Joomla! is one of the most user-friendly ways to build and maintain web pages. The extensions that Joomla! has made it even better to make things easier or get advanced functionality. It is great to have extensions because you can install only the ones you need, and they can add some wonderful functionality to your existing Joomla! pages. We are picking 10 of our favorite Joomla extensions which we consider essential for growing businesses, based on what we have used so far, but remember that there are hundreds of other extensions in case you need more!
Phoca Gallery – Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! component. It is complex image gallery with slideshow. Modern and responsive gallery with 15 different detail methods.
Detail window methods: 15 parameters: more than 200 parameters which allow stylizing gallery many different ways
Additional plugins: more than 10 plugins
Additional modules more than 5 plugins External images: Facebook, Picasa, Google+, Google Photos
Phoca Gallery is one of the best full feature galleries available for Joomla CMS. You will be able to present your images classified in categories and subcategories and to decide what picture goes to which category.
Droppics – Droppics is the easiest image and gallery manager for Joomla. Indeed, with Droppics you get a complete solution to manage gallery AND single image on your website. Droppics is fully managed from your editor, it works both frontend and backend in the same way. This system is perfect to work quickly and is easy for a beginner to manage single picture and pictures galleries. It is currently one of the best image and gallery managers available in the market. In the market, because it’s not for free, but considering its high-quality features, it’s no doubt that Droppics is worth the money.
RSFirewall – RSFirewall! is the most advanced Joomla! security extension that you can use to protect your Joomla! website from intrusions and hacker attacks. With RSFirewall, you will get a nice control panel, where you can take a look at an overview of your system at any time that shows the overall security status of your site. If you want a thorough system check to be made, just a click on the system check button and a complete scan of your Joomla will be started. When you get to the results, RSFirewall will offer to fix some of the issues which were found. It’s definitely a must-have component!
Quick Cache Cleaning – Quick Cache Cleaning performs maintenance tasks (clear and purge expired cache, global check-in) within seconds! QCC quickly does the maintenance tasks with one click from everywhere in the backend. You can schedule this extension to automatically delete cache for you. The process is always executed with the respective components called event-triggers. And rest assured, because it’s completely free!
Akeeba backup – Akeeba Backup Core is the most widely used open-source backup component for Joomla! This extension will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you. It creates a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server. You can use it even for site transfers or deploy sites to your clients’ servers.
The backup restoration process is totally powered by AJAX to avoid server timeout. Akeeba Backup comes both in Core version and Professional version.
FLEXIcontent – FLEXIcontent is an advanced content management system developed to greatly enhance the native content management of Joomla! FLEXIcontent is designed to manage content in a broad sense and can organize articles, image galleries or video galleries, job offers, product catalogs, business directories, within a single user interface.
This means for the end user, an unparalleled simplicity of use, everything happens in one place. For the web designer, it means also the end of the headaches for the maintenance and updates of all installed extensions.
FaLang – Did you ever ask yourself how you can create a multi-lingual website without copying every single item and re-creating them in the new language? Then FaLang is one of the possible answers to this problem. FaLang simplifies the management of multilingual sites – it is much easier to use than the default Joomla! system. The system allows you to translate all aspects of your site in a dedicated component, element after element, language after language.
SEO–Generator – SEO-Generator is an SEO extension for Joomla, which automatically generates keywords and description for each article by pulling text from the title and/or the content, to help with SEO. It also gives you the ability to set different title configurations, robots meta tags and Google webmaster verification keys. Joomla provides a great system for including metadata keywords and description on articles. Also, it works with every language.
sh404SEF – Sh404SEF is probably the most popular extension available for Joomla SEO purposes. sh404sef helps you improve your search engine rankings and get more traffic to your website. It also satisfies many of the Google recommendations for search engine optimization in just a few clicks. Some additional features are available, such as a dashboard for Google Analytics, options for social sharing and security features to avoid hackers and spammers. Sh404SEF is one of the longest developed extensions and it’s surely worth the price.
YT Shortcode – An amazing tool with fresh and clean UI layout that will help you easily add maps, forms, charts, buttons, gallery and many more items to any pages without touching any code. With 65+ essential shortcodes built-in, you are free to create nice and complex content to make your website be unique and easy-to-manage. All you have to do is choose shortcodes you like from the library and do some tweaks.
There you have it – the 10 essential Joomla extensions for your businesses. Stay tuned to our blog for more helpful information.