It adds most of features offered by other CMS like drupal, wordpress, and much more than them:
- Content Types (=custom forms)
- Many highly parametrized powerful fields with SELECTIVE Content Plugin Triggering
- Drag-drop templating
- Multi-Category assignments
- Complex filters in category/search views
- Author management with limitations for subscriptions sites
10x-20x more features in free version, compared to other Free CCK/Directory components
Thus, FLEXIcontent was designed to manage content in a broad sense:
- image or video galleries,
- job offers,
- product catalogues,
- business directories,
- hotel directories
within a single user interface.
-- This means for the end user, unparalleled simplicity of use, everything happens in one place.
-- Mastering 10 components to be able to administrate an entire website isn’t required anymore.
-- For the web designer / end user / developer, it means a lot less headaches of interoperability/maintenance
Some of FLEXIcontent Unique features:
(none in other component's Free versions, many unique compared to commercial versions)
-- Multi Category assigments, with multiple featured categories (configurable via our Advance Route Plugin, see our FAQ)
-- Multiple Document versioning (combined with workflow and powerful notifications messages, see below)
-- Multi-state Workflow to assist both editors & publishers to add/update content to your site
-- Highly configurable powerful notification system: (Global) Component + Per Content Type + Per category
-- High parametrized Fields(=joomla plugin each) (carefully structured to assist configuration and be performance wise)
-- Powerful relation/reverse Relation fields to create custom Content Item sub-listing inside a Content Item
-- An powerful image/gallery field to create DB-reusable image/galleries or item-field specific galleries with numerous parameterization options
-- Multiple filter apperances: text field/single select/dual text range/dual select range/toggle radio/toggle checkbox(multiple filter values)
-- FACETED filter behavior for almost all searchable fields: showing filter values according to current filtering and current
-- A -Free- Advanced Search view (to host the above 2, but also available in categories too) and create content-rich listings
-- Directory/Catalog features, directory view + a powerful Alpha-Index with character aliases, character aggregations, language customizations
-- Selective plugin triggering in all fields
-- High performance frontend views and items manager, with steady performance as sites grows (**installing on EXISTING larges sites 20,000+ items is still slow, TODO), (and works with full page caching extensions)
-- 30+ ACL actions (e.g. edit field value)
-- ... many more UNIQUE
I use it since it's beginning, silently following it's development, using it with success and satisfation; but wrongly not giving my direct contribution
Now it's time to do it :)
You are problably asking for "Why now?".
The reason is simple but not surprising for who is following this extension from the beginning.
This time I had a further occasion to get invaluable help coming form the development team, related to specific small & hidden bug causing my website loosing Google ranking. Within a couple of days they have identified and solved it, making me happy :)
I never found a better extensions around the JED, and this time I must admit then I also _NEVER_ found a better & so responsive team: this could be "normal" for a pay-for component, but you should keep in mind that they are still working FOR FREE giving us a great component. What more should you expect?
I would give them more than 5 stars, but all I can do right now is to tell you "enjoy that team, is unique rather than rare"
FLEXIcontent (FC) is one of the best, if not the best, CCK for Joomla! out there.
I've tested other CCK which can have a pretty interface but limites you in the free version; or others that can be so powerful that it's overwhelming to work with as there is too much to do.
And with many of these CCK, it's a pain to move your data out of them.
FC has multi language support with out the need of any 3rd party. You can map items (articles ...) to their translated version.
You can build almost any type of website with it. You have a vast array of field type.
You can manage the fields showing in the submit content form on the front end.
Tight and extended Joomla! ACL integration. You can even apply Joomla! ACL per field.
You can trigger SQL queries in field.
Drag & drop ordering.
The template system is uber simple and offer total control.
Maybe not every developer or company are great at advertising themselves. But there is one sure thing about FLEXIcontent: it's a solid CCK.
And i forgot one important note: It's FREE!
ps: i'm not even part the of the FC team, but i simply love it. We use it a lot to develop our client's website.
This is not a "simple as a click" CKK, but i'm really sure it's the most powerful one.
The support forum is quick and efficient, i can tell you, because i have several specific needs, and all request where solved (For developers, you can make almost everything you need in the great templates tool).
Flexicontent is not know enough!
The most beautiful part of FlexiContent is the templating mechanism which allows to render each joomla article uniquely.
Object-oriented grounding provides bunch of ways for integrating FlexiContent algorithms into third-party components. In addition, it is easily extensible with plugin mechanics.
I would especially like to thank the developers who put incredible effort in constantly improving the extension and providing abundand support on their forum.
This CCK integrates smoothly with Joomla's categories, articles and other plugins. It extends Joomla with a variety of custom fields and provides templating capabilities for articles.
Even if you have basic html and css knowledge (like me) you can do a great lot with FLEXIcontent!
I am using it for almost 2 years and migrating from 1.5 to 2.5 joomla web without problem. multiple category system, templates by item/categroy customizable, import function for high number of article and lot more fun !
you made great job ! thx !
Once you use flexicontent you will wonder why it is not already part of the original package. It is really flexible an adaptable. It has tons of plugins.
I guess, you mostly speak of documentation for -developers-,
yes the documentation for developers is still being written, every time a question that is useful for developers, is answered in the forum, we make also make a new FAQ/Documentation article out of the forum answer.
for end users the inline description and parameters layouts have been improved to make it easier to use, although not as easy as we would want.
By tons of plugins i guess you mean ability to trigger only a specific content plugin (instead of all plugin) in text fields to create a custom FLEXIcontent field e.g. a video field or Google maps field etc , although such (free) fields exist by third party developers.
we avoid making too many different plugins if the functionality can be accommodated by an existing plugin, e.g. our image field is also (in latest version) an image gallery having all the functionality of the single image field ...
I am having difficulty with the workflow feature. I attempted numerous times to access the forum but I kept getting a user/name and password not found error. Since I received the error message, I attempted to contact a board administrator, but did not have any success through email. I have tried to contact a board administrator since 8/23/2012, but have not had any success. It is too bad since it appears that the forum itself gets updated fairly frequently.
I did not want to give a poor review, but I have not been able to use all the features in the new FlexiContent because the support is non-existing. I do hope the developers take the time to read this review.
As you said yourself the forum board gets frequent answers, and when a bug is reported we always investigate it, also most features request are entered as enhancement issues in our bug tracker
A few days ago the forum may have been unavailable for a couple of hours, because it was upgraded to latest phpBB, i don't know if this is related
About customer service lacking, i will happily receive a donation, if you want to make one, but the component is free (and will remain free)
thus you have not paid any money for it, despite the countless hours we have spent on it.
1. Allow my site members to submit content for news sections I specify while enabling me to control what is published.
2. Allow my site members full control to post, edit and publish blog posts in categories I specify while enabling me to display those posts in a nice, clean, customizable layout.
I have found a few great blog components but was not satisfied with what is available for member content submission.
FLEXIcontent solved BOTH my issues! It's intuitive, powerful and, though it is well worth a license fee, it's absolutely FREE.
*Hint: When adding a menu item for item submission be sure to choose the categories to which the member group has permission (set in FLEXIcontent global config or category config) to post. Also, it is wise (if not necessary) to set a default posting category for this menu item. I neglected to to this at first, which resulted in my members being forwarded to a menu item that was set as default for anyone without permission to post. (This will all make sense after you have installed the component.)
I would recommend FLEXIcontent to anyone who wants to allow member/team article submission and/or member blogs.
It allows pleasant functionnalities such as a free gallery, which is not include in all CCK's.
However, for newbies (as I am), it's a little hard to understand how it integrates with Joomla! But I suppose it needs time, as all other tools !
I agree with you,
FLEXIcontent has long list of features, that i myself may forget of them, and many advanced features that are not meant to be used by newbies.
Should we not have included them? And we think twice before including unnecessary features.
Mastering a big extension is not easy, even for experts users, and also everything is more or less a trade-off, when you make something more powerful, you make it a little or much more difficult. We try to make only a little more difficult, and improve intuitiveness of user interface wherever possible, and give time to it, despite it being a -free- extension.
Basic usage of extending the Joomla article system (instead of replacing it) with extra fields, Contents Types and templating, comes easy.
Everybody of us gave time when he/she first started using a CMS like Joomla ... using a big extension and taking advantage of big component will require some time and as i said above some features are meant for web-designers (and developers)
- flexibility is fantastic (see features)
- installation was easy
- learning all the possibilities may take time, but this extension is worth it.
- any questions (no matter how trivial) were answered VERY quickly and accurately
If you need to build a custom content structure - this is it.
I don't write many reviews, but this one deserves the time to give feedback.
J2.5 version is finished and being tested.
Also there is a migration tool for moving from J1.5 to J2.5 by a third party developer, which is also finished and being tested too.
Announcement of new version is to happen very soon. New feature list is too long, will try to make a good summary out of them
The only weakness that's not related to the Project itself is 3rd party support.
And I wish more 3rd Party Companies support it Out of the box (as for K2)
I've tried a lot of components here. This one worked perfectly and I could actually understand it.
Basically all I wanted on my Joomla 1.5 website was the ability to create sub-categories within categories.
I didn't want to upgrade or use the sections.
This component did the trick. I had this up and running within 5 minutes.
I had spent hours on other components which were way over my head. I finally found this Gem that really saved my day and endless hours.
Take my hats off to you for developing this excellent component.
Thank you very much!
Sobi was good for a directory type system, even made a website out of it. But, for me, that's where its usefulness ended.
jSeblod, was packed with features but seemed difficult to use. And at the time was not something I wanted to unload on to my clients.
Zoo, was a breeze to use but lacked out-of-the-box flexibility. While the core is free you have to pay for "Apps" to add functionality to Zoo.
Which left K2 and Flexicontent. On the surface, once installed, the back-end for both products looked very similar. I even read somewhere that both had some of the same code. But that's about where it ended.
One of the big differences between the 2 was that K2 used its own database tables. Flexicontent used the built-in com_content from Joomla. So what's that mean? It means that most (not all) of the plugins for regular joomla articles will work with Flexicontent. And 2, should you decide to uninstall Flexiconent then all of your content remains and is still accessible.
Both products require creating templates for displaying your content. One big advantage flexi has over K2 is that the templates you create have areas on them. With these areas you can drag and drop the fields you want to use, into any of the areas with ease. Maybe later you add anothe field or want to moved them around, you just drag and drop the new field into place or move everything around within your template areas. Can't say the same about K2, you have to go in and edit in your changes directly into the template. Not very flexible.
It's a shame K2 has gotten the recognition it has. Especially with several of the big Joomla template makers using it in their themes. IMO Flexicontent is a much better product.
Now if can just get a Joomla 2.5 version of flexicontent out.
I run a community website dealing in real estate and tourism, using some other specific extensions to manage some parts of our website, I was looking for a proper extension to create an activity listing directory and a course listing directory, since I already used mtree for some other parts of the website and sobi2 could not fit my requirements, I decided to look for a CCK extension to build the directory myself.
First, I tried K2, another well known CCK extension but K2 really lacks of features, the main features missed in K2 is about the search & filter integration, there is another extension that helps to integrate search and filter tool to K2 but first it is commercial and secondly, the extra fields can only be used once in the search plugin and there also some other issues that make me abandon the K2 idea.
Secondly, I tried JSeblod, I am not telling that this one also is not good but the configuration is quite complex and really not suitable at all for newbies in joomla.
Finally, I take a look at FlexiContent, after some hesitation, since our website is a productive website, I decided to give it a chance and tried it, the result was totally awesome, I could build all two directories as I wanted it with the same extensions and I could also add as many features as I wanted such as video embed from youtube, photo gallery, map & location and much more simply by using some content plugin available for joomla core contents, I was really impressed and from now, every website that I will design for my company, I will only use FlexiContent and no other CCK extension.
Implementing the search and filtering features within each category was just like a child stuff, so easy to implement, just create a select field with the required filter option and add it to the template and type of content, that's it, you have a fully functional search feature without the need to implement any other third party 'commercial' extension.
Additionally, after creating the first directory, I noticed a small error in the display, which was caused by my own website template css, since I do not really know how css stuff works, I decided to add a support request in the free community support forum of FlexiContent team, here again, I was really impressed, within less than 2 hours, yes really, not more than 2 hours, Micker helped me to solved the issue, he came to my website, look for the issue and find the error and send me the solution to solve it.
Dear JED community, there are other commercial extensions team who do not even reply to support on their own support forum and do not even care to reply to support request in a timely manner, I will not mention any of them here, but I will say a great thank you from the bottom of my heart to the FlexiContent team and say them that what they are doing is really fantastic.
I know that it is not easy since it is a non-commercial extension but guys, try your best to keep FlexiContent alive and even for later joomla version, as I mention you on your website forum, as soon as we start to generate some nice income from our website, we'll definitely send you some of it since you helped us very much to find the right solution for what we were trying to do.
Thanks again guys, T.