Top 10 Joomla extensions to Easily Build your Website

January 9th, 2014

When it comes to Joomla, we all know that it is not one of the easiest Content Management Systems to work with. But thanks to a large number of Extensions, creating your website with Joomla is much easier now. We went through a large number of available extensions and would like to share with you our list of the top 10. All the extensions mentioned below are free to use except for the Jsitemap. Do remember that the below list is not in any order of ranking and each extension has its own capabilities.

1. Content Builder
This has been considered to be one of the best Content Construction Kit for Joomla today. Very easy to install and get started. The primary role of Content Builder is to structure Joomla content while preserving the Layouts. You could do a lot more with this extension including image galleries, classified ads, contact forms, paid content etc. Content Builder also offers an easy to use form builder which can be linked to any database of your choice.
2. SH404SEF
SH404SEF is the best Search Engine Optimization extension for Joomla. There aren’t too many extensions for SEO building but we think SH404SEF fills this gap. The most important element of this extension is to convert long obscure URLs to keyword rich SEO friendly URLs. Google Analytics support is also included in the extension.
3. K2
Joomla is a great CMS with many advantages but content editing has always been its downfall. But thanks to the K2 extension, article and page creation is now an easier task. Other notable features of K2 are video management, comments, tags, drag and drop media manager etc, which makes it a must have extension for your projects.
4. JCE
This is the Joomla community’s favorite WYSIWYG editor. You don’t need to know complicated coding to edit the pages, thanks to JCE. If you’re very new to the Joomla CMS, then this is a must have extension, for your projects.
5. Jtouch
This extension allows Joomla Website owners to add responsive web design template for mobile devices. It is light weight and compatible with most mobile platforms like Android, iOS, Windows etc. It is extremely easy to get started, thanks to the extensive documentation. So if you are looking to make your website mobile friendly, then this is the extension for you.
6. Akeeba Backup Core
Akeeba has introduced a host of extensions for Joomla, but the one that stands out is the Akeeba Backup Core. Its primary functionality is to take a backup of the site that can be restored on any Joomla capable server. It also supports backing up of the website to popular cloud storage platforms like Dropbox.
7. Component Creator
This Joomla extension was built with a purpose of allowing you to easily develop components. A component is a kind of Joomla extension or you could simply call them mini applications. The Component creator is a builder that allows you to generate a Joomla component in minutes, which is ready to use and fully functional. If you want to save time building those complex components, then this is the right extension.
8. AllVideos
This is an all in one multimedia management solution that you would need when you are using Joomla to build your website. Embedding of videos and even sound clips from some of the popular services like YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo etc have become very simple, thanks to this extension. AllVideos also has fully responsive video players, thus making it suitable for the content to be displayed on mobile devices as well.
9. Jsitemap
This extension is a one stop shop for all sitemaps (Video, Image, News and Mobile). You can customize your site maps and once set up; you can automatically make them available to be indexed with popular search engines. It deserves a 5 star rating, for the ease of use and prompt support. This extension is definitely worth your money.
10. Kunena – forum solution for Joomla
If you’re looking for a good forum for you website then, Kunena is the ideal solution for you. Kunena is an open source solution and may not be perfect as other forum extensions like phpBB, but it’s the only one that provides a fully native integration.

There are so many others that are worth a mention, but these 10 extensions truly deserve to be in our top list for the kind of functionality, ease of use, support system and regular updates. If you have not used any of these extensions, then you should definitely try them out and see if it will be handy for your projects.
Do share with us any Joomla extensions that you have tried and deserve a mention here.

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