Joomla 4 – What is New

Joomla 4 is article is about what is new on Joomla 4, and everything you need to know about Joomla 4.

Joomla 4 Project RoadMap

Like all CMS applications, Joomla also has big plans for the future. When mentioning about the roadmap, we would like to let you know what we are trying to accomplish here.

Time Frames of Releases

When the development strategy was published on the 25th of April 2014, one of the critical features Joomla kept into consideration is maintaining long-term stability and backward compatibility while also beginning to follow a semantic versioning approach to releases. By semantic versioning, we mean Software upgrade versioning. It is the process of assigning either unique version names or unique version numbers to different states of software, which here, in this case, is Joomla. 

The releases which we are going to mention here are considered minor releases, and none of them tend to break backward compatibility. Any release that is meant to break backward compatibility will be moved to the next major release which is currently, Joomla 4.x

Joomla Teams

  • CMS Release Team
  • CMS Maintenance Team

The CMS Release Team is responsible for the quality assurance of the CMS. Apart from quality assurance, they are also responsible for planning, coordinating, and distributing all the minor/major releases.

The CMS Maintenance Team is responsible for reviewing all the proposed patches for CMS. They provide feedback on the proposed patch and decide if the patch needs to be integrated into the code base or not.

Joomla 3.x

Joomla 3.x is currently the major release series of the Content Management System.

Current Release3.9.15
Upcoming Release 3.9.16
Support for Joomla 3.x Ends on2 years after 3.10 is released

Proposed Features under Review

You can find a list of all open requests by clicking on the button below.

Joomla 3.9

As we mentioned before, Joomla 3.9 is the currently supported release of the Joomla 3.x series.

3.9.1520-January-2020

Main Features of Joomla 3.9

Important Note

Joomla 3.9 will be the last 3.x release with new features, all-new features have to go into Joomla 4.

Joomla 3.10

In order to get Joomla 4 ready, Joomla 3.10 will primarily be a release containing backports of API changes from the Joomla 4.0 development branch, to make the community upgrade to Joomla 4.0 easily. Joomla 3.10 and Joomla 4.0 will be released simultaneously.

The Alpha, Beta, RC, and Stable versions of Joomla 4.0 are yet to be determined.

Note: The agenda for future releases is subject to change depending on the availability of volunteers and circumstances beyond Joomla’s control.

Joomla 4.x

Joomla 4.x is the next major release for the Joomla CMS. This release will introduce new features and fix previous bugs.

Joomla 4.x is currently under development.

Joomla 4 Images – First Look

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Joomla 4.x – Proposed Features

Below is the list of proposed features that would be highly favored for the 4.x lifecycle. You may also contribute or maybe assist the Joomla Development team by contacting the Release Team. 

  • SEO improvement features
  • Hypermedia Web Services
  • Final Router Improvements
  • Some improvements to the installation process are:
    • Ability to install extensions
    • Rework sample data installations
  • A new Admin panel with minimum options
  • Continued work on the GSoC Multilingual editing proposal.

All the above could be released with the new update once all of them are ready. The roadmap is set to change in the light of continuous activity.

What is Joomla

Joomla is the second-best CMS (Content Management System), comes after the number 1 WordPress. Joomla is a complimentary and open-source content management system for publishing web content on the world wide web. Joomla has won several awards. Joomla has a built on a model-view-controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to develop robust online applications.

Joomla has become the most popular website software. Joomla’s global community of developers and volunteers make sure that Joomla is very user friendly, extendable, multilingual, accessible, responsive and so much more.

Joomla can be used for a lot of things like 

  • Corporate website/blogs/portals.
  • Small business websites
  • Online magazines and publications
  • Ecomm websites
  • Government and Non-Profit organizations
  • Community-based web portals
  • Personal or Family Home pages

If you are working in an agency or run an agency that develops websites/web portals for your customers, then Joomla is the perfect fit for you. It is straightforward to install and setup. In case you need, you have free video tutorials available on Joomla’s official website. You get the option to let your customers/clients manage their content on their own.

Joomla 4 – What is New

If you are the one who uses Joomla for their content management system, then you already know what Joomla is all about. Let us move to show you what is new on Joomla 4.

  • New Improved User Interface
  • Use of more Joomla Framework Packages
  • Faster page loading time
  • New Media Manager
  • Frontend template Aurora
  • Backend template Atum
  • MVC Layer Implementation
  • JQuery has been removed from the Core
  • All new CSS Framework
  • Improved SEO
  • Easier installation process
  • Lots of more colors and typography

Joomla 4 development is going on fast and continuously making a lot of improvements. Here are some early looks of the Joomla 4 that we have encountered so far.

  • New Login Page
  • Latest Backend Admin Dashboard
  • New Notification panel
  • New Media Manager
  • New Global Configuration Page

Joomla 4 Alpha 11

Joomla 4 Alpha 11 is the same as Joomla 4 Alpha 10, but the Alpha 11 includes most of the Joomla Core library changes that are included in version 4. Some of these settings will require small changes to your Joomla extension.

You can try the alpha 11 version to test and explore the new features of your demo site, but do not implement it on your actual working site for now.

Documentation & Tutorials of Joomla 4

Joomla has started to provide some tutorials on how to get started with Joomla 4 Alpha 11. You may download the tutorials on how to use Joomla 4 by clicking on the below button.

Conclusion

Keep in mind, that Joomla is continually updating the tutorials for you as and when the final release is out, so keep checking the above link regularly.

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