- This extension has additional addons listed in an extension specific category.
- Requires: CURL library, OpenSSL and XSL Support
With SobiPro you can easily create multiple directories or content types. 10 integrated core field types and the possibility to install additional field types gives you everything you need to run any kind of directory. SobiPro allows you to build a business directory or a restaurants guide, a real estate management or a members and profiles directory, a documentation and FAQ area or a download management system, a simple weblinks list or even a blog. Almost any type of directory or content presentation for your Joomla! powered website can be realised with SobiPro.
With a wide range of additional SobiPro applications you can enhance your directories with a lot of features such as a review and rating or a notification system. Various module types are available to present your directory content in different ways.
Earn money with SobiPro. Let your customers submit and manage their content from front-end. Search, filter and view the content depending on Joomla! user groups.
The real power of SobiPro is the amount of customization you have available for your specific website content needs. You can customize all output views of SobiPro through the powerful professional SobiPro template system. SobiPro comes with a default template which doesn't need any customisation. But if you want to set yourself apart from your competitor, design your own template for your directory or make your directory mobile ready by using a responsive SobiPro template!
Please note: XSL Support is required. CURL library and OpenSSL are necessary only for specific features of SobiPro (e.g. Repository) but not for standard use.
SobiPro has been fantastic for my needs.
I needed to modify a template so it would look exactly how I wanted it to look and I had not had any html experience but with the help of the SobiPro Team's support club I have been able to achieve what I needed.
The cost of the support is small compared to the help the SobiPro team offer you. They really are fabulous.
Highly recommend SobiPro and joining the SobiPro Club.
But when I started to really exploring it, SobiPro is more than a directory component. It has many potentials limited by your imagination.
SobiPro is really awesome that encouraged me to subscribe for a gold membership. I have received professional support from the team. I would like to specially thanks to Isidro and Sikor for their continuous support. Without them, my work wouldn't have come this far.
And thanks to Radek, the guy behind SobiPro, for this wonderful extension.
I highly recommend Joomla users out there if you need to create a complex and flexible directory website. Go for SobiPro because its Free and Awesome!
Keep up the great work SobiPro Team!!!!
It took me a little while to get used to working with XLST and XML but once I got the hang of it, things went smoothly. When I got stuck, the community at sigsiu.net were there to help guide me through the sticky parts. So my site ended up better than before and also so did my brain! :D
Sometimes these extensions are not outright "plug and play" and the lack of understanding of a concept only begs for one to rise to the occasion and acquire the knowledge to tackle a specific task. Sometimes extensions have bugs...sometimes there's no way to change an element of an extension without doing a core hack to get the end result. In other words if you're a plumber and you are trying to rewire the electricity of a house, there may be things you miss in doing the task and it may not work or even give you disastrous results! Sometimes it's best to delegate those tasks that you're not good at to another developer who knows the language to achieve the end result you're after.
SobiPro, from what I can tell has been extremely well planned out and authored and the developers really care about their product- this is their "baby". They are passionate caring people who love their work and it absolutely shows.
So after some time I gave chance to SobiPro and tried it again.
I m wondering how can someone use this component. I never found slower component on frontend than SobiPro. It is not about cache, about hosting ... it is just about this component. I tried it on more hostings with default settings, then play with it, I tried everything, but nothing can move this component.
When I start with Joomla few years ago, I remember I started also with Sobi component that time. Time by time I always give chance and try it, bc. I know that developer is Joomla lover and take care about this component for long time and try to do probably the best. So I really dont understand how its possible that this piece is so useles on real websites.
What another similar components loads in 1 second, this component loading 5 or 10 seconds.
Everyone can see that on Joomla Events directory and compare it with JED, what huge different is there.
If you are not masochist, stay far from SobiPro.
I really dont want to attack someone or be offensive, but developer with so experience and knowledge should to develope something better, what users can use on their website
We are actually really happy about this review which clearly proves that SobiPro is NOT slow. Rebel complains that SobiPro is slow and seriously states that "It is not about cache, about hosting". Well this is a very bold and ignorant statement, and I think everyone with a basis knowledge will see that it is ridiculous to say something like that.
Rebel however, did us a favour here as he compares the Joomla! Events Site (which is powered by SobiPro) with the Joomla! Extensions Directory, powered by a heavily modified Mosets Tree extension. Just a side note, I personally have a huge respect for Mosets and their good job.
So after we read this review, we did some comparison with impartial tools between those two sites and we have to say we am really happy about the results.
First we used the Google PageSpeed Insights tool. This is probably the most important one for these kind of tasks:
- JED (the Joomla! Extensions Directory): performance grade 58/100
- JES (the Joomla! Events Site): performance grade 72/100
Then I checked it with Yslow (GTMetrix):
- JED: Page Speed Grade "D" 65%, Page load time 3,96 seconds
- JES: Page Speed Grade "B" 88%, Page load time 2,33 seconds
Finally I checked also with Pingdom Website Speed Test:
- JED: performance grade 63/100, Page load time 2,57 seconds
- JES: performance grade 85/100, Page load time 0,81 seconds
Of course it was only the main page. But we did also some additional checks.
Details view (single item):
- Google PageSpeed Insights: JED 53/100 versus JES 73/100
- Yslow (GTMetrix): JED grade "D" (67%); page load 4,33 seconds versus JES grade "A" (92%); page load 2,28 seconds
- Pingdom: JED 72/100: Page load 3,21 seconds versus JES 79/100; Page load: 1,55 seconds
Category view (multiple items):
- Google PageSpeed Insights: JED 56/100 versus JES 75/100
- Yslow (GTMetrix): JED grade "C" (73%); page load 3,35 seconds versus JES grade "A" (94%); page load 1,03 seconds
- Pingdom: JED 67/100: page load 3,37 seconds versus JES 81/100; page load 1,46 seconds
So as you can clearly see while measuring these both websites with different independent tools both of those websites are pretty fast. However the with SobiPro powered Joomla! Events Site is much faster.
But frankly the whole review is not really about SobiPro itself. Actually here is Ralf (see the review below) fighting back again. Just as background information, as Ralf started complaining in the Joomla! forum about his invalid review not being published, as very often in this kind of discussions, there is usually someone who will join on the wagon and complain about anything and everyone as well. In this case it was Rebel. He happily joined Ralf in moaning about SobiPro, the JED team, the Joomla! leadership and the Joomla! project as a whole.
As a matter of fact I did some research and I can see that Rebel is used to complain a lot about many things. However if he is being asked to participate in the Joomla! community and actually do something positive (as we do) he is very quick in finding excuses why he can't.
And exactly like in Ralf's case, we can clearly see that Rebel never wrote any good review for any other extension. This is a bit hard to believe that he never used any other. So this review is not about his objective nor even subjective opinion about a particular extension. It's just a way to vent his frustration. For whatever reason.
Now what is really weird for me, I also checked some of Rebel's posts in the SobiPro forum, and mostly his opinion about SobiPro was very positive. He wrote for example: "Btw. I see that Radek Suski with his team did really great and hard work if I compare Sobi2 with SobiPro. SobiPro really looks like one of the most professional component for Joomla's websites with big capability in future, bc. works with apps."
Indeed he wrote in some posts that SobiPro is slow for him. Pity he never used our professional support. We would be more than happy to help him.
To summarise the answer, we are very thankful to Rebel for proving that SobiPro is not slow.
For this reason I don't recommend Sobi anymore.
Here is a short story about Ralf (radler) whose life's goal was apparently to write a bad review for SobiPro. No matter what! Ralf wrote 5 bad reviews for SobiPro, one after another complaining about our support. All those reviews were rejected for obvious reason. As the support for SobiPro is excellent and very important for us, we asked Ralf to provide details about where we treated him bad, so we can solve the situation. Ralf refused to provide any information, which lead us to the conclusion that Ralf is not a client.
In the meantime Ralf found out that almost the entire SobiPro team is also volunteering for the Joomla! project and started drafting conspiracy theories. He blamed the JED team that this was the reason why his reviews weren't published.
Eventually Ralf found a reason to write a valid bad review for SobiPro.
Nevertheless, the review is unfair. Ralf is complaining about XML as the default template language and call this technique as XSL, XML and XSLT. Just to be clear XSL and XSLT is exactly the same thing. And it is used to parse XML. All three terms describe the same, single technique. Every other Joomla! extension and Joomla! itself are using PHP, HTML and CSS to style its output. So basically the only difference is XML which Joomla! is implementing more and more in the meantime as well. We never made any secret from using this particular technique, so Ralf should be perfectly aware of it before installing SobiPro.
And no, you don't need to be programmer to use XSLT. This is a language which is widely used by designers. That's the reason why we have chosen it for styling the output.
Ralf wrote that he switched to another extension now. It is a pity that Ralf is able to write a bad review for SobiPro but I don't see any (good) review written by him for the other extension!
And finally, it is also unfair that just because Ralf's skills are not sufficient to use an advanced extension like SobiPro, to give SobiPro a one star rating.
Component it self perfectly fit Joomla and doesn't create any issue. It is not build a side of Joomla it is build over Joomla.
Component it self is free. With free version you get power to build whatever you want. It have amazing template system - xslt which free your hands bring your dreams to a life.
SobiPro is reaally complex component, which you can use for many different tasks.
They are nice and polite, they help you or guide you thru any problem. I need to say here also thanks Sikor and Isidro, you are simpley best with what you are doing!
Thanks to Isidro, Sikor and all the rest of the support team for being so great!!!
The extension works wonders.
SobiPro is a very flexible directory management tool, with plenty options to extend its core functions.
My only (light) concern is the lack of a downloadable documentation. Browsing the many pages of the documentation online might be a pain sometimes, particularly for people living with narrow Internet connections like me.
We also like that the extension could be customized to fit our needs with room for expansion in the future. I can't stress enough how wonderful this product is. Very happy for the past year we have been using it.
Whenever it comes to unique, individual request, I choose sobi. My first project was a big directory of nursing homes in Germany and Sobi did not disappoint me!
It took me a few hours to understand how the fields and modules were working, but once you understood, you are able to do EVERY kind of directory you can think of. I now use it for an event listing!
Prior to other extensions, Sobi offers a lot of extras like contact forms, image resizing, qr-code generating, google map, geocode, a very smart csv import/export and so much more!
It is worth its price and they also offer a very fast and mindful support forum!
Yes it takes some getting to grips with, but spend the time you won't be disappointed. We have just had an issue resolved in around an hour!