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6 essential extensions for a Joomla magazine website

To build a Joomla magazine website, besides choosing a suitable template to present the content, you should also install some other extensions. You know, an online magazine can't live without functionality ch as article comments, contact, etc.

Firstly, please make sure that you have installed Six must-have extensions for all Joomla websites. Secondly, let's take a look at the list of essential extensions for aJoomla magazine website below. Please note that, all of them are free. And I have tested to make sure that they work well.

Here we go!

Content Construction Kit - K2

K2

  • How to use?
    • Install K2.
    • Create your content:
      • Create new categories: In the Control Panel, go to the tab K2 -> Categories -> Create categories. Save it.
      • Add new item: In the Control Panel, go to the tab K2 -> Add new item. Save it.
      • Besides, you can also manage Tags, Comments and more.

The main content of a magazine is articles. Definitely you can present basic articles with the Joomla core functionality. However, you can make your content more lively and useful with a content construction kit. I recommend K2 - a well-known extension. This extension allows you to create articles, add additional components such as rating system, social bookmark buttons and more.

  • PROs:
    • It allows you to create many essential additional components for an article such as rating system, social bookmark buttons and more.
    • It has an Access Control Level (ACL) functionality to grant each staff member their own permissions.
    • It allows you to log in from the front-end.
  • CONs:
    • There is no comprehensive documentation or instructions for users.

Articles Comments - JComments

 

JComments

  • How to use?
    • Install JComments.
    • Set up: Go to Components -> JComments -> Settings to set up parameters. The comment section will be displayed in the front-end according to your settings. Save them.
    • You can manage comments in your website in Components -> JComments -> Manage comments

A great thing about an online magazine is that it allows readers to leave comments and get a reply. Yes, that is the functionality of a comment system, and JComment allows you to do that. Besides the main component, there are additional plug-ins and modules to help you show avatars, display the latest comments, etc.

  • PROs:
    • It has Spam prevention functionality with KCAPTCHA.
    • You can manage comments both in the front-end and in the back-end.
    • You can set which categories for JComments to work in.
    • Multi-language support.
    • You can block specific users from commenting on your website.
    • You can import databases from JoomlaComment and K2 Comments into it.
    • You can choose to turn on or turn off the comment system on individual articles.
  • CONs:
    • It doesn't allow users to comment by Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Forms - ChronoForms

Chrono Forms

  • How to use?
    • Install ChronoForms
    • Create your forms: Go to Components -> ChronoForms -> "Form Wizard" / "Easy Form Wizard".
      • Drag and Drop available "Elements" and "Actions". Save it.

Forms are essential since they allow readers to subscribe to articles and contact to the website owner. So, you should install a form which allows users to create and customize their own forms. From my point of view, ChronoForms meets your needs.

  • PROs:
    • It has components available to help you create forms easily.
    • You can dig into code or use the wizard button to build your own forms.
  • CONs:
    • There is no comprehensive documentation to help users get an overview of the extension functionality and usage.
    • It is quite difficult to use.

Project & Task Management - ProjectFork

Projectfork

 

 

  • How to use?
    • Install Projectfork.
    • Complete the installation: Go to Component -> Projectfork.
    • Install additional themes & extensions (Optional).
    • Now you go to the Dashboard and start your project.

 

Editors and writers might work online, so they need an online workspace where they can share the project and ideas each other. Projectfork gives you a solution right in the back-end of the website. Here, the administrator can manage projects - create new projects, keep track of their progress, assign tasks to the right members. It allows you to attach files to tasks, and users can comment on the tasks.

  • PROs:
    • It supports iPhone (with premium version).
    • It is easy to use this extension.
    • It can be used with other extensions - It can be combined with JomSocial and Community Builder.
  • CONs:
    • It is only suitable if there are a few projects. It doesn't work well if you have to manage a lot of projects.
    • Limited features:
      • The default design is poor and can't be customized.
      • You cannot export the data to PDF or CSV files.
      • You cannot connect tasks to the separate components of the website such as menus, articles and so on.
      • You cannot quickly access the task you are working on.

Login protection - AdminExile

Admin Exile

 

 

  • How to use?
    • Install AdminExile.
    • Enable it and set up its parameters: Go to Extensions -> Plug-in Manager -> System - AdminExile -> Set "Enable" as Yes. Save it.

 

By typing "/administrator" right after the URL, hackers can determine whether your website uses Joomla or not. Then they can crack the username and password to get access to your website.

No more worries since you have got another guard now - AdminExile. It adds a higher level of security to your website - an access key to the end of the URL which will redirect wrong entries to the homepage without ever seeing the administration login panel.

  • PROs:
    • It is easy to use.
    • It is quick and stable.
  • CONs:
    • There is no clear documentation or instructions for users of what to do right after installation.

Admin Publishing - ND EditorSwitch

ND Editor Switch

 

 

 

  • How to use?
    • Install ND EditorSwitch. The box to change your editor will appear right on the top right corner.
    • You switch the editor and press the button "F5" to reload your page.

 

"Creativity" doesn't mean dealing with big issues all the time. It is also small improvements which bring more convenience to users. And we say ND EditorSwitch is a creative product. It allows you to switch the default WYSIWYG editor in the top right corner in the back-end, without going to the Global Configuration.

With two clicks and one F5 button-press, you can choose your preferred editor. This tool totally saves your time.

  • PROs:
    • It is easy to use.
    • It is quick and stable.
  • CONs:
    • It can be used in the back-end only, not in the front-end.

In conclusions

Below are some examples to help you get a clearer picture about Joomla magazine websites:

Now, it is your turn - Please make comments to share your experiences, or your thoughts, about essential extensions for a Joomla magazine website.

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    CONs:
    There is no option to comment on individual articles.


    What? What are talking about? Of course there is!
    What kind of comment system wouldn't allow commenting on individual articles?

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Friday, 27 January 2012

    I prefer Disqus to manage the comments in Joomla

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 01 February 2012

    @Abtop: Once install and activate the comment systems, it will be integrated into all individual articles. There is no option that allow readers to comment on some articles and not allow readers to comment on other articles.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 07 February 2012

    Commenting is enabled on a category by category basis, which means that all articles within a category may or may not be commented. Beyond that there are {jcomments off}{jcomments on} switches that override the global category setting for a particular article.

    So yes, there is such an option. Please take time to learn the product before speaking about it.

  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 08 February 2012

    Hi Abtop,

    I made a test with JComments again. Yes, there are 2 button "JComments ON" and "JComments OFF" below separate articles. And they work well.

    I have edited the article. That is an advantage of JComments now -> "You can choose to turn on or turn off the comment system on individual articles.".

    I truly apologize for my mistake.

    I hope that you still pay attention to our blog, and share your knowledge and experience with us and Joomla users.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Friday, 30 March 2012

    Editors and writers might work online, so they need an online workspace where they can share the project and ideas each other

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 04 April 2012

    Thanks so much for this post! I've been wanting to create a magazine website for ages, but with these extensions that you have shared with us, I now feel like its totally possible. I'm pretty excited to try the Login Protection extension. Thanks again!

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 04 April 2012

    We are happy to hear that.

    Yes, AdminExile is really cool, and it will be helpful for your website :-)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 24 April 2012

    good it

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 12 July 2012

    jcomments is very useful in my blog, thanks

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 12 July 2012

    Thanks for this articles, I'm just starting with my magazine website ( http://wlzine.com ) and I'm thinking about switching to joomla after reading about these cool extensions. Keep up the good work.

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 13 July 2012

    Hi Mark,

    Please try them out. I think that this list is quite comprehensive to create a magazine website. If you have more suggestions, or experience about this, please make comment :)

  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 13 July 2012

    Yes, wine barrels. A lot of useful features :D

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Thanks for your post! However, there are some problem with multiple categorization of article, author. E.g one article may have several authors and can be belonged to several news category as well.
    I found JXMagazine was a fairly good one but it has been discontinued!
    Can you give some advices for me?

  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    As far as I know, there is not such kind of Joomla extension. I have searched on Google and have asked some Joomla developers.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 06 September 2012

    Hi. What kind of comment system wouldn't allow commenting on individual articles???

  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 07 September 2012

    I don't get your idea.

    A comment system is to allow users to comment on individual articles. If it doesn't, what it would be?

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 13 September 2012

    I like very much extension AdminExile. Easy to install and configured in just a few seconds - be warned it starts working straight away so you need to login again with the new URL after enabling the plugin!

    Not sure how effective it would be against a determined hacker but certainly gives me a bit more peace of mind.

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 14 September 2012

    Yes, a cool extension! :)

    At least other people can't see the administration page easily.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 13 September 2012

    Thanks for this articles, I'm just starting with my blog ( acai-beeren.org ) and I'm thinking about switching to joomla after reading about these cool extensions. Keep up the good work.

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