Can Joomla Downloads Keep Up With Customer’s Requests?


Can Joomla’s developer team ever sleep? Talk about dedicated, this group walks the walk and delivers when it comes to taking care of their customers. Nothing demonstrates this more strongly than their production of extensions.

My definition of extensions is add-ons or accessories that make the Joomla experience richer and more fun. Much like the accessories on your Wii box. You just can’t get enough.

Here’s the Top Ten list of Joomla extensions as compiled by

1: Quick Preview Button

2: Custom Quick Icon

3: JRE Cache

4: Website Validator Tool

5: JOSreplace

6: JoomlaStats

7: Diagnostics

8: Joomla MindMap

9: Jombackup

10: JoomlaXplorer

No matter how you do the math Joomla software downloads are keeping the developers busy….and we thank them:) My stats indicate there are 2686 currently active extensions which include at least 129 or so new extensions produced by Joomla since December 2007. (This count does not include dozens of extensions produced by others who use the open source software supplied by Joomla)

Here’s a group of extension categories for those of you who are into lists.

  • Admin Tools – include add-ons for backup, reporting, file management, statistics, etc.
  • Banner Ads & Affiliates – include advertising banners and classified ads.
  • Calendars – provide for your needs related to events (birthdays, event calendar etc.) and reservations (primarily useful for hotels or guest houses etc)
  • Communication – provides for chat, comments, forums, polls, guestbook, newsletter, mailing list etc on your website.
  • Content & News – this category of extension helps you include blog, clock, weather, quiz, news, RSS, e-cards, ratings and reviews, tips and notes etc in the website.
  • Core Enhancements – group access, categories/sections, cache, credits, security etc. are the categories you may find here.
  • Documentation/Document Management – this extension provides for FAQs, glossary and dictionary, bibliography, Wiki and downloads.
  • e-Commerce – the extensions under these category are those pertaining to shopping cart, auction, payment systems, donation, electronic data interchange and Amazon.
  • Extension Specific Plugin – These plugins can be used only when certain extensions are already installed as the plugins are for specific extensions. E.g. if you want to install BannersManager Plugins, then you need to install Banners Manager extension first. Other such plugins include AdsManager Plugins, Community Builder plugins, dcsFlashGames plugins, VirtueMart Plugins, DOCMan Plugins etc.
  • Forms – this extension helps you create various kinds of forms (e.g. forms for surveys, guestbook, polls etc)
  • Gallery & Multimedia – the extension category includes sub-categories like gallery, podcasting and streaming Media. These primarily help in adding pictures/images, audio and videos, providing radio and video streams etc.
  • Intranet & Groupware – CRM, Contacts, LDAP, Project and task Management are the areas addressed by this extension category. It contains address book, blogs, calendar, organizers, etc.
  • Languages – Languages extension is designed to help you with translation and also provides the option of multi-lingual content.
  • Miscellaneous – help desk, religion, quotes, recipes, portfolio, sports/games, etc are the sub-categories included in this extension category.
  • Search & Indexing – it comprises of Search, Site Map, Google and Directory.
  • Vertical Markets – Vertical markets extension contains categories such as education, real estate, auto and vehicles, boat and yachting etc.
  • WYSIWYG Editors – it helps manage editor profiles for the users, manage content, images, links, etc.

Joomla Strolls Down Memory Lane

From humble beginnings in August 2005, Joomla, an expanded evolution of Mambo, was developed. A team of developers formerly with Miro Corp created a product derived from the creative seed of thought that had been Mambo. By September 2005 Joomla was born!

Since that time Joomla has grown a vast number of add-ons, components, templates, modules, and a host of bots, bits and bites to become what could be the largest Internet industry since Microsoft.

What’s next?


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