Joomla 1.5 End of Life - Are you ready for your websites future?

Joomla 1.5 has reached End of Life meaning that no more development will take place and there will be no more security updates.  Many 3rd party extensions developers have also announced plans to drop support for Joomla 1.5 in accordance with the Joomla Release Cycle.

Now is the time to dust off those old Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5 sites and migrate over to Joomla 2.5 and take advantage of all the new enhanced features.

Joomla 2.5 Released - Extra features, Easy Updates, Migrate Now!

Joomla 2.5 Released - Update or Migrate Now!Joomla 2.5 is the next generation release boasting more features, better performance, and paving the road toward a more robust platform. This is a Long Term Support Release (LTS) and will not reach End of Life for nearly 2 years (December 2013).

But what about Joomla 1.6/1.7?  These were Shot Term Support Releases (STS) to get process of migrating and testing of extensions rolling.  Joomla 2.5 is in the same release cycle, but with 300+ bug fixes and new features added.

Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 1.8 are the same version, a vote was taken to decide the official version number in accordance with the new Joomla Release Cycle.

Better Search:

Introducing a new natural language search feature offering auto-completion and stemming.  Stemming allows the search to use the root of the word you enter to locate matches.  Based on indexing this new search will be faster and provide more versatility than the standard search in previous versions of Joomla.

Update Notifications:

Joomla now includes notification when an update is available and with the new one-click updater staying current is a breeze.  What's more, the new extension manager supports 3rd party extensions as more developers adopt and support the new extension manager you will be notified when 3rd party extensions have updates available as well.

Support for Other Databases:

Ever wanted to run Joomla on a database other than MySQL, now you can.  Joomla now includes multiple native database support for Postgre SQL, Microsoft SQL, Oracle SQL and others being added as developers write drivers.

Greater Flexibility Throughout:

Joomla 2.5 provides many other functional improvements and enhancements throughout the interface including batch processing, user notes, CAPTCHA built into the core, and more.  Many changes were made under the hood of Joomla also paving the road forward.

Joomla 3.x Progress - The road ahead brings good things.

Joomla 3.x road map has been approved, and much work is already well underway.  Under the new Joomla Release Cycle Joomla 3.0 will be available in approximately 18 months though upgrading is optional until December 2013 when Joomla 2.5 reaches End of Life.

Joomla 3.x will bring a new way to envision content based on a Unified Content Model (UCM) where every piece of content shares the same base and attributes and is then extended with custom fields.  This re-envisioning of content will enhance the way Joomla works, provide better SEO, and add social features to content.

A whole new user experience (UX) is being worked on for Joomla 3.x creating a whole new way to administer the entire CMS.  Designers are already submitting their concepts and deep discussions are taking place.  At the heart are talks of providing a universal UI library to give all developers a method for creating a consistent universal interface.

Much more is planned for Joomla 3.x so stay tuned and migrate now to Joomla 2.5 as going from 2.5 to 3.x will be much easier in the long run.  Some of the 3.x features may be released as part of the 2.x release series as features become available.