DZOIC Handshakes Professional (social networking script) Reviews and Testimonials
Dzoic is a Spam Engine
Reviewed byAnonymouson Sun, 18th May 2014
Although Dzoic script does what it say it is meant for, its spam-related activities is one to worry about. I bought the script and all I get is spam registration like at least 100 per day and when I traced the IP address, it points to the same location and system used by Joe Duncanson, the owner. I took up this issue with him but he pretended to have fixed it but all he told me he did was a cock and bull story.
Mon, 13th October 2014
Obviously this customer doesn't know how to trace IP's. Why would we sabotage our own customers? We have solutions by implementing services such as http://stopforumspam.com and using better captcha from http://areyouahuman.com , both of which we provide to our customers free of charge, and will likely be options in our next upgrade. Unfortunately, spam registrations are a part of every social networking site, why do you think captcha was invented in the first place?
My Most Exciting Experience
Reviewed byAnonymouson Wed, 26th August 2009
I was on a tight budget with this project (social networking community) so I have gone through all available offers very carefully, comparing features and prices, etc. I was still in doubt when I finally decided to go with Handshakes. But now I know I would never regret it. Script has been installed on my server the same day I have placed an order. Admin console is extremely powerful - I didn't have to dig into config files to do all the changes I had in my mind. The site is up and it's running and Handshakes works perfectly! DZOIC knows their job!
Excellent script and support!
Reviewed byAnonymouson Tue, 2nd June 2009
The script is fabulous! I had a chance to try all available solutions from top companies in social networking area and I gotta say this one is the best. I can customize EVERYTHING, and most things can be modified from admin. Support is also top notch. Never had to wait for a reply even if it was a non-urgent case. Keep up the good work!
Abandoned at their mercy
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 28th May 2009
Since i bought this software, i had several problems: Installation took them two days to complete, and i have been waiting for several days now to get a reply regarding the other issues. If you buy this software, you have to give yourself at least a week -if not more- to reply to any issue that your users may have. If you have an issue -after purchasing the software- then you are sort of abandonned by Dzoic. I am seeking refund from them now.
Need Recommendations for web hosting
Reviewed byAnonymouson Fri, 28th December 2007
I purchased Hand shake software and i am currently hosting my site at Yahoo web hosting. Yahoo does NOT support CRON Jobs and ZEND. Please suggesting me a hosting company who can smoothly host HAND SHAKE software. Regards, Naren
Too slow on service
Reviewed byAnonymouson Fri, 2nd November 2007
I've purchased this software and still have not received it after 30 hours of waiting. There is no reason for this. They need a different payment processor than 2checkout.
Thu, 3rd February 2011
We offer Paypal and Google Checkout as alternatives. Download is immediate upon payment completion.
Very poor support and customization
Reviewed byAnonymouson Sun, 23rd September 2007
Everytime there is a problem it takes days to get a response and then it's usually useless. The knowledge of most of the support staff is very little and don't seem to help much with issues. Have only gotten one problem fixed from them. The rest had to come from outside coders. I would think twice. Out of the box very difficult to customize because it deeply branded and you almost have to recode everything to brand it as your own. Some CMS's that were free/very complex are easier to customize.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Mon, 17th September 2007
I have not upgraded my script; however I will tell you that 3.2 is excellent. Like any script is has bugs, but DZOIC is notified and the problem is rectified. The staff is friendly (email), patient and knowledgeable. My only concern is that support does take sometime to reply; however once replied the team attacks the problem. E.g. I had a data base problem and DZOIC support went into my data base and fixed the situation without hesitation. With a 30 day money back, you can't go wrong!
DZOIC Handshakes - Fantastic Support
Reviewed byAnonymouson Tue, 11th September 2007
Not being a programmer, I needed a software platform for my "community" website that was easy to set up and use while having all the features I wanted. So, I took the time to do some "shopping around" before decided to purchase and use DZOIC Handshakes. Had I known just how well this product is supported by the incredibly talented people ad DZOIC, there would have been no hesitation on my part to make the Handshakes purchase right away...I have no doubt that I made the right choice.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Tue, 4th September 2007
I just bought this script and I have to tell you. It is super quick and I imported members from the vbulletin integration and now with over 12000 members i figured it would slow down BUT IT HASN'T! Thanks Dzoic. Your Support is fast and reliable. And Thanks for making it so easy for us to customize the script!
Poor performance documentation
Reviewed byAnonymouson Fri, 31st August 2007
I see sites with many register member but only one online. You cannot make any idea of script performance. Also, benchmarking, profiling, load test are undocumented (I think inexistent too). A free version with fewer features is needed. Do you have idea how many scripts pretend that they perform well to a P4 desktop. Phpizabi say it holds 200 thousands users (maybe if they register and never enter online). We don�t know if site is any good for handling traffic and you want tho charge us 350$?
Fair warning - Not for the faint of heart.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Sun, 26th November 2006
I had taken the time to watch the user support forums, and find other sites using this product. Most of what I found was good. I find the product has a little bit of a learning curve, but is not impossible to work. Out of the box, the admin panel can do most of what you want, and get a decent running site. The core package has over 3000 files before install. It needs some serious documentation.
The best social networking script on the net!
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 2nd November 2006
I have seen many scripts and this one is by far the best one. I have modified many scripts and this one has the most organized code out there, making it very easy and modular to add/remove/change whatever you need. The new 100% css theme they just released just made it that much easier. Not only that, but their support is second to none. I would recommend this script to anyone who is serious about a solid networking script to grow your site with. I know I am.
Very poor performance and Very slow customer service
Reviewed byAnonymouson Wed, 18th October 2006
I tested this software on a dual XEON with 4GB RAM. Average page loads are way too slow for a production site with thousands of members. Before you buy this software, check out the client sites and see if the performance is acceptable. This script has the potential but its nto ready for production rollouts yet. AND .. very very delayed customer responses.
Thu, 19th October 2006
This is not true, we have customers with thousands of members and script runs smoothly. There's probably a problem with customer's server or installation.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Fri, 6th October 2006
This script is absolutely horrid. They have virtually no documentation, so good luck if anything doesn't make sense to you. Support? What support? You'll be lucky if you get a reply within a week, and you'll definitely need it since this thing is so buggy. Stay away!
Sat, 7th October 2006
We apologize for any delays in our support replies. This was due to the server upgrade and now our support is fast and reliable as always.
Support is poor and Absolutely no documentation Your stuck at their mercy
Reviewed byAnonymouson Tue, 15th August 2006
I purchased the previous release and upgraded to the curent. when I changed to the new app I had to start all over from the beginning and had to ask all my users to recreate accounts and set every thing back up. The application is a great and sophisticated app and can do allot. But the support some times takes days to get a response from. There is absolutely no documentation to help you expand the site. You have to email all questions on how every little part works.
Dzoic is Fabulous!
Reviewed byAnonymouson Mon, 7th August 2006
I just wanted to comment on my recent experience with Dzoic. I love Handshakes Pro...it is exactly what I was looking for. As far as support I cannot say anything negative.I am not a programmer and I had issues with my webhost..Dzoic was quite patient and very helpful. They never gave up on me. I would definately do business with them again.
DZOIC Handshakes: great product and attentive support, but no documentation yet.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Wed, 5th July 2006
Rock-solid. Code easy to modify. Support almost always responds within one day and even spent an hour with me answering questions. But I wish there was documentation avaiable and perhaps comments in the code. I'm told that this information is coming in a couple weeks with the next release. Also looking forward to a user forum. Any other users of dzoic handshakes-- I've love to share experiences with you on integrating with email marketing tools and doing other customizations. Dennis
Reviewed byAnonymouson Sat, 17th June 2006
One drawback I see is the lack of add on components or modules - either 3rd party or homegrown. I was looking to use it as a shared photo gallery site - but only being able to upload 1 photo at a time wasn't going to cut it for me.
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 25th May 2006
This social networking software product dazzles with diversity of features varying from blogs and articles to personal calendar and classifieds. Nevertheless while testing demo version of this product I�ve revealed that most modules were not working for some reason for a short time but later it worked properly except of �chat� that gave out a code error. Strange system message appeared while loading an �event� module, probably it was bug. Well, I�ll think twice before purchasing this software.
Sat, 27th May 2006
Absolutely not true. All modules are working 100% and there are no errors in our demo. Once in an hour there's a 3-minutes restore programm running and during these 3 minutes the demo is down.
Excellent, great job guys!
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 27th April 2006
This by far and away stands alone in quality compared to other like scripts. Don't waste your time with the rest, this is the best value for the dollar -- hands down.
Latest version 2.0 not as flexible as you might think!
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 20th April 2006
I've paid $349 for the latest version 2.0. Nice software, good customer service but it's not worth a penny and don't buy it if you really want to make ANY modifications to it. Their website says you can make ANY modifications and their software license is misleading and is misrepresented. After you introduce your new design and spend time on making custom changes, they contact you and tell you to keep their original logo in it's original place and link it to their website on all of your pages.
Mon, 24th April 2006
DZOIC offers 2 types of license: standard and branding free. We do not allow standard license owners to remove our copyright notices. And that is not a logo, but a small "powered by DZOIC" notice at the bottom of script pages. This customer was owner of the standard license for only 2 days and did no design changes as he claims, except our copyrights removal. His order was refunded as soon as he refused to put our powered by notice back. The new version is still as flexible, as you think.
A+ Support 4 WirePost
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 15th September 2005
I want to say thanks again to DZOIC Support team. One of reason why I bought Handshakes DZOIC App. is Their Super Support. Not this AlstraSoft E-Friend App. I do agree with some of what "mlaw" reveiws, about zend encoded which restricts several custom features and features lacking. DZOIC team have told me that there're more features coming and the new V1.2 has many features now . Over all DZOIC handshakes is worth buying.
Looks Good but........
Reviewed byAnonymouson Thu, 14th July 2005
At a first glance the demo seems pretty good but there are still features lacking. However the worst part is that this solution seems to be zend encoded which restricts several custom features we need to add into the script itself thus making modification almost impossible.
Mon, 24th April 2006
So the only negative aspect of our script is gone with the new version. Handshakes Pro includes 99% of the source code now and you can customize anything!
This is the best script available
Reviewed byAnonymouson Fri, 17th June 2005
I've already bought the script and this script rocks. Not only rocks as a script but also because the excellent support you'll get. They helped me with an spanish translation (almost 95% edited on smarty templates.. other sections done by the dzoic team). The only con is that is totally encoded by using Zend and this will not give you the opportunity to customize it. (Although they are VERY willing to help you). Five peppers!