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Six Great Joomla Extensions

Joomla is one of the most popular and easy to use content management systems (CMS) in the world. Joomla's extensions cover a wide variety of categories, such as editing, multimedia, site management, administration, e-commerce, and content sharing - just to name a few.  The sheer number of extensions could make your head spin, so here are six free Joomla extensions that you might want to take a look at first.

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  2. · Joomla Extensions: JComments, Phoca, and Stalker

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One of the best ways to improve your site or content is through visitor feedback.  Allowing your visitors to leave comments on your site gives allows you to receive suggestions on how to tweak your site for a more valuable user experience.  As your site and content improves, so should your traffic.  The JComments Joomla extension allows you to integrate user comments into your site with ease.

JComments is AJAX based and comes with a slew of valuable features.  It supports avatars and easy migration from many third party extensions.  JComments supports over 20 languages, smilies, BBCode, and RSS.  So that you have extra control over the comments placed on your site, the extension also offers quick moderation, flood protection, and and anti-spam CAPTCHA feature.  Best of all, it encourages your visitors to subscribe to your site so that you can create prolonged relationships and site loyalty.

Link: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/contacts-and-feedback/articles-comments/9985

Phoca Google AdSense Easy

Even if your site is just a hobby, you should try to get the most out of your work by monetizing it.  After all, there is nothing wrong with a little extra income every now and then.  One way to monetize your site is with Google Adsense.  While it is a solid way to monetize, Google Adsense can be a pain to integrate.  This is especially true when it comes to having the Google ads appear in certain spots on your site.  Phoca Google Adsense Easy takes the pain out of integrating Google Adsense so that you can monetize your site with ease.

Using Phoca Google Adsense Easy could not be any simpler.  All you have to do is copy your Google Adsense code and paste it into the location of choice on your Joomla site.  You no longer have to worry about the integration process, as the extension takes care of the dirty work.  As a bonus, you can also use the extension to add Google Search code and Google Calendar code.

Link: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/ads-a-affiliates/google-ads/3366


There's no denying the importance of social networking.  Sites like Facebook and Twitter are just two examples of social networking sites that are great for increasing your site's exposure and driving traffic.  Social networking sites are avenues on their own, but they can also be integrated with your site.  If you have visitors with social networking profiles that want to see what your site is up to, you want to give them a way to connect to you and follow your profiles as well.  With the Stalker Joomla extension, you can do just that.

Stalker is easy to use, and comes with compatibility for 45 pre-loaded social networks.  You can also add any social networks that are not already pre-loaded with the extension. Adding Stalker to your site will install a small area that prompts your users to follow you on the social networks you belong to.  Each social network is represented by an icon that links to your profile.  The icons that come with the extension can be changed in terms of style, and they can be re-ordered as well.  Stalker is available in both component and plug-in forms.

Link: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/social-web/social-profiles/5438



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