- 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 :)
I closely followed the tutorials but what really helped a lot was looking at the actual developer's site (www.chronoengine.com) and the demo form. Then I accessed the source code and copied that into the chronoforms environment.... I slightly edited the HTML-code and it is now perfect.
Overall highly recommened
Also, just to give a little comparison for others that may be Joomla stupid like me, the RSforms has a simpler interface, and with very little knowledge you can build a form and the code is done for you. With Chrono, you need to have some knowledge of form building, but their tutorials make it easy for basic stuff. Neither one works properly with SmartSEF, but Chrono works just fine with the basic SEF URLs setting turned on. I am using Joomla 1.5.1. I hope this helps and thanks for a great product.
Easy to use
Easy to modify the source code if you really need.
I thank the webmaster for his answer less than 15 minutes after i wrote him. Notice problems are going to be fixed even if it doesn't matter.
Really nice job.
It installs flawlessly and the form creation process is very easy. The problems starts when you install or do "anything" or "nothing" and the module goes blank. Showing nothing when you click the links to the forms. It has happened me three times in two different sites. Reinstalling is of no use. And the annoying blank page is of no use.
J1.5 had some changes between the different RCs, we had ChronoForms works best with the latest stable, the blank page problem has a very easy solution posted at the 5,000+ posts forum in more than 100 I think, I encourage every ChronoForms user has any problem to search/post at the forums first or contact us about any issues! We DO answer every question!
The coolest things about it are what it does not have.
It does not attempt to do everything for you. It does what it says. It processes forms.
It processes forms very nicely too with neatly laid out emails for your client. It's simple, and it doesn't assume that you have never seen HTML before. That means that I can make forms that are standards compliant - my way, and they look the way I want them to. I can id and class elements the way I want it done. Outstanding! I can do my job now.
The best part is that you can add in your own PHP code, painlessly. In most cases I can do this using an include() so I don't have to edit PHP in the browser thankyouverymuch. The only time you can't use an include is in the form HTML itself. ChronoForms needs to see the form fields, but you can still use PHP there.
If you are reasonably knowledgeable about Joomla and PHP this is a time saver for reasonably sized forms-based applications. Nobody wants to write another forms processor. Really, they don't. It's tedious. This will do it for you and let you get on with the more custom features of the site you are building, like what happens before and after the form is submitted.
Even if you only know how to lay out a form in HTML you will find that this does everything needed for forms processing and your design does not need to suffer.
Just write your markup and go. Hooray!
Genius. Thanks. I love it.
It has everything I need and works superbly well. Knock up a form in Dreamweaver or Frontpage and pop it into ChronoForms and you're done! Its as easy at that! Superb work!
Minimal fuss, a little tinkering, and bingo, form popped in and working perfectly.
Truly outstanding and worth every penny - I have (had) no hesitation in sending my payment.
If you need a customised form in Joomla 1.5 this is, without question for me, the route to go. I created my form in Dreamweaver, popped the code in the relevant places, tinkered a bit to make it work correctly, and all was done. So simple.
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.