Vistamedia's FlexiContent and Octopoos' jSeblod -- the latter of which has been refined into Seblod -- serve as development tools for Joomla. As a content construction kit, or CCK, Seblod allows site developers to create custom fields and content for a content management system, such as FlexiContent. Though they differ in purpose and features, both FlexiContent and Seblod act as extensions for the open source Joomla CMS.
Via a single-user interface, FlexiContent organizes content such as articles, image galleries, video galleries, product catalogs, business directories and other custom material. Developers can then sort this content into nested categories and multi-map it into more than one category as needed. FlexiContent also supports custom templates and plugins. In comparison, Seblod's management features allow custom content, nested categories, custom templates and plugins, but not multi-mapping.
While FlexiContent accommodates back-end content management, Seblod lets you establish and populate back- and front-end input forms. Additionally, you can use Seblod to create form input validation checks, extend Joomla user profiles with the addition of extra fields or avatars and add comment systems. Seblod lets you grant permissions based on category, type and field levels, allowing developers to customize which input forms are seen by which users and user groups. As FlexiContent focuses on CMS functionality, it offers none of these features.
As a content management system, FlexiContent aims to replace Joomla's native article manager and focuses on flexibility, customization and ease of use. Seblod, in contrast, capitalizes on Joomla's core to extend its functionality -- such as by expanding on Joomla's access control lists to customize user access -- while FlexiContent relies on Joomla's standard ACL. While not the extension's main focus, Seblod does feature content management options and more options overall, but also has a generally higher learning curve.
Both FlexiContent and Seblod are free to download and use. At the time of publication, Seblod had reached its second version -- itself an evolution of the jSeblod extension -- and FlexiContent had reached version 1.5. As the creators continue to modify the extensions, features of each will change over time. Developers can download the latest version of each extension from their respective official websites.
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