The Top 10 Joomla Extensions for an Improved Experience

Joomla is a content management system that has helped a plethora of businesses establish themselves on the web. The reputable CMS platform comes with various tools that allow businesses of any size and stature to create great websites. The platform can be used for all kinds of sites including marketing sites, blogs, e-commerce sites and so on. Ever since the platform hit the market, it has had incredible growth. While it is not the biggest CMS platform out there, it is one of the most popular for many top-notch businesses. One great thing about Joomla is that it has high user retention. Most people who opt for it often tend to stick with it for the long run. There are many reasons for this, but a key reason is the effectiveness that comes from Joomla Extensions. Let’s look at some of the top extensions on this platform that contribute to an improved experience.

1. Advanced Module Manager

The Advanced Module Manager extension is a must-have. As you might be aware, Joomla is a platform that heavily relies on modules. Managing these modules can sometimes be a challenging affair – but not with the Advanced Module Manager. This all-encompassing extension allows the user to make various different customizations that increase the speed, usability, and accessibility of the site. It allows users to do just about anything. With this extension, you can easily edit and publish modules in a small pop-up window without interrupting other activities that you might be doing. The tool also allows you to create labels and lists that help in easy identification of modules. In addition, it is possible to hide any modules that are currently not of any use. The extension is thus unlike any other when it comes to module management.

2. JSN Power Admin

Another powerful tool that allows you to access various management options is JSN Power Admin. This tool has been specifically created to help you take full control of the site. There are many aspects of the website that often stay out of reach for the average web admin. This is because most tools in the market are not capable of unlocking every feature that a user might want to control. With JSN Power Admin extension though, there is no single aspect of the website that is not covered. You can change menus, modules, content types and other various aspects of the website with this tool. Replicating content is also possible with the extension. Various organizational tasks like arranging and selecting menu types are also supported by JSN Power Admin. For a comprehensive take on administrative roles, this is the extension to go for.

3. Component Creator

Website ranking is still a very important issue, especially when it comes to promoting the site to a wider audience. Search engines are a huge part of content discovery on the web. All tools that help the website rank higher are thus important. The Component Creator extension is a tool that allows users to create custom components for their websites. Such components can include a variety of things that help with site ranking. This tool is a great choice when you want to optimize various aspects of the site so that it can be in a suitable operational mode with search engines. The tool is also fantastic for creating various kinds of databases and SQL tables too. In addition, the Component Creator tool allows you to make and manage detailed lists, front-end forms with ACL controls and so much more. The tool is a great choice for various front-end and back-end tasks.

4. Brute Force Stop

One of the top issues that need to be considered when running a website is security. According to Forbes, cybersecurity incidents have increased by an average of 33% per year over the past decade. This means all measures that are necessary for protecting websites should be put in place. As observed by GoBestVPN, one of the best ways of boosting the security of a site is by using private connections. This is not the only thing required though. It is also important to specifically prevent brute force attacks. The Brute Force Stop is a Joomla extension that does this. With a security system that allows the user to receive statistics on unsuccessful login attempts, this tool is a must-have for all users concerned about the security of their Joomla websites.

5. Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin

One of the issues that gives most Joomla website owners headaches is the process of tracking analytics. Indeed, keeping up to date with website traffic is a challenge for any kind of website. This is why all tools that help break down the data are appreciated in the industry. The Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin is a fantastic tool that not only helps you to:

  • Incorporate Google Analytics codes to the website
  • Track the data
  • Break down the data into digestible units

The plugin works great with the Google code and it provides all kinds of analytical information about a website. This tool is essential for all websites and you cannot afford to leave it out.

6. Sourcerer

Sourcerer is an extension that helps you with all the text editing and creation functions. Every kind of website relies on content to promote both the site and the services offered by the site. Most of this work is done by using meta tags, editing various codes and creating different kinds of content. Sourcerer helps you put your content in any part of your Joomla website. You can use the tool to develop appropriate content for meta tags and also produce authentic code within the WYSIWYG editor. Other kinds of text, including JavaScript, CSS and HTML codes can also be placed at various parts of the site using this tool. With support for Multilanguage mechanisms, the tool is definitely one that cannot be overlooked when it comes to the text-based functions of a site.

7. FlexiContact

Every website that is created to serve the audience must have a means for open communication between the website owner and the audience. In the Joomla extension realm, you can find many different kinds of tools that provide mechanisms to connect with the audience. There is no tool that works like FlexiContact in the platform though. This tool simplifies the process of adding contact forms on any Joomla website. With a simple but functional contact form that doubles up as a security tool, you can expect your communication with the website users to be seamless. Like most other great extensions in the Joomla ecosystem, FlexiContact allows you to make various different customizations. As a CSS-based tool, you can expect to make it appropriate for any kind of communication needs. The great thing about this tool is that it is simple to use and it can be modified by everyone from beginners to experts.

8. R Antispam

Spam is used by many attackers to bring down websites. Instances of spam click-rates have increased by up to 14.2%. Like other kinds of websites, Joomla websites are affected by spam. The R Antispam is among the most effective when it comes to fighting spam. The tool is equipped with advanced algorithms that allow it to detect and block spam automatically. Because of the algorithm used to create the tool, spam detection techniques become better and better over time. The extension not only safeguards the general website from spam, but it also prevents spam in other extensions. With Akismet integration, the tool becomes one of the best for fighting spam across platforms. It is also possible to configure it in various different ways according to needs.

9. ReReplacer

Making replacements on the website is something that is done fairly often. Replacing particular aspects of the website, like tables, for instance, can be a tough task. The ReReplacer comes to the rescue when such replacements are necessary. Not only does ReReplacer allow you to replace tables, but it also makes addition or deletion of items from text boxes an easy affair. The tool is also capable of performing the same actions on the HTML code. This makes it a general tool for modifying the website. With its support for tags, it gives the website user the power to make edits from anywhere in the website.

10. Akeeba Backup

Finally, the Akeeba Backup extension is a necessary tool that should be used by all website owners who want to have a backup of their website either in partial or complete form. The extension is definitely the best for creating Joomla website backups that can be obtained at any time. Akeeba Backup is extensively used by website developers as it allows for both backup and restoration of websites. Because of its powerful deployment process, it is often used by developers to deploy client websites to different servers.

There are indeed many different kinds of extensions that you can find in the market for your Joomla website. There are extensions for image editing, text editing, analytics, comments and so much more. The above extensions are, nevertheless, the best to use when you want to improve the overall experience of the website. These extensions allow you to create, deploy and manage your websites easily.

Author’s bio: 
jamie-cambell
Jamie Cambell is a cybersecurity analyst and also the webmaster of GoBestVPN.com. He works as a network engineer and performs security audits for companies.

 

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