I recently started my website with Joomla 1.5 and have struggled with getting it to look exactly like I want it to look. In another thread BillinSoFl talked about the extensions that he thought were worthwhile for Wordpress. I though it would be a good idea to start a new thread for Joomla.
In the past week I installed JCE Joomla Content Editor in place of Tiny MCE and I cannot tell you how much difference that made. Many more options and the abiltiy to do things with media that generally require more extensions.
Right now I would like to add a Guestbook/comments extension and I am looking at Easybook Reloaded. The bigest problem with EBR is that none of the instructions seem to be in english.
I am also looking at adding a shopping cart for when I have items for sale and I am currently looking at Simple Caddy.
What you favorite exrtension? How do you edit your CSS files. I found that if I made changes to my "free templates" they would be overwritten. I ftp into the file, changed the permissions and edited the file directly so that the author's routine in Joomla would not overwrite the file. I understand they want their advertisement to show at the bottom of the page, which does not work by the way, but all I wanted to do was change a backgound color.
By the way I am using Joomla 1.5 becasue that is what the hosting company supports. I asked them about upgrading and while they said they would eventually do the upgrade, I was free to load that version myself. I didn't have the time so I am settling for 1.5 for now.