Finding perfect Free Joomla Extensions in a hurry is not that easy, I have been in this situation for many times. So, today I will share what extensions I install immediately when I create a new Joomla website. All these Free Joomla Extensions are from a trusted company/developer which I have been using for many years and they do provide excellent support in times of need. The good part is, all are free download.
I can guarantee you that if you have all these Free Joomla Extensions in your website, you lake nothing. You can develop from a simple blog to complex commercial sites.
You will not find any affiliate link in this Free Joomla Extensions post. I am sharing all the extensions which I personally love and are always ready to promote.
Must have Free Joomla Extensions in your site or in your clients site.
1. SP Page Builder
Do you want to have rotating banner/slider, feature boxes, call to action, carousel, testimonials, tabs, twitter feeds, Youtube videos, blockquote etc in your homepage? Then the answer is to use SP Page Builder. SP Page Builder is drag & drop system, where you need not touch a single line of code. You can give styling easily to match your website layout. By using SP Page Builder you will save lots of your time in designing your homepage, which is the most crucial part of websites. And yes, it is FULLY responsive layout, no matter what gadget you are using, it will perfectly fit on your screen.
2. Akeeba Backup
I fell in love with this Akeeba Backup ever since the first time I used. It is so easy to use and after I use this Akeeba Backup I can have a good night sleep :). What this Akeeba Backup did was it takes backup of your entire site including your database. It creates a backup that can be transferred to any other server or your own server with easy installation process. Just unzip your backup file and follow the instruction, the site will be restored (or installed) exactly like your original site.
After using Joomla for sometime, I feel limited with Joomla default article management. I wanted more features where I can create my own custom fields (within my content), add videos or audios easily, add downloadable files, add a gallery, give different level admin right to categories etc. That was how I came across K2 extension. K2 can be use in all kind of websites, from a personal blog to magazine websites. The good part of using K2 is that it has a large community where you can ask support if required.
If you are planning to have e-commerce on your Joomla website, I highly recommend J2Store, as it is user-friendly yet, powerful enough to handle all kind of e-commerce websites (if you are not planning to have e-commerce on your site you can jump to the next extension). The amazing part is, J2Store uses Joomla default articles for catalog, so, you need not learn those complex separate component to manage your catalog.
If you are looking for Joomla calendar extension, DPCalendar is one of the best Free Calendar for Joomla. This Joomla calendar allows browsing events without the need to refresh the page and you can switch between month, week or day view without page load delays. Event page can be customized easily. The extension comes with very useful modules like counter, mini calendar and upcoming events.
6. JCE Editor
The first reason why I love this JCE Editor is because my clients love it. Why do my clients love it? Because it’s simple and easy to use. Most of my clients are non-techy, and if they feel that it is easy to use, it must be really easy :). The main reason is they can easily upload files (pdf, docx, pptx etc) and images within JCE Editor. The editor icons look like MSOffice and that makes it user-friendly for common people. Just try it out and you will also love it.
7. jSecure Lite
The jSecure Lite component prevents access to the administration login page (backend). Any web user can easily know whether your site is created using Joomla CMS by typing /administrator after your domain. This allows hackers to hack the site easily once they crack the id and password for Joomla. So, with the help of jSecure you can create custom admin URL for your backend, for example… www.yourdomain.com/administrator/?mylogin. If people type www.yourdomain.com/administrator it will either redirect to your homepage or you can link to a custom page.
9. SP Simple Portfolio
JoomShaper’s SP Simple Portfolio is designed to create an image and video portfolio/gallery. The layout is fully responsive and the thumbnail styles support Square, Rectangular or Masonry. The extension contains component and module, which means you can set your portfolio/gallery at any module positions. The extension also supports tag and it can be filtered based on your tag.
10. News Show Pro GK5
Gavick’s News Show Pro GK5 is one of the best and powerful modules to showcase your latest News or blog post. It is fully customizable and you have control over every aspect of the showcase. Flexibility is one of the reasons why I love this module, you can customize in such a way that it will fit in any kind of websites. You can hide or show title, description, date, category, image, read more etc. You can even choose which one comes first in order.