Joomla going to 2.5

Joomla in the past 12 months or so has undertaken some massive changes, most of which are for the best. Whether everyone agrees with their ideas or where it is going I am not sure and personally do not care as the product that is produced is what everyone ultimately uses and cares about. This being said I thought I would shed some light on the changes for those of you who are not aware of the changes and what positive effects it can have on you and your Joomla based website (if you have one).

 

One of the biggest things that has happened is the successful migration to the built in update features within the Joomla 1.6.x and 1.7.x range. This has a great benefit for consumers as it does mean there is no longer the requirement for developers to go through and apply the update if the website owner chooses to save a few dollars. While I would personally never recommend that the update is done by the customer for the very reason that some updates could potentially affect the website in question quite badly.

Like any situation there are determining factors with what could cause these issues however you as a customer could use this opportunity to ultimately test how effectively and how well the Joomla build has been done. If the installation was correctly and the template that was built for you is inline with the Joomla Framework you should see very little / no issues with the site and its functionality. Keep in mind if you have 3rd party components, modules, plugins etc then you will/may be required to perform upgrades to those packages as well.

The next big thing that is worth looking at is the ACL which has generated alot of interest in the development industry as it is not a plugin that has been developed by a 3rd party which is a common thing that has plagued other systems like wordpress for many years. Granted this feature has taken quite sometime for Joomla to get in to place and get it right for the end user to understand but unlike its competitors it does show a unique point of difference which you may be after when developing your new site.

This of course leads to the reason for the article, Joomla 2.5. For those of you who follow Joomla quite closely you maybe thinking ok, I have Joomla 1.5.x and that was installed when I got my site built 12 months ago. What happened to the versions between 1.5.x and 2.5.1?

The answer is nothing really happened except for some version number skipping. Joomla 1.6 had an extremely short shelf life, Joomla 1.7 had 3 subversions released and then development of 2.0 started, got to a release point and with very little time in the middle 2.5.0 went to RC and finally 2.5.1 is on the streets as a Security Release.

As time progresses you will ultimately see jumps in the output of Joomla version numbers. This is a good thing as it does show some improvements and changes to the system that people can easily relate with. From the developers standpoint it does also have one massive bonus and that is there is no longer the headache of knowing that with a new version of Joomla comes a new templating system. Infact this in the past has prevented developers from wanting to jump to the newer versions. Instead a standard has been set and it looks like that it has a good lifespan a head of it.

Where to from Joomla 2.5.1? Well the potential is endless but one thing you can bet on is the development of the native support for Windows and SQL server which is something alot of people and organisations have been looking for.