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Not only for businesses but also for individuals, it's essential to show your social activities to visitors. You have written many helpful articles, and they're worth sharing. Integrating your Joomla site with social media channels will help you drive more traffic to your site and advertise your articles better. I've tested many Joomla 2.5 extensions and in this article, I am going to tell you about some of the best free social extensions that you need. Firstly, you should have a look at several types of extensions I will mention today, categorized by functionality:

  1. Display your channels
  2. Add comments
  3. Bookmark and share
  4. Display social profiles
  5. Login using a social network's account

Display your channel

Stalker

When I build my social media channels, the first thing I do is show them on my website for people to notice. It's really difficult for me to go to each channel and grab the integration code. I need one extension that allows me to show all my channels easily. Stalker is a great Joomla social extension for that need. The main reason I chose this Joomla 2.5 extension because I can show up to 52 social media channels to my visitors: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+, just by entering my user ID for each channel. I can also add more networks or customize my icons to fit my template. Moreover, Stalker can display icons anywhere on the site: in a module position, directly in an article or even in a Community Builder profile.

Joomla 2.5 social extension | Stalker

Stalker module on the site

This extension contains two parts for you to install: the component to control multiple links to social media, and the module to display the icons. If you only want to show one link, you can install only the module. Registration is required for you to Download Stalker but don't worry it's all free. After downloading and installing the extension, you can configure all the settings in the module manager page.

Module manager page of Stalker

Module manager page of Stalker

Add comments with social media accounts:

RokComments

Recently in many websites, people can add comments for articles by using their social media account. That helps you to avoid spam as well as connect to visitors better. So which social extension can be used in this case? RokComments is one recommendation. Some other Joomla 2.5 extensions only support one comment platform; RokComments can be set up to use all the most popular comment platforms now: IntenseDebate, Disqus, Facebook, etc. You can change the platforms whenever you want without new extension installations as well as choose the menus sections or categories to display in the comment area.

Joomla 2.5 social extensions | Rokcomments

Disqus comment platform

You can download RokComments and install it like other extensions. A step-by-step quick guide with images is included in the settings page so you can look at the guidelines and do the configuration in the same window. Choosing and configuring the comment system just takes about one minute. After that you will get the comment area under your articles.

Module manager page of Rokcomments

RokComments setting page

Bookmark and share articles to Social media channels

Nice Social bookmark

One of the best ways to promote your articles is to put bookmark and share buttons for each blog post. This approach is very popular, so many Joomla extensions support the functionality. One of the most famous plugins is Addthis. However in my opinion, it's too simple and doesn't encourage people to share your articles. You might need a sharing tool which puts a series of sharing buttons, with the number of shares displayed alongside, put at the end of your articles. I recommend Nice Social bookmark, another free Joomla extension. Nice Social bookmark only supports 13 of the most popular channels but I think that's enough. (Addthis allows over 350 channels but I'm sure you are not going to use more than 20 of them).

Joomla 2.5 extensions | Nice Social bookmark

Nice Social Bookmark preview in website

Even you are a Joomla newbie; you will find it easy to use this extension. Download Nice social bookmark and install it. You can then configure which channels appear using Module manager. Additionally, you can customize 4 more icons and links.

Module manager page of Nice Social Bookmark

Nice Social Bookmark settings page

Nice Social bookmark and Addthis can make a great combination to encourage visitors to share your articles.

Display your social profiles

Facebook

When I have a fan page, I can get the Facebook fan box code to show on my website. Unfortunately I still have to fix an issue, in which Joomla 2.5 strips html and iframe code to get the code to work. In addition, FB fan box can't be easily resized as I want. That's the reason why I use a Joomla social extension. You can read Add the Facebook like box : How to do with a Joomla website to have more information. It's not difficult to find an extension to display a FB fan box as there are plenty of them. I personally choose ITPFacebookLikeBox because it has many useful functions: you can rend your code in an iframe and control your box's appearance (dimension, colour, stream, header, language, etc.) with just a few clicks.

Joomla 2.5 social extensions | ITPFacebookLikebox

Facebook like box on website by using ITPFacebookLikeBox

You can download ITPFacebookLikebox without registration and install it on your Joomla site. After that you can go to Module Manage to configure it. All settings are very basic and knowledge of coding is not required.

Module manager page of ITPFacebookLikebox

ITPFacebookLikeBox setting page

Twitter

Twitter is the second most popular social media channel at the moment. Twitter was born long before Facebook so there are many more Twitter display extensions available than for Facebook. One of my favourites is Twitter Show. This free Joomla extension allows you to show your Twitter profile with 8 parameters for dimensions, appearance, number of tweets, etc. In my opinion, Twitter Show supports more functionality compared to other Joomla 2.5 extensions.

Joomla 2.5 social extensions | Twitter Show

Display Twitter's activities on website

Download Twitter Show and you will see how it works. There's no documentation for this extension because you won't need it. All settings can be configured in parameters and the box will be displayed with one backlink at the bottom. If you don't want to have the backlink, you can use another similar extension: Optimized Tweets. However you must type the color code without the # and there is no color picker.

Module manager page of Twitter Show

Twitter Show's settings page

Login using a social network's account

Social login

Nowadays, social media profiles are so popular that many websites allow you to login with your social media account, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Therefore people don't have to register another account on the website. And in my opinion, the best Joomla 2.5 extension for this functionality is Social login. This extension can be used stand-alone or integrated with Joomla's traditional login. It gives you access to more than 15 ID providers, and also includes social data and analytics. You can choose the most convenient methods to login. This social extension comes with a nice design so you won't have to worry about customizing the CSS.

Joomla 2.5 social extensions | Social Login

Social login is displayed on website

It is easy to download Social login and install it, as it doesn't require registration. However, you must login to the provider's website Loginradius using your social media account (Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc,) to get the API key and API secret. Every time you want to change ID providers, you need to login to the Loginradius website and choose the ID providers you want to add. That could be a bit difficult for users but I think it's alright because it doesn't take much time and if you don't want to make future changes, just select all providers at the beginning.

Module manager page of Social Login

Social Login setting page

So, I have listed 6 free Joomla 2.5 extensions you should have for your social media marketing. Which extensions are you using for your site? If you know of some more useful extensions, please feel free to tell me by leaving a comment below. Finally did you notice that we use social media buttons? They are for you to share this article if you are interested in... :D

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Comments

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 09 May 2012

    Hi TamNL, wonderful post highlighting essential social media tools for a Joomla site. Thanks a lot for mentioning LoginRadius' Social Login for Joomla Extension :D

    Love'
    LoginRadius' Social Login Team

  • TamNL
    TamNL Thursday, 10 May 2012

    You're welcome :D Your product is really worth to mention in this list. Thanks for sharing my article in your Facebook and Twitter.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 05 June 2012

    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Naturally I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • TamNL
    TamNL Wednesday, 06 June 2012

    Dear Harry, feel free to use our content. And we will appreciate much if you also can share with us some useful information that you know from other resources. :D

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 12 June 2012

    Thanks very much for a very useful post!

    I have one concern, and not the knowledge to know whether it may have any foundation. "Social share" - if I log into their site to get the API - do they then gain access to my login information to the social sites? Yikes!

  • TamNL
    TamNL Monday, 25 June 2012

    Dear Christian, sorry for my late reply. LoginRadius is a fully secure channel with no risk of exposing login credentials. You are safe to log into their site.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Hi Guys,
    you missed one Extension, I prefer most and should be used by all everybody:
    It's called 2ClickSocialButtons and loads Data from FB, Twitter and G+ only on demand!
    http://joomla-extensions.kubik-rubik.de/2csb-2-click-social-buttons
    It's made by the great Viktor Vogel.
    Best regards
    JamFX

  • TamNL
    TamNL Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Thank you for your recommendation, Jam. As I see 2clickSocialButtons only support for FB, Twitter and G+, is that true? Can we add more social channels?

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Sorry, as far as I know, there is no option to add more channels. Do you really need more? ;)

  • TamNL
    TamNL Monday, 16 July 2012

    I think many people want to add some other channels such as Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn :D Hope that in the future this extension will has option to add more channels.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 06 September 2012

    This is great Tam, Many Thanks and More Blogs to Come..... :D

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 12 September 2012

    Great Post.
    What are the best commercial components for displaying facebook walls or wall feeds etc?
    Thanks

  • TamNL
    TamNL Wednesday, 12 September 2012

    If you only want to display facebook wall post, you can use non-commercial extension as I mentioned in my article. But if you really want a professional commercial component for Facebook integration, I recommend you JFBConnect: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/social-web/social-display/facebook-integration/7215. It allows you to show all the Facebook Social Widgets such as Facebook Feed, Facebook FanBox, Facebook Login, Facebook comment... I think you should give it a try :)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 12 September 2012

    i tried Social login on my website http://www.ax6.fr/ , it work like a charm, but the bad news is not free for more 5000 users :p.

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Saturday, 29 September 2012

    Hi TamNL! I loved your article, it provides a lot of guidance on choosing from a too large range of options. Do you happen to know if any of these social logins works with K2? I just can't make K2 comments + Facebook login work together, they don't recognize the registered Facebookers as registered K2 users...

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Friday, 05 October 2012

    Thanks for the article. Very good - is it possible to load disqus comments into a module, using a shortcode? So I can have a different comments module on each page? I'd like to load each unique comments module into some 'tabs' I have, rather than add it to the bottom of each article?

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 10 October 2012

    This is true that social media is an amazing platform for marketers. Now a days Facebook is best way to Get leads for your if you have a Facebook account then create FB fan page on the name of your business, there are lot many options apps are available on facebook to maximize your business popularity, that's what I have been doing with Facebook. I didn't know we can do a lot many thing with social media sites, here you added more information to my knowledge. Thanks for the post!

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 17 October 2012

    Thanks for such a great article here. I was searching for something like this for quite a long time and at last I’ve found it on your blog. It was definitely interesting for me to read about web applications and their market situation nowadays. thanks one more time and keep posting such nice ones in the nearest future too.

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  • TamNL
    TamNL Thursday, 18 October 2012

    Thank you for all your comments. You can get in touch with us via
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joomlashine
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joomlashine

    Many useful articles are coming soon. :)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 25 October 2012

    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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