15 Free Must Have Joomla Extensions For Your Blog

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If you’ve decided to start a blog and you’ve selected Joomla for this purpose. Then you are on the right place. Definitely when you start work on Joomla you will face some technical glitches an to resolve them I’m sharing some killer free extensions for your joomla blog.

 

K2

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K2 is the popular powerful content extension for Joomla! with CCK-like features. It provides an out-of-the box integrated solution featuring rich content forms for items (think of Joomla! articles with additional fields for article images, videos, image galleries and attachments), nested-level categories, tags, comments, a system to extend the item base form with additional fields, a powerful plugin API to extend item, category and user forms, ACL, frontend editing, sub-templates and a lot more!

 

Joomla’s article system is typical you can just enter a heading and the content only. That’s why K2 came out for the best replacement of Joomla article system. With K2 you can shape out your website or blog like news or magazine style. It is compatible for all version of Joomla.

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sh404SEF

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As the most popular Joomla extension for URL management with more than 80% of the market share, and an ‘Editors Pick’ on the Joomla Extensions Directory, sh404SEF® is the most reliable and most trusted tools powering your Joomla SEO campaign and maximizing the impact and search engine placement of your Joomla site.

As Joomla professionals, we are constantly fielding Joomla SEO questions from web site owners/administrators such as:

  • Joomla’s duplicate URLs are killing my search engine rankings!
  • Why is Google Analytics not built into Joomla?
  • How do I add and track frictionless social sharing?
  • Why are URLs for 3rd party extensions so ugly?
  • How can I easily prevent common attacks on my web site? 

If you face these problems then definitely you should try this. It is paid extension but there is no alternate available that can beat or meat it’s quality.

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If you are just watching for free solution then you can try this but this is not recommended. http://www.joomace.net/joomla-extensions/acesef-joomla-seo-sef-urls

 

Disqus Comment System

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After few days of searching proper comments system for this site and after long waiting for DISQUS plugin for J! 2.5 from JoomlaWorks I’ve decided to make my own plugin. It was not very easy for someone, who never tried creating plugins for Joomla! CMS.

It is very simple plugin. Comments and comment form is triggered in K2 comments place. There is also comments counter on category page under each item and counter with link to comments in item’s toolbar.

This is only lonely solution for advance k2 comment system. Definitely k2 is very good extension for your blog system but k2’s comment system is not good. K2 has no ability to give you more relaxation than Disqus Comment System provides.

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JoomShopping

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It can be used for selling different products. There are also functions for selling musik files or videos. Products can shown with text, pictures and also audio or video files can be added to description. Other features: Customized PDF Bills. Modules for easy integration of payment providers and also import and export of datas are available.

 

This is best extension for selling any product. You can also launch your own online store with this extension.

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AdsManager

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AdsManager provides plenty of options, flexible display and extensions to help you to build your websites.

AdsManager is not for a single public :

  • If you are a webmaster and not a developer, you will like Adsmanager as a “out of the box” solution
     
  • If you are a developer and you want a component that can be easily adapted or extended. AdsManager is for you. The code has been written using the MVC Joomla architecture and with KISS principle (KISS= Keep it simple, Stupid!) The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex, therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.

This is very good extension for Ads hosting system like OLX. Yes, if you want to launch any website like this then this extension is made for you. It is awesome, check and enjoy 😉

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Mini K2

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K2 is great as CCK and it’s free! That’s why we want to contribute too to be part of it by providing this awesome K2 extensions. So many K2 extensions are commercial, but not this.

Combining various great features from all over the net like JQuery Masonry, Quicksand, Thumbnail Proximity, will make your K2 items listing looks awesome.

Mini K2 allows you to modify and customize your K2 content in any way and style. It also allows you to place it anywhere on the page beautifully. Grab this module while it’s hot.

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SIGE (Simple Image Gallery Extended)

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It offers numerous opportunities to present pictures quickly and easily in articles. The special feature of the plugin is that you can control any parameter on the syntax call.

 

Everyone wants to have a beautiful website or blog and for this purpose he tries as much as he can. This extension is for your picture gallery. It will beautify your blog than your pictures. check it out 🙂

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Content Ads Plugin for K2

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Definitely you are not going for social service and want to earn money via this project. When you complete the design process of your website or blog then you will be focused on Ads. Many questions will rise in front of you. How and where you can implement your ads. Content Ads Plugin for K2 is a Plugin for displaying ads like adsense inside your K2 articles. This will plugin will share your tension about ads. Get this one and enjoy.

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Social Share and Vote Button

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Social Share / Vote Button is a popular Joomla plugin that shows social share or vote button in articles / content. It contains all popular social networks or share / bookmark sites that supports button / badge for vote / share.

Engage more with your readers, customers, clients and visitors with this plugin because sharing is power. This plugin encourages your visitors to vote for the best content / product and help you understand their preferences and which social media has more effective reach for you. It is also a counter for all the shares from different social networks for your content.

 

Everyone knows social media sites have strong power. You can use your power with this social share and vote button extension. Everything is fine with this extension but only one. This is paid software. I tried much to find out free solution for this but can’t. It is best in all conditions. Other modules or extensions have their own side effects. So this is recommended for you.

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Anyway if you are looking just for free then I am sharing another module but it will create problem for you and it have fewer options. You can read it at http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/social-web/social-share/social-multi-share/19513

 

AcyMailing

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AcyMailing is a Joomla Extension released in 4 different editions : AcyMailing Starter, AcyMailing Essential, AcyMailing Business and AcyMailing Enterprise. AcyMailing enables you to create mailing lists, manage your subscribers, send Newsletters created with a templating system, create follow-up autoresponder campaigns, handle  bounce messages, track clicks, show statistics…

You can manage your contact list or subscribers for your website and it will definitely a good opportunity to get connected with your viewers or customers. You can announce anything new that you willing to launch.

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jHackGuard

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jHackGuard is designed by SiteGround to protect Joomla websites from hacking attacks. Just add it to your Joomla and it will be safe against SQL Injections, Remote URL/File Inclusions, Remote Code Executions and XSS Based Attacks!

This plugin has been successfully used by SiteGround customers during the past few years. Now we make its latest version public, so that you can easily protect your Joomla site. All you need to do is to install jHackGuard and enable it – no additional configuration needed!

 

When a person enters in the internet world and launches his website or blog then a main fear comes to him. The fear of hacking. Everyone wants to save his website from hacking attacks. So, this extension can prevent these attacks. You can be more secure by this.

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jAddAnalytics

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With jAddAnalytics you will easily use Google Analytics with your Joomla website. This plugin automatically adds the needed Google Analytics code to all of your web site pages so you do not lose time and effort adding the code manually.

Once you have a Google Analytics account, all you need to do is to paste your unique analytics code in the plugin configuration. After that Google Analytics will start keeping track of your Joomla site traffic and you will be able to take advantage of all the features Google Analytics provides. Integrating Google Analytics with Joomla has never been easier!

After completion of your website or blog designing you will definitely want to see the analytics. Don’t waste time on pasting your Google Analytics code in your web pages manually and carefully. Just add this amazing extension paste your unique Google Analytics code and enjoy your precious saved time.

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Xmap

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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. Some of Xmap’s features are:
* Capability to create more than one sitemap with different preferences for each sitemap.
* Generation of XML sitemaps compatible with Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.
* Cache system to allow a fastest sitemap generation. Ideally for large or high traffic sites. You can enable or disable this feature independently for each sitemap.
* Customization for each extension.

 

If you have ever seen Google Webmaster Tool then you know that Google allows you to submit your site map. This option will reduce your time to index your site page in Google Search. Easy way to get early traffic ;).

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JCH Optimize

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Speed up your Joomla! website instantly with JCH Optimize. This plugin combines your external JavaScript and CSS files into one to minimize expensive http requests. These files can be minified and gzipped to reduce bandwidth and further optimize download time. Typical results after plugin is configured with optimum settings for your site is a 6-10 point jump on Page Speed. This results in enhanced user experience and can favourably affect website traffic and Google ranking.

 

This plugin will decrease your loading time as low as 3 seconds. That is very good thing and attractive for search engine bots.

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Akeeba Backup

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Akeeba Backup Core is the successor to the now famous JoomlaPack component. In a nutshell, Akeeba Backup Core is an open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS, quite a bit different than its competition. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server. Its possibilities: endless. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer. The backup and restore process is AJAX powered to avoid server timeouts, even with huge sites. Alternatively, you can make a backup of only your database, or only your files. If you want a reliable, easy to use, open source backup solution for your Joomla! site, try it out.

 

In the last, when you reach at the last stage when you have to backup your website, because I know website making and maintenance is a tough job and you will never want to see crash your website in front of your eyes and you have no solution. To survive in any mishape you should have the backup. For this purpose I found Akeeba Backup as a most powerful extension.

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