10 Best Free Joomla Extensions You Can’t Live Without

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joomlalogo1   10 Best Free Joomla Extensions You Cant Live WithoutJoomla is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) in the world, used in over 30 million sites, with over 200,000 community users and endless amounts of extensions. There are extensions for almost every purpose: social networking, advanced comment services, checkout services, easy-to-setup photo albums, the list is endless.

So how do you sort through all of them to find those that can really improve your visitors’ experience? Here are some of the free Joomla extensions you shouldn’t be without.

Stalker – Social Network Mod

Most people nowadays use social networks to publicize their ideas and to bring in new visitors to their sites, so having an easy way for people to connect to you is becoming a “must have” for most sites. That’s where this perfectly named extension can be handy.

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Stalker is the easiest Joomla extension to display links to all your social networks on your Joomla. It uses an attractive interface that is bound to attract your visitors. Stalker comes with approximately 45 social networks ready to go but you can add any new network you wish. It is easy to install and configure, comes with attractive icons and can be easily modified.

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Acajoom – Mailing List Software

There are a lot of paid mailing services around but if you are just starting out, you might not need one just yet. Acajoom is the perfect Joomla extension for people who want to start expanding their list without the costs of paying for a mailing list website to host it for them. Acajoom allows you to personalize your newsletters, import subscribers from other newsletter systems and maintain a public archive.

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Community Builder – Social Network Component

Community Builder allows you to create your own social networking community. With features such as user profiles, image upload, PMS, Newsletter, Forum and Galleries and a huge number of third party extensions that add even more features to this great component, Community Builder is the easiest way to create an environment that your visitors can personalize and use to share ideas.

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Expose Flash Gallery – Photo Album Plugin

Expose is a classy and capable Joomla extension for displaying your images. It is not the simplest one to use, but its small learning curve is certainly worth the effort. It has a very small footprint for a Flash gallery and allows you to create several separate albums.

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Virtuemart – Online Shopping Cart

If you would like to integrate a complete shopping cart to your Joomla, you should seriously consider Virtuemart. It has most features you can find in stand alone shopping cart such as order history for the customers, confirmation email, product ratings, downloadable products and 128-bit encryption. It also works with most payment gateways such as Paypal, Authorize.net and 2Checkout.

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JComments – Communication Mod

Make your site more interactive and gather more information about your visitors by allowing them to comment on your articles and products. JComments allows them to participate while giving you full moderation control and encourages people to register. JComments includes anti-spam features and integration with many third-party extensions.

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Jumi – Platform for Modules

Anyone who has tried adding JavaScript, custom PHP or HTML to Joomla has had to struggle getting it to work. Jumi is a great Joomla extension to integrate and create new components, customize plugins and run Javascript easily. It’s a great platform that allows you to try simple script files and to include extra banners, develop forms and include static html pages into module positions without any fuss. It’s perfect for the more advanced user who wants to expand Joomla’s capabilities.

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Phoca Google Adsense Easy – Adsense Module

In this tough economy, it’s important to be able to monetize one’s site and help create some added income. Google Adsense is a great way to do that, but it’s difficult to integrate it within Joomla’s modules and place the ads where you want to display them. Phoca Google Adsense Easy offers an easy solution to that problem, allowing you to simply copy and paste the Adsense code and place it wherever you want into the site. It can also be used to add the Google Calendar and Google Search code.

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Joomla Pack – Backup Software

Joomla Pack allows you to create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. It can be used to move your site to a different host or simply as a safety back up that can be used to restore the site in case of problems or server timeouts.

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JCE – WYSIWYG Editor

As many of you might have noticed, Joomla’s page editor is limited and awkward at times. JCE adds many formatting features that are missing from the original editor, such as background color, fonts and styles and better multimedia control. A great time saver for those who can edit the page code by hand and a must have for those who can’t.

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With over almost 4000 extensions, Joomla has the support of the open source community and the constant influx of creative minds willing to offer their software for free. Try out the ten suggested here then go back and explore all the other tantalizing extensions you can find. You are sure to find one for almost every need you have.

Have we left out your favourite Joomla extensions? Share them with us in the comments!

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jollyrogue

Ahh joomla.. everytime i try to set you up,i fail miserably.

MikeVertx

“Ahh joomla.. everytime i try to set you up,i fail miserably.”

double that

Taty

Where does the problem seem to happen and are you both installing from c-panel or from ftp upload?

pceasies

When I tried, it just wouldn’t quite work right. I spent 3 hours fixing various problems with the search and the search form (most were because I wasn’t using mod_rewrite). The plugins are hard to find (free ones that work how you want), and I find it sort of odd and clumsy when I want to edit something myself.

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Dan

Thanks for all the information. It is indeed frustrating to sort through all the Joomla libraries to find the gems. You’ve found many of them here. I’d been using several of them already, but you’ve made me aware of more. Jumi is especially nice for adding PHP to the site.

The only thing I would caution readers about is the mailing list add-on. I’m sure it works fine, but the best-case scenario could easily become worst-case. For example, say you’re really successful with your mailing list, so your readership grows quickly. At some point, you might be concerned about sending out all those emails and winding up on an email blacklist. So you’d then have to switch over to Aweber or something. Then you would have to ask your users to re-opt-in to a different service. You’ll lose a lot of people in that process.

Again, thanks for the info!

Dan

Taty

Hi Dan
You are Absolutely right about being careful with the size of the list while using mailing lists add-ons. Some services will let you import your list, but even in that case you could lose some readership if they need to confirm the subscription.
One of the reasons for suggesting Acajoom is because it does conform to most ISP restrictions for sending mail and it has an automated unsubscribe link, according to CAN-SPAM regulations, which should keep those using the software out of blacklists. Once the lists start getting too large, there are isp and host limits that could become an issue, so switching to a paid service is highly recommended at that point.
Thanks for the comment.

kdi

Tati, any plan to write how to build community using joomla. heard about jomsocial and community builder but not sure which one to choose.

TIA

Taty

Will certainly keep that suggestion in mind. But meanwhile, see reply below.

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Taty

Hi Kdi
While both have interesting features, Community Builder has several add ons (over 120) that could improve its basic core and it’s free. Jomsocial is well developed and has a nicer interface in general, but it is paid and because of that doesn’t have as much community support and development, so you rely mostly on the developers for improvement and fixes.
I suggest you try Community builder first, especially if you know how to make some changes to the visual aspects of the interface, since you have nothing to lose, and if you decide it doesn’t work for you, buy Jomsocial.

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MyGeekZine

Great article and great components too, but you forget K2 from Joomlaworks.It is a great component trust me. http://getk2.org/

Taty

Looks very interesting. Will certainly check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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plexasys

thanks for the information. I always try to do new one in joomla.you gave the best new concepts that are really helpfull.

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كوت الكويت

Thanks! love reading your articles, Taty

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Stormy

Great roundup of some of the many reasons that Joomla rocks. Duly tweeted.

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Joomla Tutorials

Sad to see so many people frustrated with Joomla. Here is a Joomla Tutorial Video I like a lot.

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Ethan

Why don’t you make 10 best free module for joomla :). Will be interesting. Btw want to find good modules to display related articles with auto thumbnail … any suggest ?

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Peter Bui

Yes, very good article. Can’t say I’m a fan of Acajoom but that is mainly because of my hosting environment placing limits on email sending. On another note, love JCE editor as well. Lastely, I’d recommend this asynchronous google analytics plugin – http://tinyurl.com/y74dgxm

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Peter Bui

Yes, very good article. Can’t say I’m a fan of Acajoom but that is mainly because of my hosting environment placing limits on email sending. On another note, love JCE editor as well. Lastely, I’d recommend this asynchronous google analytics plugin – http://tinyurl.com/y74dgxm

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