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How To Build A Joomla News Website

How To Build A Joomla News Website

Nowadays, a lot of news websites have appeared and provided much useful and up-to-date information for readers around the world. As I can see, the needs of running a newspaper online are increasing day by day.

Thus, today I want to share with you how to build a news website with just simple steps with some tips for creative news and magazine websites on Joomla.

Step 1: Choosing a template

Thousands of pro and free Joomla templates that you can research just by one keyword from Google and it will give you several results come from popular websites, such as,,

I’m pretty sure that you can choose your perfect Joomla template which suitable for your news site.

For me, I recommended you should try JSN Megazine 2, which a gorgeous and charming Joomla template with a responsive layout dedicated to your news and magazine websites. JSN Magazine 2-> Check out the Demo of JSN Megazine 2

Step 2: Choosing suitable extensions 

Choosing suitable Joomla extensions for a newspaper website is as important as looking for the best template. Today, I will give you some Joomla extensions that you should add to make your website more eye-catching and useful.

Mega Menu Extension



DJ-MegaMenu is an advanced menu system for Joomla 3.x and Joomla 2.5 that allows you to set each menu item as you want. 

You can set the number of columns per each menu item, as well as put the modules inside. 

The menu is very easy to styling - one clear CSS file - and allows simple creation of custom theme. Just copy and rename the default theme and you are ready to change colours, fonts, dimensions, etc.

The module gives you a wide range of possibilities to set up the menu you need. It’s also designed with mobile in mind so you’ll find many handy features.

-> Check more details on JED


Photo Gallery Extension

Having an image gallery is a great way to showcase your content on your website. There are a variety of responsive image galleries; slideshows and sliders to better present your photos, screenshots and other forms of images on your site.

Today, I will choose JSN ImageShow to set up with the website because of its outstanding features extension.JSN ImageShow is the gallery extension built for Joomla! Content Management System for developers, photographers, and publishers.

You can choose to show images from multiple sources such as the local image folder, Joomla! galleries: (JoomGallery, Phoca Gallery…) and online galleries (Flickr, Picasa, Facebook…). The configured gallery then can be published in any part of the website including the article’s content, main body area, and module positions.

-> Try JSN ImageShow for Free

Blog Extension

Building the content and how to manage them is one of the most important parts when running a news website.

About blog extension, I highly recommended you use K2 Blog to manage your content.K2 Joomla extensionK2 is the ideal solution for managing your content, regardless of site "size": you can use it from a small blog to a complex corporate site or even a multi-author environment (portals, magazines, etc.).

To provide a practical example, using K2, you can transform your Joomla! website to a news/magazine site with author blogs, product catalogues, work portfolio, knowledge base, event listing and more. All this bundled under one package.

-> Check more details on JED

Native Joomla Articles Extension

With Form2Content LITE, your Joomla sites will automatically create Joomla articles using a simple form with front end submission. 

This extension also allows users to resize pictures with upload feature and set permission for new articles.

Form2Content LITE is compatible with 3rd party extension.Form2Content LITEMoreover, if you prefer more advanced settings, you can customize this extension as you wish. In the article template, you can add HTML layout, framework CSS, Joomla content plugin syntax or even modules if you like. 

All gallery, slideshow, review or commenting system can be added or removed whenever you want.

-> Check the extension on JED


Building the magazine or news online nowadays is more simple with just some steps. You can build your own website with several features for a magazine website.

Did you own a news website? Or do you have some tips to share with me? Just leave a comment, I will appreciate it much.

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