Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 38:
• Joomla! 3 available now.
• Joomla! 3.0 FAQ
• Joomla 3.0 Released – Here is what you need to know!
• Joomla 3.0 is here
• Joomla 3.0 is here!
Written by Brian Teeman
Okay so I haven't been blogging much lately, if at all, but if the truth be told I'm not really had much to say – shock horror! Back in April when I redesigneded this web site, I emphasised the benefits of working with as many core components as possible or should that me working with as few extensions as possible.
Today I decided to put that the ultimate test. Joomla! 3 is scheduled for release sometime today but because I like to live dangerously, and the alternative was to do some real work, I thought I would have a go at upgrading my Joomla! 2.5 website to a test release of Joomla! 3.0. I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU DO THIS. There is no need to upgrade your Joomla! 2.5 website. I did it because I can not because it was the most sensible thing to do.
Written by Gary Brooks
What are the major differences between Joomla 2.5 and 3.0?
The most noticeable difference is the totally revamped administrator, which is updated to a modern design with many simpler and more friendly user-interfaces. Also, Joomla 3.0 is now mobile friendly and can be used with any modern device. In addition, there are dozens of improvements to the details of all of Joomla, such as a new installer which you will notice when creating a new Joomla 3.0 install. Finally, Joomla 3.0 is packed with goodies for extension developers, such as Bootstrap support and jQuery support.
How long is each version supported?
Each major release of Joomla is supported for about 3 years and includes one-click upgrades. For example, the 2.x series (which included 1.6 and 1.7 due to naming conflicts) has a support life of about 3 years (January 2011 until spring 2014). 1.6 to 1.7 was a one-click upgrade.
Written by Phil Taylor
JOOMLA 2.5 IS THE RECOMMENDED VERSION FOR MOST SITES – Yes, still! For most people, we recommend that you update from Joomla 2.5 only when Joomla 3.5 is released around September next year. If you are an early adopter, developer or more experienced user, then we think you’ll love Joomla 3 right now. Next year, after more real-world testing, we think everyone will love Joomla 3.
At that time, Joomla 3.5 will be available as a one-click update option from your administrator area. Joomla 2.5 is currently the recommended version for existing sites and will remain so until the release of 3.5.
Written by Anthony Olsen
Thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers the 3rd major installment of Joomla is now available. But before you go and download it and start installing it on your site it's important to see where Joomla 3.0 sits in the redefined release schedule - and more importantly if it's a version you should use on a production site.
Who is Joomla 3.0 for?
You can read the full Joomla.org announcement regarding Joomla 3.0 on the Joomla.org site and if you missed it originally, this Joomla magazine article covering Joomla release schedule and version numbering is a thorough and easy to understand overview.
Joomla 3.0 is now available for download at http://www.joomla.org/download.html! For you early adopters who like to live on the bleeding edge of technology, go get it! Joomla 3.0 represents a huge leap forward for the system in a lot of ways. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen! Well done, everyone!
The most noticeable difference is the new administrator template, Isis. The Joomla administrator has never undergone any significant changes since the Mambo days, and Isis represents a big change in the administrator. It was built using Twitter Bootstrap as the underlying framework, and it provides extension developers much-needed UI tools for standardizing extension administrator interfaces. Not only that, but because it uses Bootstrap, the administrator template is the first of any major CMS to be mobile device friendly out-of-the-box.