Joomla 3.5 - what can we expect?

Many users are always looking forward to a new version of their favorite software because it could bring them new shiny things to play with. Many website maintainers are less fond of new versions as they wonder what will break this time round. As a software developing and using community we believe the responsibility is in all our hands and not just of those creating the release. We ask for your active participation in testing all 3.5 pre-releases. This will ensure we can move smoothly to this new version.

Release Leader

The PLT is pleased to announce Roland Dalmulder as the Joomla 3.5 release leader. The release leader works to encourage contributions for a particular release, drive attention to the patches needing to be tested, and ensuring that the features identified by Joomla on the roadmap for that particular release are addressed by volunteers eager to get involved.

Features

The big question is, what is new in Joomla 3.5? We have the following possible features:

Update emails plugin by Nicholas Dionysopoulos

https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/pull/6886

Joomla! issues bug fix and security updates every few weeks. However, many (most?) of its users are completely unaware of this fact unless they log in to the back-end of their site and notice the update nag message at the top. This PR adds a plugin which periodically checks for updated Joomla! versions and, when one is found, emails the Super Users of the site to remind them.

#Joomla and #hashtags

 

Zoals alle communities heeft #Joomla zijn eigen favoriete #hashtags die in het #twitterverse (dit “woord” bestaat echt!) gebruikt wordt. Er zijn vele die zijn even gebruikt worden maar daarna snel vergeten worden maar sommige blijven en stralen nu de cultuur van de community uit.

#joomla

This is of course the best know hashtag, you can use this #hashtag in all tweets about #joomla.

#howtojoomla en #how2joomla

Origanally started by @ostraining and later by @techjoomla. This #hashtag is inspired by the Magento community who use #howtomage. This #hashtag can be used if you have questions about #Joomla.

New Joomla roadmap

Joomla has great plans for the future of the CMS. Below are a few of the ideas which have been raised for upcoming releases. When writing a revised roadmap we started by determining what we hoped to accomplish.

Light Core and Core Supported Extensions

Based on feedback the concept of a light core for the Joomla CMS was established. The next step was determining how to achieve a light core and what parts were necessary in this light core version. Obviously there are many opinions on how a light core should be realized, what should be included, and what should be removed. We determined a list of core components which should remain within the CMS and a list of components which could legitimately be removed from core and added to a ‘core supported’ extension category.

Core-Supported Extensions

  • Contact
  • Finder
  • Messages
  • Newsfeeds
  • Redirect
  • Search
  • Weblinks

Examples template overrides

In some cases you would like to change the way a Joomla!® Extension (such as a Component or Module, whether from the Joomla! core or produced by a third party) is displayed on your site. To do so you don't need to rewrite the Extension from scratch. There is another easier way.

The standard output from any Joomla! Module or Component can be overridden by adding code to the "html" directory of your template. The files that are created here, are the Template Overrides. More information and screen shots can be found in our FAQ.

Template Overrides are almost limitless. They allow you to change the standard Joomla! core output (add, edit and remove parts). The Template Manager in the backend can be used to create the necessary files for an override. We will show you how to use overrides as alternative layouts.

There is a website where you can find these template overrides, or if you have one to share you can add it. This website is  

At the J and Beyond 2015 this project won the J.O.S.C.A.R. as "Innovation of the Year". Take a look, maybe you can find somthing usefull!

Joomla 3.4.4. release candidate

At this moment release candidate 2 (RC2) of Joomla 3.4.4. is released so it can be tested by the Joomla community. There are 245 issues being solved in this new small update. You can take a look on Github if you want to know which issues are being solved. This is a link to those issues. You can also take a look at the issues of the development of Joomla 3.5 of 4.0 via the navigation on Github. These versions are of course still in development.

The release date of Joomla 3.4.4 is scheduled on tuesday, 8 september. You can find the announcenment of the release on joomla.org.