When did you start using SEBLOD?
We started using Joomla! in 2007.
Initially, we worked on worked on a ‘traditional’ basis by using multiple
extensions configured to meet clients’ needs. In 2010, we started winning bigger
projects, but they were at risk of failing due to the impossibility to meet the
projects’ requirements with only existing add-ons. After some time, we
seriously considered dropping Joomla! in favor of other solutions we were
studying. However, we didn’t want to lose our years of time and investment in
Joomla! so we started looking for CCKs that would help us solve our development
needs. It was at that time that we discovered SEBLOD, and after that… we never
What was the first site you build with
Our first real project was a multi-language,
multi-site responsive project for the famous French Sorbonne University. We had
used SEBLOD for other previous smaller projects but the Sorbonne project was a
real deal. There was no way to achieve it without SEBLOD!
Did you try any other CCK components
for Joomla, and why did you end up choosing SEBLOD?
We studied and tested a dozen of
solutions then and selected SEBLOD for several reasons:
- A comprehensive CCK that didn’t only propose extra fields
but also offered a list/search unified modelization
- They have a strong development team that could propose a
real support when needed
- It has a robust PHP architecture that allows the development
of our own plugins
- It is a solution that extends Joomla! and doesn’t compete
with it. We didn’t want to get a CMS inside a CMS, and we wanted to still be
able to fully use the Joomla ecosystem
- It has great extra functions such as a real multi-site
- We could participate to the growth of SEBLOD with our own
fields and template plugins
With SEBLOD any new content type still remains a native Joomla!
article. This is a great feature that allows easy cross functions such as SEO,
content map localization, custom search engines and so on… It becomes also very
easy to build your own e-commerce experience with SEBLOD and some article
related ecommerce solution!
What is your favourite SEBLOD-powered
website that you’ve built and why?
Since 2010 we have developped dozens of
SEBLOD powered sites (such as a museum gallery
some projects are real web professional applications such as job boards (
) or extranets (planning tools
and CRMs, not accessible for the public, sorry) we are very proud of.
There is no way we could have developed
such tools with Joomla! without SEBLOD. With SEBLOD you fully exploit the power
SEBLOD can be considered as a visual development kit upon the
What advice would you give to new users
looking to get started with SEBLOD?
SEBLOD is a very powerful solution that comes with a high learning
curve. This is the price for being able to overcome almost any difficulties.
With the Joomla! / SEBLOD couple we now can claim there is no project we can’t
achieve thanks to the inner model that SEBLOD proposes.
For us this the real place where SEBLOD shines. The form/content
type and list / search type model can match any project we saw so far. So don’t
be discouraged when you first meet SEBLOD! In fact, if you’re just starting,
are a perfect place to start. These were not available when we
first started. They offer a great solution for you to see how functionality can
be built with SEBLOD, and let you start to make changes and learn to something
that exists already rather than building from scratch.
Even for smaller projects, once you master SEBLOD you will find it
easier to use SELOD than using other existing extensions because it allows you
to make your site/application evolve with time!
Other advice I would give is to carefully decide when you have to develop
some content types with SEBLOD and when existing extensions are a better deal.
Actually our policy goes as follows: if you need a special content type such as
Documents, Events, Directories, you probably need SEBLOD. In some cases however
it’s still better to use strong and very specific extensions such as Emailing
or a Forum.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Check our tutorials at
(in French only, you will have to use GTranslate, sorry) to have a better idea
of the tremendous power SEBLOD brings to Joomla!
Our moto is true: « with SEBLOD you can unleash the power
» Special thanks to Cyril from Pulsar Informatique.