* 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!
ZOO is powerful, extendible and flexible.
The content creation works by allowing you to create "Apps" inside the the component. This in turn allows you to create page types, and each page type has content elements.
For instance, you can create an app to present a product catalogue. You set up your types, say "Hardware and Software", then each of those types can have content elements:
Etc etc etc.
Then you simply create your pages and fill in the elements. ZOO takes care of the rest!
What's really good about ZOO, it allows you to control your content, especially if you build sites for clients. You set up your content types and this allows you to "pre-set" how the content looks... your clients won't be able to divert from this setting, therefore it simplifies content management for those who can't be trusted to use the native Joomla content component.
(I see it as "Content on Rails!")
And if you know your way around PHP and XML, then creating custom elements and content layouts is so easy.
In fact creating a new entire app is a simple process once you understand it.
But don't worry if you don't know PHP etc, ZOO is by far and away the most elegant, simple to use CCK for Joomla. It is extremely easy to set up and use and you will be creating excellent looking content in no time.
Add images, text, video, social buttons etc easily. Rearrange them with drag n' drop, and get your content looking the way you want.
Simple and easy.
RE: the gripes about support in these reviews. I haven't had any trouble with my support requests. Like any other software support, if you ask your questions in a clear and precise way, give examples and detail, support queries are answered quickly.
Seriously, you owe it to yourself to give ZOO a try!
Highly recommended for everyone who is tired of joomla limitations. and i guaranteed if you use zoo, you never comeback to joomla or k2...!
by easy backup and restore data You can easily migrate to any new joomla version without loosing data.
there is a lot of features so learning take your time, but after every day, you will love it more than yesterday
Honestly i never paid for any extension, but i want to donate them a big money because they give me all i want.
The support team (specially jan) are really cool. I am not a member but they helped me to solve my problems about zoo and roksprocket issue.Even Rockettheme say it is not possible to solve this but zoo team had different idea and solved by just 2 lines of codes!
the documentation is really brief and useful but you can't get enough information about the advanced features like zoo structure...
I give this extension Excellent but i think this is not enough..
And while you have to pay for support (which is understandable, we all need to make a living) I still found it fairly easy to use once I gave it a go.
The features are top shelf and the whole extension, back-end and front-end, is very polished and professional.
The documentation is good, but quite brief and requires advanced knowledge to understand.
I'd still recommend it over comparable extensions though just because of how well it works once you know how you use it.
In my opinion out of all CCKs available for Joomla, ZOO is certainly the most elegant of all of them. It is intuitive, easy to use and once you get how the system works it's fun to build pages using the elements. Templating is pretty straight forward and overall development is fairly easy.
From the presentation on Yootheme's homepage and the thorough documentation it's clear that a lot of care and attention went on the development.
The problem with Zoo, and it is a major flaw for a CCK, is that once you get past the submission and the display of data on the front-end you dont really have much control over the data. Display and filtering options are really limited.
Things get really bad once you take on account the experience of a front-end user. Yes, you can submit data and it will show on the front-end, but if you want to have more control or any other special relations besides that then you're out of luck.
Let me give an example, let's say we have a business listing website and users can submit items from the front-end. Let's also say that I want all the authors to have a blog if they want. Then trouble starts, because if you want to display those blog items teasers inside the author's business listing, there's no way to filter that data based on the author as there's no way to put a link to that specific author blog page since there's no way to filter authors.
And that's where the problem lies. If you want most of the content of your website to come from front-end submissions and later you want to give those users all kinds of possibilities for submitting content, zoo is really not the ideal option. The base of the cck is really solid, but this is extension leaves a lot to be desired on an author basis level.
There's not really much room for customization from the front-end user besides editing the data. There's no way to create multiple applications that are related to each other and in my opinion that's a pretty big flaw on a cck.
On the flip side, if you're not interested in complicated uses of data, and just want a basic sumbission form or if most of the submissions are going to come from the back-end then by all means use Zoo. It's the easiest to learn and use and for simple websites I totally recommend it.
On the other hand, if you are planning complex submissions and want better control for front-end users then I don't recommend Zoo at all. You'd be much better off trying Cobalt or Seblod.
Dont let my score fool you, I really love this extension. As I said, the system is intuitive and elegant, it's extensible and it works for simple purposes. The problem is that it is an expensive extension and 3rd party extensions providers like Zoolanders are really necessary if you want to do anything beyond the basics or want integrations with other extensions further adding to the cost.
I really hope Yootheme will bring new features with future zoo releases, specialy more control for the front-end user and more control over the data that is submitted. If they deliver, then this cck is going to be best there is for Joomla, but as of now as a cck it is not the best.
This issue is fixed in the latest ZOO version.
So far I have used only the Product Catalog and Business Directory apps, but both are great right out of the box. Customization is available, with tutorials to show you how, but for now, the standard apps work fine for me.
I look forward to exploring the other apps, and thanks Zoo for a great product and excellent support.
I mark this fair, when really it is a good component - except for customer service. In that regard I rate it "very poor".
We are having page title, redundant meta data issues which is affecting our SEO and these things affect our page ranking. I have posted and re-posted in their forums without any results for over 3 weeks. I have sent emails direct to support without reply or any consideration.
We have a paid subscription to their themes and the ZOO component which costs us over $200 euros a year and this is their customer service. If service is important to your business, look elsewhere.
ZOO is one of the best CCK for Joomla. The free version is fully functional and you can build a great website without restriction. Obviously, ZOO runs perfectly into a YOOtheme template and especially with WidgetKit. The component requires a learning time. Some features could be improved, but luckily there are people like ZOOLanders, HerdBoy, YOOnique and I offering these improvements.
Again great component as long as you NEVER need support.
Keeping working hard YOO, I appreciate it.
When asked the question around this issue, no more feedback is provided. my advise to buyers, asked appropriate questions on the capabilities of the solution prior to buying anything.
I consider semi-automatic Import like manual import. Sucks !
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.