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July 14, 2011

Joomla 2.5

Version 1.7 to Joomla 1.8 Timeframe

We're not kidding, Joomla 2.5 is on it's way.

Still thinking about upgrading to 1.6? The Joomla Community is far ahead of you. 1.6, as it turns out, is meant to be a bridge between 1.5 and the upcoming Joomla 2.5, scheduled for long-term release this January 2012. In fact 1.6 will be obsolete and unsupported in a little less than a month from now. By next April, both 1.5 and 1.7 (two completely different platforms in nature) will be obsolete and unsupported.

The Microtechs are busy away testing Joomla 1.7RC 1 already, and will continue to provide updates as new noteworthy functionality is discovered.

Schedule

  • 19 August 2011 - Joomla 1.6 reaches end of life and is no longer supported
  • January 2012 - Joomla 2.5 Released.
  • February 2012 - Joomla 1.7 reaches end of life and is no longer supported
  • April 2012 - Joomla 1.5 reaches end of life and is no longer supported

Joomla 1.7 - The Basics

Joomla 1.8

Joomla 1.7 will be released on July 19, 2011. Joomla 1.6.5 and Joomla 1.5 can be upgraded then.

If you're running Joomla 1.6, make sure you are running 1.6.5. This was released in late June and is the only version of Joomla 1.6 which will allow moving to 1.7.

Joomla 1.6 will reach the end of its life cycle in August 2011, just a month away. After that, Joomla 1.6 will have no further security updates, meaning that if your site is hacked due to a 1.6 vulnerability, you will have no recourse to fix the site, other than to move it to 1.7 anyway.

upgrading from 1.6 to 1.7 is designed to be a very simple, one-click process.

Are my Joomla 1.6 extensions and templates compatible in Joomla 1.7?

We have been told that all extensions that are currently 1.6 compatible should not have an issue running in Joomla 1.7. As always, you will want to test this first. We strongly recommend making a copy of your site, upgrading it to 1.7, and testing the entire site thoroughly to make sure it works correctly, including the 3rd party extensions.

Templates should also be compatible between versions.

Should I update my Joomla 1.6 site to Joomla 1.7?

Absolutely you should. In fact, you must. Joomla 1.6 will reach the end of its life in August 2011, just a month away. After that, Joomla 1.6 will have no further security updates, meaning that if a security problem is discovered, it will not be addressed. And that means if your site is hacked due to a 1.6 vulnerability, you will have no recourse to fix the site, other than to move it to 1.7 anyway. You might as well move it sooner than later!

Should I update my Joomla 1.5 site to Joomla 1.7?

As always, the answer is "it depends." However, if your Joomla 1.5 site is working well, I would not move it yet. Joomla 1.5 will be supported through April 2012. Joomla 2.5 will be released in January 2012, and it is a long-term release, meaning it will be supported for 18 months instead of 6 months.

If I'm building a new site, should I build it in 1.5 or 1.7?

At this point in time, you will ultimately need to move your site to Joomla 2.5 in 6 months or so, whether it's in Joomla 1.5 or in Joomla 1.7. However, the move from 1.7 to 1.8 should be less painful than the move from 1.5 to 1.7. Less pain means less cost, so from a client's perspective, building in 1.7 makes a lot of sense at this point.

If you need extensions which are still not 1.6/1.7 compatible (K2 is still in beta for 1.6 and most of the full-featured shopping carts like redSHOP, VirtueMart, and Tienda are all still for 1.5 only), you may have to build the site in 1.5 for now.

What new features and functionality can I expect in Joomla 1.7?

The team who brought you Joomla 1.6, have brought you Joomla 1.7 in just 6 months. This release does not have as many features in it, since there was less development time involved with this release.

From a site builder's perspective, there are some minor improvements, such as the ability to add a background image to the custom HTML module, the ability to specify the site name before or after the page title, and a "remove installation folder" button as part of the installation process. Don't look for big changes, like a new admin template, though.

From a developer's perspective, the changes are more significant. Joomla's framework is separated from the CMS, meaning that it's possible to build new applications with the Joomla framework. (See this Joomla Magazine article for more information.) There were also over 300 bugs squashed with this release.

- Updated 9/14/11 with official name change from Joomla 1.8 to Joomla 2.5

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