Joomla is a free and open-source content management system that allows you to build your website to your liking. Sweet features include page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for many languages. Joomla has been downloaded over 35 million times as of July 2013, which would make it the most used CMS besides WordPress. Joomla is fully supported on HostDime’s managed servers.
Although Joomla has many great features. there are plenty of additional extensions that help compliment your site. There are 5 types of extensions for Joomla which all handle a different function: Components, Modules, Plugins, Templates, and Languages. There’s over 6,000 extensions available from the official Joomla! Extension Directory. HostDime went through the directory to find some of the best Joomla extensions of 2013, in no particular order.
The 10 Best Joomla Extensions
Akeeba Backup – Let’s begin with the most important component first: Akeeba Backup, because backing up your site is essential so you don’t lose months or years of hard work. Backup, restore, and transfer your site with one click. The archive includes your database, files, and the restoration script. Move your site to a different server, migrate it to a different location, or create an exact clone. Akeeba Backup can take backups automatically, so literally sleep well knowing your Internet valuables will be fine.
K2 – The Joomla article post system just includes a title and content body. K2 is a content manager that adds upon the simplicity thanks to numerous features and fields like media, image management and galleries, comments, tagging, frontend editing, easy templating and sub-templating, user profiles and groups, blogs, drag and drop features, and so much more.
Joomla Content Editor – Don’t understand HTML or CSS? Not a problem. Create and edit content with Microsoft Office-like functions and easy navigation to make formatting a piece of cake. Upload, rename, delete, cut/copy/paste images and insert them into your articles. There’s also a helpful Advanced Code editor that includes syntax highlights for you to write code quickly.
sh404SEF – Terrible name, great extension. sh404SEF is the most reliable, trusted, and downloaded SEO tool that helps the search engine placement of your Joomla website. Effortlessly transform auto-generate URLs into keyword-rich, SEO-friendly URLs thanks to the built in Google Analytics functionality. A word of warning: make sure you understand what happens to your old URLs and correctly redirect all pages so your visitors don’t see a 404 page.
Mobile Joomla – In this day and age, if your mobile page is not optimized, you will be missing out on eyeballs and conversions. Stay ahead of your competitors with a responsive website design that generates your website according to device. Automatic image optimization means faster loading for longer visits with a lower bounce rate.
CC Newsletter – This is an extension for sending a newsletter to one or multiple groups of subscribers. Cultivate an e-mail list of your website’s visitors for a better chance of increased traffic. Create your own customized newsletter template without any kind of technical expertise.
WidgetKit – WidgetKit is just what it sounds like: a pack of responsive design widgets that fit to your specific site. Widgets include a slideshow gallery, map for your business, accordion sections that expand and collapse, social media embeds, HTML5 audio and video players, and much more.
redSHOP – Once your website is to your liking, it may be time to sell your products or someone elses. redSHOP is the number one shopping cart solution for your online business. Offer gift certificates and gift wrapping, show an unlimited amount of products, sell in multiple currencies, send out promotional newsletters, add pictures in different sizes, and see where your traffic is coming from with search engine optimization stats.
JComments – Now you need a comment section for interaction with your viewers. JComments is a comment extension that allows users to leave comments on any published materials. Turn on and off comments for specific categories or posts, automatically publish certain comments, edit and delete users rights to comment, edit comments from the back-end, let users be informed about new comments, and support for emoticons, RSS feeds, and multiple languages.
Admincredible – What to do after you have all the extensions you desire? Well you must keep them updated of course! Admincredible allows you to update all of your Joomla 2.5 and 3 websites, extensions, and newest installations with the click of a button. Once logged into Admincredible, your dashboard displays all of your Joomla sites that need updating and you can either update one or all instantly.