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Packt Award - Joomla is the Best CMS

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Jun 03 in Joomla Design

The Packt Open Source Awards were announced recently and Joomla won Best Opensource CMS!

Winner: Joomla!

1st Runner up: Drupal

2nd Runner up: Plone

The Open Source Awards is a contest that aims to encourage, support, recognize and reward Open Source projects.

Formerly called the Open Source CMS Award, the contest has been going for the past six years and is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious platforms for recognizing excellence in Open Source Software.

To identify the excellence among Open Source projects, public votes for the finalists in each category were combined with ratings from a panel of Judges.

This news comes as no surprise to those of us who have been using Joomla, but hopefully it will bring some notice and credibility that will attract new users and contributors to this robust Web system.

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Best Extensions

The Joomla Extensions listed below are some that we highly recommend.

  1. Easy Blog ($) The best blogging solution for Joomla [review]
  2. WordPress for Joomla ($) If you don't want to use Easy Blog, try this. [review]
  3. JomSocial ($) Build a social network
  4. JoomlaMailer (free) Brings a MailChimp interface to your site.
  5. ccNewsletter ($) An extremely easy to use newsletter component
More to come soon.

SEO Tools

Some of the best resources for better ranking of your sites.

  1. Keyword Density (free) Tried but true way to get the details for on page keyword densities
  2. SEO in Practice ($) An easy to follow, DIY Guide On Search Engine Optimization
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  4. Rank Tracker ($) SEO tool designed to research keywords and track search engine rankings. Is included in SEO Powersuite, this link is for for the stand alone version
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  6. Directory Maximizer ($) Slick, easy to manage way to get hundres of links in Web directories

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Web Hosting

These are among the best Hosts for trouble free Joomla sites.

Hostgator - The biggest and possibly the best for most sites. Great prices, unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage, and supurb tech support.

Lunar Pages - A very good host, very compatible with Joomla. (as you may know, not all are) Great prices, expecially by the year, and unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage