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Last month Joomlashack asked our community, "What are the Top Ten Joomla extensions?" So what did 2,591 voters and 12,642 votes reveal?

Announcing the Joomlashack Ultimate Top Ten Joomla Extensions, with cash prizes to the top two extensions. The grand prize winners:

#1 Virtuemart, "the complete e-Commerce shopping cart solution for Joomla" wins a $200 donation from Joomlashack!

#2 JoomlaPack, "an open-source backup component" wins a $100 donation from Joomlashack!

Congratulations to these two high-profile open source projects. Both of these extensions are licensed under the GPL and are available for free on their project websites.

Now, what about the other 120+ extensions suggested and voted on? And oh yeah- what's the Top Ten?

Read about the official Joomlashack Top Ten- with a tie!

 

The Ultimate Top 10 Joomla Extensions have been REVEALED and voting closed. See the results!

When we speak at events, or do Joomla training, one of the questions we get asked again and again is:

"What are your favorite Joomla extensions?"

There have been lots of people that have tried to answer this question, and its a hard one. One thing that I think makes it hard is the question isn't "what is the best extension?" That sort of question is really focusing on a particular scenario. The questioner perhaps means something like "what is the best comment extension?" The Joomla extension directory has lots of good information about this sort of question at the following pages:

I think what people are really asking are "what are the best extensions that you find yourself using again and again on many sites?"

OK, so lets try and answer that question!

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

Visit WysiwygPro.com!The award-winning, most powerful and useful editor for Joomla (and so many other applications) is now ready for Joomla 1.5!

The brilliant guys over at Vizimetrics have released the stable version of WYSIWYGPro for Joomla 1.5. After months of beta testing, they released their stable version on Monday.

If you own WYSIWYGPro v3 already, a new version is ready for you over at Vizimetrics. If you don't already have this amazing extension- get it today!

 

 

 

We've just updated the Flash Rotator module with some IE bug fixes and a couple of really cool new features, as well as adding Joomla! 1.5 compatibility.

We've added a new transition called 'bubbles' which simulates a bubbling overlay effect. We've also incorporated the popular Ken Burns effect for users who use the rotator for photos. 

The Ken Burns effect is a neat fading pan-and-zoom animation which works best with the new "Slow Fade" transition.

If you use this module and want to update your current copy or try it out for free, you can register on the forum and download it now.

If you plan to use this module commercially and want to remove all referenced links back to Joomlashack, including the right-click context Flash menu, you can purchase our unbranded version from our online shop for just $19.95.

If you'd like to try out our branded version for free, be sure to join our forum first, and then go download the branded versions here:

Joomla 1.5 Download

Enjoy! 

Purchase non branded version 1.0/1.5 bundle 

 
Celebrate your independence and freedom of speech with Joomla's best blogging components!

Here in the U.S. where Joomlashack is based, today is the Fourth of July, the day Americans celebrate our nation's independence. While many remember the American Revolution as a war, the real struggle was one of ideas and words, not bullets and bayonets.

Email marketing: Love it or hate it, it's the way the web works. No matter what kind of website you have, building a list and communicating to a constituency is a key part of any successful website.

In 2006 I THOROUGHLY tested and reviewed many email systems, and my conclusion was that when your email lists start to get above a thousand subscribers, a whole set of problems arise that basic newsletter programs simply can't solve. You need the backing of a 3rd party company ensuring your email deliverability.

So then I investigated 3rd party hosted providers: Detailed Reviews of Email Marketing Solutions

Then I realized there was a problem. None of these solutions integrated into Joomla. A critical factor was missing: when users register on a Joomla site, importing them into an email list can be difficult and time consuming. There needed to be an automated process.

So we created one --- J!Contact

SmoothGallery is a javascript and CSS powered slideshow gallery written by Jonathan Schemoul. Jonathan has released this nifty piece of code to the open source community so we thought you might like to use it in Joomla! We're happy to release our beta version of Smoothgallery for Joomla! today. This is a free component to help you manage your smooth galleries in Joomla! This component is for Joomla 1.0.x and is available here for download. Official updates will be available in the forum. Look for the 1.5 version coming soon. Enjoy!

 

OscandyOScandy.com has made a very nice blog post on their website of their Top 10 Joomla! Admin Extensions. Check it out!