* Create multiple app instances - Each one manages its own content like items and categories.
* Create your very own custom content types to fit exactly your requirements.
* Choose from a rich set of elements like forms, images, videos, ratings and more.
* Arrange your content via drag 'n drop by assigning elements to layout positions.
* Extend categories with custom fields and sort them using drag 'n drop.
* The slick comment system supports Akismet, Gravatar, Twitter and Facebook Connect.
* Adding tags is a breeze with text suggestion, auto completion and multiple selections.
* Use our form builder to let your users submit content via the frontend of your website!
* Trusted authors can review and edit their created content directly from the frontend.
* Import your content from Joomla, CSV files and popular Joomla components
* Blog - Easily build your own weblog with features like comments, tags and social bookmarks.
* Pages - Need a static content page like a Copyright or Team page? Here you go!
The only real drawback I've encountered so far is in relation to how the Google Maps element for ZOO geocodes. Here, it provides just one single address field called "location" that it geocodes and puts on a google map. Problem is that if a user wants to have separate fields (to make sorting, filtering, and ordering easier based on Country, City, Postal Code, etc... or to be able to present the info on screen in separate rows) for different parts of an address (or even using the Business Directory app that is included in the apps Yootheme offers for sale), users would still have to input the entire address again in a single line in the Google Maps element Location field for the content type in question to be able to geocode it.
What would be nice to see in a future release of Zoo is the ability to add the Google Maps element to a content type and designate which other existing field/element or group of fields/elements of that same content type to geocode for the Google Map without having to duplicate information.
The product is easy to install, and the looks of it are clean.
There is a lot of documentation but the support is unfortunately not the best. It might be temporarily due to lack of enough employees but you would expect more since it costs quite some money each year.
If you don't need to create new fieldtypes and are comfortable with css then you probably won't need support very much anyway as the product is pretty straight forward.
The only negative thing I came across with the product itself is that sometimes with a new version update you have to set up all the layouts again (it would be great if this could be automated in some way) otherwise you end up with empty pages on your site.
Therefore you have to put your site offline for at least an hour, plus make screenshots of all layouts before you update the product. So keep in mind to document you app well. If you do that then ZOO is an excellent product to work with and easy to understand for end-users.
As others have mentioned the support is non-existent and documentation is also slim. That is a bad combination.
This is actually the first negative review I have ever taken the time to give after installing literally hundreds of paid on free Joomla components over the years and I hope the developer starts deciding to back up their product.
Firstly, bare in mind, they give the normal Zoo Plugin for free of charge, how anyone can complain is just beyond me.
Actually, I tell a lie, I used to be the same with similar plugins, frustrated by my lack of understanding, problems, bugs and generally not being able to finish the job.
But as time has gone on, as I have grown and learnt more, one thing is for sure, YOOthemes are a double edge sword when it comes to their coding.
The template I have been working on, works flawless and when I have experienced the few hiccups, I find my way around with the neat and tidy code.
I think people expect way too much generally from their customer support, not realising the amounts of effort that must go into a huge project like this.
I also noticed how YOOthemes have revamped their whole site and are really looking into their customer service, I find it quite sad for the company that people are leaving bad ratings because of their frustration, impatience, and possibly lack of understanding, give them a break.
ZOO works perfectly with their own templates, if you have numerous plugins using various frameworks then of course you will encounter problems.
I admit, they if you purchase the ZOO and a template, you will have a little learning curve, but its never a bad thing to learn.
I have learnt an incredible amount from reading through their code and will be forever thankful.
I dont know the ins and outs or the more technical stuff, but for other noobs like myself, I find this one of the best systems out there and trust me, I have tried a few.
Keeping working hard YOO, I appreciate it.
I give it 5 stars because I have had very little issues with it on multiple sites and it is a free component. I find the interface logical and easy to understand plus the support documentation available on the Yoo website is outstanding.
In my experience there has been very good backwards compatibility up to this point. I have not utilized it as of yet on 1.7 but will provide feedback if something changes.
Great FREE component if you are comfortable with Joomla and have a decent understanding of CCKs in general.
Would not recommend if you need person to person support but as I stated their help documentation is really thorough even walking advanced users through the process of developing your own apps.
Would like to see some features implemented on the frontend in the future. Cannot disagree with some other comments regarding that end of the spectrum but still have to recommend it without reserve.
The apps (commercial) are very, very handy and very versatile. It is possible to configure many different ways to output the content, also add Joomla! modules of any type within the Zoo content, and with some extension-specific plugins, really make a superb site using only ZOO.
I switched from K2 (which I did love) to ZOO because of the flexibility and beauty of the output. Sure, some fiddling with code and options (of which there are a lot) was necessary, but I think it has been worth it - and so do our site visitors. Our site traffic has increased due to the better output organisation and overall look (basic psychology: if it looks prettier, people want it more, no matter if the quality and content is exactly the same as before) and it is very easy to add new content.
If you are moderately familiar with css, xml and some php, this may be just the thing you were looking for in a CCK. Take the time to explore all the options of layout, modifying existing 'elements' and adding and tweaking them to your purposes.
Don't count on any assistance in their forum, however, it is notoriously unhelpful (otherwise I would give it 5-stars). On the upside, they do have a pretty extensive help section on the site, but it would be a lot more helpful to have a .pdf to download.
It also would be really nifty to be able to actually add videos to their Movie Database App, but oh well, we can't have everything!
The support is not for free, but this is okay for me and I could solve every problem by myself.
The ACL in Joomla 1.6 and 1.7 not to use is also a no go.
I can not recommend unless you are a code guru himself, and can tinker it.
When you do need help you need to wait a week to get a reply and when you do get a reply its a rushed reply which is of no use.
I would stay clear until they bring it out of a BETA.
BUT Support is dire, you will wait weeks if ever to get any help from a member of the team AND you will have to pay to even ask a question. I am sure the reason why ZOO is so good is because their developers spend all their time on the product and not the forum, thats fine- the product is great- BUT you have to pay to access the forum, where you will almost never get any official support. And because it is a paid for forum, you will most likely be the only person on it, so you wont get much help from the community either because nobody wants to pay to access a support forum that offers no support.
For me though - as an interested but non pro developer, the total lack of anything approaching adequate support makes a huge dent in the value of the yootheme products. These products are fairly complex and clearly well thought out and designed. But that makes them impossible to customise without at least some support.
Plus, I've noticed some bugs in 2.4 in Joomla1.7.
I'd say go ahead and use it, only if you don't want to modify it too much
Like most of their products, your purchase gives you access to their support forums. This is considered your "paid support" even though pretty much every other developer offers user forums for free. And there is little developer involvement in the forums, so you won't receive much help.
Basing your site on a CCK is a big decision that will affect everything else you do. If you are an advanced Joomla user, then Zoo can be a great way to go. If you are a beginning or intermediate user, stay clear of Zoo. It will make your life very difficult.
But it has some mayor problems that makes it unusable for me:
- No Multilanguage-Support
- Bad Frontend Editing:
- Why is it not possible to sort in articles in categories in "trusted mode"?
- Why is there no support for using the filesystem in Frontend (i want to use the Image choose/upload editor like in Backend editing)?
Is it so hard to restrict it to predefined folders?
- Why no Support for the Gallery element in Frontend?
Beside i had no luck to get the Lightbox function to work (why no automatic lightbox to full Res image?) And why the hell is the image element not repeatable?
Although it took me days to learn and understand, but since I understood the idea behind this
It just completely changed my perception in managing information - and only made my life easier
If I can show links to sites that are fun showing off 100 percent ZOO
I actually think joomla should implement the ZOO version 1.7 as part of their future