- 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 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!
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!!!