Best Joomla Extensions Recommended for Every Website

Joomla extensions do significantly improve the functionality of your Joomla website. From security, SEO, site speed and other functionalties, extensions are of great importance. They can enhance your Joomla site front end and improve the experience of your visitors. They can enhance your Joomla administrator panel and help you administer your site more efficiently. It's hard to imagine a website without Joomla extensions.

 

Further reading:

In this blog post, you will find our list of best Joomla extensions that we would recommend for almost any Joomla site.

 

Further reading:

 

Here is our list. Please note that the order does not mean any preference.

 

1. JCE (Joomla Content Editor)

Extension Price. The basic Core version is free. The enhanced Professional version costs 26 Euros.

Extension Description. JCE is the best WYSIWYG extension in Joomla. It's reliable, hassle free, and packed with easy-to-use editing features. It gives you the power to create the kind of content you want, without limitations, and without needing to know or learn HTML, XHTML, or CSS.

Key Features

Includes advanced Image, File and Link handling, plugin support, and an Administration interface for editor configuration.

  • Office-like functions and familiar buttons make formatting simple
  • Upload, rename, delete, cut/copy/paste images and insert them into your articles using an intuitive and familiar interface
  • Create Links to Categories, Articles, Weblinks and Contacts in your site using a unique and practical Link Browser
  • Easily tab between WYSIWYG, Code and Preview modes.
  • Create Tables, edit Styles, format text and more...
  • Integrated Spellchecking using your browser's Spellchecker
  • Fine-grained control over the editor layout and features with Editor Profiles assigned by area, component, usergroup and user

 

2. Akeeba Backup

Extension Price. The basic Core version is free. The enhanced Professional version costs 40 Euros for one year.

Extension Description. This is a one-click backup and recovery solution with multiple backup formats. It's the best extension in Joomla for backing up your site. Akeeba Backup has a great documentation, excellent support, and many reviews from happy customers.

Key Features:

  • The Configuration Wizard configures itself for optimal operation with your site, automatically.
  • The fastest and most reliable native PHP backup engine.
  • One click backup.
  • Integrated restoration for same server restoration.
  • Site transfer wizard. Transfer your site between servers fast and easily.
  • Restore with Akeeba Kickstart (free of charge script): restore extracting the backup directly on the server; no need to upload thousands of files by FTP!
  • Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format.
  • Exclude specific files, folders.
  • Exclude specific database tables or their contents.
  • Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with Webcron.org
  • Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (e.g. XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, etc).

 

3. Advanced Module Manager

Extension Price. The basic version is free. The enhanced Professional version costs 39 Euros for one year.

Extension Description. With Joomla, you can normally only assign modules to certain menu items. With Advanced Module Manager, you can assign modules to about anything you want, with full control over your Joomla modules.

Key features:

Advanced Module Manager is an extension that changes the way your Module manager works.

It adds a multitude of functions, like:

    ★ Many publishing assignments for your modules!
        You can control publishing modules by (ALL / ANY):
            ☆ Menu Item
            ☆ Homepage
            ☆ Date range
            ☆ User Group Levels
            ☆ Languages
            ☆ Templates
            ☆ URLs
            ☆ Operating Systems
            ☆ Browsers
            ☆ Components
            ☆ Content Page Types
            ☆ Categories
            ☆ Articles
            ☆ Tags
            ☆ ...and more...
    ★ You can also choose to mirror the assignment settings of another module!
    ★ Give modules color labels in the module list for easy searching
    ★ Option to not show modules that have no output (handy for things like dynamic menus)

 

4 Shack Forms

Extension Price. $39 for 6 months or $49 for 12 months.

Extension Description. Shack Forms is the easiest and most powerful way to add forms for your Joomla site. Shack Forms allows you to customize forms and then show them in your articles, inside pop-ups, in modules, or anywhere you want. The design of Shack Forms is completely flexible with many different themes, styles, and effects. There's no better choice for a forms extension in Joomla.

Key features:

Show your Joomla forms inside a lightbox popup

With Shack Forms, you can display your forms as a lightbox popup. Your form can be loaded when users click a button, click a tab, click a menu link, or even when they scroll down the page.
Insert your Joomla forms inside articles

Any form you create with Shack Forms can be placed inside articles. In fact, wherever there's text area in Joomla, you can insert your forms.
Adding fields is super-easy with Shack Forms

You can add fields to your forms and with a drag-and-drop form builder. Shack Forms supports 13 different field types including Text, Email, Select Lists, Checkboxes, Dates and many more.
Customize the design of your Joomla forms

Without any coding, Shack Forms allows you to define the colors, styles, backgrounds, effects and more for your forms.
Show your forms as a floating slide-in box

Using Shack Forms, you can show your form around the outside of your site. Visitors click on a button, and your form will slide into view.
Allow your users to attach files

With Shack Forms you can allow your visitors to upload files to attach with their contact messages.
Integration with popular mailing services

Integrate your Joomla forms with Acymailing, Mailchimp and Freshmail providers. Also you can send the messages to Community Builder, JomSocial, SobiPro, Zoo and Google Sheets.

 

5. OSMap

Extension Price. Free for the basic version. $39 for 6 months or $49 for 12 months for the advanced Pro version.

Extension Description. OSMap is the easiest way to add a sitemap to your Joomla site. OSMap will automatically create a Google-friendly sitemap for all your Joomla content.

Sitemap Features in the Free version:

  • Automatically builds an XML sitemap which is SEO-friendly
  • Automatically builds an HTML sitemap to display to your site visitors
  • Automatically builds an image sitemap for Google and other search engines
  • Automatically builds a Google News sitemap
  • Supports all Joomla core extensions, including expanded indexing
  • Supports menu item indexing for 3rd party extensions
  • Implements the Priority XML sitemap tag for each sitemap item
  • Implements the Priority Frequency sitemap tag for each sitemap item
  • All our of our Joomla Sitemap features are well documented

It's easy to upgrade to the Pro version. Pro version has these features:

  • OSMap Pro supports expanded indexing for several non-core extensions
  • Implements a "Noindex, Nofollow" option for single items in your sitemap
  • Powerful caching system for large sitemaps Multi-column layouts for your HTML sitemaps

 

6 OSDownloads

Extension Price. Free for the basic version. $49 for 6 months or $59 for 12 months for the advanced Professional version.

Extension Description. OSDownloads is the easiest way to add downloads to Joomla. You can provide Joomla downloads in exchange for email addresses, social shares, or to private users.

Key features:

Manage and distribute your files

OSDownloads allows you to manage files with the native Joomla interface, and make them available for your visitors to download.

Deliver local or remote files

OSDownloads supports your files, no matter where they're located. You can decide to upload the file, or enter the URL if the file in on Amazon, Dropbox, Box or another service.

Categorize your Joomla download files

OSDownloads has support for categories to help you keep files organized. You can apply permissions to these categories to that only some user groups have file access.

Collect emails in exchange for downloads

You can require visitors to enter a valid email in order to get a download. OSDownloads can then send those emails to Mailchimp and Constant Contact.

Responsive support

OSDownloads looks great on both desktop to mobile. The design is clean and includes space for your introduction, plus text before and after the download button.

Add custom fields to your Joomla downloads

OSDownloads allows you to add Joomla's custom fields to your downloads, so you can show lots more information about your files.

Collect more user data

OSDownloads enables you to collect an email in exchange for downloads. But you can also use Joomla's custom fields to ask for more details such as name, phone and interests during the download process.

Social sharing to unlock Joomla downloads

OSDownloads provides more ways to unlock downloads. For example, you can ask users to tweet or like your site on Facebook in order to reach the download.

 

7. OSEmbed

Extension Price. Free for the basic version. $39 for 6 months or $49 for 12 months for the advanced Professional version.

Extension Description. OSEmbed makes Joomla embeds super-easy. All you need is the URL and you can embed almost anything into a Joomla site! The Pro version of OSEmbed provides responsive Joomla embeds, a live preview in the editor, and allows you to easily edit or delete the embed URL.

Key Features:

Embed Tweets

Embedding tweets in Joomla articles and custom modules is a piece of cake.

Embed Instagram posts

You can created Joomla embeds for Instagram posts in seconds.

Want to embed SoundCloud audios? No problem!

SoundCloud Joomla embeds are also supported by OSEmbed

Spotify? Sure!

Embedding Spotify songs in Joomla is as simple as doing a copy-paste.

 

8 HikaShop

Extension Price. 49.95 Euros for a one-year subscription for HikaShop Essential. 99.90 Euros for a one-year subscription for HikaShop Business. 385 Euros for a one-year subscription for HikaShop Multi-sites.

Extension Description. HikaShop is our favorite e-commerce solution for Joomla! Built for simplicity and flexibility, this Joomla extension is powerful enough to be a competitor to any shopping cart solution.

General features:

- HikaShop is available in more than 30 languages
- Integrated Documentation
- Administrator/User email notifications
- Multilingual support compatible with Falang
- Import from VirtueMart, MijoShop, RedShop and OpenCart
- Compatible with Joomla 2.5, 3.x and 4.x

 

9. Shack Search

Extension Price. Free.

Extension Description. Shack Search is a free Joomla extension that improves your Joomla search box. Your visitors get search results as they type.

 

10. JCH Optimize

Extension Price. $29 for 6 months, $39 for 12 months and $99 for the lifetime.

Extension Description. JCH Optimize provides several front-end optimizations for faster download speeds for your Joomla website. It offers to minimize HTTP requests and reduce your web page sizes. We highly recommend it. But on occasion it can some unintended bugs, so be sure to test the site each time after changing a setting.

 

11. OSpam-a-not

Extension Price. Free.

Extension Description. OSpam-a-not is the easiest way to protect your Joomla site from spam bots filling out your forms. OSpam-a-not uses a clever and unobtrusive technique to protect your forms from a flood of spam. It works behind the scenes and no captcha is used. Users won't even know it's there. It is by far the best spam protecting Joomla extension.

 

12. Shack Open Graph

Extension Price. $29 for 6 months or $39 for a 12-month subscription.

Extension Description. This Joomla extension adds Open Graph and Twitter Card tags to your site. These tags help Facebook and Twitter to pull the correct image and description from your site.

 

13. Admin Tools Professional

Extension Price. Admin Tools Core basic version is free. The advanced Admin Tools Professional costs 48 Euros for one year.

Extension Description. Admin Tools is your best all-in-one solution to update your Joomla site, perform maintenance tasks and enhance your site's security.

 

14. Email Beautifier

Extension Price. $22.99 for 6 months. $33.99 for 12 months. $136.99 for 12 months with support to unlimited websites.

Extension Description. This extension turns plain Joomla emails into a work of art. It will make your Joomla emails look nicer. Email Beautifier catches all emails going from your Joomla site, wraps an awesome template around them and sends them on their way. Email Beautifier also ensures all emails going out of your Joomla site have a uniform and consistent look and feel.

 

15. OSMeta

Extension Price. The basic version is free. The more advanced Professional version costs $29 for 6 months and $39 for 12 months.

Extension Description. With OSMeta, you will be able to easily control page titles, keywords, and URLs for all your articles via a single screen. It makes editing fast. There's also a character counter to make it easy to see when your metadata is just right or too long.

 

16. PWT SEO

Extension Price. 79 Euros for a one-year Personal subscription. 99 Euros for a one-year Business subscription. 179 Euros for a one-year Agency subscription.

Extension Description. PWT SEO will support your content editors to write articles according to Google SEO guidelines. Set an SEO keyword and PWT SEO will give real-time suggestions to improve your SEO score.

 

17. Snippets

Extension Price. The basic version is free. 19 Euros for a one-year subscription of the Professional version.

Extension Description. With this Joomla extension, you can make reusable snippets (pieces of text/content) and include them into your Joomla content via a tag.

 

18. Shack Editorial Calendar Pro

Extension Price. $39 for a six-month subscription or $49 for 12 months.

Extension Description. Shack Editorial Calendar is designed for people with busy Joomla sites. With this extension, you can manage large amounts of Joomla articles. You can create, edit and schedule all your content from a single calendar screen.

 

19. Cache cleaner

Extension Price. The basic version is free. 19 Euros for a one-year subscription of the advanced Professional version.

Extension Description. With Cache Cleaner you can clean your cache fast and easily via a link in your Joomla Administrator. It also gives you the possibility to purge expired cache, do a global check-in, empty the temp folder, empty user-defined folders and database tables - all with just one click!

 

20. Better Preview

Extension Price. The basic version is free. 19 Euros for a one-year subscription of the advanced Professional version.

Extension Description. Better Preview provides you a preview button for the article you are working on. See what the article will look like before saving or publishing it! Better Preview also changes the way the 'View site' link in your administrator works. It will make that link go to the frontend equivalent of that page. It will also display links to any parent pages (like parent category pages when editing an article).

 

21. Shack Toolbox

Extension Price. $39 for a six-month subscription or $49 for 12 months.

Extension Description. Shack Toolbox is the best way to nicely display external content on your Joomla site. It has over 19 media and marketing integrations including Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Instagram, Joomla articles, K2, Zoo, Seblod and much more.

 

22. Master User

Extension Price. Free.

Extension Description. This Joomla plugin allows administrator users to log into the front end of their site as another registered user. Optionally this facility can be restricted to selected users only, or all users in a selected master user group (usually administrators) can be allowed to do this.

 

23. ReReplacer

Extension Price. The basic version is free. 39 Euros for a one-year subscription of the advanced Professional version.

Extension Description. With ReReplacer you can dynamically replace whatever you want in your entire site. It can work on the entire output of your site, so you can also do replacements in things like the meta tags.

 

24. Membership Pro

Extension Price. $39.99 for a 12 months subscription.

Extension Description. Membership Pro is a powerful, feature rich, easy-to-use Joomla membership/subscription extension. It allows you to create and sell subscription plans. Allow your site visitors to subscribe for these plans and give them access to restricted resources on your Joomla site.

 

25. jQuery Easy

Extension Price. Donationware.

Extension Description. The jQuery Easy extension will help you to remove possible jQuery conflicts if some of your JavaScrpt libraries conflict with each other. You can fine-tune it for better performance.

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