In this post, I’ll talk about some components that every website with Joomla CMS must have. These components can make your life easier.
You must install these components directly after Joomla installation to make your website secure, discoverable and usable.
Components described here mainly free to download.
1. Akeeba backup – component for backup
Akeeba backup easy to use a component that can help you backup your website in few clicks. This component most popular backup component for Joomla.
Akeeba backup has a flexible configuration for website backup. You can choose full website backup or some of the folder or only database backup.
You can directly restore your website from backup without stopping your website if something will happen.
Akeba backup has pro version as well that will give you the ability to backup your website to cloud services and many other things. But for new beginners, Free version will be enough.
2. Admin tools – Basic website security
Admin tools another very useful component from Akeeba backup developers that can help you make your website more secure.
The basic benefit of this component is that you don’t need to manually change server configuration, website code or other website files.
Of course, pro version has a huge amount of tools that can make your website more secure. If you want to make your website secure for 100% then you can try this video course.
With the free version, you can make admin panel secure, repair database and when you need you can block intruders to get access to the website.
3. Os-Map (former Xmap) – Website sitemap
Os-map – easy to use a component that creating your website structure using your menu items.
You can different sitemap from selected menu items. Os-map using XMap component code and mainly has integration with most of the popular components that can help you create your website sitemap in any form that you need.
It can help you create sitemap not only with materials but with images and products from your store.
4. Allvideo – Component to embed video or audio.
Plugin from Joomlaworks can solve all your problems with video and audio embedment to your website.
You can easily embed videos from most popular video hosting website like Youtube, Metacafe, Vimeo (It supports up to 46 different video hostings) and also audios from Soundcloud.
Also, it can help you play video from your own server or from any other side server.
5. Sourcerer – the ability to add JS and PHP code into your articles.
By default Joomla removing all JS code and ignoring PHP code that placed inside of articles. This plugin can help you solve this problem if you need to place some code inside of your materials.
6. Cache cleaner for Joomla
With cache cleaner, you can clean cache of your website just with a single click. This plugin has many different useful options and one of them is it adding the small button to the admin panel bottom toolbar that cleaning all cache of Joomla.
Besides of that, you can clean website cash without login in as an admin with secret URL.
7. ReReplacer – replacing the selected code or text of your website
With this component, you can search and replace any text in your Joomla website. This component very useful especially if you have a very big website.
The component with its plugin searching and replacing test before it getting generated in HTML.
Id it very easy to use component. In the configuration, you are entering some text that component needs to find and in the second field entering text that needs to be replaced with.
8. Comments for Joomla articles
There very big choice in comment components for Joomla website.
We can separate them into 2 different types.
Side comment services
Benefits of integrated comment components
Comments can be indexed by search engines
Free for use without any subscription
Benefits of side service
Integration with social networks
Nice and universal design
Most of the integrated comment components are free. As free components, for Joomla articles, I can recommend Jcomments
If you want to use service then you can use most popular comment service like Disqus.
Here are the main components that I always installing to my Joomla websites.
What is your must-have a component that you are using? Share in the comments below.