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Latest updates in Oct 2016

6 essential extensions for a Joomla magazine website

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

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

Here we go!

Latest updates in Oct 2016

6 essential extensions for a Joomla magazine website

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

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

Here we go!

Content Construction Kit - K2

K2-joomla-content-extension

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 Joomla content 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 extra 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-Joomla-Extensions

  • 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 plugins 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.

JSN Uniform

JSN Uniform

  • How to use?
    • Install JSN Uniform
    • Create your forms: Go to Components -> JSN Uniform-> New.
      • Choose New to select the one you need from 7 pre-made types of forms or just choose a Blank Form to start.
      • Just choose the elements you want in the form then drag and drop to arrange them

JSN Uniform with its latest 4.x version is a very powerful Joomla form builder. You can create whatever forms you want plus a convenient payment integration inside. Also, you can even optimize SEO for your forms. What’s more? It’s dead easy to use.

  • PROs:
    • 7 pre-built forms layout to help you save your time
    • Great amount of form elements
    • Preview form when creating them
    • SEO feature for form
  • CONs:
    • You need to have PRO version you have the full list of its powerful features (however, the price is very reasonable from only $49)

Project & Task Management - ProjectFork

Projectfork-Joomla extensions

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-Joomla-Extensions

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.

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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