Joomla Goes CCKrazy

CCK for JoomlaApologies for the lack of blogging over the last few weeks, I’ve been wrapped up in something else since the beginning of September.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve always tried to be honest with people and acknowledge that Joomla had two achilles heels:

  1. It didn’t allow a lot of control over what people can and cannot access (ACL or Access Control Level)
  2. It didn’t allow you to customize your content articles with extra fields or extra layers of categories (CCK or Content Construction Kit)

Joomla’s Ecosystem is Strong

If you want proof that the Joomla ecosystem is strong, you can find it here. Lots of commercial providers stepped in to create ACL solutions and then this week we had the announcement that ACL has entered the Joomla core.

And then there’s CCK:

Before 2009, there was really only Sobi2 and Mosets Tree, both of which were really business directories that could be repurposed. Now it seems that you can’t turn around without tripping over a new CCK release.

Earlier this year, both Joomlaworks and YooTheme launched their CCK extensions on the same day: March 19. JSebold unveiled their new CCK in July and FlexiContent did the same this week.

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Defining CCK

Its not easy to define exactly what CCK means, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll say:

  • any extension which allows to move beyond the text and title options provided by Joomla’s com_content, and choose your own fields and options
  • any extension which also moves beyond the Section / Category hierachy of Joomla 1.0 and 1.5

Over to You …

Which ones have you tried and which ones do you like best?

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