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SobiPro - Multi-Directory Component for Joomla!

SobiPro is a powerful directory component for Joomla!.
With SobiPro you can easily create multiple directories or any type of content.
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 or news 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!


Video: SobiPro Features





SobiPro Key Features


Custom fields to classify your content

Besides the standard input box, which can be used for all kind of single-line texts you have a textarea field type available which can be used with or without a Wysiwyg editor.
Use the single select list or the multiple select list field types to present pre-defined textual content.
With checkbox groups and radio buttons you can define predefined selections to choose from.
A specific email field type for email addresses and a URL field type for URL addresses is also available as an image field type.
With the category field type you can add a category chooser to your input form.

SobiPro comes with a set of 10 core field types!

The list of the integrated core field types can be extended by installable field types1.
Install a Calendar field to add date fields to your directory, let the date fields control the publishing states of an entry. Add a QR-CodeTM to the listings, or a GoogleTM Map. Let your users up- and download files, add tags to the listings or a contact form. The possibilities are endless and new field types will be developed in future.

All custom field types have several settings to adjust them to your needs. Each custom field type can be used as often as you want.

  • input box
  • textarea w/ and w/o Wysiwyg
  • single select list
  • multiple select list
  • checkbox group
  • radio button
  • email field
  • URL field
  • image field
  • category field

Multi Content with only one SobiPro installation

SobiPro introduced a new standard for directory components for Joomla! - The multi content feature!

With SobiPro you can create as many directories on your site as you need with only one single SobiPro component installation. The multi content feature allows you to create on the same website, different kinds of directories, such as...

  • Business Directory
  • Product Directory
  • Restaurants Guide
  • Real Estate Listings
  • Members or Profiles Directory
  • Conference Program
  • Documentation System
  • FAQ Area
  • Download Management System
  • Weblinks List
  • News Section
  • Blog
  • and many more ...

Manage all these different directories, which are called 'sections', easily from one administration panel. Each section has their own categories, entries, fields, templates, ACL rules and advanced search and sorting filters.


Structured content

SobiPro categories give you the ability to display your content in an unlimited nested category tree structure for easy organization and layout.
Content can be assigned to multiple categories at the same time.

You want to have un-categorised content? Simply assign your entries to a fixed invisible category.

The integrated category field offers four different category selection methods: use the well known SigsiuTree or select your categories from a multiple select list, choose only one category from a single select list or use the fixed category choice method.
Even it is possible to use the category field more than once!


Views - Present your content in the way you want

Entries are the content of a directory. Previews of the entries, so called vCards, are shown in various different listing views. Thus, a listing view is a collection of vCards. Different listing views are available to present selected vCards. A details view of an entry normally presents the full content. Freely choose which of your fields should be shown in the vCard and/or in the details view.

The entry input form lets your user add an entry to your directory and the search form lets your visitors filter the content.

  • vCards
  • details view
  • entry input form(s)
  • search form
  • section view
  • category view
  • alpha listings
  • search results
  • user listings
  • listings by date
  • tags view2

All views can by freely designed by the usage of the integrated SobiPro template system.


Get the right content

Do you want to have your users to enter only a number or an email address or any formatted text? No problem with SobiPro. SobiPro lets you verify the content your users enter before it got saved. Select one of the 10 predefined filters or create your own customised filter using regular expressions.


Let's find it

The SobiPro Search is one of the features that make SobiPro a very powerful tool for site visitors. Almost each field can be configured to show up in the search form. Depending on the field type, you can choose between ...

  • single select list
  • multiple select list
  • checkbox group
  • radio buttons
  • range search
  • general search box

Use the range search for numbers and the general search box for a quick list of results for a specific word or phrase. Use the Category filter to restrict the search to specific categories.

Another great feature is the ability to give each field a priority. When searching, this priority is considered and the resulting entries are sorted according to the priority of the field where the search term was found.


To the letter

SobiPro features a comfortable Alpha index, which let you filter your entries by letters. But not only the entry title can be used as a filter criterion. You can add each field of type input or select list to filter your content. Your users can choose the filter criterion from a dropdown box right beside the letters list.


Control access to your content

You want to restrict the detailed view of the entries from being viewed by visitors? You want that only registered members may search within your content? You want a specific user group to be able to publish their own entries? You want ...

The SobiPro ACL does not override the Joomla! ACL, but instead, complements it by allowing you to create different front-end permission rules for specific user groups and for specific directories. This allows you to control what users can do in your directories, from access to editing, viewing, searching, creation to approval, even allowing a specific group to edit admin fields or skip payments. In combination with a subscription component like Akeeba Subs, you may charge your users for access.

Let your users create entries through the front-end of your website using a designable input form. Once an entry has been submitted, you can choose to have it auto-publish or after an admin approves the entry.


An incredibly flexible template system

SobiPro features a unique template system that allows to choose between different ways to design your website, or combine all of them.

Design your directory with CSS!
SobiPro comes with a automated default template, which doesn't need to be changed when adding your own fields. All elements of SobiPro output are equipped with CSS classes. Additionally, in the Fields Manager you can assign your own CSS classes to each field.
With the integrated CSS editor, you can style the layout of your fields in the different views of your directory. No need to touch the template files!
Best suited for beginners - only basic CSS skills are necessary.

Flexible template design with XSL!
By creating your own SobiPro template, you can customize every single page of your directories. From the header of a directory main page, to the individual search form and listings. Every view has a template in SobiPro. No core hacks are needed to make your content look exactly like you want it to. The output of SobiPro is XML data, and uses a mixture of XSL, HTML and CSS to get styled.
As a web designer you would feel comfortable to edit the template files directly to make use of the flexibility of XSL and HTML.

Advanced template modifications with own PHP scripts!
But that's not all. If you are a developer, you can add your own PHP code to get executed within the templates. With this, the possibilities are endless and still no SobiPro core code needs to be changed!

Each of your directories (sections) has its own set of template files including their own CSS files, which means you can style them completely separately and different. SobiPro even has a built in HTML/XSL editor in the administration area so you can make changes to the template files without the need of separate code editing software.


To infinity and beyond!

Applications, or in short 'apps', extend the core SobiPro component to include additional features and functionality.

SobiPro comes with an built-in application manager which allows to install additional apps. With this feature, the possibilities are infinite. Use the application manager to install also additional field types, language packages, custom templates, modules or even SobiPro core updates.

You prefer a 1-click installation? Use the SobiPro repository. From a list of all available applications, just select your app1 and you're done.


Context sensitive help

SobiPro features context sensitive help.
That means, if you are on a specific screen in SobiPro administration panel and press the 'Help' button, you will get redirected to SobiPro documentation with the right topics already found.
You do not need to search the whole documentation to get the description5 of what you are looking for.


Earn money with your directory

SobiPro helps you to earn money with your website on different levels.

The simplest method is to set some fields not to be free. Your users want to have their website addresses listed in your directory? Let them pay a few bucks for it.

On template level you can group several fields together to offer price packages. You can create membership levels such as Bronze, Silver or Gold.
SobiPro already includes a basic Paypal payment system. More payment systems will follow in future.

Combine SobiPro with a subscription component such as Akeeba Subs and sell access to your content on Joomla! user group level.


Get in contact

The Contact Form field2 offers you the possibility to create any kind of contact form. Let your visitors get in contact with the entry's author, report a listing or claim a listing. If you provide a restaurants guide, show a reservation form.
This field gives you the possibility to create any kind of form and send the filled in form via email to the author of the form, to the author of the listing, to the site administrator or any other email address.


Advanced optimisation techniques

To speed up your website, also if you have a lot of data, SobiPro has several integrated caching mechanisms. An SQLite based data accelerator, an XML view cache and separate Javascript and CSS files caches are available to improve the performance of your web site. All SobiPro caches use intelligent techniques to recognise changes.

According to tests of a known hosting provider, SobiPro 1.1 is again faster than SobiPro 1.0, especially in combination with Joomla! 3.


Mobile Ready with Joomla! and Bootstrap

SobiPro 1.1 is available for Joomla! 2.5 and Joomla! 3.0./3.1 and has Bootstrap integrated even on Joomla! 2.5. The administration panel of SobiPro is completely built with Bootstrap.

Design your SobiPro directories mobile friendly!
Due to the fact that you have full control over the visual design you can create a mobile site using Bootstrap or any other techniques!

SobiPro 1.04 is available for those of you who still need to use Joomla! 1.5.


In your language

SobiPro features native multi-language support. Translate your content just as fields and categories easily within SobiPro administration panel. Front-end content is added automatically in the language of the registered user.

SobiPro is already translated to more than 25 different languages. New translations will follow continuously. If your language is missing, feel free to join our translation team and participate in translating SobiPro into your language.

SobiPro comes with English translation files. If other languages are installed, texts with missing translations are shown always in English language due to the integrated pre-load of the English language3.


SobiPro is Open Source

Published under GPL, SobiPro gives you the freedom to use and modify it according to the GPL v3 license and ...

           ... SobiPro is free of charge!

If you want to know more about SobiPro, visit our demo site or simply install SobiPro for free.



This description applies to SobiPro 1.1
1 Additional field types/applications are available for SobiPro club members.
2 Requires application available for SobiPro club members.
3 This feature requires to have the English Joomla! language installed.
4 No new features will be added to SobiPro 1.0.
5 To read the documentation an active membership is necessary.

 
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