More than 40 gems for Joomla 4 I can’t live without
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I am always very happy to pay Developers for Joomla Extensions because they deserve it.
Some extensions are widely known because they are available on the Joomla! Extensions Directory™ https://extensions.joomla.org/ and have excellent reviews. But there are also many gems out there which are less known, for example because they are only available on Github .In this article I wanted to share with you my own list of those little extensions that I use on most of my Joomla 4 websites, together with a few tips & tricks.
The vast majority of these extensions are open source (in which case I encourage you to contribute!) or at least free of charge. I have gathered them in 8 themes.
Have fun and enjoy Joomla!
2. I love them all
I love each of the following extension of course.
But I have limited time for this session so I added a ❤️ on the ones I want to focus on.
3. MEDIA MANAGER
3.1. Allow SVG in the Media Manager ❤️
All it takes is 30 seconds to adapt the Options.
3.2. Preview SVG images in the Media Manager and select SVG files in media fields
Allowing SVG is already nice but being able to preview them is even better!
Note: the preview SVG image is now a core feature since Joomla 4.3. released on 2023.04.18
3.3. Responsive Images ❤️
What about generating automatically AVIF & WEBP images and creating source sets (ie creating different sizes of each image in order be totally responsive) ?
3.4. A different folder for each User in the Media Manager
What about restricting access to a specific part of the images folder (images/user/userName, where userName is either the real or a hashed version of the user name). The plugin could be enabled per user group.
3.5. FTP, Pixabay, Pexels, Emoji, Filters directly in the Media Manager ❤️
What about seeing not only local files but also distant files in the Media Manager? And having Filters and other additional features?
3.6. Allowing Documents -PDF etc- in the Custom Field of Type Media
Want to have a Custom Field of Type Media which would allow to select not only Images but also (for example) Documents?
The paid version of DP Media mentioned just above allows this (and many more things)
4. SEO & OPEN GRAPH
4.1. Open Graph – images used when sharing on social media ❤️
What about automatically generating Open Graph images for your site’s pages, superimposing text and graphics over an image or solid color background
4.2. Sharing Buttons ❤️
4.3. Yoast SEO
What about having SEO tips when you edit an Article?
4.4. SEO ❤️
What about having an SEO extension that does it all (Open Graph but also structured data, sitemap, internal linking content writing assistance, broken links, error pages, redirections, …)? Given all these features (and I still discover new ones every time I use it), this is a paid extension.
5. CUSTOM FIELDS
5.1. Conditional Fields – “showon”
What about allowing Joomla custom fields — including those in subforms — to be displayed or hidden based on another custom field’s value?
Note: “showon” will be a core feature as of Joomla 4.3. released on 2023.04.18
5.2. More Types of Custom Fields ❤️
What about having 26 new Types of Custom Fields (videos, maps, …) on top of the 16 native ones
5.3. Chained Fields
What having having the ability to create cascading dropdown fields that dynamically change based on the previous selection? That is 1 of the 7 extra Types of Custom Fields you get with the paid version.
5.4. Fields inception
What about nesting Custom Fields of Type Subform (a repeatable list consisting of other Custom Fields)
5.5. Filtering ❤️
About adding the following kinds of filters for each category displayed in the frontend of your site: Subcategory / Tags / Custom fields
6.1. WYSIWYG ❤️
What about enabling true WYSIWYG for Joomla’s tinyMCE Editor?
By default it supplies only the required files for the Cassiopeia template but you can use it for any other template as well.
6.2. A different Edit Form per Category
What about customizing any back-end / front-end com_content Edit Form per Category?
6.3. Facilitate the customization of front-end editing
What about improving the editing of articles in the front-end a little?
6.4. Better front-end edition
What about making editing content in the front-end of your Joomla 4 website distraction free?
6.5. Shortcuts in TinyMCE
What about having a set of keyboard shortcuts to use when creating content with Joomla 4 and the default editor (TinyMCE).
6.6. Customizing TinyMCE menus ❤️
This all started with a question I asked on the Joomla Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/joomlanospam/posts/10158526033230997/
There are 2 ways to add Styles to the predefined menus of TinyMCE:
- there is a native solution, playing with media\templates\site\cassiopeia\css\editor.css (or editor.min.css) or its equivalent in a Child Template (note: make sure your classes are not set as .test but p.test for instance)
- there is a better solution when using the above-mentioned https://wysiwyg.dgrammatiko.dev/The WYSIWYG plugin adds ao the following 2 files
See more explanations about this (including the content of those files) at the bottom of https://wysiwyg.dgrammatiko.dev/documentation/index.html
If you use a Child Template, you can simply put those file in your Child Template (which is handy and makes sure your files are never overwritten):
Note: in the case of multilingual websites, if those files in your Child Template do not “trigger” then simply make sure
- that the Child Template is “default” for each language
- and also that the Child Template is “default” (and not the Parent Template)
6.7. Customizing further TinyMCE ❤️
Wha about having a system plugin to customise TinyMCE beyond what Joomla lets you do?
7.1. Translations with Deepl ❤️
What about translating all your content to other languages thanks to Deepl, directly from your Editor (so keeping all the HTML tags!)
7.2. Artificial Intelligence with ChatGPT
Too lazy to create your own content? Want to use ChatGPT directly from your Joomla Editor?
7.3. Create Articles or Categories in bulk ❤️
What about creating Article or Categories in bulk, including the corresponding Menu Items?
7.4. Create Articles from a Google Sheet ❤️
What about creating hundreds of thousands of Articles, including their Custom Fields directly from a Google Sheet (thanks to the Joomla API)?
Well, I have started a new series of articles in the present Joomla Community Magazine (JCM) about this.
7.5. Create Articles from a CSV file
What about importing/exporting your Articles in batch, including their Custom Fields, directly from a CSV file?
7.6. A super simple Form to let visitors -or administrators- create Articles from the front-end ❤️
What about a super simple Form to let visitors (or administrators) create Articles from the front-end, including the Custom Fields (thanks to the Joomla API)?
This is just one example of what is possible with Convert Forms 4, I think only in the paid version.
7.7. RO-CSVI ❤️
I have just mentioned 4 tools to import Articles in Joomla. It would not be fair not to mention the most complete tool afaik allowing import/export, being logically a paid extension.
8.1. Access your Log files ❤️
What about accessing your Log files directly from the backend (instead of FTP)?
8.2. Task list
What about having your Task list directly in the backend of your website?
8.3. A Task Scheduler to check in all your content ❤️
What about having all your Articles, Menu Items, Plugins etc be automatically checked in every night or at the frequency that you choose?
9. ADDITIONAL FEATURES
9.1. A powerful comment system ❤️
What about having a fast, powerful and highly configurable comment system for Joomla?
9.2. Invalidate browsers caches
We have all experienced this: we have changed some CSS or JS file… but our users don’t see the result because of their browsers cache.
9.3. Dark Mode for your back-end
What about having an alternative version of Atum, the backend template of Joomla4? This is Muta
9.4. Dark Mode for your back-end and/or front-end
What about taking care of your eyes?
9.5. Cards Layout
What about having nice overrides with configuration settings to create Card Layouts?
9.6. Login Modal
What about displaying the login module in a modal/popup?
9.7. Module Versioning ❤️
What about having Module Versioning (the same way we have Article Versioning natively)?
9.8. Orphan images ❤️
What about finally cleaning your website? This starts by identifying orphan images.
Joomla 3 version is free, Joomla 4 version is paid.
R2H Image Manager https://www.r2h.nl/joomla-extensions
9.9. Using Bootstrap in Joomla 4
Ever wanted to know how to enable Bootstrap in Joomla4 (for example if you need a Slideshow, an Accordion, …)?
9.10. Export your Child Template
Ever needed a GUI way to export your Child Templates? Here’s a little module that does exactly that.
10. LEARN MORE
10.1. Joomla! 4 Masterclass
A practitioner’s guide to building rich and modern websites using the brand-new features of Joomla 4
Paperback so paid of course (PDF version included)
10.2. Extension Development
The missing Joomla™ reference for extension developers
10.3. Learn Joomla 4
Powerful user tips & secrets about Joomla 4 (13 videos atm)
Hundreds of videos
https://www.youtube.com/@Basicjoomla/videos & https://www.youtube.com/@Basicjoomla/streams
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[ added on 2023.04.26 ]