- Free version displays a link to the developers site. Upon installation, users will be prompted for an optional validation code to remove the link.
Chronoforms is about 6 years old, today it comes with a huge list of features with a very easy to use drag and drop interface to help you build any type of forms you may need, some of the features included are:
1- Basic forms features like fields creation..etc
2- Emails processing.
4- Data storage and management. (Let's you create a table for your form, save data to this table then manage it later) (ChronoConnectivity provides even more management capabilities)
5- Security with built in Captcha + ReCaptcha support.
6- Different Joomla functions. (Joomla registration forms, User Login or Article submission..etc)
7- Access Control to your forms.
8- Payment Integration (Authorize.net - Paypal Pro - 2Checkout.com)
9- More utilities for common stuff needed like CURL - Email verification - Confirmation pages..etc
10- endless control using an events based system which lets you control everything inside your form if you want to, plus the ability to use PHP code wherever and whenever you need.
1- Big set of free PDF tutorials covering most of the basic features.
2- Free forums with more than 70,000 forums posts covering almost any question you may think about, We try to answer everybody's questions and comments on our forums or through private emails.
You are welcome to visit us :)
Whether you're just looking for a simple contact form or wanting to build a small shopping cart - Chronoforms can do it all! There's a huge amount of possiblities, even if you're not a PHP expert.
But that's only half the package. Chronoforms support forums is packed with tons of information and Max (the developer) and his chief supporter Greyhead solve tons of problems every day! Got a question, shoot it off and they normally get back to you very quickly!
All in all, you get a great deal - wether for free or by buying a subscription - that's certain more than worth the money!!
So powerfull, the relation to the database is quite easy to use, like drop-down list with database information.
I've used it to make form to create/delete lines in a database, for person whose are not computer competent.
And if you know PHP and SQL, it will be even more powerfull, allowing you to make search form to look in your database ...
IF your site has any forms as core parts of your web site then look no further than this component from ChronoEngine.
At present you could have some minor problems with the proverbial clash between MooTools and jQuery. However, the latest Joomla 3 is supposed to support both MooTools and jQuery in the no conflict mode and more importantly Max the Chronoforms Developer is working on and about to release an updated version which will address this problem.
How do I know all this, well very simply through the most excellent forum support system that they have in place and it’s free, free, free.
Although this is a free component in the spirit of open source software, other developers please take note, it is only fair to contribute to their software development which will inevitably benefit us all by either buying them a beer or purchasing the optional validation code.
Although some site developers may feel that you need a basic knowledge of coding, let me assure everyone that if I as a 67 year old apprentice site developer can, with ChronoEngine support, produce great results then anyone can.
If you want to add forms functionality that do anything you need this component.
I have been able to develop any kind of forms using this component. And I can tell you I am an exigent developer.
This component is not for everyone, but if you have a basic knowledge of ajax and php you will be able to make anything that comes across you mind.
The forum and site support from Max and his fellow greyhead is excellent. I have asked just one question on the forum and after 15 mins I have received 2 exhaustive replies both from Max and greyhead. Moreover the component is fully functional for free.
In my opinion this component is the best in joomla. Actually, without it I would not have used joomla at all. Thanks Max for your great job. Thanks greyhead for your excellent book, support etc.
One of the best ressources of the product is GreyHead, a very helpfull guy, with a lot of good ideas on how to solve things.
Most things can be solved via the 'building blocks' and with just small php codings added, it does a lot of advanced stuff.
The journey so far with this component has been long, but it is far from done, there's still a lot of potential left.
Initially there is quite a lot to get your head around and less experienced users requiring just a simple form might find a different extension easier to get working. However, the flexibility and options available within Chronoforms is unrivalled... After a couple of hours I have a fairly large form doing exactly what I want and am confident that I will be able to customise it to satisfy my client's every whim.
Thanks for such a powerful extension - Will happily pay to use it!
I've been able to create some amazing forms using ChronoForms and ChronoConnectivity.
A few things aren't clear, but that could just be the differences between English/BG and English/US.
I highly recommend this component because it's the best thing I've seen for creating forms!
I think you can make any form you would like. Ofcourse you have to try more if you want something more complicated.
The forum has everything but it is a little bit chaotic but finally you can find everything you need with a little effort.
I made a complicate form but which is vital for my site and until now is working great.
Thank you for this great component
I didn't have any bad experience the first time I used it besides it's free so there's nothing to lose trying it and it worked perfect. But that was on Joomla 1.5 so when I created a site with 2.5 two weeks ago I was pretty confident that it'll work perfect. I validated my license so that I can install the Paypal plugin that I needed to finish my reservations form, unfortunately, it didn't work this time. I contact the support and initially Max was a great help on checking things out. Constant communication but after 2 days of emailing (I even gave him an access to the site so that he can check it personally), support stopped contacting me for some reasons.
I had a deadline to finish the project and the reservations form didn't work. I can't find any other component that is good as Chronoform so I just didn't include the reservations form and left my client dissapointed.
I am still hoping to use Chronoform but will be hesitant every now and them. I know that this is a very good component but for some reasons, it failed me this time.
If you develop Joomla forms and have not tried ChronoForms I strongly suggest that you do. It has saved me hours of work. Backed up by rapid and careful support the package seems to do all that one might need.
The package is quite simple to use but has the flexibility to allow one to push it that bit further. While Chronoforms generates neat forms and consistent code, since one can edit the produced code later, that does not limit what you can do!
One thing that I have learned and continue to learn about ChronoForms is to resist the urge to hand code functions that you can't find. It is all in there.
I've been using the free Chronoforms 3 for a while now, on various websites. It works well, but is a bit of a pain to set up initially. Once you had things working, though, it worked really well.
Version 4, on the other hand, takes away a lot of the frustration of initial setup, and you can get a first form up and running in minutes.
I did struggle with a mixture of 3 and 4, which is supported, but I couldn't get the form viewed on the front-end, so I removed all the Chronoforms components and reinstalled a "pure" version 4 instance, which worked really well for me.
The auto e-mail template function really helps to get an initial e-mail format going (was there one before?... I can't remember).
I still need to set up the database persistence and play with the v4's attachments handling (I had problems before with forms that allowed attachments, but with no attachment attached...).
It's obvious that a LOT of work has gone into this redesign, and for an early iteration (still in "Release Candidate" phase) it's already a very useful extension.