Hellow Joomla Experts,

My client wants a website which will showcase famous and influential people profiles. Something like this => http://www.forbes.com/profile/charles-dunstone/

It should have the following functionalities:

1) Show profile of the Person (Name, Short Bio, Full Bio, DOB, Photo, Achievements, etc.)

2) Profiles categorized based on their contribution to the society (Example: Movies, Politics, Religion, Business etc)

3) Also create profiles for the famous person's family (Father, Mother, Husband/wife, son, daughter) and link them on the person's profile.

4) A search module to search famous people by their name (Will joomla's default search module work for this?)

5) Show live updates(posts/tweets) from their social media accounts (twitter, instagram) on their profile.

6) Module to show other famous people related to the person/profile displayed (just like related articles module for joomla articles)

I found this extension -> http://extensions.joomla.org/extension/extendeddb-people Can this help? Or this one => http://extensions.joomla.org/extension/profile-pro-for-community-builder

Thank you so much in advance..

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    Only bespoke components are going to do exactly what you need. If you want to know if a third party extension is close enough.... erm... why not just install it / load up the demo and have a play?
    – RichardB
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 21:22

2 Answers 2


From my experiences, extending from an available component can be difficult to maintain in the long run. And extending from the component could be a hassle as the coding style are different and definitely some sort of customization would be needed to be done by your side.

What I am trying to say is, if the client is paying good why not just could a custom component yourself?

  • Hey Norman, thank you for the input.. I don't know to create a component. Any idea where I can find one? I will keep this as last option :)
    – fmstatic59
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 7:27
  • @fmstatic59 This is the official link for Joomla! custom component tutorial. link
    – Norman
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 8:24
  • @fmstatic59 Joomla! component is using MVC so you can look into that as well. MVC is basically Model, View, Controller.
    – Norman
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 8:24
  • Thank you so much for the valuable info Norman!! I'm not sure if I will be able to create a component. I know only basics of programming. You think its easy to do this??
    – fmstatic59
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 10:41
  • @fmstatic59 If you only have basic programming skills I would recommend to make use of the available components in the extensions page of Joomla!. But if you would like to take this opportunity to learn then perhaps you can give it a try!
    – Norman
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 0:50

Easy Profile

Easy Profile will do most of the heavy lifting for you (including search) in this scenario.

This extension is extremely versatile and fairly easy to customise to your requirements. For example, you can specify custom SQL WHERE details in "Easy Profile - User List" modules to limit your search based on the values of standard or custom fields.

You might need to override the styling via a custom CSS file or similar if you are fussy about how it looks but this is fairly easy to do.

  • Thank you Neil.. Easy Profile looks great but its more of a social networking extension. I just need to display profiles of famous people and do the above mentioned things :)
    – fmstatic59
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 10:40
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    I'm using Easy Profile as a simple directory and it will do at least 1 to 5 of your requirements and probably no. 6 too via a custom "Related People" field. Or as others have suggested, code it using a component builder, CCK, ChronoForms or similar (but this would probably require ten times the effort). Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 11:00
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    For a project this big where the entries aren't users, there's no need to use a profile extension. I'd go with Zoo or K2 or even one of the beefier (and more complex) CCKs. You have to think of this as a catalog, not a bunch of user profiles.
    – Brian Peat
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 16:13
  • Hey Brian, that was some really valuable feedback.. I totally agree with you that we cannot consider the entries as profiles but rather as a catalog. I was thinking of using www.component-creator.com to create a simple component.. What's your opinion on this??
    – fmstatic59
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 16:26
  • Thank you Neil for your advice. I should check CCK and Chrono Forms. Thank you once again!!
    – fmstatic59
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 16:27

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