Joomla 2 5 - A Preview

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A preview of the changes in 2.5, starting with clarifying the version and release strategy, catching up with recent changes, and how to use Joomla 2.5 on your sites.

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Joomla 2 5 - A Preview

  1. 1. Joomla! 2.5 A preview of the next major version of Joomla!
  2. 2. Whats in a name? <ul><ul><li>New version scheme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pretend Joomla 1.6 = 2.0, 1.7 = 2.1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>x.0 = New major version, may break </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>x.1 = Expect new features  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>x.5 = Finalization of major version (LTS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuation of release cycle (6 months) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First LTS since 1.5 (Jan 2008) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. If you are new to Joomla <ul><ul><li>Start with Joomla 2.5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation for Joomla 1.6 or 1.7 will usually be the same </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't worry about the past versions, focus on the 2.5 and future versions </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. If you are familiar with Joomla 1.6+ <ul><ul><li>Joomla 2.5 should not be hard to grasp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are many minor tweaks and features you will stumble upon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most 1.7 compatible extensions should work fine (verify with developer) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. A trip down memory lane <ul><ul><li>Joomla 1.6 Changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New ACL system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Removal of Sections, nested Categories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New templates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor features additions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomla 1.7 Changes  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Update system functionality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor feature additions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many tweaks for consistency </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Joomla 2.5 Changes <ul><ul><li>Smart Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Platform 11.4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update notification icons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Database Engines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minor workflow or interface tweaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more changes not listed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some people will find improvements useful, others may not notice much change. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using Joomla 2.5 from Joomla 1.5 <ul><ul><li>Begin by migrating to Joomla 1.7.3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migrating core is relatively easy, extensions may vary in complexity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://docs.joomla.org/Migrating_from_Joomla_1.5_to_Joomla_1.6   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two possible tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>jUpgrade  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/migrating-from-joomla-15-to-joomla-17/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SP Upgrade </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/sp-upgrade-for-joomla-15-to-17-migration/   </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Using Joomla 2.5 from Joomla 1.7 <ul><ul><li>Make sure you have the latest Joomla 1.7.3 version installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a backup of the site (always!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try this first on a test site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Joomla Update Manager to find the update (once 2.5 is released) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verify installed extensions work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verify website displays correctly </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Some questions about the future <ul><ul><li>Will I be able to update to Joomla 3.0? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Probably, but more chances of extensions breaking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When will Joomla 3.0 come out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is tentatively scheduled for September </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How long will 2.5 be supported? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Until late 2013 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should I migrate or update? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yes if you are able </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Random walk through Joomla
  11. 11. Questions? Jeremy Wilken www.gnomeontherun.com

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