Top 10 Joomla extensions

Saturday, 29 May 2010

We have been using Joomla! 1.5 over 2 years now. To select the extensions that most suitable for us, we had digged Joomla!Extensions directory page by page, and tried the extensions each by each. After done that, we select top 10 extensions that we like most. We hope the list can do help to you too.

1. Xmap
Xmap is a component based on the popular Joomap component. Xmap allows you to create a map of your site using the structure of your menus. This component adds new powerful options to Joomap and fixes several bugs reported by many users of Joomap.

2. MultiAds
This plugin allows you insert at most four area(Google adsense, other ads, even any html code) into different area of the article. You can dispay your ads in any of the following areas: 1.Before the content, that is between the title and the content. 2.At the top of the content. 3.At the bottom of the content. 4.After all content has been shown.

3. Smartsef
Smartsef BETA 1.0 is out. The smartsef component is an url rewriting component for Joomla 1.5. With Smartsef you can turnJoomla 1.5 into real SEF url's without numbers or other logic within the URL's. Smartsef gives you full control over the Joomla1.5. generated URLs and the order how they must displayed.

4. SectionEx
SectionEx (com_sectionex) will list all articles within a section, grouped by categories. It combines and extends Joomla!'s build in "Section Layout" and "Category List Layout". SectionEx is written for Joomla! 1.5 using its model-view-controller architecture.

5. Phoca Gallery with Slideshow
Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! component. It is a simple image gallery with slideshow. The slideshow is based on Dynamic Drive's Ultimate Fade-In Slideshow v1.51 (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ ). Requirements: * Joomla!1.5 (stable or any later version) * PHP 4.4.1 (or any later version) with GD library (graphics library for thumbnails creation).

6. mod_latestByCategoryOrSection
If the current menu using com_content, this mod will display latestly Contents of the category or section selected by the menu. For frontpage and some other cases(the active is not using com_content), it will display the latest contents just as mod_latest does.It works properly in Joomla 1.5 version natively

7. Missing Metadata module
The Missing Metadata module adds a panel to the Control Panel of the Joomla Administrator interface that lists any published articles that have empty metadescription or metakeys fields. Search engines (particularly Google) use the metadescription text as the summary text for site-listings displayed in search results. Any articles that fails to include this metadata will suffer in their web presence and search engine ranking. After installation, be sure to active the module in the Module Manager > Administrator modules pane and set the position to CPanel so the module will appear properly.

8. Linkr Extension for linking articles
This extension lets you quickly link to articles in your Joomla! site when you are creating content. You can either search for your article with the search box, or find it by selecting the section and category. Finally, the link class, title, rel and url are completely customizable, making Linkr the perfect linking extension for Joomla!

9. Content static
Do you want your Joomla site much faster and more scalable? You can just make your site static with Content static plugin. After making the article content static, you will never need a lot of SQL to load a page from the database, load a lot of module's and plugins. You can just access the static page with the url. The plugin will generate the static content when the user first access the article, from then on, it will have nothing to with Joomla, it just like a static html web.

10. Attachments for content articles
The 'Attachments' extension for Joomla! allows files to be uploaded and attached to content articles. 'Attachments' includes a plugin to display attachments at the end of articles and a component for uploading and managing attachments. There are options to control who can see the attachments and who can upload them, along with many other options to increase its flexibility and usefulness. To install 'Attachments', unzip the download file and install the two plugins and the component.

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