Best Joomla Extensions
Mostly we use the Joomla Extensions that we need for the job in hand, but sometimes there's a choice of several Joomla Extensions that do the same things. So which is best? Often the answer to this will be which once best matches the particular problem we're trying to solve.
For example, we have used two support desk Joomla Extensions in the 2020Media customer portal because the first one we used didn't, after being in use for a while, actually meet our expectations.
So a 'Top Ten' list of Joomla Extensions is a bit of fun more than anything else, but it's always good to hear others views, and learn something new.
Readers of the Joomla Community Magazine have voted for their first round of 10 Best Joomla Extensions and here they are.
Extension: ACL Manager
Extension Developer: Sander Potjer
Extension Developer Website: http://www.aclmanager.net
Why do you love this Extension? With this extension it's a piece of cake to make all kinds of administrator access levels in a Joomla website.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? The summary of acces levels.
Submitted by: Connie de Buijn
Submitter's Website: http://webartenco.nl/
Extension Developer: Acyba
Extension Developer Website: http://www.acyba.com
Why do you love this Extension? Excellent extension to make emailing quality! Support is very good, with a very, very responsive forum. Regular changes, for better efficiency always.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Thanks to this extension, my site has a extremely good management newsletters!
Submitted by: Fabrice Zavattero
Submitter's Website: www.lalumieredesfees.fr
Extension Developer: StackIdeas
Extension Developer Website: http://stackideas.com/
Why do you love this Extension? EasyBlog has been a huge help on our theater web site. They give first rate support and have been most helpful.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Makes blog posting easy!
Submitted by: Gala Lindvall
Submitter's Website: www.ForestTheater.com
Extension: EasyCalcCheck Plus (ECC+)
Extension Developer: Kubik Rubik
Extension Developer Website: http://joomla-extensions.kubik-rubik.de/ecc-easycalccheck-plus
Why do you love this Extension? Easy to use, lightwight, free... and EFFECTIVE!
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Frees me from SPAM... really.
Submitted by: Ivo Schmid
Submitter's Website: http://www.Lehrmittelperlen.net
Extension Developer: Fabrikar
Extension Developer Website: http://fabrikar.com
Why do you love this Extension?
Because it is:
- Free of charge.
- Easy way to use and manage.
- Very useful forum.
- Constantly updates for security issues and enhancing.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website?
It allows me to manage and develop:
- Visual Charts
Submitted by: Bader Ajhar
Submitter's Website: http://www.lamafurnituresy.com/index.php
Extension Developer: JComments
Extension Developer Website: http://www.joomlatune.com/
Why do you love this Extension? Works out of the box. Very useful features. Add the comments to the articles.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? This is a functionality that Joomla has been lacking in the core.
Submitted by: Fermin Jimenez
Submitter's Website: www.najar.ca
Extension: Joomla Content Editor (JCE)
Extension Developer: Ryan Demmer
Extension Developer Website: http://www.joomlacontenteditor.net
Why do you love this Extension? Absolutely a must have. Editing articles is breezing plus tons of features. And it's free It's always the first extension I install after installing Joomla. And believe me - I use a lot of extensions.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Its image manager makes my site have images in the first place. I work with people whose experience editing content is next to zilch and JCE's easy ways of inserting various objects (links, images etc) is second to none.
Submitted by: Olek Trembowiecki
Submitter's Website: www.biblioteka.koszalin.pl
Extension Developer: Stackideas
Extension Developer Website: http://stackideas.com/
Why do you love this Extension? Komento is useful, powerful and free.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? With Komento you can add comments to articles and share them on social networks. My clients love it!
Submitted by: Lucía Otero
Submitter's Website: http://www.movilidadelectrica.com/
Extension: Ozio Gallery
Extension Developer: Alessandro Rossi
Extension Developer Website: http://www.opensourcesolutions.es/en/ext/ozio-gallery.html
Why do you love this Extension? Very easy to use, and very powerful for my photo gallery in most of my website.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? I am able to give that extra touch to the images being able to offer them in an interesting perspective to the navigator, also with the new version that makes the gallery responsive fits very well with mobile devices.
Submitted by: Matteo Montanari
Submitter's Website: http://www.sensiparrucchieri.it/sensi-vip.html
Extension Developer: Yannick Gaultier
Extension Developer Website: http://anything-digital.com/sh404sef/seo-analytics-and-security-for-joomla.html
Why do you love this Extension? Installation is easy, great documentation, helps my sites with SEF friendly URLs and powerful tweaks when needed.
What does this Extension do to enhance your website? SEF URLs, special page titles.
Submitted by: Tanya Flores
Submitter's Website: http://www.massageforhealing.com
|Agenda 20 November 2012|
|Written by Sadiq Datoo|
|Agenda for Joomla London User Group meeting
20 November 2012 at UCL (click for directions)
Hope to see you there.
This article is taken from the Joomla Community Magazine and can be read in full here.
The Games of the XXX Olympiad are underway in London, United Kingdom. They're powered by the world's best athletes, years of training and a lot of muscle. It turns out that a lot of the Olympics are also powered by Joomla! websites (just like the 2020Media website).
National Olympic Committees
Sports Governing Bodies
- Federation Internationale de Natatation - Water Polo, Swimming, Diving
- Union International de Pentathlon Moderne - Modern Pentathalon
- The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles - Wrestling
- British Weight Lifting
- Argentinian Football Association
- USA Wrestling Training
- Spanish Federation of Olympic Wrestling
- Olympic Studies Center at the University of Santiago de Compostela
- International Academy of Olympic Chiropractic Officers
2020Media is a specialist in Joomla Hosting and we welcome migrations of existing sites, new hosting and developers.
The long awaited new version of Joomla has been released today.
Joomla is a free content management system used on tens of thousands of websites of all shapes and sizes.
- 2020Media hosting fully supports Joomla 2.5
- 2020Media can help you migrate older Joomla versions to 2.5
Along with new features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla core and extension updates, the Joomla CMS for the first time includes multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server. Previous versions of Joomla were compatible exclusively with MySQL databases. This improves support on the Windows platform, which 2020Media are able to offer at no extra cost.
Other key features in Joomla 2.5 includes:
- Automatic notification when a Joomla or extension update is available. When logged into the control panel, site administrators will instantly have access to new notification buttons that allows them to see and act on the latest updates. In addition to updates for the Joomla CMS, a second button offers third party extension notification updates.
- A better natural language search engine to the Joomla core. Complete with auto-completion and stemming (for example if you type “running” in a search field you also see run), it is faster and more versatile than the standard search.
The first London Joomla user group meeting took place at UCL on 17 January. The user group is open to all with an interest in Joomla and no level of technical knowledge is required. This meeting welcomed many new faces and we hope they'll join the user group again.
Joomla Template Overrides
There was no set agenda this month, but a topic that was explored in detail was template overrides. Joe from Softforge demonstrated the technique which allows you to modify the look and feel of your site in ways beyond what is built into the template options. By using template overrides you avoid modifying core Joomla files and this means you can update Joomla when you need to, without worrying about breaking your website. The technique is simple in essence, though finding the right files or files to move does require some knowledge, and asking the usergroup is a great place to get some help.
- Copy Joomla core file to appropriate location within template folder
- Modify copied file as required.
- Reload Joomla page (clearing cache if needed).
It was suggested that template overrides be covered in more detail in another user group meeting.
News from the Joomla eco-sphere
- Virtuemart out. The big daddy of Joomla shopping cart is finally released and feedback was good
- K2 out. A component the replaces the 'article' with more extendible functions. think of Joomla! articles with additional fields for article images, videos, image galleries and attachments.
- Rockettheme dropping Drupal. Popular Joomla template shop will stop developing themes for Drupal after low takeup.
- Joomla 2.5, the next long term stable release is due for release on 24 Jan. Joomla 1.5 reaches end of life in April 2012.
The next meeting is on February 21st. If you plan on attending, let us know at 2020Media and we'll see you there.