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Fabrik Popular ComponentModulePlugin

Fabrik is THE open source Joomla application builder component.

Fabrik gives you the power to create forms and tables that run inside Joomla without requiring knowledge of mySQL and PHP. Then feed your data into Google Maps, Charts or an AJAX based calendar

With Fabrik you can create CCK applications that range in complexity from simple contact forms to complex applications such as a job application site or bug tracking systems.

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Reviews: 1
As somebody already mentioned here, the downloadable version has much less feature than the Github version. The difference is enormous. Is there a reason for this? Current stable versiosn is NOT what Fabrikar claims to be. Github version is useless since its's totally buggy. Developer support and forum is dead.
Reviews: 1
Very good extension, but the downloadable version has limited functionality compared to the Github version (which one is buggy).
Reviews: 2
I have been using this extension. It requires some learning curve and need to dig into code to understand some of the functionality due to lack of enough documentation(though in the site there are documentations to some extent but when searching for solutions to issues, not able to find them).

I would suggest to open the forum to public as it is now being closed. I cannot post the issues into the forums. Hence I face difficulty.

However, overall I would like to congratulate the team on bringing out such a promising extension.
Owner's reply

The community forum is open to any one who has a free account on the site. If you are having trouble posting please contact us so that we can investigate why you can't post.

Reviews: 8
Revelation. I do not know how it will develop the project and whether it suddenly costs do not appear extra, but a completely new horizons and opportunities for Joomla! users. Congratulations atutorowi idea and good work.
Reviews: 7
I stumbled upon this plugin recently while trying to create a custom search process for a client.

We needed to import several fields of data and have it searchable through the built in Joomla search engine.

After searching for something that would work and coming up short, I came across Fabrik.

I am not one to read instructions until I have installed the system and tried to make it work. Within 20 minutes I had this custom search working.

I did need support to get things perfect and ended purchasing 30 days of premium support.

All my posts to the forum were answered promptly and accurately. After a few core coding modifications, my search function is working exactly how we want it.

The one gripe I have is that communications sent via email in response to the order receipt and the contact us form on their website were not promptly responded to. Stick with messaging in the forums and this is where they shined.
Reviews: 4

Before i know fabrikar, i'm just beginner web master. Only know using joomla without touch the code which is limit for me.

After meet Fabrikar, now i become database system designer because i learn alot about PHP, CSS and MySQL just learning from fabrikar.

Thanks alot to fabrikar team for providing high knowledge about programming.

Support Fabrikar Forever

Best Regards,
Reviews: 6
By far the best tool to build customized from east to complex applications. It has plenty of features and you can achieve almost everything. Of course in order to get the most of it you have to spend a lot of time but it's sure that you will be rewarded. The gyus in the forum (Rob, Hugh, Troester) as well as the whole Fabrik community are very helpful and even if you are a novice you will find always an answer! I use it for more than 3 years on different projects with different complexity and I will continue to use it because it is no 1!
Reviews: 6
I run my $3M vacation rental business 100% using fabrik. It's amazing, and rob and hugh and the fabrik community that support it are also outstanding.

can't believe i hadn't remembered to review it before! i've been using it for 3 years now.
Reviews: 24
I was planing to use Fabrik for a job transfer page where the clients would have to drop their CV online. So I stumbled over Fabrik and Fabrik is great!

It has a quite unique set of possibilities and, ok with some knowledge, it could really rock the forms extensions. Its fairly easy to get into it.

I was so impressed by what I saw, I actually wanted to sign up and buy a standard subscription and here the "could" part begins.

I really understand if somebody does provide free extensions and does not have the time to support the forum on a daily base. But Fabrikar got subscription plans and offers extended support... exactly what I was looking for.

Unfortunately the payment form does not work and after two messages (one online form, the other one by email) and a forum post, asking how I may send them money, no reaction at all came back!

Thinking about a technical problem to solve I really don't want to know how long this would take if they aren't able to give an answer on this topic!

So, enjoy Fabrik but dont expect much from Fabrikar.
Reviews: 1
This is one of the best Joomla component. Still perfectible, but quite powerfull to build good applications without effort.
I highly recommand it to all Joomla users.
Reviews: 2
I have used Fabrik at every opportunity for several years now. I am amused by some of the reviews here, done apparently by folks who have not read the extensive support materials available at the site. I would concede that some php and MySQL skills are very very useful in crafting Fabrik "solutions", but Hugh and Rob, as well as some very generous users, do a great job of coaching newbies through complex issues.
I can't praise them or Fabrik highly enough.
Reviews: 1
I don't know why this extension is available on the JED. It has a lot of bugs, poor file management, poor support (this includes there so called subscription support.) The extension makes a lot of promises but completely under delivers.
Reviews: 6
We use fabrik to create several forms.
It needs a lot of learning but after that it is possible to create structured data and forms without knowledge of SQL-queries.
As mentioned by others this component has one issue. The update service is not the best and to download the updates from github is not the best solution. But i guess that the developers will support Joomla update functionality in near future ;) At least I hope for this feature :)
I give this component 4 stars for a fantastic product, but missing update feature. Great job please continue with it!
Reviews: 1
This package is quite powerful for creating somewhat complicated applications within Joomla! Without a doubt it is one of the more advanced plugins for creating plugins.

However being a developer. I was quite disappointed by the update/maintenance of the code. Once this is installed in your Joomla install - there is no updating it using Joomla. The developers recommend using git to do updates. I have followed their update procedures as closely as I could - searched forever in the user forums... each time i did the update according to their procedures. The Joomla install was either hosed OR I downloaded a larger set of bugs.

Is this a powerful package? yes absolutely. Would I ever use it in a production environment? Absolutely not.
Owner's reply

Just to clarify, official point releases are available via the Joomla updater. But if there are fixes in the github repository then these need to be applied manually. We have a detailed out line of upgrading code via github - If you are updating from the repository then you must expect potential bugs, as its a work in progress towards a point release. I find it rather unfair to advise users not to use Fabrik in a production environment due to the troubles you had updating.

Reviews: 26
This is a great extension with lots of power, but like most powerful solutions there is a learning curve. Spend a few minutes in the wiki to help get a handle on it...
Reviews: 11
Very useful extension, most of all, it's very generous.
Unfortunately it become MR. Flintstone's age when thingking of the latest joomla.
Reviews: 1
I attempted to use Fabrik to create a fairly simple event listing website, but have been bogged down in frustrating problems for several weeks now. Fabrik is probably great if you are a serious developer, with extensive knowledge of MySQL, PHP, Javascript, J! and CSS. The statement in the extension description " without requiring knowledge of mySQL and PHP" is extrememly misleading. Yes, you can produce a very minimalist site this way, but many of the features and plugins don't seem to work without additional backend tweaking.
Basic functions like being able to delete database rows or pre-filters seem to stop working randomly, and searching the forum for some of the issues I've had revealed plenty of other users with the same problems, but the developers simply replying that it works fine for them.
It's also very ugly looking in the front end - again, probably all customisable if you know what you're doing, but otherwise very frustrating.
Reviews: 9
After stuffing around with all manner commercial and non-commercial list managers and directory components for months on end and hitting the inevitable brick wall with each and everyone of them, I came across Fabrik.

I wish I had found it sooner. It would have saved me so much time and a little money. I took a paid for subscription...
Reviews: 1
After a recent update, I became stuck during an upgrade and the forms didn't show on the website. I think a file had become corrupted during transfer, but with a quick post on the developers website, the developer actually took time out of his busy schedule to help me, and he fixed the problem. Amazing, customer service and support. Would highly recommend, and I think a lot of developers should take a leaf out of his book. Thanks Hugh :)
Reviews: 2
I have used this extension for a test site and so far all I can say is that this is app helps Joomla become a full development framework for web based applications. We have built similar db centered web apps using Yii and Ruby on Rails and with Fabrik you can have a features comparable application in a couple of hours with little or no custom code.

Documentation Wiki is good, my only recommendation is to add more configuration & custom code examples.

Keep up the good work guys!
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