The Joomla Development Team is pleased to introduce the latest release of Joomla, the 4.0 version. Think this is going to improve what’s already a good product? Think again…
The first thing that people may notice about this new software system is that it’s not just a plug and play system. Instead it’s a complete rewrite of the entire system. There’s a lot of documentation in place as well as a tutorial section right in the installer itself. Many people are not going to be able to get the system set up on their own unless they have some previous experience with Linux, Apache or other similar web development systems.
What’s more is that if you’re already quite familiar with the way things work, you’re going to be left behind by the developers who’ve spent the last few years putting all the pieces together. I know this is the case with many other open source projects like Open Source MySpace and Drupal. These are huge projects, where large chunks of time have been taken from someone else. The Joomla team have spent the past two years working on the system, so it really is a new system in a lot of ways. This means that a lot of people have never worked on the system before and if you’re a person who’s used to working with big projects, it’s going to be difficult to transition into something like Joomla.
The new system won’t be as intuitive as it should be, and that’s going to make it a problem for some people. That being said though, this isn’t going to be a problem for the vast majority of people. There are plenty of help sections available on the project site and the FAQ page is a very useful tool.
A lot of people have complained about the fact that Joomla still doesn’t support the use of extensions in their web pages, but it is going to be included in the 4.0 beta. Although it’s not going to support the PHP extensions that are used by most Joomla sites, it’s definitely a big improvement on the current version.
Another feature that’s going to make this a very popular platform for the long term is its added security measures. There are a number of other people out there who use the system every day and a lot of them aren’t aware of some of the problems it has. The main one is a security hole in Joomla’s default installation, which is easily fixed by downloading the correct update.
Many people have also complained about the fact that Joomla has no support for MySQL databases. Joomla 3 has had this for a while but it’s now been replaced by a newer version called Joomla XML. This is one of the most popular features of Joomla. The new version will make managing an application database much simpler and more secure.
There are many more features in the new version of Joomla than I listed here, but the most important ones will probably be the ones I’ve mentioned in the intro. If you’re new to the system and don’t have any experience with Linux or other web applications, I’d recommend reading more about the new features of Joomla before you download the installer.
The installation instructions for Joomla are also quite good, so if you’re having trouble installing the program, it’s likely you’ve got some issues with your system. It’s also worth looking through the available tutorials online to see how the setup works, because it’s quite complex.
The good thing is that if you’re using a router with Joomla, you’re not going to have any problems with compatibility. You can find plenty of help and support by visiting the homepage and the forum. There’s also an online FAQ, which answers most of the questions people have.
The new Joomla is already very popular, so it’s only a matter of time before it overtakes the earlier versions. If you haven’t already upgraded, then you’re missing out on some great features that will really help you.