Today is a significant day for the Joomla! Project as we celebrate two years of dedication from our volunteers. These individuals had the foresight to create a new major version every two years, and after extensive discussions, code sprints, and bug fixes, this day has finally come. We are thrilled to announce the launch of Joomla 5.0, our latest major release.
What is Joomla 5?
Joomla 5 is a significant release that incorporates a multitude of fresh attributes, enhanced security and code enhancements, and improved speed. All aspects of the software have been revamped, reconsidered, and restructured to employ the most recent server languages.
The key aspect of Joomla 5.0 is its ability to evolve alongside you and your business. A notable difference you'll observe is that the transition from Joomla 4.4.x to Joomla 5.x is not being referred to as a migration, but rather an upgrade.
Joomla is an excellent option for anyone, including individuals, bloggers, charities, web agencies, and even multinationals.
What are the latest additions to Joomla 5?
Dark Mode in Administrator: Joomla 5 boasts a more refined dark mode, not just for users but also for administrators.
Web Assets and Caching: Many improvements to the web asset caching
Schema.org Integration: Automatic activation of Schema.org data for organisation and site names enhances search engine optimisation.
Code Optimisation: Speed advancements are noticed due to automatic source code optimisation through the phpcs fixer.
PHP & Bootstrap Updates: Improved compatibility with PHP 8+ and an update to Bootstrap 5.3.2 ensures that the platform remains contemporary.
User Interface: Enhancements in dark mode for the Atum administrator template and the new Joomla modal window for select buttons promise a smoother user experience.
Tools & Plugins: The TinyMCE editor gets an update to 6.7 with added image alignment features. Several scheduled tasks have been moved to scheduler plugins, enhancing system performance.
Media Management: AVIF support in the media manager and the ability to exclude archived content from smart search indexing improve media handling capabilities.
Menu sorting: Allowing you to sort the menu in the way you want it.
Enhanced Security: Events have been migrated to their classes, and the removal of no longer functional Recaptcha plugins boosts security.
Modern Technologies: Internal code restructuring focuses on utilising more modern APIs. There's added JS Import map support for Web Asset Manager and deprecated fixes for php 8.2.
Extensions & Compatibility: Joomla 5 introduces Fontawesome 6.4, Codemirror 6, and has updated its Webauthn Library. Notably, Joomla now requires PHP 8.1, MySQL 8.0.13+, MariaDB 10.4+, and PostgreSQL 12+ for optimal performance.
Cleaner Code Base: Joomla 5 places a strong emphasis on code cleanliness. The transition from older APIs, removal of es5 support, and other heavily coded cleanups ensure the CMS runs efficiently.
Joomla 5 encapsulates modern requirements for a CMS, promising its users a combination of speed, security, and an intuitive user experience.