A few nice (new) features were introduced with the release of the Joomla! 3.7.x series, for example Custom Fields, improvement in the multi lingual support and the Admin menu manager. The current version of Joomla! is 3.7.4 and there are some new releases coming our way.
The first beta release of Joomla! 3.8 is already available. The most important feature for lots of users in this new version will be the new Router so now you will be able to remove those ID's in the URL's. Most of the other changes will take place under the hood. There will be a compatibility layer built in Joomla to make the update towards Joomla! 4 possible.
The main change in Joomla! 3.9 will be the completing of the compatibility layer for the upgrade towards Joomla! 4. As far as I know no more new features will be added in 3.9.
Joomla! 4 will be the new main version of Joomla and it's being developed as we speak (or read), it's still not even in the alpha stage. There are some possible improvements documented for this release:
Some of you might have heard of Velocity. To use the words already stated on the website:
Velocity gives your Windows desktop offline access to over 150 API documentation sets
So this is exactly what it is. You can download the documentation of many documentation sets and use them offline, or for easy access. Velocity is a Windows port of Bash, the original program available on the Mac.
SSL/TLS/HTTPS, what is it exactly?
SSL is the precursor if the present TLS (Transport Layer Security) en both are encryption protocols for the security of communication between computers on the internet. It will take care that your data can't be monitored or faked. HTTPS means you visit a website who is using the TLS security. This is also visible in the address bar where you can see a green lock icon. This is especially important for web shops and web sites where you have to login, so your data is safe.
When you save personal data in your web site it is required to use a secured connection, at least here in the Netherlands. I don't know how this is arranged in other countries.
I don't have a web shop, why do I need TLS/HTTPS?
So you don't have a web shop or a web site where sensitive data is stored, why would TLS/HTTPS by interesting for you? It secures the data transfer from your web site to the visitor, no one should have the need to monitor this. There can be many companies or agencies interested in just harvesting data and once maybe is it. And also, it might benefit your ranking.
In 2014 Google announced it will favour web sites in it’s ranking who use HTTPS in it’s ranking. So getting higher (or not dropping) in the ranks is also possible by using TLS/HTTPS.
Obtaining a SSL/TLS certificate was not cheap a while ago. Depending on the type of certificate you needed it could costs a lot of money. This all changed when Let’s Encrypt started. This organization (not-for-profit) is backed by a lot of large organizations but also small donators and wants to improve the security on the internet by providing free TLS-certificates.
Lot’s of (good) hosting companies are implementing Let’s Encrypt in their environment so if a website owner wants to get a certificate he or she can do so in a few clicks. At least, it was that easy for me!
This is a first summury, there will be a few informative articles about SSL
SSL, I can imagien every internet user has heard of that term. Simply said, SSL is a security layer between the device you are using ( a computer or mobile phone) and the server you are visiting. You don't have to do anything as an user, lucky you. But if you manage a website you have to implement this.
A long time SSL was a paid option, you sometimes had to pay a lot of money to implement a SSL-connection. But not long ago Let's encrypt was established, a organisation who has the goal making SSL easy for most owners of websites. That is why I can now use SSL for my website.
It has been on a list of mine for a while but it all seemed somewhat difficult, editting code for implementation. But I dsicovered I can implement it on my server with only a few clicks. There is a SSL menu item in DirectAdmin and on the following page you select Let's Encrypt, tick the sub domains you want to use it for and click on OK. That's it! I can imagine Plesk and cPanel offer similar options.