It adds most of features offered by other CMS like drupal, wordpress, and much more than them:
- Content Types (=custom forms)
- Many highly parametrized powerful fields with SELECTIVE Content Plugin Triggering
- Drag-drop templating
- Multi-Category assignments
- Complex filters in category/search views
- Author management with limitations for subscriptions sites
10x-20x more features in free version, compared to other Free CCK/Directory components
Thus, FLEXIcontent was designed to manage content in a broad sense:
- image or video galleries,
- job offers,
- product catalogues,
- business directories,
- hotel directories
within a single user interface.
-- This means for the end user, unparalleled simplicity of use, everything happens in one place.
-- Mastering 10 components to be able to administrate an entire website isn’t required anymore.
-- For the web designer / end user / developer, it means a lot less headaches of interoperability/maintenance
Some of FLEXIcontent Unique features:
(none in other component's Free versions, many unique compared to commercial versions)
-- Multi Category assigments, with multiple featured categories (configurable via our Advance Route Plugin, see our FAQ)
-- Multiple Document versioning (combined with workflow and powerful notifications messages, see below)
-- Multi-state Workflow to assist both editors & publishers to add/update content to your site
-- Highly configurable powerful notification system: (Global) Component + Per Content Type + Per category
-- High parametrized Fields(=joomla plugin each) (carefully structured to assist configuration and be performance wise)
-- Powerful relation/reverse Relation fields to create custom Content Item sub-listing inside a Content Item
-- An powerful image/gallery field to create DB-reusable image/galleries or item-field specific galleries with numerous parameterization options
-- Multiple filter apperances: text field/single select/dual text range/dual select range/toggle radio/toggle checkbox(multiple filter values)
-- FACETED filter behavior for almost all searchable fields: showing filter values according to current filtering and current
-- A -Free- Advanced Search view (to host the above 2, but also available in categories too) and create content-rich listings
-- Directory/Catalog features, directory view + a powerful Alpha-Index with character aliases, character aggregations, language customizations
-- Selective plugin triggering in all fields
-- High performance frontend views and items manager, with steady performance as sites grows (**installing on EXISTING larges sites 20,000+ items is still slow, TODO), (and works with full page caching extensions)
-- 30+ ACL actions (e.g. edit field value)
-- ... many more UNIQUE
After installing this extension and banging my head against the wall, looking all over the net for relevant/up to date English tutorials or documentations to no avail I decided to uninstall.
Now you know how frustrated we can get when we spend hours attempting to get things to work in harmony? Well, after the uninstall the site front-end didn't work, access errors.
So I decided to try the forum.
Registration went smooth, but the response was just unexpected. I was contemplating a Joomla repair, yeah, daunting. I was hoping to wait days while the topic got viewed but no answers. Instead I had a resolution within 40 minutes or less. For a free extension that level of response is priceless, just like so many users are saying in their reviews.
Not only that I realised that Joomla was doing something it possibly shouldn't be doing, not sure about what happened there, could be a bug, if the developer of Flexicontent didn't log into the site and spotted it I wouldn't have.
SO, I am going to bang my head against the wall and handle the learning curve, it will delay the project slightly, but, for the response I receive I am going to reinstall Flexicontent as soon as I finish this review.
Thanks a lot.
thank you for your review,
just want to comment about the issue, you said it, but i want to make it more clear, the issue was that the homepage menu item was a view not allowed to guests, and joomla error message was a bit confusing indeed, about reason of investigating, for us bugs are high priority, (of course feature requests may wait for ...)
about documentation, as soon as we finish some planened UI apperanace changes, we will be making tutorial videos !, but already some documentation articles are being added for fields
- unlike documentation these are rich and/or well done:
a. 100+ FAQ articles, yes these are not documentation, but the answer many question
b. v2.2.0 complete work in v2.1.x of restructuring of parameters and grouping parameter up to 4+1(tabs) levels to make easier/intuitive to locate things despite SIZE of component
our current focus is on high-end (stunning) performance in large web-sites, currently testing with websites up to 250,000 items (yes and even larger than that) and adding the 2 most important features missing from FC ...
a rich (video) documentation will be complete during summer
I was amazed by:
1. The built-in templating system
2. The variety of its settings. I really could do eveything i got into my mind
3. It does not cancel the joomla articles. Hence you can use the layouts of the joomla content as well.
When I say flexible, I really mean it!
I wanted to create a joomla site that is easy to update to without going through all those steps.
I wanted to create a website that follows the same structure throughout the site.
Flexi is the answer.
And dont forget that you are not alone while building it. Visit their forum. They are really helpful!
I'm waiting for the next release, maybe with a refresh backend design ? :)
Bit of a learning curve getting familiar with all the options and where they are, but worth the effort.
Recently whipped up a new section for a client: a couple new fields, new category, new items, copy and edit a template that came close. Accomplish in 2 hours what would be impossible in plain Joomla.
+ good documentation with tutorials
+ excellent support in the forum
+ very stable, almost no bugs and new known bugs are killed within hours
+ very good implemented, can handle a decent amount of content and still be speedy
+ very frequent updates and constant development
+ they listen to the user
+ easily extendible through custom fields
+ easily customisable through templates
+ this is a free extension!
- the carousel for the article presentation could need an update to be really responsive and offer some more options for the slide effects (for the presentation of Joomla core fields one can always use third party modules though!)
thank you for your review,
just would like to comment on speed
- FLEXIcontent will be slower than joomla if you have e.g. 20 articles in your site, e.g. if Joomla content component (excluding modules!! or other extra extensions that you have in a website) will need 0.1 seconds and FLEXIconent 0.2-0.25 seconds, that is 2-2.5 times slower but it is only 0.2 seconds
but FLEXIcontent frontend speed DOES NOT scale just good, it scales excellently for large sites 10,000+ or 50,000+ and is faster than Joomla despite the numerous features and configuration settings !! Same applies for backend items manager, high speed for large sites (NOTE: though the FACETED filter behavior is what can slow it down if you display many filters in FACETED-search mode)
- same thing about speed applies for our powerful content module, and about carousel template of module,
- and you are right it does not have the looks of other carousels and is partially responsive, but its biggest advantage is that it comes with a very powerful/highly configurable universal content module AND it is free !!
i see that you have successfully registered/logined to our website. And you had your question answered
Just recently site was upgraded to J2.5 and for half a day or more the
Joomla to phpBB3 -bridge-
was not working properly.
While these tools can be used with Fleixcontent, they certainly aren't needed to bring about a highly professional and functional website - Flexicotent does this out of the box.
With the ability to create