5 Awesome Joomla! Extensions You Should Know About

Joomla! is one of the most popular content management systems used both by novices and professionals. Being easy to setup and configure Joomla! offers an abundance of opportunities with its numerous extensions. Here’s the list of 5 extensions that may be just the ones you were looking for:

1. Joomla Quiz Deluxe

Joomla Quiz Deluxe offers an easy way to create quizzes with the variety of different settings.

The extension has a vast functionality with an opportunity of establishing full learning courses. Joomla Quiz Deluxe includes a wide range of question types (10 basic + 4 puzzle question available in Expert version), modes and styles and allows you to insert video and audio into questions. Question Pool option will let you create quizzes with random questions pulled from certain question categories.

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There are several feedback types, so you can enable feedback for the whole quiz, all quiz questions or even some answer options. Question feedback can be displayed after every question is answered or in the end together with results. Feedback may vary according to the number of points a user has scored in a quiz.

quiz2Other features include time and attempts limits, redirection after quiz submission, sending results to author and user email, pdf reports, results and quiz statistics menu items, unique certificates for quiz completion, etc. There are also several modules if you want to display latest or best results. Joomla Quiz Deluxe is integrated with Community Builder and VirtueMart.

Use it for:

  • Online learning courses
  • Promoting your brand with competitions
  • Employees skills evaluation
  • Students training
  • Language placement tests
  • Entertainment and fun

2. HTML5 Flipping Book

HTML5 Flipping Book Joomla extension allows you to create digital content like e-books, online magazines, products catalogues with page flip, reader-friendly controls and embed them right on your Joomla site. Visitors can view publications using web browsers and mobile devices.

You can insert pictures, text, links, sound, video into digital publications to make them look more attractive; create a table of contents. Text pages are indexed by search engines. There’s a possibility to create personalized templates, set up a necessary page resolution and display mode (Joomla modal window, direct link or popup window).

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Among main features of HTML5 Flipping Book there are quick page navigation with preview; publications conversion to txt, pdf, mobi, epub, fb2 formats; publication conversion from pdf (requires ImageMagic library version 6.8.9 and higher); integration with CloudConvert service; left-to-right or right-to-left reading; reading room with list of favorites.

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Publications can be shared in most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) and embedded in articles.

Use it for:

  • Online magazines and newspapers
  • Products catalogues and pricelists
  • Photo and video galleries
  • Online books
  • E-portfolio

3. Survey Force

The extension is designed to create surveys or polls, collect data and analyze results online. There are 8 question types with possibility to add images and videos, as well setting up question conditions to move to a specific question depending on the user reply. You can group all questions on one page, place each question on a separate page or divide questions with Page Break.

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One of the most outstanding features of this extension is front-end management. You can assign any user as a survey author and give them the managing permissions. It opens wide functionality for your users allowing them to have their own surveys, add, edit or delete them, create their own user lists and reports. If you use Community Builder or JomSocial plugins, the users will be able to author their surveys or polls right from their profiles by default.

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Besides there is optional importance scale; progress bar; graphical representation of survey results; redirection after survey completion. Survey Force Deluxe comes with 2 predefined templates that can be modified or used as basis for creating your own templates.

The survey component is integrated with JomSocial (versions up to 3.x), Community Builder and AlphaUserPoints.

Use it for:

  • General customer surveys
  • Polls and elections
  • Acquiring customer feedback
  • Troubleshooters
  • Branching surveys

4. Testimonials

If you wish to share your customer reviews and opinions, this extension is definitely a must have. The component allows to display all testimonials on a separate page, assigning relevant set of testimonials to any page of the site (in a module) or even include them in an article. You can choose among 6 different templates or create your own one.

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The extension is powered with a number of advanced options available for administrators to manage testimonials configuration effectively. To name some of them: spam protection with CAPTCHA; images upload; possibility to create custom fields; auto-approve of new testimonials.

Testimonials module can show a set of relevant testimonials with certain tags at one certain page of the site. You can set up timeouts for testimonials rotation and they will be demonstrated one by one creating a nice animated effect.

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All necessary day-to-day testimonials management options are right at the front-end. It is a matter of 2 clicks to publish or unpublish testimonials, edit or delete them, and you even can add a public comment to your customer feedback.

Use it for:

  • Products/services reviews
  • Customers feedback
  • Users opinions
  • Enriching your site with quotations

5. Personal Goals Manager

Personal Goals Manager Component is specially designed to set personal goals and plans, track achievements progress and organize personal schedule management.

As the personal management component is installed and configured, every registered user of the web site can start using his/her personal goals manager. Long-term goals can be divided into several milestones while plans can contain stages and tasks with specified deadlines. Administrator can add special fields for any type of plans or let users to add custom fields themselves.

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Personal Goals Manager allows to form good habits that support your goals. Habits can be rated in order of importance assigning them both positive and negative weights.

There are different dashboards allowing users to track their progress, easily edit goals, plans and habits, add new ones, record achievements. Goals&Plans and Habits dashboards also allow to mark the most important goals, plans and habits as featured ones and drag them to the desirable places on the dashboard. Built-in calendar visualizes all records and tasks.

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The Personal Goals Manager is integrated with JomSocial and EasySocial.

Use it for:

  • Personal schedule and plans
  • Tracking daily work activities
  • Achievements records
  • Self-development

Written by Tatiana Shevtsova

About the author: Tatiana is a support manager at JoomPlace, a development company dedicated to Joomla! components. While being in this position, she has acquired an extensive experience working with Joomla! CMS and its extensions.

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