- 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 more than 7 years old, started at the early Joomla days, today it has a HUGE list of features and a very easy to use interface to help you build any type of form you may need, some of the features included are:
1- Drag and Drop or full custom code form builder, 3 form styles and layouts, including Bootstrap support.
2- Send emails to any number of static or dynamic addresses.
3- Full Client and Server data validation.
4- Store form data into database or Google sheets, you may also export it to CSV/XLS/PDF files.
5- Full security and spam prevention tools including Captcha, ReCaptcha, Security question and Honeypot.
6- Different Joomla functions. (Joomla registration forms, User Login or Article submission..etc)
7- Groups permissions support.
8- Payment Integration (Authorize.net - Paypal Pro, IPN and PDT - 2Checkout.com)
9- Others: File uploads, File downloads, date pickers, fields masks, Multi pages, Session read and write, database data loading, dynamic fields events, dynamic data sources, Auto completer, page redirects, cURL, Email verification, Email encryption, Meta data control and others.
10- The most modular design, build your own form processing routine or use the simple mode for quick setup.
1- Huge FAQs section covering all your common questions.
2- Free forums with more than 80,000 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 :)
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.
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!