The 10 Best Popular Joomla Extensions

When it comes to using Joomla, extensions are very important to keep users’ websites running and fully functional. Extensions allow people to add features and tools to their sites to make it much easier and more efficient to use this software. However, it is hard for webmasters to choose the best ones from thousands of extensions. So we have selected the top 10 for people based on our personal experience and numerous feedbacks.

All of the extensions come from different categories, including e-commerce, financial, design, gallery, social networking, etc. Learn detailed descriptions of the 10 extensions in the following.

E-Commerce: JoomShopping

With more than 200,000 users within 3 years, JoomShopping for Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0 is the most easy-to-use online shop for Joomla. This extension includes almost all of the features needed to set up a popular online store, such as multiple payment methods, allowance for product ratings and testimonials, support for adding images, videos, demos, etc.

In addition, it can be used for selling different products, including common physical goods like cloths, furniture, foods, makeups and some virtual commodities like music files and videos. In addition, products can be shown with text, pictures and audio or video files.



Financial: Ajax Stock

Joomla Ajax Stock module display stock quotes using Yahoo! Finance data, with which website owners are able to specify the list of stocks to track and refresh the data. With the same latency similar to Yahoo! Finance latency, the quotes will be near the real time. Besides, using Ajax technology, the module will refresh its data without the need to reload the whole web page.

This extension has been updated to support Joomla 1.0x/1.5x/1.6x/2.5x. Changes include default template_css.css file setting and an easy way to rename stocks.

Ajax Stock


SEO: SEOSimple

No matter how attractive your website is and how much it offers what people want, if it can’t be found within the first 3 pages of search results, it might be unable to be found by any site visitors. Then SEOSimple is needed to improve your search engine optimization, which generates the proper meta tag when the page is loading, and doesn’t save it to the content’s meta fields to slow down the page loading speed.



Calendars & Events: iCagenda

iCagenda is a popular and rich-featured events management extension with a calendar module, which is available in more than 30 languages, including English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, etc. Display of events takes the form of a list, for which you can apply filters and customize graphic element.

In addition, there are 2 themes included in iCagenda. Besides, the theme manager allows you to create your own theme pack for iCagenda and install it easily via the component.



Design: Template Toolbar

Template Toolbar is used to make some replacements for different extensions that are especially designed for more complicated and commercial websites, which is integrated with a GUI control layout, intended to be self-explanatory. It should be noticed that this extension requires Microsoft.NET Framework to be installed on your Windows system, version 3.5 or higher is recommended. If you want to run it on Linux and Mac OS X operating system, you’d better have the mono Framework installed.

Template Toolbar


Sports & Games: JoomSport

JoomSport allows you to create your own league with tournaments and seasons inside. Players, teams, photo galleries management and much more included. This extension can be used as a complete platform supporting almost any kind of sport event, team or championship.

Component structure consists of 14 items, including tournament, season, teams, match day, match details, players, positions, events, and so on. Besides, the component is used by a large amount of people for various kinds of sports, such as basketball, volleyball, American football, rugby, handball, etc.



Photo Gallery: Ozio Gallery

Ozio Gallery is a photo gallery extension designed for Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 or above, which also allows unlimited photo uploads, automatically resize your images, and support to add image galleries inside your Joomla articles. In this way, you are able to improve the attractiveness of your website.

When inserting a gallery inside your website, you only need to create a menu item to the gallery you want, access the Component section in administration page of Ozio Gallery, copy the code of referring to the image you wish to enter in a content, and finally paste the previously copies code where you want inside the article.

Ozio Gallery


Marketing Newsletter: AcyMailing Starter

AcyMailing Starter is a reliable and flexible newsletter and email marketing extension for Joomla, which enables you to efficiently manage an unlimited number of subscribers, organize them into mailing lists and send personalized newsletters. With this extension, you can do a lot of things like handling the subscription of registered users and visitors, importing your users from any format, sending process using a queue system with throttling enabling you to overcome any server limitation, etc.

Ozio Gallery


Social Networking: JomSocial

JomSocial is a powerful Joomla extension for social networking, whose highly interactive social steam sets it apart from the rest. With this tool, you can create your own social network with photo and video gallery, and your website visitors can leave comments on your content. Your choice is not limited because it is supported by many templates clubs such as Joomlart, Joomlashack, JoomlaShaper, and so on.



Editing: JCK Editor

The new JCK Editor is the next generation of Joomla editors, which is also the first advanced editor to Joomla 3 and the only truly responsive editor. You will find it is a more easy-to-use, productive, friendly tool that aims at to put its users in the driving seat. Owing to this extension is responsive in Joomla 3.0, you don’t need a special Joomla mobile app to upload and manage your website on your iPad or iPhone.

JCK Editor