10 Most Popular Extensions of Joomla

Are you the webmaster of any site running with Joomla? If your answer is yes, then you can't miss this list of the most popular and must-have free (non commercial) Joomla extensions already in use by thousands of websites. I have used all these extensions on various sites in my past 8 years of Joomla experience.

Update: Now, this list has more than ten extensions, so don't go strictly with the title.

Joomla is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS for short). Extensions are used for adding additional functionality to your basic website or to make the website more attractive. Joomla extensions are collection of modules, plugins and components. Some of the extensions work as the combination of these.

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#1 Content Editor: JCE

JCE (Joomla Content Editor) is an award-winning, configurable WYSIWYG editor for Joomla! It includes advanced image and media handling, file and link handling, plugin support, and an administration interface for editor configuration.


Joomla core has TinyMCE that also works well. You can try both to see what works best for you. 

#2 Discussion Forum: Kunena

If you need a discussion forum integrated to your website, Kunena is your best choice.

Kunena is the leading Joomla forum component. It has been downloaded more than 2,000,000 times in 3 years since its launch. If you want to have a added discussion forum for your site, Kunena is the best option.


#3 Videos: All-Video Plugin

This is a simple plugin that is used to insert videos (from Youtube and others) in articles.

This is all-in-one media management solution for Joomla! and a classic must-have extension for any Joomla! based website.


#4 Communities: Community Buider

Community Builder (CB for short) extends the Joomla! members management system. Key features includes extra fields in profile, enhanced registration workflows, user lists, connection paths between users, admin defined tabs and user profiles, image upload, etc.

With Community builder, your site becomes a basic social networking platform. Though for advanced features, you need to buy its additional software.


#5 Shopping Cart: VirtueMart

This extension is based on Joomla MVC framework having all its advantage. VirtueMart is the best solution to add to a Joomla website, a shopping cart! Its features include template overwritting, payment, shipment, coupons, calculation rules, custom product fields, and all that needs for a full fledged shopping cart. 


#6 Calendars: JEvents

This is well known and the most loved Events Calendar for Joomla. JEvents consists of a Joomfish compatible Joomla component and a number of modules and plugins.


#7 Photo Gallery: Phoca Gallery

Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! component. It is an image gallery with slideshow.


#8 Backup: Akeeba Backup

Akeeba Backup Core is an open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored in any Joomla capable server.


#9 Sitemap: Xmap

Xmap is a Site map generator component for Joomla. Xmap allows you to create a map of your site using the structure of your menus. It is loaded with many features.


#10 SEF URLs: Joomsef

SEO component to make your Joomla! URLs SEF (search engine friendly) and easily human understandable with metadata generation capabilities.


#11 Comments: JComments

Joomla lacks commenting system for visitors to add comments to your posts. JComments is top rated AJAX based comments extension with flexible ACL, smiles, BBCodes and avatars.


Other Extensions

Details and reviews coming soon!

#12 Interactive Forms: Breezing Forms Lite

#13 Comments: Komento

#14 Social Sharing: ITPShare

#15 Mailing List: AcyMailing

#16 Download: jDownloads

#17 Files: Attachments

#18 Content Construction: K2

#19 Contact Form: ALFContact

#20 Login Form: SCLogin

#21 Content Display: RokSprout

#22 Content Display: Expert Scroller

#23 Quizzing: ARI Quiz Lite

#24 Custom Code: Sourcerer

#25 Popups: Modals

#26 Social Share: JJ Social Slider

#27 Custom Code: Phoca GAE

#28 Advertisements: Ads Elite

#29 Google Analytics: Asynchronous Google Analytics

#30 Antispam: EasyCalcCheck Plus

#31 Shooping Cart: Hika Shop

#32 Rok Search

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