ChronoForms 3.1 for Joomla! site Cookbook

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  • Create forms using the drag-and drop wizard, HTML from an existing form, or built in Dreamweaver
  • Setup emails to send form results to a site admin, or to the user, or anyone else
  • Change the look and feel of your form to match your site
  • Save your form data in the Joomla database and export it again
  • Set up form validation and security
  • Display your form in its own page, in an article, a module or a light box
  • Add file uploads to your form, validate the file type, save files on your site, attach them to emails; re-size image files and display them in emails or article
  • Create common types of form: newsletter sign-up, custom ‘contact us’, image upload, PayPal purchase, Joomla registration, and more
  • Use ChronoForms plugins to enhance your forms: control access; send information to other sites; multi-lingual forms; multi-page forms
  • Develop more advanced features: send an SMS; add a bar code in the email; using Ajax to check email addresses; adding conversion tracking scripts



Joomla! is a fantastic way to create a dynamic CMS. Now you want to go to the next step and interact with your users. Forms are the way you ask questions and get replies. ChronoForms is the extension that lets you do that and this book tells you how.

From building your first form to creating rich form based applications we will cover the features that ChronoForms offers you in a clear hands-on way. Drawing on three years daily experience using ChronoForms and supporting users there is valuable help for new users and experienced developers alike.

We will take you through form development step by step: from creating your first form using ChronoForms’ built-in drag-and-drop tool; validating user input; emailing the results; saving data in the database, showing the form in your Joomla! site and much more.Each chapter addresses a topic like ‘validation’ or ‘email’ and the recipes in the chapter each address a different user question from the beginners’ question ‘How do I set up an email?’ through to more advanced questions like using some PHP to create a custom email Subject line.Over eight chapters and eighty recipes we cover all of the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ that new users and developers have about using ChronoForms. The recipe structure allows you to pick and choose just the solution that you need.

  • Develop feature-rich Joomla forms with the help of easy-to-follow steps and ample screenshots
  • Publish forms, that let you interact with your users, to a website using ChronoForms in minutes, not in hours
  • Explore the versatility of ChronoForms and use them to make your web site an interactive one
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible


Page Count 376
Course Length 11 hours 16 minutes
ISBN 9781849510622
Date Of Publication 23 Aug 2010


Bob Janes

Bob Janes has been involved in IT of one form or another throughout his working career. In the last decade he’s worked mainly on CMS support and development, first with E-Xoops, more recently with Joomla! and WordPress. He’s been the principal support person for ChronoForms for the last three years and has made more than 12,000 posts answering user questions. Bob has an extensive knowledge of Joomla! and WordPress and he enjoys solving the problems involved in building interactive sites on these CMSs.