- 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 :)
Chronoforms has the huge advantage that you can create your form LOCALLY and style it there. Once you are happy with the layout of the form, you can just copy and paste your code into chronoforms and there you have it. Chronoform takes care of entering all values from the form into a database as well as e-mails you the entered values.
You are also able to use PHP code within the form which also makes it more versatile than the usual Joomla content editor (as you are not allowed to use PHP).
So that solved that problem.
The power is in the way you can put the html and all the other stuff, so you can do individual inline CSS styling for your forms and make them look fantastic with your site...
..is an example of what I have done, I still need to do the custom thankyou page, and thankyou email (at this point) however you can see using inline CSS how I have made input boxes with translucent backgrounds, customised submit buttons etc.... and all that was from tweaking one of their 'demo' forms on the site... which is what actually taught me HOW to do inline CSS...
Like everything there is a learning curve.. (but then 6 months ago I was new to joomla, trying to get my head around the difference between article, category, section, modules thinking I am never going to understand this stuff - and now I can do that in my sleep)
I still have heaps more to learn about chronoforms, but I have the basics looking great and working... I can add the other funky stuff later. (the 'examples' submitted by users on their website are great to learn from and modify too!)
'Out of the box' it works great, and if you spend some time you can make it do almost anything you need!
It can be challenging to get the forms to preserve value if you use the CAPTCHA verification, but the documentation and tutorials are getting better.
I was able to get the forms working very easily, but had to get some PHP advice from a guru in order to get the forms to preserve values if the CAPTCHA was wrong.
Some of the entry areas are a little less than intuitive at first and this is where I think the developers can do a little more work but they do have video examples of how to get started and and also have a very responsive forum area where answers are very quickly available. Also the way they have developed this extension does mean there is a lot of customisation you can do to meet your specific requirements. I think the team at chronoengine have done an excellent job and this is certainly one of my most favoured extensions
The installation is simple and it only took me about 10 minutes to have my first form up and working properly.
I wish I would have tried this component before buying Phil-A-Form.
Note to Phil Taylor. You should fix Phil-A-Form. At current it is incompatible with the freely available SEF extensions.
I needed to put together a number of registration forms for an event very quickly, with almost no budget, and it all needed to work immediately.
So I downloaded the free trial version of ChronoForms, built my forms in Dreamweaver, copied and pasted the code into the component and spent a couple of hours tweaking the site.
I'm amazed at how easy it was to implement, how simple the process is to understand (I'm a designer, not a coder), and how succesful it's been for me.
I pitched the registration forms to my client, in competition with a major event management company, and because this solution allowed me to design the entire look & feel to match their existing site, we got the job.
So I've paid the license fee happily.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Only shortcomings are the lack of a data export interface for the component to allow saving the data out as CSV or XML or similar, but I can do that directly from the database, so no big issue for me.
If you prefer to design a form your own way, rather than have to conform to somebody elses idea of how a form should appear, then this is your answer. Genius.
Its easy to setup and intuitive to use. Amazing work... keep it up.
Would like to report a few minor bugs/enhancement requests that I noticed in the version 2.3RC1
1) It would be nice to add the CC and BCC feature in the emails that are sent out on submit of the forms
2) The backup to excel is creating all the rows correctly, but as we go to the next row, the columns are displaced by the number of columns in the previous row
ROW1 : TITLE1 TITLE2 TITLE3
ROW2 : COL1 COL2 COL3
ROW3 : COL1 COL2 COL3
3) When I use the mambot to display the form in any HTML page, then the validations (eg. required) are not working
Apart from the above mentioned issues, the component has far surpassed my expectations and made me a greater fan of joomla.
If you find it easier to create forms in HTML, such as Dreamweaver, you'll LOVE ChronoForms!
The support services from ChronoEngine is absolutely top-notch, especially for a FREE Extension. Best bargain of the year! I was so impressed with them that I went ahead anyway and paid $25 for a license.
Do you need to send email to multiple recipients while hiding the email addresses from prying eyes? This can be done!
ChronoForms is a *MUST HAVE* for forms on your Joomla websites.
The admin/prog interface is excellent and well commented.
The learning curve of ChronoForms is like a rocket.
Furthermore I have not encountered any bug during very intensive four days programming.
I am the most satisfied user.
Easy to install and even easier to use. Perfect for any kind of forms from simple to complex ones.
And very easy to start! On the homepage it even has video tutorials on how to install it and use it!
Now, this is what I call a perfect component! Easy to use and with great, great results.
A real life saver.
I love it!
The form was easy to install, it's tutorials, both written and animated, were clear and easy to understand and were it not for my spelling error, would have been installed in an hour or so including building the HTML. One does need a bit of working knowledge of HTML or a decent editor but for that, an open source editor such as Nvu is perfectly appropriate.
I can't give this package nor these developers higher recommendations...top notch all the way.