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Joomla 1.6 release & upgrade information

Joomla.org have gone through 14 beta releases so far, in their efforts to ensure the end product is robust and as bug free as possible.

Adam D 18 November 2010

Joomla 1.6 is about to be released! How exciting!

Joomla.org have gone through 14 beta releases so far, in their efforts to ensure the end product is robust and as bug free as possible. It's this dedication to quality that entices Salsa to continue to use and highly recommend Joomla for not only our own website, but those of most of our customers.

1.6 is planned to be released on November 29th, 2010.

Some of the principle differences of Joomla 1.6 include:

  • New Access Control System - Allows site administrators control over who can view and manage content, removing the need to implement 3rd party components to deliver this functionality.
  • Unlimited Depth Organizational Model - Gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that allow for the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organizing articles and other content as needed. Previously, this functionality was also available via various plug-ins, with varying levels of complexity/cost to implement.
  • One-Click Extension Updates - Allows users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions. Similar to it's competitors, Joomla will now allow you to easily update extensions with one click via the admin tool, rather than having to upload new files, install, etc.
  • Semantic XHTML Layouts - Provides a better baseline for content presentation. Will help in the delivery of accessible websites, and more consistency around content layout.

A more complete list can be seen here.

Any Joomla site can be upgraded/converted to 1.6, however the effort required to do so will vary considerably depending on:

  • Version - The current version of your Joomla site will determine how much work is required to upgrade - some really old versions may require a re-build of some areas.
  • Customisations - Although it is rare a Joomla site's core infrastructure is customised, if it is, then there is more custom work required to implement any customisations.
  • Components - The more components that are installed, the more work is required to upgrade the site - each component will likely require individual upgrade, and some may not have a 1.6 version available.

Our general advice is to wait a while before upgrading a site to ensure all required components are supported (the component vendors may take a while to implement 1.6 compatibility), and also to ensure any other production bugs are removed.

If you feel there are highly strategic benefits of upgrading your site immediately, we can provide some assistance and guidance about the best way to do this.

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