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14 best Joomla Extensions

January 19, 2023 / Published in:  from Ivan Messina
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When we talked about what Joomla is, we saw that this CMS already has many basic functions for content management. When there are not enough to create a project, you can use extensions for Joomla.

Extensions are defined as all those components that allow us to add new features to our Joomla site.

In this article we are going to see which are the best extensions for Joomla nowadays.

Firstly, let’s see where to find them.

Best Joomla Extensions

Where to find extensions for Joomla

The Joomla Extensions Directory ( JED ) of Joomla is the official directory of Joomla. Currently in this collection we find 5,907 extensions divided into categories.

Joomla Extensions Directory

In addition to the official directory, there are also other marketplaces where we can find add-ons for our Joomla site, in most cases these are paid extensions.

On CodeCanyon, which collects premium plugins, you can find 75 Joomla extensions. We just need to connect to the section dedicated to this CMS. CodeCanyon is part of Envato Market which also offers a large selection of Joomla templates.

Codecanyon Joomla Extensions Directory

Be careful when choosing where your Joomla extensions come from. Make sure that the site you’re buying or downloading add-ons from is a reputable site, such as the developer’s site.

There are websites that distribute nulled extensions and plugins by proposing, for free, extensions that should be paid for. The risk is that these extensions may contain malware and jeopardize the security of your site.

How to choose extensions for Joomla

Before moving on to our list of Joomla extensions that may be useful for you, we want to give you some advice on how to choose the most suitable ones.

With almost 6 thousand extensions in the official directory alone, it can seem difficult to find the right one for you. For this reason, there are some simple rules you can follow to narrow your search.

The first thing to do when choosing a site extension is to make sure it is compatible with the version of Joomla you are using.

After that it is good to check other details.

1. The date of the last update. Remember that updates are especially important for security.

2. The type of license it comes with. Will you be eligible for updates and support? Do these checks especially for premium extensions.

3. The opinions of those who have already used the extension. Don’t just read the developer’s description, often checking user reviews and discussions helps you understand if the plugin is right for you.

4. To understand if the extension is really right for you, there’s no better way than to try it. Check if there is a demo available that allows you to see the add-on in action, or run some tests. The best thing to do is create a staging installation or run these tests locally.

If you don’t know how to install extensions, check out our Joomla tutorial, you will find a whole chapter dedicated to managing extensions.

Let’s move on to the list of the best Joomla extensions for 2022.

Best Joomla Extensions

In this list we are going to see the most useful Joomla extensions for your site.

Below I show you the complete list of extensions that we will see in detail in the next paragraphs.

For each extension we will indicate its function, the cost of the license and the compatibility with the latest version: Joomla 4. In the following paragraphs you will find the link to the official directory with the tab of the individual extensions.

Please note that the information here is up to date as of November 2022.

First nameFunctionLicense typeCompatibility with Joomla 4
Akeeba backupBackup and restoreFree
VirtueMartEcommerceFree
Convert FormsContact formsFree
SP Page BuilderPage builders / editorsFree or Premium
ARK EditorPage builders / editorsFree
K2Content EditorFree
JEventsEvents calendarFree
JFBConnectSocial integrationPremium
EngageBoxModal / popup windowsPremium
EasyBlogBlogPremium
SourcererDevelopmentFree
GDPRCookie e GDPRPremium
JsitemapSEOPremium
DJ-ImageSliderSliderFree

Akeeba backup

Among the most used Joomla extensions is Akeeba Backup. As can be seen from the name itself, this plugin allows us to create and restore backups of our Joomla site.

Joomla Extensions Akeeba Backup

Keep in mind that if you have chosen a reliable provider, you will be able to count on automatic backups. Our Joomla hosting includes backups from the last 30 days that you can restore yourself.

By activating this extension it will be possible to create backups directly from the Joomla control panel. We can create a full backup or choose to exclude some files or database tables from the backup.

Name: Akeeba Backup.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3.10 (version 8 of the extension) and Joomla! 4 (version 9 of the extension).

Price: free.

Link: Akeeba Backup.

VirtueMart

VirtueMart is one of the most used solutions to create an ecommerce with Joomla.

Joomla Extensions Virtuemart

This free extension allows you to create and manage an online store. Among the functions already included are integrated payment plugins such as PayPal, Amazon Pay and other popular gateways.

To further extend the functions of your ecommerce you can also take a look here at the list of extensions compatible with VirtueMart.

Name: VirtueMart.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Link: VirtueMart.

Convert Forms

To create contact forms on your Joomla site, without having to have coding knowledge, you can use an extension like Convert Forms.

Joomla Extensions Convert Forms

Among the featured features of this module is the integration with leading email marketing platforms including: MailChimp, Active Campaign and HubSpot.

Name: Convert Forms.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Links: Convert Forms.

SP Page Builder

Page builders are a great help for those who want to customize the pages of their website without having the knowledge of a developer or web designer.

Joomla Extensions Sp Page Builder

This free add-on allows us to create pages with a drag & drop system. Some additional features such as access to predefined layouts that help us create the page faster are only available with the Pro version of the extension.

Name: SP Page Builder.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: Free version or SP Page Builder Pro starting at $59 for 1 website license.

Links: SP Page Builder.

ARK Editor

If you are looking for a visual editor that allows you to modify page elements and see the changes in real time, you can try ARK Editor.

Joomla Extensions Ark Editor

It is a free extension for Joomla that you can find in the official directory.

Name: ARK Editor.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Links: ARK Editor.

K2

K2 is an extension that allows us to replace the default system for creating articles. Thanks to this solution it is possible to insert optional fields such as images, videos, attachments and image galleries in articles.

Joomla Extensions K2

The only sore point is that currently the extension has not been updated since April 2020 and is only compatible with Joomla 3. We therefore recommend waiting for an update.

Name: K2.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3.

Price: free.

Links: K2.

JEvents

It is an extension that allows us to add a calendar function to our site.

Joomla Extensions Jevents

We can manage events and display them using different ready -made layouts: list, monthly calendar, latest events and so on. Furthermore, the extension is also compatible with multilingual sites.

Name: JEvents.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Links: J E vents.

JFBConnect

To manage the integration with social networks on your Joomla site you can use this extension: JFBConnect.

Joomla Extensions Jfbconnect

It allows you to automatically add share buttons and is compatible with over 10 social networks. Among its functions there is also the possibility of setting the automatic sharing of content on Facebook pages and groups.

Name: JFBConnect.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: $49.99.

Links: JFBConnect.

EngageBox

To easily create modal windows and popups there is EngageBox.

Joomla Extensions Engagebox

It is a paid extension for Joomla that provides us with customizable templates to create different types of popups: full screen, welcome screens, side or top bars and more. Furthermore, this extension can also be used to reserve access to pages only to members or subscribers by creating a paywall.

There is also a WordPress plugin made by the same developers and takes the name of Firebox.

Name: EngageBox.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: €29 for the personal license, €39 for the professional license (up to 5 sites) and €59 for the agency license (usable without limits on the number of sites).

Link: EngageBox.

Easy Blog

Among the premium extensions for Joomla is EasyBlog, an add-on designed for managing blogs.

Joomla Extensions Easyblog

Among the features stands out the integration with social media that allows you to automatically share blog articles after they have been published. The extension also includes remote publishing via email and other systems.

Name: EasyBlog.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: $79 for the Pro version and $199 for the developer version.

Link: EasyBlog.

Sourcerer

Regular Labs has developed an extension, Sourcerer, which allows Joomla users to insert PHP, CSS and JavaScript code into any section of the site.

Joomla Extensions Sourcerer

With this add-on it will be possible to insert code in articles, sections, modules, tags, categories and all other elements of the site. The extension adds a new button to the editor to insert portions of code even faster.

Name: Sourcerer.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Link: Sourcerer.

GDPR

Among the Joomla plugins for managing cookies we find “GDPR”, the extension released by J!Extensions Store.

Joomla Extensions Gdpr

Among its features we find the possibility of classifying cookies into customizable categories and allowing users to express consent only for some categories. The module also supports multiple languages ​​and is therefore ideal for multilingual Joomla sites.

Name: GDPR.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: €49.90.

Links: GDPR.

Jsitemap

Among the most interesting extensions for Joomla is Jsitemap. It is a module designed to automatically generate the sitemap of the site, not only for web pages, but also to create sitemaps for videos or images.

Joomla Extensions Jsitemap

It is not only a sitemap tool, but has other functions. It allows us to get suggestions for keywords to use, analyzes links for broken links and allows us to edit the robots.txt file and htaccess.

It also allows us to create structured data for pages based on Schema.org, Open Graph or other protocols.

Name: Jsitemap.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: €49.90.

Link: Jsitemap.

DJ ImageSlider

If you are looking for a free slider for your Joomla site, check out DJ-ImageSlider.

Joomla Extensions Dj Imageslider

This extension allows us to create responsive sliders and organize them into categories. It also includes the ability to set the title and alt text attributes for each image we insert into the slider.

Name: DJ-ImageSlider.

Compatible version of Joomla: Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 4.

Price: free.

Link: DJ-ImageSlider.

Conclusion

In this list, we have introduced you to some of the most useful Joomla extensions. We have seen add-ons that help us create a blog, manage an ecommerce, but also create pages and optimize Joomla SEO. There are really plugins for every function!

And which extensions do you use most often? Let us know with a comment.

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