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miscAs one of the most popular CMS’ in the world, with more than 20 million sites using the platform, Joomla has a lot to offer even the least techie type who wants to develop their own website.

Bearing this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 things that can really help your Joomla installation to give it more functionality and even perhaps, earn you some spare cash!

So without further ado:

#1: DPCalendar

It would be rude not to give DPCalendar a mention wouldn’t it? DPCalendar is a sleekly designed, high quality and super-responsive Joomla calendar and event management system. It has all of the usual features that you would expect from a high-end Joomla calendar and can even be integrated with social networks.

Add SEO functionality and you have one of the most powerful calendars on the market today.

#2: JCE Editor

This extension is the most used alternative to the Joomla default editor. It brings endless features to your writing experience like additional background colours, extra fonts, enhanced multimedia controls and much more. Ideal for those who really want to make their posts stand out, JCE Editor is a great addition to your Joomla site.

#3: Choose secure admin login

This week has seen a huge botnet attacking Wordpress sites and with this in mind, it’s worth bringing to your attention that passwords really should be very strong. Joomla sites, just like any other, are attacked every day by automated scripts which try “dictionary attacks” on passwords. If this password is simple, you may as well just hand it over to the hacker and have done with it.

Choose a complex password and avoid creating or leaving the administrator login name as “admin” for the best results (event better delete the default admin user with the ID 62 and create a new one). If you’re not sure, choose a password manager that will create a complex password for you.

#4: Ads & Affiliates

Want to add another revenue stream to your site? Then simply select the ads and affiliates that Joomla helpfully provide, select the code and past it into your site wherever you want it to appear!

Let’s face it, in the current economic climate, we all need as much help as we can get!

#5: Mobile Joomla

We live increasingly in the smartphone age and as such, it would be a mistake to not make a mobile version of your Joomla website. There are plenty of extensions that can help you with this or you can choose a responsive design that adapts to whatever device is displaying the site.

As we mentioned last week, there are a limited number of Joomla themes for this at the moment, but the Joomla dev community will soon catch up and offer a lot more choice.

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