Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:46

Joomla 1.6 - Its Finally Here

Joomla 1.6 is here, so whats it all about?

Joomla site announcement states:

This new version of Joomla includes more power, more control, and more options than ever before.Learn more about Joomla 1.6.0

Rebuilt from the ground up in much of the application, this latest Joomla release will delight the casual site builder while helping small, medium, and enterprise businesses succeed in delivering web sites, intranets and applications to their respective markets.

Delivering power through simplicity, Joomla 1.6 ensures its place as the popular CMS of its kind. Joomla 1.6 delivers new features to end-users and site administrators including:

  • Finer access controls for viewing and editing content with configurable user groups and viewing levels
  • A user-defined category structure, from simple one-level to complex multi-level categories
  • Installation improvements allowing for multiple extension installations in one package, updatable with a single click
  • Expanded language support for easy production of multi-lingual sites
  • Start and end publishing times for modules with more control over where they display,
  • Fresh new templates and semantic markup to please the eye as well as the search engines
  • More creative control through template styles
  • Hundreds of additional features, streamlining workflow and productivity

With Joomla 1.6 developers will build extensions faster through all phases of design, deployment and updates.

Advanced and rich API’s will provide new opportunities to integrate, compete and expand into existing and new markets.

Style improvements give graphic designers more control and more flexibility to create the perfect effect for any web site and audience. Designers can now override virtually all output from the Joomla Administrator giving rise to new opportunities for functional, accessible or even mobile-friendly Administrator areas. Individual Administrator templates can be assigned to individual users allowing web masters to address any special needs.

To learn more, or to get started building your own Joomla 1.6 web site visit joomla.org/16 and download one of the world’s most popular free Open Source content management systems.

We invite you to join the entire Joomla project in celebrating the arrival of Joomla 1.6.

Most importantly, congratulations to the hundreds of volunteers whose enormous effort contributed to its final release.


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It was only just at the end of last year I was thinking to myself, "what the heck is up with Joomla, updates are really rare and don't include any real new features."
Wordpress, which I used to used more than Joomla!, was in my opinion, storming ahead with new features and seemed much more dynamic.

I never got involved much with the devs on either team, but WordPress just felt you were in touch with the community through its active backend, notifications of new plugins, extension updates and the like, where as when using Joomla  I used to disable admin modules as they never seemed to update.

For me, I needed to decide which "CMS" was going to be the platform for me, I did not want to have to run 2 or three, I just wanted on. 

Was it going to be Drupal or Wordpress?

Fortunately for me and maybe for the Joomla community, I found K2.
This blew me away, as far as expanding Joomlas capabilities and left me thinking why would anyone create such an expansion for Joomla?
It should be part of the core, why is it free.

I was slowly opening up to a new way of thinking without even knowing it.

Over the coming months, as I bombed Twitter with my Tweets on what I thought of K2 and Joomla, how I was using them etc, I started to make contact with some rather important, respected, knowledgeable, kind, friendly and not at all geeky members of the Joomla community.
I had no idea at the time who the heck the likes of Brian Teeman, Fotis, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Amy Stephen, Steve Burge , Gnome on the Run were, I had no need to, they were just creators of some interesting Joomla comments, blog posts, links etc.

What I did notice was that no matter what area of Joomla these people were involved in, they all had a passion for Joomla, a vested interest a reason to protect what they had and in some ways, I started to feel that way too.  I put so much effort into my work and support for K2 and this was "just" and extension for Joomla, what happens if Joomla falls apart?

Timing is of course everything.
Joomla releases a much anticipated and long over due update 1.5.16
What a waste of time, it was flawed, it had vulnerabilities, had it been tested properly, how had it been allowed to be released, they were just a few questions that sprung to mind.

Comments and rumours are rife across the forums about lack of resources, poor tools and a variety of other "points".

I sat at my screen, wondering how, why there are so many experienced, talented and loyal followers of Joomla that none of them are used by Joomla.
These are the real people using and caring for Joomla, finding the bugs, the solutions working in their micro communities, supporting each other, feeding the parent communities why are they not used.!!!

It arrives!
Without doubt, the most important and inspring blog entry I think I have ever read appears.
Nicholas Dionysopoulos entry at All Together As A Whole hits the nail on the head.

Within minutes, it seemed to happen that fast, but with global time zones and reality, it was more like hours, a small group of devotees were talking about this creation of a team of volunteers to help support Joomla.
K2Joom was invited to the Skype chat, I felt privileged that someone felt my contribution might actually mean something and from the group chat, everyone rallied around with suggestions on how we could help Joomla get new, tested, working releases out.

This newly formed community of developers has grown and grown over the days since that blog release.
In just 10 days, Joomla has agreed to allow us to help with testing and fixes, a swathe of volunteers have signed up to the Joomla Bug Squad, which I am please to say K2Joom is a part of.
The new bug squad members are in the process of being trained up or have actually started submitting fixes.

A new site has been created by Komrade, http://joomlaforward.org/ as a focal point to, as the name suggests, move Joomla Forward by this community of developers, I am honoured and proud to have my name listed on that page.
At the time of writing this, nearly 40 contributors are involved in a group chat about this collaboration.

It is absolutely fantastic to see a whole new village constructed right before your eyes by people with a passion.

If you use Joomla you too, you may well want to get involved and help give back a little time to help by joining the Bug Squad.
Even if it is just as simple as re-tweeting posts or involving you followers, then please spread the work.

Joomla lives on nursed by it fans.
Other should take note, this is how open source and community collaboration really action works.

Twitter: Use hastag #jfwd or #ATAAW or #Joomla



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