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Excellent Joomla 1.7 Extensions Native: Round 1

If you've heard of the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) in one of our blog posts and had a look at it, you will find that a great number of new Joomla 1.7 extensions have been releasing every day by developers across the globe.

In our blog post, we'd like to compile the most popular Joomla 1.7 Extensions from JED based on following criteria:

  • The extension is Joomla 1.7 Native, of course.
  • The extension gets 4.5 star rating or more
  • The extension has at least 50 votes from users
  • The extension receives good reviews from users
  • The extension belongs to featured categories such as Editor's Picks, Popular Extensions and Most Favored.

All above things mean: Users are satisfied with the quality as well as usability of the extensions.
The first round includes ten extensions. We hope you love them all.

Admin Tools

Admin Tools Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 92
Votes: 132
Type: Non-commercial
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Admin Tools is a true Swiss Army knife for your site. Admin Tools Core will detect, notify you and install new Joomla releases as they are made available, fix your files' and directories' permissions, protect your administrator directory with a password, change your database prefix, set a secure Super Administrator ID, migrate links pointing to your old domain on-the-fly and perform database maintenance, all with a single click.

Written and maintained by the same developer as Akeeba Backup, Admin Tools is licensed under the GNU GPL v3 or later and available for download free of charge. Support is also free, through the dedicated Admin Tools section in the support forum.


JEvents Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 233
Votes: 367
Type: Non-commercial
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JEvents is a cool Event Calendar for Joomla that enables you to insert events in your Newsletter, or you can include your upcoming events in a newsletter. JEvents is also consisted of a Joomfish component which is compatible with Joomla and a number of modules and plugins.

JEvents 2.0 compatible with Joomla 1. 7 has been released free of charge.


Xmap Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 196
Votes: 413
Type: Non-commercial
Website Demo Download

Xmap is a sitemap generator component for Joomla. It allows you to create a map of your site based on the structure of your menus; both HTML and XML site maps. Xmap can update the change in your site map easily, which is a predominant feature compared to other similar extensions.

There are available a lot of plugins for the most popular components: Zoom, DOCman, VirtueMart, Fireboard, SMF, Hot Property, SOBI2, Mosets Tree, MyBlog, RSG and many others.


Kunena Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 156
Votes: 353
Type: Non-commercial
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Kunena is a popular forum extension for Joomla-based websites, the first forum solution for Joomla that is community-driven. There has been more than 1,400,000 download time in two year from the first release.

It is said that the default template of Kunena has been revised for the better operation with both Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7. That's why the latest release for Joomla 1.7 does not fit with third-party templates written for Kunena's older versions.

Kunena is upgraded for multiple installations and options. The component is able to perform automatic actions to avoid timeouts on slower hosts such as taking the forum offline during the installation or upgrade, then enabling it after the installation has finished.

JCK Editor

JCK Editor Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 270
Votes: 495
Website Demo Download

JCK Editor is proudly reviewed as “Next generation of HTML editor” with beautiful interface, easy personalization, fast performance and more convenience in file management and content linking.

Users are permitted to edit JCK interface by re-arranging, organizing, adding and removing buttons, changing the skin colors in the back-end editor’s parameters.

You can upload your images, files and view thumbnails in one place with user friendly file browsing. You don’t need navigate away. Also, the internal linking feature will help you find pages easier just by one click and the tree menu which is arranged with nested categories to articles, menus and more.

Advanced Module Manager

Advanced Module Manager Compatibility: Joomla1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 167
Votes: 263
Type: Non-commercial
Website Demo Download

Advanced Module Manager extension adds multiple functions into your Joomla Module Manager, making it more handy to work with.

For instance, you can see active modules for the menu item you are editing, edit modules in modal pop-up windows, show modules that have no output, show modules on all pages except for selected menu items and many other publishing assignments for modules.

Phoca Gallery

Phoca Gallery Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 249
Votes: 450
Type: Non-commercial
Website Demo Download

Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! gallery - image gallery for Joomla! CMS. It includes component, modules and plugins and allows users to display images or Youtube videos in many different styles.

Phoca Gallery allows importing images from Google Picasa or Facebook, it allows exporting images to Facebook or displaying RSS of latest images


jNews Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 177
Votes: 191
Type: Non-commercial
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jNews is a powerful newsletter component for Joomla, it gives you quality outputs with the newest professional and cool features making sure that your communications yields the best results that you really wanted. From the makers of your best-loved email marketing app, Acajoom, jNews is still designed with ease of use and robustness in mind but with more powerful features to make your experience worthwhile.


Projectfork Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 88
Votes: 189
Type: Non-commercial
Website Demo Download

Projectfork is a Project Management solution for Joomla! which enables you to share your projects and ideas online with other users! You can use Projectfork for your company as a private intranet solution or as a service like Basecamp or Gforge.

Version 3.0.4 stable offers prioritized tasks w/ milestones, unlimited projects, file management, calendars, discussion boards, time tracking and more; all on a per-project basis, plus totally customizable ACL users groups.


Sigplus Compatibility: Joomla 1.5 & 1.7
License: GPLv2 or Later
Reviews: 160
Votes: 217
Type: Non-commercial
Website Download

Sigplus is an image gallery plus which allows you to add images or photo galleries straightforward to Joomla articles only with a simple syntax.

Normally, the images are set thumbnails as default. When you click on the preview images, it will show up the original size, which is called light-box effects.

Configuration of Sigplus requires less effort than other same types including image margin, border, padding, slider, orientation and so on.

To Be Continued...

We are frequently updating good Joomla 1.7 extensions every month. If you are a Joomla user or Joomla 1.7 developer, don't forget to drop in our blog to check the latest excellent extensions for Joomla 1.7 native and give your comments or suggestions. Thank you!

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