How to Install and Use Joomla Extensions

Previously, you have learned about a popular content management system called Joomla—what is it, what you can do with it, what companies have used it, what are its features, etc. Today, you will learn about how to maximize the functionality of Joomla’s built-in features, but most importantly, you will learn a vast array of possibilities to make the most of Joomla.

I am to list down the built-in features of Joomla. They are the user management, media manager, language manager, banner management, contact management, polls, search, web link management, content management, syndication and newsfeed management, menu manager, template management, integrated help system, system features, web services, and powerful extensibility. But, aside from these features, there are needed additional features that are not present in the default features of Joomla. These additional features are answers to the users’ needed satisfaction to make the best website using Joomla. One can access additional features and extend the possibility through Joomla extensions. theseThere are five categories of Joomla extensions. They are components, modules, plug-ins, templates, and languages. Each extension has several mini applications that you can use to customize even more your website other than using the built-in features.

Now, you may probably wonder how to install and use Joomla extensions. To look up for Joomla extensions, Joomla has an extension directory that stores all available extensions. Before you even install a particular extension, you must read first the documentation and forums about it because it will expand your knowledge about the extension whether it is really what you needed for your site or installing it will just be a waste of time. Once you have found useful extensions for your website, follow this step-by-step instruction on how to install and use the Joomla extensions. First, download the extension. Make sure that it is in a zip file package. Second, unzip the zip file package in your local computer.

Third, look into your administration site or what is called the backend. Select Extensions then Install/Uninstall. Fourth, click Browse and select the extension package. Five, click Upload File then Install buttons, respectively. For modules and plug-ins, you must enable them first in order to install them. Don’t worry, as you download each file, you will find a README file. All instructions specifically made for each extension are in there to guide you. After all, the installation process is not complex. The Joomla official website is always a reliable source to browse.