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  • Apr 28 2011

    The Best of Joomla Extensions

    Joomla provides a great open source platform for designers, SEO, and companies to develop their Websites in an effective way. The exciting and up-to-date themes give a refreshing look to the Websites powered with Joomla. In addition, the extensions allow you to add more functionality to your Website. If you’re already running a Website on Joomla or thinking to use as a CMS for your upcoming site, then take a look at its ‘must have’ extensions described below.

    AdminBar Docker

    This extension lets you to dock and undock the admin toolbars in view. Undocking the toolbar helps you in scrolling through large administrator pages. Please note that this extension is not compatible with the Joomla 1.6.0 and 1.6.1 versions.

    Red Color AdminBar Docker

    Red Color AdminBar Docker icon in the left

    Akeeba Backup

    It is quite essential to backup the Joomla Core Components of your Websites periodically. Akeeba Backup Core is the open source and free backup component of Joomla. It creates a backup of your Website, which can be restored on any Joomla compatible server without any much headache. This is a ‘must have’ component for your Website. It’s backup and restore feature is powered by AJAX to avoid the server timeout errors even for large Websites.

    Akeeba Backup Notification Module

    Akeeba Backup Notification Module

    Community Builder

    If you want to use your Joomla Website as a membership directory or community system then Community Builder Suite is suitable for you. It upgrades Joomla’s default Members Management System with key community features like enhanced workflows, extra fields in profile, front end workflow management, image upload, admin-defined user profiles and tabs. It also allows defining connection paths between the users and integration with other components such as Blogs, Galleries, Newsletters, Forums etc. What’s more? There are more than 200 extensions available for Community Builder like Facebook Connect, Twitter Connect, Captcha, Donations Management, Shop, Subscription Management, and Membership Management.

    eXtplorer

    Joomla does not have a file explorer to manage the file system of your Website. You can install this extension called eXtplorer to compensate the same. It is a desktop-like Web-based application with directory structure, grid management system, and drag-&-drop feature.

    Screenshot of eXtplorer extension

    Screenshot of eXtplorer extension installed at localhost

    JCE

    Do you need revamped TinyMCE Editor then install the JCE plugin – a customizable WYSIWYG editor based on Moxiecode TinyMCE Editor. Its main features are Administrator Interface, plugin support, Link Management, File handling, and Media management. Please note that this extension is not compatible with Joomla 1.6 as it has replaced the TinyMCE Editor with Code Mirror.

    Jumi

    It is the set of custom code extensions for Joomla 1.6, 1.5, and older versions. It has been downloaded more than 200,000 times since its inception in 2006. Jumi allows inclusion of JavaScript, HTML, and PHP codes in the modules position, customized pages, descriptions, and articles. Thus, you can include the scripts to include the code of Google AdSense, Affiliate marketing programs, and social plugins directly in your Website. These scripts will have full access to core components of Joomla.

    Output of a Google Gadget created using Jumi

    Output of a Google Gadget created using Jumi (Courtesy: echo.Webmaster.com)

    Phoca Gallery

    A slideshow enhances the look of your Website, presents the images in appealing formats, and saves the spaces to show the pictures. So why not to use a slideshow for your Joomla-powered Website? Just install this Phoca Gallery extension and configure the images to move on.

    Demo of Phoca Gallery Website

    Demo of Phoca Gallery (Courtesy: Phoca Website)

    We hope that above extensions will help you to add more functionality to your Website. We will keep you posted with more useful extensions of Joomla in the future, stay tuned.

    Posted by Charu Garg Posted in: CMS Comments: 2