During my Journeys, I have used thousands of premium and free joomla extensions for various commercial projects. Compared to other CMS’, Joomla! is the right choice. Joomla platform provides endless possibilities for web development framework. For any content management system, to run in the best possible way for us, we need to tweak it accordingly. It can be done with the help of plugins and extensions. Joomla plugins have made it a very efficient CMS, indeed. While there are many Joomla extensions and components out there, only a handful deserves a special place at the top!
With more than 2,000 extensions in the Joomla! extensions Directory, one of the most valuable aspects of selecting a Joomla! extension is finding the right tool for the job. With thousands of extensions to choose from, you are sometimes faced with multiple options that appear to achieve your goals. There is no subsitute for downloading things and trying them out yourself.
Over all, in this article I provide a list of 15 Joomla! extensions as a starting point for addressing common needs.
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Infinity plus is one of the Joomla! extensions that has new features and allows the users to upload files for each of the departments separately. It is easy and lightweight AJAX file upload. All actions are done on one page with couple of simple steps shown below.
- Select one or many files
- Press button to upload the files
- See confirmation or error message depending on outcome
All these steps are done on screen without page reloading using AJAX and Flash technology. This makes the entire process really nice, easy and straight-forward for the user. But that’s not all. The module can be used out-of-the-box and it really ease for the website owners to install and configure the module.
Ken Burns Gallery
DZS Ken Burns Gallery /w Admin Panel for Joomla is an extensive admin panel with cross browser compatiblity. It has unlimited transition combos with iPhone/iPad compatiblity and more. It is compatible with Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Firefox 4, Safari 4, Safari 5, Opera, Chrome etc. This extension supports with three main features and they are:
- CMS Panel – You can select images, upload images, customise effects all in the DZS admin panel provided, which means no manual upload to a folder like in traditional Joomla plugins
- Cool Ken Burns Effect – Enhance your website with the awesome ken burns effect
- Can Be A Simple Slider – Ken burns effect is optional ( as you can see, the third image has no effect on it ), if you don’t modify any transition settings it will start like that
Google Analytics for Joomla
Joomla Google Analytics supports to dive in to your code and also gives you the ability to track the events like clicks on outbound links and downloads of files. It consists of:
- Option to add Google analytics code
- It is an auto event tracking for downloads, mail to and outbound links
- We can select the file extensions to download track
- It links your Adsense account with your Google Analytics
Joomla Photo Gallery
Joomla Photo Gallery Extensions come with a Mac Dock Effect from Apptha. It displays the images with an efficient look in outstanding manner. It will transform the way your photos are visualized and definitely will give the excellent effect for your images/photos to the visitors.
- Option to upload “n” number of photos and to create a multiple albums/categories
- It is compatible with joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0
- It will displays in the entire album list in thumbnail format with smooth “Scroll”
- There is an option to download the images/photos
- Facility to set the Mac Dock Effect direction and proximity
This is an attractive Joomla extension with a nice interactive image slider gallery like you to find in every big site these days. This extension has a lots of options so that you can totally customize the look and feel of the slider
- It has Multiple instances
- You can use different transition for slide and description
- Option to create direct link to a slide with and anchor in a url
- It works in all browsers including IE6
Simple Joomla Newsletter Extension
This simple newsletter extensions is an easy-to-use bulk emailer designed for your Joomla 1.6 website. It allows you to send the email newsletters quickly to your joomla customers. It can also import a CSV file with a list of email addresses and mail to those people. This plugin consists of:
- Option to send emails to your existing joomla customer database
- Import a list of customer email addresses into your joomla newsletter system
- Users can login and change their subscription options, and also see what previous emails where sent to them
- Option to embed images in outbound emails
- CRON feature to process incomplete oor scheduled newsletters
- Option to upload pictures into your e-newsletters
Docman PayPal Paid Downloads
It is one of the latest DOCman 1.5.8 and DOCman 1.4. It is a flexible component for selling files with DOCman and joomla. This plugin helps you to sell downloads to have pay per download on your site. It is compatible with Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3.6, Safari 4, Safari 5, Opera, Chrome 4 and Chrome 5.
Content Flash Accordion Module
In this Land of corder the content flash accordion module supports to the joomla version 1.5, joomla 1.6 and joomla 1.7. It is an great extension for showcasing the website.
- This moduke has version 1.x for joomla! 1.5 Native, and PHP version greater than 5.x
- You can get source from an image folder or the content component
- Option to play like banner rotator automatically according to the timer or manually change to change the items by roll overing on items
- It supports HTML formatting
DN portfolio is a business-related extension and it can be built with latest joomla 1.6 features. It is compatible with Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Firefox 4, Safari 4, Safari 5, Opera and Chrome. Also CSS, PHP files are included.
Lof SlidingCaption Module
This sliding caption module is a sticky new way to display the images attached to articles from content component or K2 component of your site in a grid based layout and page. This module auto detects and get images from article or K2 item and cropping those images combining a theme selected to help you creating a nice boxes on your site, you can select whether or not to display the item’s titles and description in the mootool plugin-driven sliding or fading over lay.
Apptha Eventz helps you to manage the events to become more effective and efficient. It is very well designed with commercial and unique venues in mind. You can schedule your product fo conferences, meetings, stage shows, personalized programs, resources or anything.
- This scheduling product enables management of all aspects of a meeting or event
- They might target their audience by using the news media, hoping to generate media coverage which will reach thousands or millions of people.
- You can search events from your location to specific a distance
- Multiple payment options
- Option to add/manage events at the backend
- Admin can also enable/disable the elements on event details page
- Option to subscribe new users and can activate for tickets
Joomla Board is an kind of a social network component for joomla 1.6 and joomla 1.7, based on Ajax which allows the users to write a posts and place a comments. It is fully integrated with the joomla permissions, so you’re able to decide who can write a post and who can’t.
- It is compatible with Safari 4, Safari 5, Opera and Chrome
- Users can publish the photos/graphics with their posts
- You can comment in the post ans it can be placed inside the custom tabs
- More tabs are configures by the administrators (i.e)(anyone with “Manage” permission)
- When you are using post and comments can be removed by administrator or post/comment owner.
E-Lite Tip is an simple extension which generates the internal and external links from the keywords in the content. It has all the elements required for a basic and successful link and banner exchange for the joomla websites. This kind of extensions will help you to increase the traffic for your website and make your contents as a story.
- It is compatible with all the Firefox, Safari 3.6, Safari 4, Safari 5, Opera, Chrome 4 and Chrome 5 browsers
Live Brodcast Countdown Module
Live Broadcase/Event Count down Module is an another way of extension. This extension works with the joomla 1.7 – 2.5 in the countdown Header text and finishes the countdown text. It is an additional finish text and that is set under the main count down text.
- Option of setting the timer for morning or afternoon times
- Option to load jQuery library from default jooomla installation or Google API ’s.
- Upon time expiration the module will display the expiration message for the amount of time set in back-end. When this time reaches its limit the module will restart the countdown until next event.
JContact Form Module
This Jcontact form module is an simple extension that allows you to add a contact from your website. It is one of the extension with easy installation and simple configuration
- It wil works with Joomla 1.6 & 1.7 & 2.5
- It is compatible with all the browsers.
- It is one of the extension type module
JFacebook Connect is an moduke that allows the users for connecting to Joomla 1.6 & 1.7 & Joomla 2.5 websites using their Facebook account. If they are not registered, the module creates a new user and saves it (using the email as a username it generate a random password).
- It is an software version and compatiblity to Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7, Joomla 2.5 and other.
- This is an Module extension type based on facebook connect
Like 2 Show
Like 2 Show is a special kind of module. It will help Your fanpage grow, simple and fast. It works very cool and has free stuff. If you want do give your website visitors (ebook, great link, image etc.), but not entirely free. Adding this module to your site will force your users to like fanpage you want, and after that, redirect them to hidden content as a reward.
- It is simple and powerful extension
- Quick Installation and easy to use
- It is an software version and compatiblity with joomla 1.6 and other.
There is so much to look for in the above collection and I truly believe that you will definitely find something that you were looking for in the above-mentioned popular Joomla plugins.
Author-Bio: Riya holds 3 years of experience as a web developer and designer. She is an experienced blogger who constantly writes about open source platforms in web development. Presently, she has also started writing for daily deals software websites for ecommerce platforms.