Joomla is on a roll.
Joomla, one of the top free and open-source content management systems (CMS), is on a streak of a major overhaul. And why not? WordPress is shaping up their Project Gutenberg just as Drupal is sewing up the roadmap towards Drupal 9.
The digital world is evolving and you need to adapt in order to survive, hence Joomla’s latest updates.
Joomla 3.8.11 is now available
Joomla 3.8.11 has just been released to address over 35 bugs and improvements for the 3.x series. These include:
- Fix for the Missing “Select Type” field in the Extensions Manager
- Replace the URL parameter “limitstart=0” by “start=0” when SEF is enabled
- Remove non-callable array items from field categories
- Articles – Category Module: New ‘showon’ attribute for form fields
- Fix OpenSearch implementation
- Fix for tag filtering in Featured Articles view in administrator
- Fix for filtering Featured Articles by access level in administrator
- Media manager: relative paths for video files
- Com_menus: removal of useglobal attribute
- Multilingual Associations Component: fix associations in sidebyside view for contact and newsfeeds
Make sure to back up your website before installing the new version.
Joomla 4 is happening
The highly anticipated Joomla 4 “intends to deliver more simplicity and a better experience for users and a more powerful system for developers.” It’s still a work-in-progress with no specific release date as of this time.
However, Joomla 3.10 will be released alongside Joomla 4 which will be made available for 2 years, giving users an ample of time to prepare their migration to the latest version.
Joomla 4 is expected to have the following features and developments:
- A cleaner and more powerful codebase with the removal of deprecated functions from Joomla 3.x and the use of PHP namespaces that allows developers to deliver more robust and innovative applications than ever before
- Install Joomla in the blink of an eye: an easiest, fastest and more user-friendly install process
- Brand new User Interfaces (backend and frontend) to provide a new and easiest experience, using Bootstrap 4
- Because the web is for all, we aim to provide an accessible backend template (Level AA of WCAG 2.0)
- The power of the Joomla Framework merged to the CMS
- A fully rebuilt Media Manager with a cleaner User Interface and new image editing features
- New security features such as support for prepared SQL statements
- An enhanced event dispatching system
- Reworked Application for Consoles
- And many more!
The Joomla community is encouraged to help ensure Joomla 4’s release by downloading Joomla 4.0 Alpha 3 which is available for screening. Testers can report any bugs and check the Joomla 4 open issues at https://issues.joomla.org/.
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