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Fairly Simple Steps to Creating a new Menu and Menu Module in Joomla 2.5

Joomla, as a highly sought-after content management system, is making deeper inroads into the web realm by the day. As the word about its resourcefulness and efficiency spreads, more and more webmasters are switching to Joomla to let their website gain greater grounds. Joomla offers an immaculate structure for your website in terms of the layout and a host of other design elements. When you wish to offer your visitors a smooth browsing experience that doesn't make them squint hard while navigating through your website, Joomla is the most perfect platform for you to choose. And the Joomla Menus enrich the user experience even more. To further elevate the feature, Joomla recently came up with Joomla 2.5 Menus that let the webmasters integrate some highly user-friendly and seamlessly compatible menus on their websites. The menus go a long way in making the basic site navigation better and more inclined towards the enhanced browsing experience.Each Menu has Multiple Sub-ItemsWhen you are configuring the menu in the site's dashboard, you will find the option of adding more than one sub-menus to each menu, and this helps you to categorize your website in a more effective manner. Let's say you are running a website...
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JFBConnect Component – Major Social Networks Integration with Joomla

JFBConnect is premium component for Joomla that offers complete solution related to social sign-up using login credentials of major social networks like – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. JFBConnect is premium component for Joomla that offers complete solution related to social sign-up using login credentials of major social networks like – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. JFBConnect is mature component with long history, it is developed by one of the most reputable Joomla developers – SourceCoast. Literally JFB connect is one of a kind suit that will boost registrations to your social network based on Joomla core. JFBConnect Notable Features Social Authentication One click registration, using credentials of most popular social networks. Utilizing Facebook, Twitter Google+ and LinkedIn APIs will ease the process of registration to your social network. 3rd Party Integration This is the major power of this component, profile integration for some of the most popular Joomla components like AgoraPro, Community Builder, CustomDB, EasySocial, JomSocial, Kunena, VietueMart2, etc... Social Sharing Add social sharing buttons to website with ease. Facebook Requests Facebook friends requests can be a powerful way to boost registrations to your social network.  Etc... Installation and Setup JFBConnect comes in all-in-one zip package. Installation is straight forward...
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ParaInvite Viral Invitation Component

ParaInvite is a premium component for Joomla that will take care for viral marketing invitations. ParaInvite is developed by SimBunch, a reputable Joomla developer. ParaInvite is compatible with most popular social network components for Joomla – EasySocial, CommunityBuilder and JomSocial. Without a doubt every new social network is incomplete without option for viral invitation from major social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook or without bulk email invites. ParaInvite send invitations with ease. Installation ParaInvite component goes as standard Joomla extension installation, but plug-ins/apps depends on main social network component installed. We've tested ParaInvite with EasySocial on Joomla 2.5. Set-Up Set-up is fairly easy, the best thing about ParaInvite is on-screen demo – you see detailed instruction step-by-step, regarding connecting APIs of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc... Our team is experienced with application creation at most major social network and it took us about 15 minutes to complete the set-up. Features Everything that you need to create a momentum with help of major social networks and existing contacts. Most notable features are: works with Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 Integrates with EasySocial, JomSocial and CommunityBuilder It is designed over Bootstrap On-screen set-up instructions customizable invites Integration with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn API, etc......
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JJ Social Slider - Free Module Review

JJ Social Slider is a free module for Joomla. It work on all latest Joomla releases on either left or right hand side at fixed position. JJ Social Slider is developed by JoomJunk. I've decided to write review of this superb module, as many times, I was asked on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn, what I am using at WebmaisterPro. This social slider use jQuery or CSS3 animations and on hover images pop-up, bringing impressive effect and high visibility of social media profiles on pages selected. This extension is well maintained and there are regular updates. Quite easy to find similar component in WordPress, but I think JJ Social Slider is unique extension for Joomla, that every website should have installed. You can see the demo on right hand side at WebmaisterPro.
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WordPress for Joomla

WordPress Blog for Joomla is a premium "bridge" component that help you to integrate the popular blogging platform WordPress into your Joomla website. Worpress Blog for Joomla! is developed by CorePHP, one of the most popular Joomla extension developer, that also specialize in WordPress and Drupal extension. At WebmaisterPro, we've tested an early version of this component a while ago, though we've delayed the review for a while. Practically, blogging with Joomla is possible with native components that offer a great power. If you would like to keep everything within Joomla, please check our EasyBlog review. Installation is very simple, install the component the same way you install other Joomla components. Upload WordPress in folder and perform famous 5 minute install. Here is the demo: https://wordpress.corephpdemos.com/ No point to explain the functionality and features of WordPress, simply this is the most popular blogging platform, that is very light, search engine friendly and easy to manage. Advantages of WordPress for Joomla WordPress is most popular blogging platform Easy integration of existing blog posts (XML import) Tons of plug-ins for WordPress Tons of Themes for WordPress SEF WordPress Links Auto user sync Integration with Joomla categories Disadvantages of WordPress for Joomla High server...
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B2J Contact – Free Contact Component for Joomla

If you are looking for contact component for Joomla, you might meet difficulties to discover one that is free. There are many great commercial contact components, though most are a bit pricey, by my opinion. Our team recently discovered B2J Contact, a free Joomla contact form component with features similar to paid one, so we decided to review it. Installation process is straight forward, though you need to register at developer website before you can download it. Currently component support Joomla v2.5 and v3.B2J Contact works almost out of the box and even a newbie can understand how to handle it. Developer support forum also respond very fast on support treads. It is very lightweight, secure, responsive and easy to setup, the best part is that it is free. There are several options in admin back-end: basic option default fields dynamic fields events security Technically everything that you need to make a contact page. In conclusion I can say that there are also regular updates, so our team can definitely recommend B2J Contact, we also use it at WebmaisterPro.
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EasyDiscuss Review

EasyDiscuss – question and answer extension for Joomla from StackIdeas that takes forum communities to the next level of engagement. A while ago, StackIdeas have released another excellent and very stable extension – EasyDiscuss. I think it is difficult to classify it just as Q&A or forum component, it is something much more. A couple of days ago, we’ve started our test at WebmaisterPro Lab with latest version of EasyDiscuss, we’ve used Joomla 2.5, but component will work on Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5, actually I know that StackIdeas are beta testing EasyDiscuss with Joomla 3. Installation and Setup Nothing much to say, everything was straight forward with installation and setup. Component settings are intuitive with tooltips on every single box and more complicated tasks like social integrations and cron jobs have link references to comprehensive help documents. We’ve integrated our installation with JomSocial profile avatars. Integration As I mentioned profiles, one of the first notable features is easy integration with 3rd party components like CommunityBuilder, JomSocial and Kunena, also offer unified login.  There are options to connect Twitter and Facebook apps for automatic sharing option. Going into same direction, it is very easy to migrate and import Kunena or...
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BF Auction Plus Review

BF Auction Plus is component for Joomla suitable for running your own auction website within Joomla. This extension grabbed our attention, first because there are not many auction extensions for Joomla 2.5 and actually extension is even ready to be used on Joomla 3. We contacted Tamlyn Creative (the developers), asking for a review and we receive response from Tim Plummer in less than an hour with component attached. Our first impression from BF Auction Plus was easy installation. In addition interface of BF Auction Plus looks very clear and easy to understand. I guess that everybody, even not professionals will be able to handle management. However I would suggest you check official BF Auction Plus documentation and support forum. Not many things to say, it is just a component that should work out of the box, easy set-up, intuitive interface and good support. This component is taking full advantage of new SQL server, so for speeding up busy Joomla website this can be an excellent option for busy websites. Component also works quite well with Joomla ACL options, we also test integration with JomSocial based portal and it worked like a charm. There are few minor bugs that can appear...
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JomSocial - Create Your Own Social Network with Joomla

JomSocial is social network component for Joomla, probably the only complete solution that work out of the box (with few minor settings) that can help you to establish your own social network in a matter of hours. First I will start with the basics, Joomla and JomSocial requires good web hosting. So forget about shared hosting solution, you need at least mid-level VPS to run these two monsters, also forget about low-end cheap VPS.  Second you need special template for your Joomla website that is compatible with JomSocial - most are premium, I would personally recommend RocketTheme templates, but you have find high quality templates that are free, for example based on Gantry framework All right, so what do you get for $149? JomSocial package includes the main component, several modules and bunch of plug-ins (applications).  Installation is very easy and if you have some experience with Joomla probably you will not have any problems. I personally would start with installation of suitable template and upload the component through FTP in the root folder and after that use installation from URL (this may save some headaches if upload_max_size value is low). Set-up is a different ball game, setting up; component, modules...
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