The Joomla! Extensions Directory ™


bycclay, May 2, 2012
Account Expiration Control
Though getting a handle on AEC can be a challenging experience, it's a truly incredible component that has hundreds of potential uses on a Joomla site. I've used it for sophisticated membership sites, and on the few occasions where I ran into difficulties, Valanx support was top notch. Well worth the cost of a subscription.
bycclay, May 1, 2012
I was hired to build a government site that needed both English and French versions. Falang made the translation process a breeze - I first built the English version of the site, and then I was able to manage the entire translation from this one component. Works perfectly for me in Joomla 2.5.
I needed an extension to index PDF files and stumbled upon JiFile. Even though there were only a few reviews, I gave it a try and I'm very impressed. Aside from PDFs, it will also index Office files, meta data in JPG and MP3 files and more.
bycclay, May 1, 2012
Joomla's two-step logout procedure always annoyed me, and today a client insisted I try to find a way around it. I came across Quick Logout and it works perfectly :)
bycclay, March 29, 2012
Rentalot Plus
I needed a reservation system for a B&B client and, after testing demos for a half a dozen components, settled on Rentalot Plus. I'm happy that I did - I had the entire reservation section of the site complete in no time. I only wish they had a forum since I wanted to run a few ideas past other users. Apparently the developers took it down due to spam, but perhaps they'll consider opening it up again to members-only.
bycclay, March 29, 2012
Phoca Download
After using Phoca Gallery on many sites for years, I finally tried Phoca Download today. Like Gallery, it was easy to install, has a rich set of features, and is free! Well worth a small donation to the Phoca team if you end up using it...
bycclay, March 26, 2012
I was hoping something like this would come along for a long time. Great work! I've tested it on my iPod Touch and it works as promised.
bycclay, December 7, 2011
SobiPro Search
My client asked why their site wasn't searching their SobiPro business listings, and within seconds I came across this plugin. Another few minutes and it was installed, configured, and running perfectly. What else could one ask for?
I highly recommend RSEvents. I've been using it for event registration, and the new PDF ticket feature is ideal; once a payment has been processed, the customer receives a PDF file via email that can be completely customized. I ran into a few small problems, and the support was excellent... My only complaint is that the registration form can't be customized with additional fields without also buying RSForms Pro. However, that doesn't add much to the cost so I still consider RSEvents a "5 star" extension.
bycclay, November 16, 2011
I have a client who wanted all of his images watermarked. Using Imgen and the associated watermark plugin made this super easy. In no time, I was able to add a custom watermark to images generated by K2, iProperty etc. I also hacked the watermark plugin code slightly to prevent the watermark from being re-sized (by default, it covers the entire image). It would be nice if there was an option to do this in the extension itself, but aside from that it's great (and free!) Thanks for a great extension :)
bycclay, October 31, 2011
I've tried many video player extensions, and this one really stands out. It's very easy to install and use, it doesn't have any kind of watermark, it seems to work perfectly in all browsers, and it's free. What more can you ask for?
Google Maps by Reumer
This is an easy-to-use yet powerful plugin to add Google Maps on your Joomla site. Even better, my client requested a small additional feature and the plugin's author added it promptly and personally emailed it to me. Highly recommended.
bycclay, July 29, 2011
Images Crawler
I needed an image scroller on a new site and, after testing quite a few, settled on Images Crawler. It runs very smoothly and only takes a few minutes to set up. Out of all the scrollers I tried, it was by far the easiest to set up.
bycclay, July 20, 2011
I've used JomCDN on a few sites now (configured with Amazon S3 and Cloudfront.) Installation sounds complicated at first, but if you follow the instructions step-by-step you'll be fine. I had a small problem on one site, and the support was excellent; corePHP adjusted a setting and then everything worked perfectly. Most importantly, it does what it says - it has dramatically improved the load time of each site I've installed it on!
I've used EasyBlog on a number of sites now. It's a professional component that makes it, well, easy for people to blog! It includes everything I could ever want in a blog, and the few times when I've run into problems I was able to quickly get help in the forums. I only wish I'd given it a try earlier :)
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bycclay, June 18, 2011
YJ Piecemaker
I tried all of the Piecemaker extensions that are listed in the JED for Joomla 1.6 and finally settled on this one. The others all gave me one problem or another... This is the only one that I could get to work perfectly. It also loaded considerably faster on my site than the other Piecemaker extensions. Support seems excellent - I almost skipped this extension after reading an unfavourable review, but a quick look at the You Joomla forum revealed a fix for the problem a few people had reported.
I'm making a tabbed area with live social feeds from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. I wanted an easy way to display my latest Youtube uploads to my channel, and this extension works perfectly. Thumbnail sizes can be set; you can control how many will be displayed; and you can control vertical or horizontal display. Also, videos can open in a lightbox. Well worth the $5!
bycclay, June 12, 2011
Live Tweets
I looked at all the 1.6 compatible Twitter extensions and thought I'd give this one a try. Works perfectly, looks nice, easy to install and configure, and it's free :)
bycclay, May 14, 2011
Social Media Icon Links
I had been creating custom HTML modules for all of my sites to include social media icons. I tried a few other extensions that promised to do the same thing, but gave up on them for various reasons. I stumbled upon this one recently and it does the trick perfectly. Thanks for a great (and free!) extension :)
bycclay, April 22, 2011
Simple Random Quotes
I needed a random quote extension for a new Joomla 1.6 site and after reading the comments I thought I'd try this one. It installed easily, only took minutes to configure, and works as described. Highly recommended!
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