With Joomla 1.5 coming out of beta at the end of January, the new version of Joomla has already got some great extensions. We thought it would be helpful to share what we consider to be some of the essential extensions for Joomla 1.5.
We have chosen the extensions we particularly like and are using on some of the websites we have up and running on Joomla 1.5. In this post will be mentioning extensions to help SEO, customise blogs, display images and manage communities.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) extensions for Joomla 1.5
While Joomla 1.5 is an improvement on Joomla 1.0.1x for search engine optimisation, we still advise using extensions to make sure your website performs to its full potential in terms of getting indexed. The following two extensions from Joomlatwork will enable you to have truly search engine friendly URLs and give you more control of your meta tags:
Look out for sh404sef which is coming soon to Joomla 1.5. Yannick Gaultier has released an early beta version (link) which has most of the same features as sh404sef for Joomla 1.0.1x. This extension enables you to have SEO friendly URLs, improved meta tag management and add h1 tags around the article titles. We think Yannick's sh404sef patch for Joomla 1.0.1 is excellent (we use it here at Good Web Practices) and we're looking forward to the extension coming out of beta for Joomla 1.5.
Customising your blog in Joomla 1.5
You can make your blog look and function better by adding these 4 extensions:
Displaying images in Joomla 1.5
There are already lots of great ways to show images in Joomla 1.5. Here are a few of our favorites:
Fostering interactivity in Joomla 1.5This extension is simply a must if you want to manage user subscriptions on your website:
Look out in the near future for phpBB3 forum integration for Joomla 1.5! This is exciting news that is going to make Joomla 1.5 even more attractive!
Have you come across a Joomla 1.5 extension that you have found useful and think we should add?
Agreed, Xmap works great in 1.5, we're using it for out new Joomla Template Site: www.JoomlaPraise.com
What is the status of sh404SEF for 1.5? I looked at his site and it doesn't give any inclination of when it will be native for 1.5.
I Cannot get RSforms to work with the SEO Friendly URLS enables. What do I need to do to change it without disabling it? Here is my Site, Look and see whats wrong PLEASE! http://www.todaysinsurancesolution.com/
I came across a component for starting a blog and it runs in Joomla! cms.. David, I think you should include this cool blog engine Easy Blog from the people at Stackideas.com coz it really lives up to its name, easy to set up and maintain. Do check out http://stackideas.com. I think they have a twitter id @stackideas
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