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Editor's Note
SobiPro is a powerful directory component for Joomla!.

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.

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Reviews: 3
As far since de the beggining, been using Sobipro, people at support is the best! they always have a solution to everything and the time wich is always running for non working things is awesome! A good tool to implement due to its great support team!

Thx u guys there! Sobi is far the best directory for joomla!
Reviews: 5
Sobipro continues to amaze me to be honest. When I think a function doesn't exist its just that I haven't used it yet...out of the box the power is unbeatable. I've built Joomla sites for years and with the move into responsive sites Sobipro welcomes that task and produces amazing results. With a little knowledge and help from the support guys you can build an extremely powerful and functional site. Templating is easy to style to your own designs and the field manager alone has every option you could ever need. Need a field that the user inputs but doesn't need to be shown on front end...that's easy! Need to show all entries from a specific person or company..that's easy. I could go on. Download it, install it and play with it. I am positive there is no better solution out there. It's not 'just' a directory is so much more. Support is awesome. These guys on the forum know there stuff. Quick, concise and targeted replies means my questions are answered easily. Building with Sobipro gives me confidence when handing the site over to my client. Intuitive and easy to administrate. Thanks for building an awesome component!
Reviews: 1
Very good component and Support !!

A thank you to the Sobi Team


Reviews: 2
SobiPro is the best directory component of all.

We use SobiPro as address database, news page, events calendar, community and organization platform.

A large number of extensions SobiPro adapts to all needs and requirements.

The large, dedicated community and the support help answers questions at any time. Thanks for that.

SobiPro handles even large amounts of data.

We are fully satisfied :-)
Reviews: 1
I am a home run small business that was looking for a directory that would fit my business perfectly.

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.

Thank you
Reviews: 1
I've been using SobiPro for more than a year already. For the first time, I was just using it for my small project.

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!!!!

Reviews: 1
I'm using Sobipro to solve different client needs, it's very versatile and professional.

Thank you!
Reviews: 2
This is the number one extension!
Fantastic product with the best support ever!
Reviews: 6
One of the points important to take into account when we chosen an extension as Joomla are naturally that this component made that we wish but also that the proposed support is irreproachable. And since the time of Sobi2 I had the occasion to notice the ability to react and the professionalism from the team of SobiPro. An active and reagent forum, a listening of the users for the improvements to be brought, a multiple and tested translation, a big quantity of plusgin and\or template.... In brief if you have a directory to be set up and if you wish to implement it in the best possible conditions this component is for you!
Reviews: 4
I've successfully deployed SobiPro on a couple of sites now and "out of the box" it works fantastic. With a bit of tweeking it's even better!

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 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.
Reviews: 2
My previous experiences with this component was horrible. For me it was headache to work with it.
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
Owner's reply

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.

Reviews: 1
After 4-5 years of using Sobi2 and SobiPro, we're moving to another directory component. Why? The system being more complex from day to day. XSL, XML, XSLT, PHP, HTML, CSS anything else? You need to be a programmer in order to make customization.
For this reason I don't recommend Sobi anymore.
Owner's reply

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.

Reviews: 2
I am not a programmer but with the help of Isidro, some research on the forum and some tenacity, I was able to make SobiPro work for me and create a custom template. I now have a happy client! There are still some stuff I need to work on, but overall I am quite happy.
Reviews: 7
It´s an essential component and the support is amazing.
It's easy to use and very powerful.
Thank-you very much to the developers.
Reviews: 7 I point in titele, SobiPro is really best between best of. I read somewhere, that SobiPro is one of the best directory component for Joomla. I can not agree. I try some directory and SobiPro is best of them.
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!
Reviews: 1
As a joomla beginner with only a few programming skills, I wasn´t sure if sobi pro would be the right decision - but it definitely was!!! After reading the instructions on the website carefully, a was able to integrate a database with a search function on my website, and the results are shown on a geo map! :-)
Reviews: 17
I've always loved directories, and with SobiPro I found a good directory, with which you can get money by having fields that can be paid for, you can have a beautiful design, incredible functionality and EXCELLENT support that is always there for any problems.

Thanks to Isidro, Sikor and all the rest of the support team for being so great!!!
Reviews: 2
With this component I have complete freedom over the CCK content.

You can override anything, anywhere.
The learning curve is a bit steep, but when you get used to the xml and xsl it's a dream.
Reviews: 2
I've been using SobiPro in a couple of websites for more than a year now.

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.
Reviews: 3
We looked very deeply into a few CCK to display our many products and shirt for our tshirt printing web site. We are so happy our choice was sobipro. It is a very robust database that we have set up and since we deal with adding new/changing products all the time we wanted to make it simple for updating and sobipro has given us that.

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.
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