When looking for Joomla specialists worthy of our list, we give priority to those companies that can offer a full-service experience that encompasses the following:
Installation and Configuration
This is the most basic requirement for a Joomla web development company. Since installing Joomla is slightly more complex than most other programs, an agency must be able to handle the process smoothly and manage any issues. Apart from the time-consuming nature of a manual installation (in case the hosting site doesn’t allow one-click installation), another challenge in this process is configuring the plugins and modules that provide Joomla’s extra functionalities.
Joomla provides an extremely wide range of options for creating different types of content. A developer must be able to create a multi-page website using text, images, and hyperlinks through Joomla’s Article Manager. They will then link all these pages to the website’s main menu.
The next step in Joomla web design is selecting a template from the Joomla gallery and installing it using the Extension Manager. These additional steps might include changing the template’s default colors to suit the client’s branding.
Custom Template Development
Despite the hundreds of template choices available, a client may want something more unique. Agencies that can provide professional custom template design services—with a choice of flexible layouts and module positions and full responsiveness for different devices—score high in our rankings.
PSD to Template Conversion
Often, a client will already have a design they need added to their website. An important aspect of web design is the ability to convert expert designs created using PSD or Photoshop Documents into Joomla templates. Any Joomla web developer should be able to carry out this conversion in an affordable manner without reducing the quality of the client’s images, text, or designs.
An extension is a software package that extends the Joomla installation in some way. A small selection of extensions is included with the default Joomla installation, but many more are available from the Joomla Extensions Directory. A Joomla web developer should not only be able to use any of these thousands of extensions, but also have the ability to develop custom extensions if the already existing ones don’t serve the client’s needs.
Custom Module Development
Modules are designed to present information on the website. For instance, you might want a small block on the main page with an offer, a tip, a newsflash, or even a PayPal button, and this purpose is served by using a module. While there are many existing modules for Joomla, we see if developing custom modules is one of the services provided when you hire your Joomla developer.
Custom Component Development
Components also extend a website’s functionality, but they’re are a lot more complex and can only be displayed in the main area of a page. Again, while there are a number of third-party components available for common functions, we check if an agency has the expertise required to handle the extensive coding required to develop custom Joomla components.
Custom Plugin Development
A plugin is a type of Joomla extension that provides functions associated with trigger events. For example, a plugin lets you display a link on your webpage allowing viewers to share your content on social media platforms. The best Joomla web developer should be able to create custom plugins if the existing options don’t satisfy the clients’ needs completely.
E-commerce Extension Development
Joomla has a number of powerful e-commerce extensions for creating online stores on your website. Given the increasing popularity of online sales, many companies want an e-commerce component on their website. These can be provided by extensions like VirtueMart, HikaShop, Mijoshop, DigiCom, and j2Store. We check whether the agency can develop, or at least utilize, these extensions.
Top-quality Joomla web development goes well beyond just helping get the page’s visible elements online. Given the increasing importance of online security, we only list companies that implement the latest and most effective security processes for your Joomla website. Some best practices to secure a Joomla website include activating the site’s SSL certification, securing the administrator login, taking a regular backup, using the latest version of reliable extensions, enabling Search Engine Friendly, deleting unwanted developers’ extensions, and keeping correct file and folder permissions.