Essential Content Construction Kits for YOOtheme Pro: ZOO and K2

Miljan Aleksic
17 May, 2022

We cannot deny that our focus has shifted toward YOOtheme Pro, but we couldn't leave behind what has been the sole purpose of ZOOlanders for so many years. As such since the release of ZOO 4 we have been working on refactoring and simplifying our solutions for ZOO into what is now known as Essentials for ZOO. It has been in a beta state for a long time, and we are happy to announce that the stable version is finally ready!

Essentials for ZOO

When a Web Site Builder was just a concept few were starting to play with, there was ZOO, a so-called Content Construction Kit. Now, 10 years later, we have fancy Builders and more advanced solutions, yet many still choose ZOO for content management. Is not perfect, is not for everyone, but is loved and most importantly, it is still very useful!

Essentials for ZOO is a collection of elements, plugins, and modules that extend ZOO on many levels. We are of course referring to ZOOlingual, ZOOfilter, ZOOaccess, ZOOseo, Image Pro, and other well-known solutions we have developed over the years. The essence of those didn't change, but have been reviewed, cleaned, and made compatible with Joomla/ZOO 4 and YOOtheme Pro!

If you have a project that still relies on ZOO but requires some refreshing, this is a great opportunity to upgrade to YOOtheme Pro without losing all the work invested, as all our elements are now compatible with YOOtheme Pro Builder. Furthermore, the ZOOfilter results layout as well supports YOOtheme Pro templates!

On the other side, we had to make a hard choice, and decided it was time to deprecate ZOOcart, ZOOcompare, ZOOeventsZOOorder, and ZOOmailing. This was done for various technical and viability reasons. If your project happens to depend on them, our recommendation is to stay with Joomla/ZOO 3. For further details, please refer to the upgrade guide.

K2 Source

The community has been asking for a YOOtheme Pro integration with the CCK-like K2 component from JoomlaWorks, and a recent sponsorship offer made us prioritize it. It turns out the integration was not even possible because of minor K2 views limitations, but the JoomlaWorks team was open for collaboration and accepted our fix in record time. After that, the integration was smooth and we are happy to announce that a K2 Source for YOOtheme Pro is ready, stable, and free!

We decided to release it as a free open source project, as its parent K2 component. As such please be aware that support is not covered by our membership plans, but we will be happy to assist anyone in the project GitHub repository issues place and we would like to invite everyone to also collaborate and help.

For all interested in a YOOtheme Pro K2 combo, grab the code, thank the sponsors, and enjoy!

Highlights from 1.6.x

As it's becoming usual, here are the additions worth mentioning from the Essentials v1.6 consequent releases.

  • Ip Geolocation Access Rule
    Based on the MaxMind GeoIP database, this new access rule allows hiding/showing content based on the device's IP Geolocation, like Continent, Country, City, and even Postal Code.
  • Vimeo Content Source
    A Dynamic Content source that allows displaying private-owned Vimeo videos.
  • Database Source Random Ordering
    A popular feature request, displaying the records of a Database Source with a random order
  • hCaptcha Form Element
    An alternative form Captcha solution, another popular feature request that is now available.

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Very nice, thank you!
RSS Source will be nice!

Karlheinz Franz
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Thank you for this! Yes, I use Yootheme Pro and Zoo together as Zoo is still good for some types of content - and easier to separate and customize for special content. ZOOseo is essential for Zoo. ZOOfilter is a powerful addon too that nothing...

Thank you for this! Yes, I use Yootheme Pro and Zoo together as Zoo is still good for some types of content - and easier to separate and customize for special content. ZOOseo is essential for Zoo. ZOOfilter is a powerful addon too that nothing else compares to.

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Newhall Klein
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Thank You Miljan!

I still use Zoo for my web apps and have successfully integrated them with YT Pro. Essentials for Zoo has been an important tool in my "belt" forever. I voice my vote for its continued support and development.

The Zoolanders...

Thank You Miljan!

I still use Zoo for my web apps and have successfully integrated them with YT Pro. Essentials for Zoo has been an important tool in my "belt" forever. I voice my vote for its continued support and development.

The Zoolanders team is unsurpassed in extension creation and support and I look forward to all future developments.

Robert Clinton
Owner

CAPE COD WEB DEVELOPERS

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Robert Clinton
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Just simply Awesome!

Peter Selie
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Hey thx for the hard work. I wanna missing the events, because ytpro have no right solution. Thats an the implementation for the rating solution was my hope.

Ronald Wegert
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That is good news. I built a web application with ZOO, I spent 2 years perfectioning it, but considering the lack of upgrades i was considering to move it to another framework. I'm gonna take a look at this new update. Thank you Miljan. Always...

That is good news. I built a web application with ZOO, I spent 2 years perfectioning it, but considering the lack of upgrades i was considering to move it to another framework. I'm gonna take a look at this new update. Thank you Miljan. Always appreciating your amazing work.

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Asombro Marketing
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I have already gone a long way with you and in difficult situations you have always helped me quickly and without complications! This news today is a very good one! Thank you very much!

Hendrik Meyer
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Excelente Miljan. Siempre admirando tu trabajo! Tengo una sencilla aplicacion web desde hace 6 años hecho con Zoolanders y sigue funcionando a la perfección.

Asombro Marketing
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