Joomla 3.0 is here! But seriously ... Hold off

In the words of David Bowie ... Cha-cha-cha CHANGES!

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 3.0.0. Joomla! 3.0 brings a large set of new features including Mobile and Responsive design, a new user friendly administrator interface, some great new developer tools, and a whole lot more!

Are you R3ADY?

  • Mobile Ready
  • User Friendly
  • Developer Tools
  • jQuery Support

Mobile Ready

Joomla! takes a big leap into the mobile space with a total overhaul of both its frontend design and administrator interface. With the adoption of the Bootstrap framework, Joomla! has become the first major CMS to be mobile ready in both the visitors and administrator areas. Now every website can have mobile friendly content for visitors and mobile friendly tools for administrators.

  • Fully Responsive Site Template
  • Fully Responsive Admin UI
  • Fully Responsive Core Output

User Friendly

Joomla administration has a brand new look and feel, built with the power of Bootstrap responsive framework, along with a touch of the awesome UI/UX work of the Joomla JUX team. Joomla comes ready to go and fully responsive for mobile devices, tablets, and normal computer screens. The entire backend of Joomla has a brand new look and feel that will improve your workflow with any type of device.

  • New User Friendly Interface
  • Streamlined 30 Second Install
  • Refined Admin User Experience

Developer Tools

Spend less time coding and building interfaces with Joomla 3. The Joomla User Interface (JUI) library gives you a standardized backend & frontend interface. LESS CSS and jQuery means you can write less code and the Icomoon font icon library provides a wealth of retina-optimized icons.

  • Build a Component with Zero CSS
  • Style a Site with 1 CSS File
  • Icomoon Font Icon Library
  • jQuery & Mootools Ready

And A Whole Lot More!

Joomla 3.0 is a whole new exciting world. We took a little from the top, bottom, and side to create a whole brand new look and feel, along with many other dynamic features; features that bring Joomla to the forefront of the content management system world.

  • Incorporation of Bootstrap into a jui media package.
  • A new responsive administrator template Isis and interface.
  • A new frontend template Protostar built using Bootstrap and updated accessible template called Beez3
  • PostgreSQL Driver. You will be able to run Joomla 3.0 sites using the PostgreSQL database.
  • PHP Memcached Driver
  • Use of JFeed for feed management rather than SimplePie
  • Installation of language packages directly from the extension manager
  • Guest user group present by default
  • Saving blank articles allowed
  • New administrator statistics module
  • Update TinyMCE to version 3.5.6
  • Continued clean up of older unused code, files and database fields and tables and improved standardization of tables.
  • Improvements to Smart Search
  • Extensive work on code style standardisation and consistency
  • Unit testing in the CMS
  • Updated system tests in the CMS


Just an FYI for my fellow developers,

Your old templates DO NOT work with Joomla 3.0 just yet. In fact, just by doing a short google search, I believe no 3rd party provider has one ready for the public just yet.

I did a test run with a fresh install just to try it out and it just spits back a blank screen when assigning the latest "Tasty" yootheme template.

I would really hate to see someone kill their entire site without doing a test run first and as far as I know, you can't exactly go backward in the joomla versioning.

And just to be clear, even joomla.org says to NOT upgrade to 3.0 without first testing all of your components, templates, etc on a development site and most folks would be much better off sticking with 2.5 until the 3.5 release in 2014.

Aside from just wanting to give you guys a warning, I do encourage everyone to give it looksee ... The new admin IS pretty cool and I recommend folks installing a dev site just to start getting comfortable with all of the new changes.

The first problem I had was that I needed to change the server's php engine to 5.3 (or higher) as the default settings were at 5.2.

I honestly had never visited that part of the control panel before but after doing so, 3.0 installed like a charm.

I don't expect 3rd party providers to have all of their things ready for 3.0 at this very moment but I would like to ask other developers what their current strategy is for the new Joomla changes as to stay clear from any misguided expectations.

I know most developers will read this as a "duh" but I remember killing a site or 3 many moons ago by just being uninformed and click happy every time there was an upgrade available to which I'd say contributes to about 1/4 of my grey hair.



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