* 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 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
However... Please be warned!
The support from Yootheme is very poor even for paid customers. You are very much on your own if you get stuck or need to modify anything; and the more you use Zoo the more you find you need to make little tweaks. It very much seems that Yootheme are not interested in supporting their customer which is a real shame. So from a support point of view I give this only 1 star.
Overall 3 stars – Good product sadly let down by very poor support.
A) It shows that Zoo is developed by a well known name in Joomla templates and extensions. It boasts a superior interface and is fairly intuitive .
B) Although all CCks have complexity and can be hard to master Zoo has extensive documentation. this might seem like a simple thing but unfortunately quite a few CCKs out there for Joomla seem to care little for how users learn how to get what they need out of the extension.
Using Zoo there is very little you can't get your head around to create compellign websites. I just wish it didn't create another layer of content distinct from Jooml'a default content system
There is little sense in trying to use a CCK if yoy can't figure out how to use it
The support is exelent, and they even answer here in the easter.
I have only good things to tell about it, and look forward to further apps :-)
It's powerful, easy on the eyes, and comes pre-configured with some killer apps and add-on modules. The free version includes a slick blog and a page creator.
We use the commercial version, and it's paid for itself over and over. The two apps we use most often are the Item/Inventory Catalog and the Business Directory. But, honestly, we've put every app to use except, perhaps, for the Movie Database.
Our clients love how easy it is for them to manage their own content. And they get a sweet Submission app from the front end.
YooTheme has a pillar of Joomla society and they're actively developing the app.
YooTheme upgrades Zoo on what feels like a weekly basis - sometimes with major surprises. Recently, it added a much needed feature to send emails on Submissions and Comments. A Joomla 1.6 version is available and the upcoming Warp 6.0 and JQuery based tools are on their way (as of the time of this review).
How this does not have a 5 Star rating and a hundreds of glowing reviews is beyond me - my business depends on it.