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
And I have to say, the support has been quick and outstanding. They even fixed a bug for me within an hour!
Great flexibility with the Joomla content system, and many features availables.
I recommend this component for all those who want to expend the Joomla content system with many item forms parameters and much more.
The support is very handly and provide quicks answers for all problems.
+ resizing images
+ float images left/right
+ add subtitles correctly
+ add galleries easily
Sometimes a stray can destroy your design.
FLEXIcontent solves this problem as clients can finally enter content for themselves - as you can create fields for them to do this.
It is super powerful, and does have a high learning curve. So - you will need to be an experienced developer - however once you know it - it allows you to code the way you want and enables clients to make complex pages.
Support for FLEXIcontent is amazing, and the developer will listen to your requests, and try to solve issues you have.
Every site I build now uses this as the default Joomla.
Congratulations and forth ...
It is very well structured. Customizations are easy on any level. The code is very understandable and the developers are open for discussion on their forum, which is very active and responsive.
Thank you for this nice piece of software!
I couldn't manage a site without it. It's very adpatable for all my purposes.
And it's not the leat thing the support is perfect, rapid and very friendly.
I'm working with the Release candidate Joomla 2.5 since the beginning of J2.54. I never encountered probleme and it' was only a releasae candidate.
A great thanks to all the support team of Flexicontent.
Flexicontent use the classic com_content and extend it with some "plug-ins" so a lot of content extensions can work with it easily.
The team of development is very responsive and can help you to find a solution.
For the moment they are working hard to finish the 2.0 version, we are using it on some website without any problems.
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.