Jun 29 2009

The Ultimate Joomla Toolbox: Themes, Extensions and Resources


Joomla is one of the most popular CMSs out there, and it’s no surprise considering how extensible it is. The great thing about Joomla is the extensions (components, modules and plugins), that can be added to your Joomla website. This allows the average user to add more functionality and dynamic content to their website without being a developer or programmer.

In this post you will find a thorough collection of all kinds of resources that will aid designers and developers working with Joomla-powered websites. This collection is intended to simplify your tasks and save you time when working with Joomla.

This post covers essential resources related to Joomla— Themes, Extensions, Tutorials, Forums, Cheat Sheets and Useful Documents.

Joomla’s current version is 1.5, however, some people are still using 1.0. Some of the extensions are only compatible with 1.0, we tried to mix between both version while prioritizing 1.5.

Beautiful Free Joomla Themes


Ultimate Joomal Toolbox

Xtreme Sports

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Fashion and Style

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Ultiamte Joomla Toolbox


Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Red Evo Aphelion

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JW Getty

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Beautiful Day

Ultiamte Joomla Toolbox


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Anemone Colourful

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Transparent Bliss

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Color Paper

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Must Have Joomla Extensions


Backup is the most important thing for any bloggers. JoomlaPack is an open-source backup component for the Joomla. It allows to create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server.


sh404SEF is really useful and essentianl Joomla extensions. sh404SEF creates Joomla SEF URL, and turn them to a more user-friendly format for your site visitors, as well as for search engines.


It is necessary to have correct metadata and keyword get discovered by Search Engines. JoomSEO adds heading tags to content titles and descriptions relevant for the search engines, improving ranking and accessibility.


This is a useful comment extension which has features such a threaded comments, CAPTCHA Protection and more.

ultiamte Joomla Toolbox

Avatar/Gravatar Plugin

Avatar/ Gravter is widely used in website. This extension add the gravter functionality to your site.


No matter what CMS you are using, Knowing your site stats such as hits, pageviews, search engines & keywords are improtant. JoomlaStats is the great tool to be aware of what users/bots are doing with your site .

Community Builder

Community Builder suite (CB) extends the Joomla! user management system such as : extra fields in profile, enhanced registration workflows, user lists, admin defined tabs and user profiles, image upload, front-end workflow management, Forum, Galleries.

Page Peel Banner

This module is developed based on a wonderful Pageear Script, which shows a Page Peel effect on the site

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox


If you have media site or want to add videos is AllVideo is a must have extension . You can use the plugin to easily embed videos hosted on popular services like YouTube, Metacafe, Vimeo (and many more) inside your Joomla! articles (content items). or playback almost any video/audio filetype directly from your server or a remote server.


JoomGallery is a gallery component completely integrated into Joomla, with support for Joomla 1.0 and 1.5 native. Easyto configure with fullscreen animated JavaScript view (Lightbox, Slimbox or Thickbox3).

The Ultimate Social Bookmarking Plugin

Blogger all over the world knows how important it is to have a good social network. This plugin will adds social bookmarking buttons to your content, making it easy for your visitors to submit your articles and build traffic to your website.

Joomla! AddThis

Another useful module that intergrates AddThis on your site on specified position.his module only works with Joomla 1.5.x. You can customize any AddThis Parameter easily within the module it self.


A Flash based tag cloud that works with Joomla 1.5

Ultimate Joomal Toolbox


If you are web designer or web developer this is a must have plugin. This plugin allows you can include php, html, javascript scripts into the modules position, articles, category or section descriptions, or into your own custom made component pages.

Slick RSS

This is a really cool plugin . It parse and display RSS Feed News with DHTML Teaser Tooltip

AJAX Shoutbox

This Joomla module adds live chat functionality to your Joomla site. Your visitors can chat with each other right in your website without refreshing their browsers.

Contact Enhanced

Getting feedback or allowing your readers to communicate is vital for any kind of website. Contacts Enhanced is a contact component allows to have contact form with CAPTCHA and custom fields.

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Mini FrontPage

MiniFrontPage module provides you with a lightweight but powerful news headline style of your most recent content items.

AdSense Module

A really simple handy solution for implementing Google AdSense ads in Joomla.

PixSearch Ajax Search module

Another cool module that mimics search like the one on apple.com. It shows result as you type.

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Joomla Tutorials and Resources

A Beginners Guide to organizing content in Joomla

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

How to administer your Joomla system (set meta info, manage emails, stats)?

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

How to Move Your Joomla! 1.5 Site to a New Server

Ultimate Jommal Toolbox

How to Convert an existing Web site to a Joomla! Web site?

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

How to Create Your First Joomla Template

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

How to make your Joomla admin panel rock?

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Writing a Simple Module

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Joomla CSS Drop Down Menu Tutorial

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

How to Speed Up – Optimize Joomla Performance?

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Install Joomla locally

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Joomla Cheat Sheets and Useful Documents

Joomla Template Cheat Sheet

A cheatsheet for Joomal Templte files and useful syntax

Joomla! Official Documentation

The best place to start for any kind Joomla tips, tricks, questions.

Joomla Database Structure

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Joomla Developer Manual

All the helpful information behind Joomla development.

Web Developer SEO Cheat Sheet

Joomla Glossary

A Glossary of all terms related to the Joomla. Very useful.

Joomla 1.5 Basic Template Cheatsheet

Ultimate Joomla Toolbox

Cheatsheets for your Joomla! development

Lots of Joomla related references and chat sheets

Joomla! 1.5 API Reference

The Joomla! Framework API, and A number of third-party libraries used by Joomla! and/or available for use by third-party Joomla! extension developers are listed here.

Joomla! and Common CSS debug tools

Forums and Where to Get Started

Here are some of the sites on the web to find any Joomla related news, tips, tricks and resources:

We tried to bring you the best Joomla resources on web, but it is obvious to miss a great theme, extensions or Joomla related site. Please share it with everyone in the comment.

Author: Kawsar Ali

Kawsar Ali is a web designer, graphic designer, and wannabe photograper based in NY, U.S. He’s also the founder of Desizn Tech, a site for web designer and web developer. If you’d like to connect with him, you can follow him on Twitter or at his Personal Website.

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Comments and Discussions
  • iLLet, 29 June 2009

    Rok Ajax search seems better IMO.

  • Ijaar, 29 June 2009

    Very nicely put together Kawsar. Very informative indeed.

  • Mhaddy, 29 June 2009

    Excellent research, thanks! The links for “AllVideos” and “The Ultimate Social Bookmarking Plugin” are swapped, might want to switch ‘em back :)

  • Skull Ghost, 29 June 2009

    Hello, thanks for your share!

    I set up a website for my wife (http://www.kongminlawyer.com/)

    I use Joomla 1.5.6 and Joomlart JA Teline II.

  • Max, 29 June 2009

    Kawsar, the link for “How to Create Your First Joomla Template” points to “PixSearch Ajax Search module” on extensions.joomla.org.

    Other than that great post. I definitely found some good resources that I hadn’t known about.

  • Phaoloo, 29 June 2009

    You can say I’m a lucky guy today when stumble to this page. They are great stuff for my new Joomla project. Thanks for smash up these things about Joomla.

  • typo, 29 June 2009

    typo at Joomla Databse Structure !!

    • Noupe, 30 June 2009

      Fixed that too, thanks :)

  • misterfaster, 29 June 2009

    i am lovin joomla.. thx for the post.. and mambo.. i build sooo many websites with this cms i cant even remember them all :D so if somebody needs help.. ;)

  • eris, 29 June 2009

    For google sitemap generation, XMAP is a good extension: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/structure-&-navigation/site-map/3066/details
    and forum component KUNENA with native joomla 1.5 support requires mention – http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/communication/forum/7256/details

  • Amit, 29 June 2009

    Great collection and good work posting this article!
    I was really looking for such article regarding Joomla.
    Check out my blog Fresh Web Developer

  • Mariusz, 29 June 2009

    Does Joomla allow properly layed out HTML already? Last time I checked, it allowed the main layout to be nice and standards-compliant, but modules were tables in tables in tables in tables and one could do nothing about it, except re-writing the module.

  • Davor, 29 June 2009

    Great article about Joomla stuff. 1 thing though – the article: “How to Create Your First Joomla Template” (I hope it’s from NetTuts as it is awesome for beginners) isn’t working it is not linked correctly.

  • Ed, 29 June 2009

    Great List.

    I’ve got a few joomla templates over at joomlacreative.com and a few more coming soon if anyone is interested – let me know!


  • Bloggerschmidt, 29 June 2009

    Thank you for this great article about Joomla. You can find another 86 free and w3c valide joomla templates with demo here:


    Some templates may be duplicated.


  • Joomla Designer, 29 June 2009

    This is collection of great List.
    I think, this is the best collection of Joomla templates available in Internet.

    Can we use this for our commercial purpose ?

  • matt, 29 June 2009

    thanks for including our free templates. This is a great article for new and even experienced users. Nice work bringing it all together.

  • Pieter, 30 June 2009

    Good list.
    Don’t forget the plugins like:
    - canonical
    - google maps/analytics/etc

  • Jose Luis Reyes, 30 June 2009

    Great! keep the good work my friend!

  • Jake Rocheleau, 30 June 2009

    I am a huge fan of Joomla! and always recommend it to my web design clients when they are looking for a CMS solution. Just another great list to return to when developing sites for my clients, thanks!

  • JOOMLA TEMPLATE, 30 June 2009

    I think Joomla is the best template i ever use to website as a Web designer it gain more points in my every designs.

  • Joomla - Ruymán Gil, 30 June 2009

    Awesome list of recurses for joomla, thank a lot ;)

  • NICEOUTPUT, 30 June 2009

    This is great, i use joomla a lot, thanks for this huge resource.

  • Antonio Caldas, 30 June 2009

    Great post!
    Thanks a lot, this is really a compact set of the best stuff existing for Joomla.
    There is also a great component for Joomla which is the Letterman, which allows us to manage and create newsletters. Really great component.
    Thanks again, regards

  • janko, 01 July 2009

    thanks! great article

  • Aayush, 01 July 2009

    Great collection…thanks a lot…I like to keep a single page bookmarked with the best resources for a particular topic instead of bookmarking many different URLS…This is great…

  • Mazuki, 03 July 2009

    Very-very great!! thanks very much for the author. What i looked for is here…

  • Dainis Graveris, 04 July 2009

    really good showcase and freebie roundup! Bookmarking right away :)

  • nice resources for joomla, thanks for great list..

  • Rick, 11 July 2009

    Great article on Joomla! heads up on the links for the AllVideos and The Ultimate Social Bookmarking links – These are mixed up.

  • strony internetowe, 13 July 2009

    Drupal ruls! :)

  • nitendra, 28 July 2009

    Excellent collections of themes i like many of them and gonna download.

  • joomla design, 08 August 2009

    Your site is attractive and thanks for sharing these many informaiton with us.

  • joomla templates, 13 August 2009

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Joomla!, awesome to see Template Monster offering such creative templates for it.very cool one.

  • D factor, 02 November 2009

    Awesome collection :-)
    Thanks for the share !

  • karrik rai, 08 November 2009

    i have also seen a cool website , they give templates for free .
    check out joompros

  • Guilherme, 16 December 2009

    Congratulations for the initiative.
    This is the list most complete that i saw about joomla.
    Sorry if my english is not good, but i’m not exercised it.

    thank you

  • Stas, 28 December 2009

    I suggest to use new free PHP IDE Codelobster PHP Edition with special Joomla plug-in.

  • Vision, 04 June 2010

    lol Joomla.

    How about using a professional CMS?

  • suffi, 22 June 2010

    hi, i have launched my new website template 2 weeks ago..since then daily traffic of my site dropped down. i have also to mention the company has changed all the CMS of my website… can this problem be for that…
    irtouring.com is my site
    thank’s if someone help me

  • one, 14 July 2010

    Best site! I like it.


  • webb, 10 February 2012

    Lovely collection. very useful for web designers

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