* 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!
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.
Get ZOO today.
However, main reason for "fair" rating is their AWFUL TERRIBLE support... Even for paid members... I'm not the only one claiming that, on every forum and topic concerned zoo you will find few people complaining about their support... I had personal expirience with that, I notified them about a obvious bug, and what they did ? Deleted my post... Getting answer was dumb thing to expect i guess... Really shame... It could be one of the best joomla components ever...
i have made a Application with zoo for a gaming site. you can edit a lot oft things and you can build own templates on the scratch.
Now the things - what i am Missing
in blog application - what comes free too - i have the big problem to sort anything in frontpage, because, there is no alphaindex search for the user. so i take a look in the manual on there site - but...
there is no documentation, how to include this function. There is only a text, what will tell you, that is no Way use it in Blog template.
Now i know, that is a lot of nice stuff for free, but it shouldt come with full informations about handling the code !
but all in all - i love this zoo extension. it is one of the best, i have seen last time.
so again, thank you very much for this component !
I would say that fewer than 20% of support questions get answered, terrible considering the high cost of the Professional component that I paid for. See the forum for more disgruntled users. It's a shame. I used to swear by YooTheme
However from my personal experience the support is lacking. I've submitted created a couple of threads in the forum and commented on the documentation. My comments in the documentation are still awaiting moderation almost a month later. My two forum post weren't ever responded to. Even when i posted 3 follow ups to make my original post crystal clear. Honestly surprised and disappointed with the quality of support. Also I think the forum should be made public for SEO purposes. Also it's not a quality service that you should have to pay for IMO.
Another thing. No multilingual support. YooTheme is based in Germany. How can they forget about German/English sites.
Support for free version is ZERO! I tried many many times to contact them. Including reading the documentation, leaving a comment there. My comment never got approved. I tried to leave a comment on their blog, also never approved. I tried to send them an e-mail and they never wrote back. Never! Not even to say, "you know, we only help you if you pay us".
I wanted to contribute and give ideas and hacks that will improve zoo. I feel sorry for the Zoo Component. It has a great potential but ZERO support from the developers.
Dear YooTheme make a public forum! Or change your license type because this is not Open Source ...
In the ZOO description above it is clearly stated that ZOO does NOT support multilingual sites. It is also generally known that you can get support in our support forum if you buy to a ZOO membership.
We wonder why it is possible to give a bad rating in the JED because of a not supported feature request and because we only offer payed support?!
Another great feature is, when creating a new data type, you do not have the notion of Joomla article fields and additional fields. You assemble your types out of a list of data elements and arrange them as you please.
Combined with the easy front end layouts, you put your custom fields wherever you like in what ever order you like (almost always without programming) they make short work out of customizing your views.
I value support and am happy to pay for it, especially with a component that plays such an important role on my website. Yootheme's support has been excellent and I am thankful that I have the option to buy it. A CCK without the option of paid support is too risky for me. I don't want to have to scratch and claw all of the web for hours or days to figure out if something is a bug or not and how to solve it.
Updates and new features arrive at a pretty consistent rate which also gives me great comfort. And, I feel that the Yootheme team WANT feedback and listen to it. I am a very satisfied, paying, customer.
With the Addons (YooTools) it was possible and quite easy to create breathtaking websites.
It gives websites the "extra-kick" of clean design, rich features like social media, interaction etc.
After a while a signed up for Zoo to give it a try - and I must say it is an unbelievable framework!
Unbelievable in many ways. More I worked with more I loved it. It saves me tons of time.
Here are just a few pros of Zoo:
++ Structure: Very well structured framework covers almost everything you need to create sophisticated web solutions
++ Support: turn around time in case you have questions, support, problems -> outstanding. Within no time you get really great support
++ Quality: Code of Quality is excellent (W3C Compatibilty, SEO etc)
++ CC: Customer care in case you have recommendations / tips / needs for further release - the guys are listening to what you have to say and yout needs
(like with front end submission that was a missing part in earlier releases and is now part of the framework). And the way it was implemented: you have to love it.
++ Updates (very short cycles) in case of mootools updates / Joomla Update occure - framework is updated as well in no time (important for techies :-).
Three Recommendation in case you sign up for the subscription (and it is definetly worth every penny) i do have for you though:
1. Start with the Yoo Templates first - to understand the Yootools that come with it as well.
2. For Zoo: Make sure you read some of the docs and blogs to fully understand the power of the framework.
3. Definetly install the Solution WITH demo content (and adapt it to your needs) - because otherwise you will have a hard time to
start from scratch - and to make things work.
From my point of view this solution is outstanding and a pleasure to see its developing. Two thumbs up - more if I would have more :-).
No question Yootheme has a bright future - and you better
start now to become an earlier member, because there is no way around it.
Yoo + Zoo is something I do not want to miss in my "web-life" anymore.
Once you understood the framework and its power it puts you on another level of web development.