When it comes to blogging, almost everyone names Wordpress. However, I say, Joomla! is the best platform for blogging with just a few free extensions!
See what Joomla can do to make blogging fun!
So, you've set up your Joomla! blog, added categories, articles, your blog is ready and set. You posted your first blog and ta-daaaaaaaam! Questions, questions, questions... How to share it? Where is the "comment field"? Moments like this, when you do not know what to do, Joomla Extension Directory (JED) is the answer! A great collection of Joomla! extensions for you to choose!
Now, here is the list that we personally at Bang2Joom use & love! So, if you are about to start your blog, hang on and read on ;)
The most obvious blogging feature that Joomla lacks is the ability for visitors to comment on your posts. The famous solution to this is Komento.
Komento is a powerful comment extension that allows visitors to leave comments and more in articles, blogs and product pages. It is packed with easy-to-use commenting features and highly secured for a lightweight Joomla comment add-on. Komento is compatible with all Joomla versions and it is free to download.
Social sharing is caring!
Another element that's important for a successful blog is social sharing. With the help of Bang2Joom Social Sharer Plugin, your visitors can share your articles via social media.
Bang2Joom Social Sharer Plugin is a Joomla! plugin that displays Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest share buttons. Each button in this plugin is super customizable with great parameters to choose!
Bang2Joom Social Sharer Plugin is:
• super customizable
• compatible with Joomla! 2.5
• working with K2, redSHOP, Joomla! Article Manager
You just have to have feature rich content! So media matters, and the first module we will advise is our Alfheim Image Gallery PRO!
B2J Alfheim Image Gallery PRO is everything you ever wanted in an Image Gallery module for K2! The Bang2Joom Alfheim Image Gallery PRO module takes the power of the LITE version, with some attractive additions. The user not only has a tight control over the flow of images filtered by K2 tags, but has additional options to choose in how these images appear to the viewer.
The second one you will need is Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin!
Using the "Simple Image Gallery PRO" plugin from JoomlaWorks you can quickly display a folder of images within Joomla! as a stylish image gallery within any article. Adding image galleries inside your Joomla! articles has never been easier!
And the last but not the least is AllVideos by K2!
AllVideos by JoomlaWorks is truly the all-in-one media management solution for Joomla!.
You can use the plugin to easily embed videos inside your Joomla! articles (content items). AllVideos is smart, cheap and flexible to have your content streaming for anyone. AllVideos currently supports the most popular video/audio providers in the world: YouTube (and all localized versions), Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, MySpace Videos, Flickr (Videos), Veoh, Google Video (and all localized versions).
Make your content attractive with Gavick News Pro Gk!
A huge number of options and possibilities for formatting makes News Show Pro GK4 a complete tool for making attractive www pages content. This Joomla module is useful for preparing simple structures for individual articles, as well as complex arrangements for multiple articles and a list of links.
Add the power of Facebook to your Joomla! website today!
The product is a must have for anyone looking to be fully integrated with Facebook. They have really put a lot of time and effort into designing a component that maximizes the potential of the Facebook experience for your website and users. It has a very simple setup process has everything you might need to integrate your site into Facebook.
Joomla all-in-one blogging extension
K2 was actually built on these 4 principles: feature-rich content in Joomla!, ease of use (for any type of user), flexible templating, performance!
K2 is the popular powerful content extension for Joomla! with CCK-like features. It provides an out-of-the box integrated solution featuring rich content forms for items (think of Joomla! articles with additional fields for article images, videos, image galleries and attachments), nested-level categories, tags, comments, a system to extend the item base form with additional fields, a powerful plugin API to extend item, category and user forms, ACL, frontend editing, sub-templates and a lot more!
The best free all-in-one extension for blogging with Joomla is K2! It gives you absolute control over your Joomla content. K2 is a complete replacement of the default article system in Joomla!
All in all you mainly need all this for great blogging - feature rich content, high quality images, social media integration, RSS feed, comment system, tagging.
Media rich content is great but still to the measure. Mind! Google likes fast loading websites! Remember to use plugins or online tools to automatically stream your blogs to Facebook, Twitter! Urge your visitors to comment, Google loves it! Use tagging! Give users RSS feed to get updated on your latest blogs! You do not really need any SEO tools, just enable SEF for blog by default Joomla! Write less keywords, target at most 4 keywords and make sure they are the most relevant ones to the content. Don't spam, write natural!
Adding J! extensions to get the desired functionality, blogging with Joomla becomes simply amazing! Any great extensions that I forgot to mention? Please share in the comments! ;)
Joomla! is the best blogging tool! Still hesitating? Want more?
Download B2J Alfheim template for blogging with Joomla! ;)