Some people were wondering what the acronym CCK stands for. CCK means Content Construction Kit. The CCK is a module to create custom content types within the Drupal CMS. It is a great and powerful feature we always wanted for our favorite CMS and its functionality has been requested by the Joomla community for a long time, so we created our own super flexible Joomla catalog component that comes with a comprehensive content construction functionality.
One of the ZOO's key features is that it gives you the ability to create your very own custom content types. Any developer who has created Joomla websites usually needs to publish different types of content besides a standard Joomla article. Here is an example: You would like to offer a bunch of downloads on your website. Currently there are a couple of ways to do this. A common one is to browse the Joomla extension directory for a component to handle this specific task. Usually you find download components with a rich set of features. But sometimes you have a specific functionality in mind that those components do not have, like when you want your visitors to be able to rate your downloads, or just add a custom field. Then you will likely run out of luck.
As you can see, it would be more convenient if you could create your own content types and make them the way you want them to be. Well, with our ZOO component you can do this. For each custom content type you create you can select the exact elements the type should consist of, like text, images or a file download. You can also add and remove certain elements later if you need to.
For now the selection of elements that can be used with the content types include text, textarea, image, video and download.
Right now we are still wrapping up a couple of things and adding new elements. We are planning to release the first stable version of the ZOO extension in March. In our next post about the component we will show you its key features in more detail, so keep checking back!
In the meantime take a closer look at the screenshots. You are also welcome to suggest some must-have elements or features in your comments...