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Extending Joomla! 1.6

Written by | Wednesday, 01 June 2011 00:00 | Published in 2011 June
One of the factors that first attracted me to Joomla!® was the number of Free (or low-price) Extensions available. These Extensions (Components, Module, Plugins, etc.) make it possible to build virtually any web site that my clients ask of me.

The total number of Joomla 1.5 and 1.6 extensions, listed on the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) now stand at 7610. (Some feel that we should not have 10 extensions for the same or similar function, but I personally enjoy the choice and freedom it gives me.) I decided to have a look at how the Extension developers are making progress with the support for Joomla 1.6

While I like the new features of Joomla 1.6, and have not even begun to fully explore them, it is also important to me that I can install my favourite extensions on it. I was therefore glad to see that 1.6 support has increased to 23% of the total number of Joomla extensions.

This means that I have a total of 1765 extensions to choose from when using Joomla! 1.6 for new web sites! Even more exciting, was finding that 38 of the 100 most Popular Extensions supports 1.6.

Extensions by Category

  • 405 Components - Mini-application to render the main page body.
  • 1066 Modules - Renders small html blocks on any page.
  • 738 Plugins - Changes code behavior dynamically.
  • 388 Language - Provides language translation.
  • 166 Extension Specific Addon - Specific addon that requires another ext. to operate.
  • 19 Tools - External application that helps with creating or managing Joomla! site.

(an Extension can include a combination of Component, Model, Plugins, and Language files)

Here are the number of Extensions in each Category (including Sub-Categories) that support 1.6

Access & Security: 82
Administration: 15
Ads & Affiliates: 39
Calendars & Events: 32
Clients & Communities: 32
Communication: 41
Contacts & Feedback: 55
Content Sharing: 25
Core Enhancements: 42
Directory & Documentation: 35
e-Commerce: 42
Editing: 32
Extension Specific: 175
Financial: 19
Hosting & Servers: 6
Languages: 32
Living: 28
Maps & Weather: 64
Migration & Conversion: 3
Miscellaneous: 16
Mobile: 9
Multimedia: 6
News Display: 123
News Production: 24
Photos & Images: 232
Search & Indexing: 19
Site Management: 85
Social Web: 175
Sports & Games: 12
Structure & Navigation: 74
Style & Design: 81
Tools: 22
Vertical Markets: 27

Many thanks to the Extension developers who have already put in the effort to support the latest version of Joomla! and to those who are in the process of upgrading and testing.

Tip: to find extensions in a Category that support Joomla! 1.6, use the Advanced Search link

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Jacques Rentzke

Jacques Rentzke

I specialize in building and supporting web sites on the Joomla! CMS. I'm the owner of New Web Consulting, and a Coordinator of the Update Working Group for Joomla. I previously served on the board of Open Source Matters. I also am co-organizer of the Joomla! User Group - Cape Town (JUGCT) and JoomlaDay South Africa.