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COBALT 8 — The 8th generation of Cobalt CCK is now exclusively available for free to Joomla 3.x users.

Cobalt 8 opens incredible possibilities for constructing websites, and allows you to build almost anything. Among others.
  • File Downloads
  • Galleries
  • Blogs
  • Forum
  • Real Estate, Auto Markets
  • Job Boards
  • E-Commerce Product Catalogs
  • Support Desks
And other kinds of listings, reviews, discussions, bulletins, etc
Flexible CCK

Flexible CCK

Cobalt 8 now features, undoubtedly, advanced fields done to perfection. All fields are highly customizable to absolutely work the way you specifically want and expect them to perform.

  • Uploads;
  • Address & map location;
  • Gallery;
  • Email & Mail;
  • Image;
  • Date & Time;
  • Video;
  • Telephone;
  • Audio;
  • Numbers and Digits;
  • 4 Relation Fields;
  • 3 - e-commerce;
  • 5 standard inputs;
  • Many more…

All fields are editable to exactly suit your preferences.

Audit trail

Full audit trail support out of the box. Log all user activity, control articles versions, restore deleted files or articles and more...

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What is the principal value-added and competitive advantage of Cobalt 8?
Only Cobalt 8's free enterprise Audit Trail feature. This removes any and all limitations on end-user usage and allows unlimited website development application for corporate entities, such as, among others: Public and Private orporations; Educational and Learning Institutions; Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) and other Socio-Civic Groups; Professional Organizations, Associations and Networks; Media Organizations; Etc.


Audit Log allows you to:

  • Log important events;
  • Set which events to log in every content type;
  • See log filters by section, event type, content type or record;
  • Run different actions immediately from within the log, such as rollback, compare, restore, etc.


It enables Cobalt 8 to make a snapshot record of every edit, without deleting previous versions. It remembers and stores an unlimited number of versions of your work.

  • History - allows you to review the history of particular records or versions;
  • Rollback or "Switch Versions" - allows you to flawlessly rollback, switch, or revert to earlier or older versions of your work, and vice versa;
  • Restore - allows you to retrieve the last snapshot of a deleted record at any time;
  • Compare - allows you to make a comparison between any 2 versions of your record or work, including your current version.


Create ONE-TO-MANY or MANY-TO-MANY relationships between and among content types or even within one content type.

Multiple Type

Submit, handle, search, display and filter different content types of data within the same section/category.


Compare from 2 to 6 articles in a vertical table template where people can easily see the difference.


Flexibly customized. You may allow even public users to tag article but for example only existing tags. Later users may filter by tags and search.


Google Analytics link tracking. Core Joomla SEF. Aliases for articles and allow/disallow crawler scan. Enter metatags. And much more.


Sell or allow others to sell downloads, vouchers or access to articles. Adaptive Payments allow collect rebates from every purchase.

Mobile Enhancements

Cobalt can show QR codes everywhere - on your emails, telephones, google map locations and address encoded as MECARD.

Compatibility mode

Make Cobalt looks perfect even in Joomla templates where Twitter bootstrap is not loaded.

Public users can edit

Public user gets a special edit link with secret edit access key. Can be sent to email if there is email field.

Personalization - Multi-Vendor

Personalization - Multi-Vendor

Not only fronted submission, but user personal homepages, personal categories, reposts and user follow feature, make it most fronted user oriented extension.

Cobalt 8 is the first Joomla CCK to allow front-end submissions, and therefore is the best solution for getting and submitting articles to front-end users.

Not only does Cobalt 8 allow frintend submissions, it also allows users to create their personal home-pages within every section, with the freedom to create their own set of categories.

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Cobalt 8 endeavor to further improve and complete its Personalization feature, with the aim of providing platform for creating sites which scenarios such as pinterest, histogram or twitter, including the integration of the following functionalities:

  • Follow other users;
  • Be followed;
  • Post articles on homepage of others;
  • Repost articles of others on you own homepage;
  • Change your homepage title and welcome text;
  • User can allow disallow to show his favorites, rated, commented, …;
  • User allow/disallow others to post on his homepage;
  • Get notifications when you are followed, your article reposted or somebody posted on your homepage;
  • Import articles, listings, products, etc. from CSV.

Another component of the Personalization feature is the Cobalt Socialisation Layer (CSL). This is a set of events triggers and classes that allow users to integrate any social media network or extension, like JomSocial or Community Builder, and let it work simultaneously with Cobalt 8. That means, if you have CB, JS, AlphaUserPoint, ActivityPro extensions installed and integrated, they all will get information on every Cobalt event not just one of those extensions.

The functionality and components of the Personalisation feature of Cobalt 8 makes it the most social media-friendly CCK in the world.

Search & Filtering System

Cobalt has most advanced search and filtering ability.

  • Optimized for quick response;
  • Alpha Index for Categories & Items
  • FULLTEXT index include title, user name, email, categories, tags and field values;
  • Text search;
  • Uses Natural Language Search;
  • Uses boolean search (Exclude or include words with + or -);
  • Uses direct or exact Search;
  • Exclude/include any field into index;
  • Every field may be additional search filter;
  • Distant search;
  • Range search;
  • Value match;
  • Show what filters are applied to the view;
  • Close applied filter(s);
  • Joomla Search Plugin;
  • Joomla Smart Search Plugin;

Support and Delivery

Free professional level support even for free Cobalt customer. Weekly updates every Thursday.

Rating System

3 calculation algorithms, multiple properties, templates, API, access levels - all that make rating system outstanding.


Modify layouts and templates and make it looks like you want without losing changes on updates. Each section, type or field has its own template.
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For JE Developers

Automate Joomla extensions distribution commercially or free. You update extension on your site and all you clients may update though Joomla update service.
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There are different methods of exporting data and CSV import. You can pack whole section into Joomla installation package, or feed your section into XML, INI or JSON formats.
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Every record list or record display uses templates which can be managed through a Template Manager. Users You can copy/rename any template and set or modify it for any particular content type or section.

Templates are the real power of Cobalt 8. Users can do and achieve anything within their imagination. And it designed in the way so as not to be lost on next update. So users can get the section that looks the way they want and can still safely update Cobalt every week.

Templates are reusable. Cobalt saves different settings for different types of the same template, or create one template but configure it differently in different sections. The templates have advanced configuration ability. Either users create their own template or use Cobalt's dozens of parameters in every template.

Users can also create their own Youtube, Calendar, Ticket system, even a very advanced forum system. There is no limitations with the use of individual templates combined with the power of Cobalt's flexible fields.

Lots of template Settings Render Templates for fields

For JE Developers

For distributors of Joomla extensions, Cobalt is a complete solution for you. Not only you can create excellent download sections where you can sell downloads or distribute them for free, but you can also give your customers a wide choice -- from individual file download to subscribing with Emerald to get access to whole list of downloads.

Joomla Update Service formatter will turn your download section into Joomla Update Service feed and will automate this process. Once configured, it will deliver new updated every time you upload new file to your site.

More than that, if the download is paid, it will popup login form, and after login it will allow to download and update the file.

In other words, after you setup your download section, you just upload new file version and, instantly, it is delivered to all your customers through the core Joomla update mechanism.

Nothing like this exists, so far.


Cobalt can export to any format through special formatters plugins. By the time this article was created, there are JSON, INI, XML, Joomla update server formatters and, of course, standard Joomla RSS. Next are CSV and iCalendar. If the users need more, they can easily create their own formatter plugin or ask us.


Cobalt also can import from CSV and JSON. Import is done from the front-end. It means that other users may import their products, listings, posts or articles into any section the users allow. And this is really cool for multi-vendor capabilities. In addition, it is a smart import. If the users import the same file again, Cobalt 8 will create new articles and update previously imported articles. For example, sellers may import their products' CSV to update stock or price.


Packer is the unique tool that packs one or more sections into a single Joomla installation file, and later install it to other Joomla instance through standard Joomla extension installation process. It is like Export/Import for Cobalt only. The Packer packs, not only data, but templates, template configurations, additional files if needed.

Users can also use it for:

  • Quickly upload your local fork to server;
  • Deliver your work to your customers;
  • Install as demo content;
  • Distribute (sell) Cobalt pack as apps. Like pre-configured Cobalt sections fully setup and styled and ready to use. For example, see our Forum and Gallery packs.

Moderator Manager

Make any users a moderator in any section, and fine-tune more than 30 permissions through predefined rules, without changing actual Joomla user groups.

Comment System

Connect to popular social comments like Disqus, Fasebook, VK, Cackl, Intencedebate or build in comment system or other Joomla extensions like Komento or JComments.

High Load Optimization

High performance is one of our main concerns and priority. Cobalt has been already successfully used on sites with 300k article which is out of a dream for other CCKs.

Google Maps

Full integration with latest Google map API v3.5.

  • Show articles markers on the map;
  • Marker click popup article info window;
  • Set marker icon per article;
  • Set position from address or vice versa;
  • Detect current location;
  • Marker clustering;
  • Cloud, weather, panaramio, traffic, bicycle, transit, Heatmap - layers;
  • Filter or search by distant radius, marker icon or address.

Many more

Cobalt does not stop on the list of features on this list. It has almost endless list of features.

  • Unlimited Section Instances;
  • Extendible Section/Type/Field Parameters;
  • Automatic Image Sizing and Caching;
  • Multiple Category Item Assignment;
  • Automatically Generated Slugs;
  • Easy Upgrades that preserve Settings;
  • Built for Developers;
  • Avatars provided by Gravatar Service;
  • Joomla Plugins work inside Cobalt.

Notification System

Google Analytics link tracking. Core Joomla SEF. Aliases for articles and allow/disallow crawler scan. Enter metatags. And much more.

  • Subscribe to follow whole section, category, article, user;
  • More than 30 event types;
  • Get Facebook style notifications;
  • Get Crowl style (popup) notifications;
  • Receive email with notification summary;
  • Increase/decrease karma on events (require 3d party extensions);
  • Integrated with JomSocial and EasySocial activity and karma;
  • User set email to never, days, weekly monthly;
  • User chose email language;
  • User choose event types to receive;
  • User set to subscribe all new records automatically;
  • User may follow/unfollow all articles, users or categories at once;
  • Show all articles you follow in the section;
  • Show all articles with new events in the section;
  • Show all events and filter by article, event, user or section;
  • Delete events or mark as read;
  • Automatically marked read when article opened;


Please note this is only brief compilation of what Cobalt 8 has. There are many other features.

Cobalt 8 offers far more features than what can be sufficiently described in this brief article. Try Cobalt 8 for yourself and experience the incredible power and flexibility of its components which no other JOOMLA CCK can provide.