Join Laura Gordon for an in-depth discussion in this video Using extensions for your Joomla! site, part of Adding Dynamic Functionality to Your Joomla! Site.
Joomla is an open-source content management system. But what you get when you install Joomla is the capability of being able to install extensions, components and modules to enhance your system even more. In this lesson, we're going to review how you can select the different extentions, and how to get through the JED, or Joomla extension directory. We'll then review the different cost models of the different extensions and how you can pay for some or some may be free.
To begin, if you go to the website www.joomla.org, this is the main website for Joomla. To find extensions, if you go on to the top and click on extend, you can see here the directory. Another term for the Joomla extensions directory is the JED or the J E D, that some people may refer to it as. This is where joomla.org keeps all of the extensions that you could use in Joomla. There are other extensions that may not be found on the JED that are also valuable as well.
In order to be listed under the Joomla extensions directory, or the JED, there's certain requirements that you must meet. If you scroll down on the left-hand side you can find the link that says terms of service. If you click on the Terms of Service it goes over all of the different requirements that are needed in order to be on the JED. Anyone is able to submit their extensions over to the JED. But as a basic requirement, all extensions and listings must comply with the latest version of the Joomla license. They can't violate or attempt to violate the security of Joomla extensions directory.
They cannot post, upload, email or link to any content that contains any viruses. You cannot use the directory to send unsolicited emails. You cannot impersonate anyone else. And only one account is allowed per person. If you're thinking of submitting your owed extension to the JED, make sure you go through these terms of service. One of the biggest advantages of using tools that are inside of the Joomla extension's directory are the reviews. On the left-hand side if I click on All Categories I can see here all the different categories of different tools I can work with.
Let's say I'm looking for image rotators. So under photos and images, I can click on Image Rotators and there are 104 different extensions. Let's scroll down and look at the basic layout of the directory. So you can see here what versions of Joomla the tool will work for. And just as a note, if it says 1.6 chances are it will work with 2.5. They're in the process of updating all of that now. You can see the number of stars for the ratings, how many reviews there are for the product, what type of product it is. If it's a M it's a module, C component, P plugin.
You have a brief description of it, their website. And you also have if it's commercial or non-commercial and the last date that it was updated. As far as commercial and non-commercial goes, if it's non-commercial, typically it means it's a free product to download and you can use it as you wish. If it's commercial, there are two basic cost models that go along with Joomla components. One cost model is you just pay for the component itself and you have to pay for it each time it's used on a different website. Another cost model is what you're paying for is actually the support of the product.
So you can install that product on as many websites as you want, but you're paying for one year of support. So let's say they come up with a new version, within that year, you are eligible to get that version, because you have the support license. A year later, if you want a new update of that component, you will need to purchase a new subscription license. To look at the reviews, I click here, where it says 37 reviews on simple spotlight. And I can scroll down and I can see all the different reviews from the different people that have used the product. To me this is one of the most important things that I use when I'm trying to decide what product to use.
In addition, you can go over to their website. Once on their website, I recommend you look at their forums. The forums is a great support tool where current users of the product may answer questions or you want to find out about their actual support. In this lesson we reviewed how you can find the best extensions to enhance your Joomla website. First we looked at the different extensions through the JED or the Joomla Extensions Directory. And then we reviewed the different cost models or different things you should think about when you're deciding what extension to install on your website.
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