- 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 :)
However, that's where the love ended for me. Version 4 almost seemed like a step back. The form wizard doesn't uppdate your changes as you make them like version 3 did. You would have to save the form and re-open before you saw the changes. I have a 1.5 site with version 4 right now that if you go into wizard edit mode the form looks out of whack and none of the tabs work. Maybe a conflict somewhere.
But in my opinion version 4 doesn't feel as polished as version 3 did.
Thanks for all the work Greg, I'll keep using version 3 for as long as I can keep running Joomla 1.5. But doubt I'll use version 4.
It needs a far more comprehensive tutorial and far clearer documentation. I switched the project to Breezing Forms and found the program logic much easier to follow, the tutorials covered more of what I needed. I accomplished more in about 90 minutes on Breezing Forms than on about 5 hours puzzling out Chronoforms.
You have mentioned one of the most basic stuff of Chronoforms, it may not be so clear but this is for good reasons, however:
#1- There is an "Easy wizard mode" to use, why did you try to use the advanced one if this is your first experience with the extension ?
#2- We have a "Tutorials" section on the website to browse which explains the basic stuff.
#3- You can search our huge forums (or even post a new topic and you should get an answer ASAP).
#4- You can google "Chronoforms V4 Tutorials".
#5- Search for "Chronoforms" this on YouTube!!!
#6- Or maybe contact me through the "Contact Us" page to get the answer ?
If you have a lot of time or are very familiar with forms and have patience, this is a GREAT program. However, if you have little time and only need basic forms I suggest looking elsewhere. I hope the developers take the needed time out of improving an already great product to spend time on documentation on how to use their product and get the best out of it.
Anyone who has worked in Joomla for any length of time knows there are just some extensions you cannot live without. ChronoForms is one of those for me. I will not go into a lot of detail here, but I will say that if you need forms of ANY kind on your site, this is THE extension you need. Do not even bother with anything else you may find on the JED.
Why do I say this? First, the extension is, out of the box, extremely configurable and flexible. Second, and more importantly, the support is simply out of this world. I don't even think Bob sleeps!! Questions are answered quickly and thoroughly, and with no trace of arrogance or frustration. Max and Bob KNOW how to treat their customers.
I cannot say enough about my experience with ChronoForms. Try it and you will see. And, please, consider purchasing a subscription so that this product can continue to evolve!
Ok... some leak of documentation, but support is outstanding (very fast forum reaction).
For the ones who need more then just a contact form, I can just say, this may be the component you have been searching for.
If there were documentation on what the various settings or fields were, I'd give it 5 stars. Hopefully the developer documents it more thoroughly.
With Chronoforms, you can quickly create a simple contact form or with a little coding knowledge, you can create super creative and very useful forms that really benefit both the end user and the webmaster. Easily display info from the database for a particular user or in general.
If you are looking for a simple but powerful and very capable form builder, this is it. I have tried a few others and, well, this is the best in my opinion. Thank you Chronoengine for your great work!!!
I was having a fatal error so I sent them an e-mail and, literally after 2 minutes they had answered me with the solution that worked perfectly.
Great job guys... thank you very much!
Help like that makes the difference for us newcomers to keep going motivated in the business and bring more people into the Joomla's world.
This product can fill all roles from something simple for quick forms to advanced forms with tons of things going on in the backend (custom JS, emails, etc)
All the goodies someone could want are right there - it's put right into the hands of the developer to make a form as crazy and cool, or as simple and easy as they choose.
There is a slight learning curve, but with anything as feature rich as this - that is to be expected. The support forums are amazingly helpful as well. They helped me out numerous times when I was in a jam and I've seen them offer to log onto other peoples site and fix the issue by helping them with completely custom bits of assistance. Amazing!
I'm a firm believer in this product - I don't bother trying others because this one is just that amazing.
As others have stated, the learning curve is a little steep, but once you get how they do things, a whole new world opens up. It's really amazing what you get to do without ever having to write a single line of code. If you can write a little code like I can, it's even better. Who starts from scratch now a days?
I was looking for an RSVP plugin for my wedding website. Something that was a little more fancy than just filling in your name, and using a generic select box for how many seats they needed. What if they pick 4 when I only have room for 2?
I wanted each guest to lookup their invitation in my database where the form would display the number of seats I saved for them. They could then use a select box that would not exceed the seats I reseved for them.
With Chronoforms, I did all that in a matter of days! Support is great also! I got stuck and posted a question on their forum. The next morning, I had my answer.
I think it's great that they have such a powerful product and allow lay people to use it for free. I don't make web sites for a living or anything, but if I did, I would totally build Chronoform's costs into their bill.
Thank you Chronoforms for making my wedding planning that much easier!
but after installing it is impossible to create a form, the "drag and drop" does not work!
On the site of ChronoForms, the only solution that can give you is to activate the plugin mootools-upgrade and erase your cache, if it does not work, that's it! yet I am not alone in seeking a solution! it's a shame, I have to look elsewhere.
if you are building a complex form and want to add scripting or things like paypal pro GET THIS! this is a shockingly amazing program that can be used simply or be used to add complex scripting too! I am just blown away by how much you can do with this component... or not - your choice!
Also, I needed some custom scripts added because I didn't know how, they had it down for me in a week! at a very fair and reasonable price. I can't say enough - THANK YOU CHRONOFORMS!
Thank you, Max!