Video tutorials and demos: http://crosstec.de/en/joomla-cck-demos.html
The main task for ContentBuilder is to structure Joomla!® content (articles) while preserving content layouts - but you can do a lot more with it, including:
* Classified Ads
* Contact Forms
* Article Submission
* Basic Communities
* Paid Content
* File Directories (Upload/Download)
* File Selling
* Image Galleries
* Extended Joomla! registrations, including Captcha and paid registrations
* List/Details views (Record Display)
* …or regular CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations on your data.
Supports CSV Import!
Joomla!®'s article system is not replaced. ContentBuilder provides list/details views by default that can act as administrative panels. It also creates regular content items if desired, which you may use on your site just like any other content -- without the need of core replacements.
Additionally, you can use ContentBuilder to control user permissions for several actions, such as content access, content editing, rating, article parameter settings, publishing, etc.
ContentBuilder provides a well-defined plugin infrastructure to enhance its capabilities:
* Content (extended ratings, image resizing, downloads or any other content plugin available)
* Form Elements
* Form Validation
* List Actions (select records and perform actions on them)
* Verification (think of payments and coupons)
* Themes (yes, even themes are pluggable)
There is a variety of plugins that ship with ContentBuilder already, such as PayPal payment, image resizing (thumbnails, modal details), downloads, list actions and common form validations. Plugins and modules like Advanced Search, Videos and Article Selection Form Element are available seperatly from download page.
ContentBuilder offers an easy-to-use integrated form builder that can operate on the data source of your choice.
For our BreezingForms fans, you might be interested to know that it also integrates perfectly with ContentBuilder (http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/contacts-and-feedback/forms/4709).
*** NOTE: version 1.0 is in the works. The current version may be used in production already ***
CB differs from the typical cck. It is more similar to Fabrik than to FlexiContent or Seblod, but much simpler to learn and use than Fabrik or Seblod. The functionality is not at the same level as in these, but I have not yet missed anything important.
Typically, you create a Data storage (and CB makes an underlying table).You may also use breezingforms to make the Data storage. Fields in the table can be text, date, time, integer, decimal or a group of values. Supports record importing using CSV files. When a Data storage (table) is made, you can create different views on that Data storage.
In views you can select between contenttypes as text, textarea, checkbox, radio, select, upload, calendar, hidden input, captcha and categories fram joomla. As an option you can install modules for seach, file upload, article categories, use of picture, video and paid verifications with PayPal. You can also choose between different templates (for different visual appearances).
Views make a chlickable list of the records in the table. When you click you get the details of a record.
You can easely change the template for both the list-view and detail-view for every view.
It is simple to do CRUD operations (create, read, update, delete) both in backend and frontend. You can in detail control permissions for both backend and frontend. There are some posibilities for filtering content in views.
To use CB in a more advanced way involves programming in PHP. In Content Prepare og Editable Prepare you may alter labels and values for each item before it gets rendered through programming.
CB is very promising extention. It is now in versjon 0.9 and lack some features as linked records/tables. It would be fine if CB could access (read/write to) multiple tables from one view. It is on the todo list for 1.0 version to “implement bidirectional n-m linking that would in the first place result in the ability to place html-links in list and detail views”. More video-types (as wmv) would also be nice. More documentation is also needed. The support seems to be very good.
So why 5 stars ?
Because it's just a matter of time before all this arrives, and the philosophy of the component is so K.I.S.S. , that you can do such powerfull things in no time...
Combined with Breezing form, and you get one of the most powerfull solution of CCK.
Support is GREAT, fast, helpfull...Crosstec ROX ! :)
After I saw the demos of breezing + content builder, in one place you enter the forms and in another you view your records and also edit them I was hooked.
What i did with it:
I created a small ordering/reporting system. My sales people input orders using the forms. The production guys edit the forms and input the status of the orders. My billing people input the status of payments, delivery, etc.
Each group has different views of the same forum, enabling them to view only certain information and to edit only certain fields.
Here is my experience:
- First of all, I can't say anything about documentation because I never read it, I just dive in.
- Everytime I thought there was a bug, it was actually a bad setting somewhere. I couldn't find any bug so far.
- The component is very powerfull, you have a million options and you can configure anything you can think of, all you need is imagination.
- You can create multi-page forms or just simple one page forms.
- You can add scripts, validations, own php code, to each and every field or to the whole form.
- You can use "no template", just a long list of form fields, you can create a sample design, you can choose templates, or you can create your own template.
- You can also create your own template for the editable version of the records, in frontend. You simply move the fields around in your own tables, put colors, set fonts, whatever.
Support i've received:
I moved the website from production server to public server and there was a listing problem. I contacted a programmer I always use for this cases, he couldn't figure it out. Finally i wrote on the forum - belive me when i say, in 5 minutes i received a response from Markus - the creator. And after that i started talking to Markus on Skype where he gave me modified files to upload to my server.
Live support - the best i've seen.
Very polite, very fast, profesionall.
I asked Markus a non-suport question, about a way to make autocomplete fields based on other records in db and he asked me if I needed it urgently or if I can wait for the upcoming massive update on Community Builder :).
5/5 for this component!
Other CCK extensions are not bad but this is the component which makes everything possible and it is easy at the same time.
Curtain up and applause to them.
Content Builder with its easy connections to breezing forms was the solution. Like some of the reviews, I was the biggest problem with the solution. Crosstec tools exploit the best of what is Joomla. Having said this internals the of Joomla are not for the faint hearted and Markus and his team have been able to abstract those layers to give you an elegant end product without having to know all the black arts of joomla.
I created the form in breezing forms for that gave me structure and the ability to easily get paypal to work. Then I linked the form to the content builder view. The power of the content builder views is the real “show stopper”. Within the content builder “content template” I was able to give a very professional end product with all the consistent site template parameters.
Getting your head wrapped around that you can create data stores dynamically and then have the stored data drive the content is the final link in the chain of connecting the user to content and applications. Datastore are only limited by your imagination. Don’t be afraid to experiment. It will take some experimentation to get it to what you want but once you understand how much control Content Builder has it will allow you to take your site into new dynamic directions.
Like all powerful tools, one should take the time to walk before trying to run or you may get yourself turned around in the wrong direction. That was the mistake I made and I was saved and guided professionally by markus and the crosstec team.
Take your time, learn the structure and then play in the sandbox. Only then will you understand the real power of Content Builder. This is doubly true if you decide to link content builder to their breezing forms tool.
A great product and a Joomla site game changer. My lessons were hard learned but once learned easy to exploit.
Wish list would have to be more documentation.
I still cannot wrap my head around how awesome this is. It is simple to use yet very, very powerful, without being pretentious.
The support from the team is what makes this shine though. The developer is quick to respond to the forum, and he even helped me directly by email when I wrote.
Overall this gem provides functionality that I don't think I'm ever going to be able to live without in the future, for any site. Functionality could definitely improve with time but as it is, it is still near perfect. Thumbs up!
Also I got a good and quick support, Markus helped me out with a Problem the same day (displaying an audiofile in the listview).
The Strength is definitely the ease of use compared to other good cck components like seblod though seblod might be more powerfull with the next stable release.
Anyway, definitely worth taking a look and if you're confused - don't give up; get on the forum. Far more useful than a well polished manual in my opinion!
not exactly illness but there is a Bob Jr. now :)
However, thank you all for your patience and thank you very much for the review!
This excellent com for joomla was the right thing i need. After a few Minutes of overview and learning i saw the video and my page was added 1 side with that thing i need. It´s realy easy to use. Smart and very Helpfull. A Great thing and i hope that it will go on ;) best for the future