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There are over 7,500 extensions on the Joomla Extensions directory, but these are the ones I recommend and use for your Joomla site as well as my own.

Extensions for Every Joomla Site

These extensions are key ingredients for your website. I install the following extensions in all of my Joomla projects.

Extension Name
Extension Type
Joomlashine Templates
Responsive, customizable visual appearance for your website
RS Firewall
Firewall and site security
Joomla Content Editor
Full-featured editor used throughout the site
XCloner
Full website backup/restore
RSFormPro
Contact form and other highly customizable forms
EasyShareThis
Social media sharing in one easy step
JSN ImageShow
Slideshows and image display

Specialized Extensions for Your Joomla Site

The following list includes extensions I have either used for client websites or for my own sites, or both. This list gives you an idea of the many extensions we can add to Joomla to customize your site. Remember, all extensions integrate with Joomla's core functions rather than hacking the core, so the extensions also play well with each other.

Extension Name
Extension Type
Hikashop
Ecommerce cart for both physical and digital products
AcyMailing
Newsletter service that works right from your website
JEvents
Calendar extension with all the features you could want
RSVP Pro
Optional Registration add-on to JEvents
EasyBlog
Blogging extension with Wordpress features that integrate directly into Joomla
Projectfork
Project management extension for individual or group projects
JomSocial
Facebook-like, on-site community software with all the features you'd want
Flowplayer
On-site video player
1PixelOutPro
On-site audio player

For the complete list of extensions for Joomla 3.4.x, see http://extensions.joomla.org.