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The Joomla articles generated by Form2Content are based on ARTICLE TEMPLATES. Create conditional statements (Smarty templating), insert your plugin code and keep all article looking the same! What's more, BATCH update your article layout .... so no more editing all articles separately.
Form2Content allows users to submit Joomla articles in the front-end by filling out forms which require no html knowledge. The forms can be custom build using different field types. Rendering the articles is done with ARTICLE TEMPLATES. The articles are saved in the Joomla section/category structure making 3rd party plugins and content related modules 100% compatible.
Using forms to generate articles is also referred to as using a CCK, Content Construction Kit.
Main features of Form2Content
- F2C creates 100% NATIVE JOOMLA ARTICLES (com_content)
- Front-end article manager
- Article submission without HTML knowledge (forms)
- Article templating (include conditions)
- 3rd party plugin & module compatible
- YOU decide which gallery, slideshow, review or commenting system you want to use.
Form2Content LITE is our free GPL version of Form2Content PRO. Please find a comparison chart of functions on the homepage. Other F2C extensions include XML Export, Search component & module and KML export.
The other CCKs are good to okay, but do not offer the flexibility I need. I wish I would have tried F2C first because it turns out to be absolutely perfect for just about any content related project I can imagine.
Their integration of the Smarty template engine is nothing short of genius, allowing me to lay the content out exactly the way I want - not only in the browser but also in the generated HTML (think schema.org). And since F2C creates native Joomla! articles, I can use any content plugins I care to without regard to compatability issues.
I can't say much about support because, so far, I have not needed any. With their extensive and well written documentation, and the occasional search in their forums, I was able to figure everything out without asking for help. But from what I see in other reviews and within their forums, I feel confident support will be there if I ever need it.
My only regret is that I dumped money into paid versions of other CCKs, to the tune of several hundred dollars, before discovering Form2Content. If you're looking for the most flexible and most powerful CCK, you want F2C. Read the documentation, take the time to learn it... you will not be disappointed.
First at all :
- Excellent idea and extension
- Excellent support, Julien is a great programmer
I am using this extension for:
- create a form in the front end for submit data
- the data submitted are formatted with a style sheet
- the result is an article with a nice appearance
Also you can:
- create relationship between articles
- create links inside the articles
Case of use: Job Sheet
I have created a submission form for my employees for submit the job sheet.
The job sheet is divided in:
- Job sheet (with the description of the work and the data of the client)
- Job days (all the days of work and start finish hours)
- Job materials(all the materials used for the job with quantity and others info)
Job days and Job materials are linked with a relationship 1=>N to the Job Sheet.
First at all my employees have to create a job sheet.
Day by day they can add materials and working hours to their own job sheet.
Automatically at every modify all the data are re-printed and re formatted inside the articles.
So at any time I have all the data about a job inside my articles, and I can print it and use as invoice.
Try it, and You will see how easy is to store information and visualize it through an article.
The support? Second to none! Julien is the best programmer with whom I have got to have the pleasure of working. It gives me great support, often for free and, if due, offers paid support. I did not think there could be such a support, but F2C deserves 5 stars! Last note: the documentation is the best proof that shows the high level and quality of the component. I've never seen one so complete documentation in any other component! I love F2C. Do not ever gonna change it with any other component of CCK in the world!
I needed the ability to provide a simple method for users to add Joomla articles without the "back end clutter". I wanted to hide categories, metadata, published and lots of other information and just let the user enter a date, a heading and a couple of values, or (from the Pro version) upload a PDF of minutes from a meeting. This would then create a Joomla article from a template substituting in specific places those values entered straight in to the article and publish it. My users love it, its just so simple and straight forward that once the data is entered it can be immediately seen on the website.
5* extension. Installs easy. Support is second to none. Flexibility is perfect.
I was working on this same process with Fabrik which is a more robust(and I will still use for other tasks) and I had not quite made it work yet. Form2content was easy to get working and a better choice if you have very little SQL background.
And better support you wouldn't wish - the f2c-guys are proactiv, skliful and easygoing. All in all, if you wish well structured information on you site without deployment and running troubles, take f2c.
I highly recommend that you take this product for a test drive. It works so natively with Joomla and its hard to believe it is not already a built in feature of the CMS system!
This extension can offer so many solutions for different types of sites that I can see myself adding it as a regular extension to future projects.
We now have numerous F2C submission forms capturing data, which transforms our fields, layout and style into a native Joomla! article, and the Search Extension is very useful!
I have to also mention that besides a great product, the support from the developers is second to none which is important for a powerful extension like this! Keep up the good work F2C team and I look forward to even more great features as you continue the development of Form2Content.
Regards, Al - UK
It does take some set-up, but it is intuitive to the intermediate mind-set and the website's documentation and guides can help you from there.
They also have great tech support, working on an individual basis to help you with your problem. The same person works with you until your issues are fixed.