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Top 10 Free Joomla 3.x Extensions

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Joomla is a CMS with rich functionality, but if you are building a Joomla-based site you will definitely need some extensions, in addition to those included in the starter package.

The standard Joomla package includes a minimum set of extensions, modules and plugins. Joomla developers originally positioned their CMS to be extended with third-party components. Thus, they started a unique system that helps develop and test extensions, modules and plugins. And today there are millions of Joomla extensions.

In this blog post we’d like to concentrate on the best of the best extensions for your favorite CMS. We’ve outlined the Top 10 free Joomla 3.x extensions that will be useful for every project. Have a look at the list below and be sure to check out these extensions.

Viva la Joomla!

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Advanced Module Manager

 

Advanced Module Manager Extension

With Advanced Module Manager you can easily change the way your default module manager looks. Additionally you will get a bunch of cool functions like:

  • Publishing assignments for your modules;
  • Range of assignment changes for your modules;
  • Edit your modules right in the pop-up window;
  • Color code your modules for listing easiness;
  • Hide modules that have no output.

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JSN Power Admin

 

JSN PowerAdmin Extension

JSN PowerAdmin is a free content management extension for Joomla. Basically it’s a tool that will help owners manage their site with ease

  • Spotlight search allows you to find any content type in the back-end;
  • Easily manage your website menus, menu items, modules, articles, categories;
  • Drag and drop functionality to reorder menu items;
  • Allows you to set the Admin session to infinite.

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Component Creator

 

Component Creator Extension

What if we told you that you can build a custom Joomla component in a few minutes? Interested? Then be ready to install Component Creator. With its help you’ll be able to develop and build components for Joomla 2.5 and 3.0 platforms.

  • Create database tables and generate SQL code;
  • Create lists and form views for every table;
  • Form list and detail views for the front end;
  • Add front end forms with ACL control;
  • SEO friendly extension.

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Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin

 

Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin Extension

The Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin will be useful for you if you are trying to increase the speed of your website. This extension allows for the rest of your site to load while the analytics code loads in the background thus increasing the load speed of your site. 

  • Multiple sub domain support;
  • Support for tweaking variables such as user session and cookie expiry times;
  • Anonymous IP tracking.

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ReReplacer

ReReplacer Extension

With ReReplacer you can easily replace anything in your Joomla site output with anything you need. All replacements are made on the fly, meaning that they are not permanent. They are done every time you request a web page in your site.

  • Add/remove/change elements in the html structure of your site;
  • Add extra ways to style elements or change the layout;
  • Create your own plugin-like tags;
  • Clean up unwanted html;
  • Replace simple words.

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R Antispam

 

R Antispam Extension

R Antispam is the only spam filter among all the anti-spam extensions for Joomla that uses Bayesian algorithm. Here spam recognition is improved significantly keeping those annoying messages away from your site.

  • Based on Bayesian algorithm;
  • Self-learning spam detection engine;
  • Integrates with Akismet.

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Twitter FollowMe

 

Twitter FollowMe Extension

Want to show your latest tweets? Please consider the Twitter FollowMe extension. With its help you can display your latest tweets and follower count on the home page of your site. What’s more this extension allows people to follow you right from the same browser window.

  • Display latest tweets;
  • Show follower counter;
  • Use power of Twitter to promote your site;
  • Lightweight extension.

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PlayThru Captcha

PlayThru Captcha Extension

Captcha is one of the most notorious things on any website. People hate entering words that can’t be clearly seen. Davide Tampellini found a solution. He created a captcha with a mini game. Instead of trying to guess twisted and distorted words – PlayThru Captcha!

  • Free localization;
  • Are you a human test;
  • Lightweight extension.

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Roockbuilder

Roockbuilder Extension

Roockbuilder is a powerful Drag and Drop Page builder for Joomla. This extension allows you to build amazing pages, all you need is your imagination and this great Drag and Drop editor.

  • jQuery, HTML 5 and CSS3 based;
  • Drag and Drop interface;
  • Add any kind of content;

Add social sharing

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Sourcerer

 

Sourcerer Extension

With the Sourcerer you can easily put code anywhere you want it: into the middle of your content, article, section, category, component, META tag, simply everywhere. Use the Sourcerer wisely.

  • Easy to use via Editor button;
  • Multiple language support;
  • Allows placement of any code (HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript) ;
  • Place code into original WYSIWYG editor.

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In case you’re feeling that something is missing feel free to use the comments section to post your favorite (or the ones you consider the best) extensions for Joomla.

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  • Guest
    36xShort Monday, 26 August 2013

    Tried to lookup Roockbuilder, but site seems to be hacked. :(

  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Please check their website again. I can still visit it normally.

  • Guest
    Andy Tuesday, 27 August 2013

    "Twitter Follow Me" does not work on Joomla! 2.5...

  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Oh, please contact their supporters at http://www.herdboy.com/support for more details.

  • Guest
    http://Niko Tuesday, 27 August 2013

    Hi, you forgot the free Versions of Akeeba Products: Backup and AdminTools!
    Even the free Versions do a great job.

  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Yes, Niko, Akeeba Products - Backup and AdminTools are great extensions!

  • Guest
    Lee Wednesday, 28 August 2013

    do you have an extension for Facebook and Linkedin? Thank you . Was looking to purchase JSN Epic - However, do not notice these features. Please advise and suggest another possible business template.

  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Hi Lee,

    What do you mean by "an extension for Facebook and Linkedin"? Please explain it clearer for me :D

    The upcoming version of JSN Epic comes with Social Icons support. You just need to add your Facebook, LinkedIn links as well as 10 other Social channels to show these to your website visitors. Is it what you mean?

  • Guest
    Roocklab team Monday, 16 September 2013

    Thank you! We are very pleased to see our extension "Roockbuilder" here

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 20 September 2013

    You are welcome! It is a cool extension.

  • Guest
    Robert Saturday, 28 September 2013

    Thank you for the list, but like I see some other posts Akeba backup is must to have on your Joomla site, it's also free :)

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Saturday, 28 September 2013

    A great suggestion, Robert!

  • JSNCyborg077
    JSNCyborg077 Sunday, 29 September 2013

    That was me - Robert - posted as a guest:)
    Here is few more which I like:
    JCE editor
    Akeeba backup - like I said before
    Xmap
    OSE filemanager
    JSN Power Admin (default joomla admin for 2.5 have some safety problems:))
    some NoNumber and ARI extensions
    DJ-image slider
    AcyMailing Starter
    and HikaShop

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Monday, 30 September 2013

    Hi Robert,

    You use all of the extensions above? You can write a guest blog post for our blog, sharing your experience about them! :D

    Reply Cancel
  • JSNCyborg077
    JSNCyborg077 Wednesday, 02 October 2013

    Here is my blog: http://www.isstrani.si/blog/entry/10-popular-and-very-useful-joomla-extensions.html
    But I do not see how to add blog post on this site, i can only edit other blog posts:)

  • JSNCyborg077
    JSNCyborg077 Tuesday, 01 October 2013

    Yes I use all those extensions and much more on different sites, but those much more are payable or are from another Joomla provider :)

  • Guest
    MBK Wednesday, 30 October 2013

    Salut! c'est très intéressant ce que vous faites, bravo

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 31 October 2013

    You are welcome! Have you tried any extension in this list?

  • Guest
    Tina Friday, 15 November 2013

    Roockbuilder is amazing! i am very impressed, awesome!

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  • Guest
    Morin Friday, 03 January 2014

    very nice selection !! thx for sharing

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