What is a Joomla Extension? (Joomla Extensions Explained)

(Last Updated On: October 11, 2019)

What are Joomla Extensions?

Joomla extensions are third party tools, addons or softwares that could be installed to a Joomla website to extend or add more/advanced features to Joomla. Joomla extensions are separately built tools (third party softwares that aren’t part of the core Joomla software), usually for the use in Joomla alone.

Joomla extensions of different categories are available in the official extension directory of Joomla (JED – Joomla Extension Directory).

Joomla extensions are third party softwares in the sense that they are developed by Joomla developers and are not part of the core Joomla software but could be installed into Joomla to extend the features.

They (Joomla extensions) are pretty helpful in that they add useful and powerful features to your Joomla website, the features that the core Joomla software do not have. For example; you can create an eCommerce store in Joomla. This can be achieved with the help of an eCommerce Joomla extension.

The categorization of things are a way of sorting or arranging things to their respective groups. Joomla extensions are available in different categories. The categorization of Joomla extensions are based upon what they do.

Here are some of the categories of Joomla extensions and what they do:

To be able to add features that are not part of the core Joomla software, you need a Joomla extension, one that has what you need!

Joomla extensions of different categories, come in two versions. These versions are:

  • Free and
  • premium versions

This means that Joomla extensions are available in both free and paid versions.

What are Free Joomla Extensions?

Free Joomla extensions are extensions that are developed by Joomla users and are made available for free download. They are installed and are used to build complete Joomla websites.

Free Joomla extensions are pretty helpful especially if you are being mindful of your budget when building a Joomla website. The free versions of Joomla extensions are also helpful when you need to test how an extension works before going in for the premium or paid version.

To use any free Joomla extension, you will not have to pay, it is absoulutely free to download and use.

What are Premium Joomla Extensions?

Premium Joomla extensions are extensions that are offered only for paid download. It means that you will have to pay before having access to download it.

It it usually believed that paid things are way better than free things. We have the same case here! Paid or premium Joomla extensions are better than free Joomla extensions. Paid Joomla extensions always come with powerful and great features that you may never find in free Joomla extensions.

The other side of premium Joomla extensions is that they could be pretty expensive, they could be sold at $50 per extension. If you are considering cost, free Joomla extensions are available for use!

Joomla extensions are available both in paid and free versions. When Joomla extensions are developed and made available in paid versions, they are usually sold by the developers, and are never made available in nulled version for free download.

See why we don’t recommend nulled Joomla extensions.

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