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What are Core Supported Extensions OR Official Extensions?

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukThe term Core Supported Extensions refers to those extensions which are included by the Joomla! Project with the core Joomla! CMS.

As opposed to 3rd party extensions provided by independent 3rd party Joomla! developers.

With the launch of Joomla! 3.4 the Joomla! Project announced the plan to move toward a lighter version of Joomla! CMS.

This means we shall in future see notices of Core Supported Extension updates in the Extension Update screen of the Joomla! CMS.

Those core extensions which used to be part of the Joomla! CMS and which will now be published separately will be known as decoupled extensions.

The former core WEBLINKS Component is now a decoupled extension.


Does this mean Joomla! will in future offer less utility?

No. It means the core Joomla! will be lighter - fewer core extensions!

But Joomla! users will still be able to install such core extensions after first installing the CMS if they want to use them.

Previously you got them whether you planned to use them or not.

The following Core Supported Extensions were included with new distributions of the Joomla! CMS prior to Joomla! 3.4:

  • Banners,
  • Contacts,
  • Finder,
  • Messages,
  • Newsfeeds,
  • Redirect,
  • Search, and
  • Weblinks.

Weblinks was removed from the core Joomla! CMS when Joomla! 3.4 was released.

Others will be removed with subsequent releases.

But we understand that any subsequently removed extensions will thereafter be made available via the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

This is the case for new users who would like to add the core Weblinks extension to their Joomla! website.

Read more: The Joomla! Roadmap.


Where can you download Core Supported Extensions from?

If you choose not to install any optional Core Supported Extension at the time you install a new Joomla! CMS, you can later install these extensions.

They can be found in the Official Extensions category of the Joomla! Extensions Directory (or JED).

Strange that two different terms have been adopted by the Joomla! Project for the same thing!

Official Extensions = Core Supported Extensions!

Read more: JED Official Extensions Category.

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