Mixer. Let’s see what is Mixer leader for. I think that the main advantage of Mixer is the set of the features included in the main package. The software comes for one time fee, includes all the features which the company has created, free installation done by the specialists of the company, lifetime free 24/7 support and updates. This all is impressive, isn’t it? But let’s write a point by point Mixer review.

  • System requirements. 
    • Mixer requires at least 70Mb of web-space and 500K of MySQL DB space for installation,
    • Linux/Unix (RedHat, Debian, FreeBSD, Mandrake, etc.) or Windows OS,
    • Apache Web Server,
    • PHP 4.1 and higher (Apache and CGI modules),
    • MySQL 4.1 and higher,
    • Cron Jobs,
    • ionCube Loader for the license files,
    • open IN and OUT TCP connection on ports 999, 1982 and 1983.
    I can see ionCube Loader, means some of the files are encrypted. But I’ve found the list of the encrypted files in the documentation at Mixer’s site and can say that they don’t affect the modifications. There are listed almost 20 files for the license key checking purposes. And concerning the open ports. Usually all hosting companies open those ports if you take a dedicated IP. So, it is not a problem to find a compatible hosting for Mixer. Besides of it, the company recommends a hosting company which will be suitable for the software work. So, you’ll not have any problems with that. In the list of the features I see VideoUpload, VoIP and VideoChat, which, as we know, require a FFMPEG server. However I don't see that requirement in the list. I've contacted their support via Skype and found out that the software uses the remote media streaming servers of the company for those conversion and streaming purposes. This is a good solution if you don't have your own server. However, as the support specialist said, you can use your own FFMPEG. If needed the company will provide you with the instructions and the needed files.

  • License types.
  • Mixer has one license type: Single Domain License - $997
    May be used on one domain. Lifetime free 24/7 support and updates are included in the price, as well as a free installation. Pretty good. Let’s continue this community software review.

  • Design/layout.
  • There is one default template available in the package of the software. The template is pretty colorful with a Flash header which brings attractiveness to the software. Now let’s test the demo site with the default template and see how it looks and works. Pretty nice design. No lacks, impressive graphics. Good performed design. Well chosen and combined colors. A real Web 2.0 design. Suitable for a good site. Let’s register and use Mixer.

  • Registration.
  • Simple registration form. No unneeded and complicated questions. Just main information. The registration fields have input check which is a good feature: Tried to enter special symbols and got a message with a hint. Interactivity is a good ability of the software. Let’s register and use Mixer. The second step of registration is asking you to upload a photo. You can do it or skip that step, in case you don’t want to upload a photo yet: OK. I’m registered and logged in: Pretty nice look. I like the design and layout. The site loads and works fast, though there are graphical materials, but all of them are optimized. Let’s continue this Mixer review. I see a REC button just on the photo placeholder. Let’s see what it does. It is for Greeting Recording. Clicked on it and the system is asking to record my voice greeting. The users, visiting my profile, will be able to playback that greeting. That’s nice. Let’s see what we can do in the profile. The company announces a customizable profile. Let’s see how customizable it is and what exactly is meant with that statement. Well, this is the look of that profile customization tool. The text was drawn by me, the different pictures put by me as well :) Besides of drawing and putting such standard pictures, it is also possible to upload your own photo from your PC and set them as background, upload video and audio files: This is a good customization tool. In other packages I’ve seen customization using HTML and CSS. But if you’re not familiar with those technologies, you’ll not be able to do much things with them. But here I can see simple drag and drop and shiny buttons. Another unique feature which I want to pay your attention to. That is 3D City: This is a 3D world where the users can walk and interact with each other. There are several different locations available there. Haven’t seen such a feature in any other solution. The rest of the features are implemented on a high level too. Couldn’t find any lack of the implementation. Mixer works fine in both FireFox and Internet Explorer. This is an advantage too.

    Let’s test the admin panel for this community software review.

  • Admin panel.

  • This Mixer review continues a chapter about the admin panel. The same shiny look is available here as well. Let’s visit the first 3 submenus and see what we can do with them. It is very comfortable to be able to disable some features which you don’t need at the moment or don’t need at all. I see such a section in Mixer admin. Another good feature of admin is the ability to edit the template files through the admin CP. Here how it is implemented in Mixer: And here is the section to edit the language files or translate the site into another language (there are 12 languages included in the package - Arabic, Chinese, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Romanian and Portuguese.): I like customizable solutions. Don't like to be stuck with the default things. Seems that Mixer can be customized so much as you need. The other thing which I always seek in community or community sites is the ability to edit, delete or add custom profile fields. I've found such a section in Mixer too: Pretty configurable solution. Even the default fields can be edited or deleted. OK. I'm finishing this part of Mixer review. I've done my best to make a good research and show you the solution in the way I see it.

  • Usability.
  • Implemented on a high level. No unneeded links or static pictures of menu items are available. The users will not be lost even visiting the site for the first time. This is an advantage. If a user finds your site too complicated to use, that user will leave your site and not return any more.

  • Support.
  • The price of the software includes lifetime free 24/7 support (announced on the web-site of the company). A phone number is available on the top of the web-site and it is nice. I've called and the call was answered by a support specialist while I was calling on Sunday. This is good. Also their support is available through the following messengers: This is good if you don't want or can't call them. In most cases it is not comfortable to discuss technical questions over the phone. That's why messenger support is a good alternative. I'm finishing this community software review. Mixer is a good implemented solution with a reasonable price. From the advantages of the software I can mention the relatively low price, a lot of features, lifetime free support and updates. The default templates delivered in the package are well designed. Also the company offers custom design option for more 100 USD. Didn't find any lack of implementation. The software works fine in all major browsers. I like what I've seen here. This is the end of Mixer review.  
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