If I have to choose one thing I love about Joomla I would say without a doubt – its extensibility. No wonder, it is one of the most popular CMSes used around the world, with about a million extensions that might leave a user with a tough time to choose. Not to worry though, because here is a list of must-use extensions and plugins for Joomla.
- Akeeba Back up
Version Tested: 3.6.6 (Stable)
Certified for: Joomla 2.5/3.0
One cannot stress the importance of backing up all the contents of your website and ensuring that it is safely stored in a location that is not compromised during a security breach or a breakdown of the website as a whole. Well, you do not need to look further than Akeeba Back up for the purpose getting rid of the constant nightmare of waking up one day and finding that all your content has just vanished! Installing and configuring Akeeba is as easy as it can get, and backing up the entire content of the website in a single archive is just a click away. All the files including a snapshot of the database and an installer are stored in each archive. The AJAX powered backup and restore process ensures that headaches associated with server timeouts are avoided at all costs.
- RSForm! PRO
Version tested:3.6.6 (Stable)
Certified for: Joomla 2.5/3.x
Need a professional looking form builder for your website? RSForm! Pro is your answer. It is easy to use even for a non-techie and can help in converting a process such as creation of forms into mere child’s play. The plugin is regularly updated, which means you will get all the necessary support from the community during the case of any kinds of bugs, discrepancies or even new features within the plugin itself. Some of the awesome features of this plugin include the following:
- You can send customized HTML or text e-mails
- CSV formatted data export options
- Create custom validation rules
- Customize events by placing PHP code before the form is displayed or after it’s submitted
- Community Builder
Certified for: Joomla 2.5/3.x
Have you ever wanted to create your own online community and provide a platform for diverse bloggers and businesses to share information and grow? This is now just a few steps away once you have installed Joomlapolis Community Builder (CB). By using this application, you can practically create your own social network, where you can engage members through interactions and extend your community of friends and influencers.
It is a given that when you develop a friendly rapport with your readers, it will make them want to come back to your website. You can let members have their own profile with pictures and other information after registration, search for other members, message each other and even create their own content, while everything is moderated by you! Welcome, Big Brother.
A dose of insight: On an average, 5 new Joomla plugins are added to its directory on a daily basis!
Certified for: Joomla 2.5/3.x
As the name indicates, Virtuemart is an e-commerce plugin that can substantially reduce the hassle that you face during the creation of an online shopping cart. Virtuemart enables your website to easily upload, update, add and delete products, discounts, taxes, images, coupons, and much more, even if you are trying to do so with zero technical expertise.
To help the installation process, you can get it done by a professional Web Developer Sydney or a Developer specializing in the same. VirtueMart Joomla Developer Sydney can help you substantially in installing and working with the plugin in a professional manner, thereby increasing the sustainability and overall proficiency of your e-commerce website. Developers like these know how to play around with numerous plugins to make the e-commerce more efficient by making the payment process easier and increasing the convenience factor in terms of checkout time and navigation for the clients through the website.
- Asynchronous Google Analytics
Most website owners rely on Google Analytics for their website statistics, and here is my pick for the best Google Analytics plugin for Joomla. All you have to do is add the Google Analytics code through this plugin to start tracking the conversion, visits, and other traffic and performance related statistics with Google Analytics.
The plugin is also a very considerate one as far as dealing with the Google Analytics code is concerned. The important aspect, in this case, is the fact that the plugin will actually show you where to place the analytics code and guide you to the optimal nook or cranny where the code will actually make sense. This is especially useful for most users who are not technically proficient and usually tend to get intimated when dealing with large screen-full of code.
EDocman is the document and manager plugin that you are looking for in the Joomla universe. It lets you assign any kind of document to one or more categories (tags) and control the access to the same via Permissions settings, which include merely having permission to view the document or being able to edit, delete, publish, or even unpublished a published document or post. You can control who can view the documents via Access Level property of the document. You can assign the document to one (or several users) and only the selected users will be able to view and download that document for their own purposes.
- Phoca GAE
Google Adsense seems to be the easiest way to monetize your website, as of now. But, the intimidating part, in this case, is the need to fill out several forms in order to gain access to the Google Adsense code? This is where the plugin Phoca GAE comes in. It is a Joomla Plugin which displays the Google AdSense code on your site without having to go through the entire process of form-filling and other formalities. All you have to do is to copy your Google AdSense Code or Google Calendar code or Google Search code and paste it into your Joomla site, while the plugin takes care of the rest.
Do you have any more plugins in mind that may have substantially increased the quality of your online experience on Joomla? Let us know in the comments and we will definitely give you a shout-out in the next article.