Joomla! 3.x Blog

 

It has come to my attention, that Joomla! is too big of a topic to be thrown in with everything else. I hope to share some tips and insights and will probably end up writing some posts in addition to/or as supporting resources for our Tutorial Section(s). How I am going to organize this escapes me at the current time... we'll have to wait until an idea hits me over the head.

Stay tuned!

 

Joomla! Blog

Awesome. To satisfy your nerdly curiosity and general Joomla! pleasure, we have installed a Joomla! demo site, which you can fiddle with, tweak and experiment all you like. Don't worry... you won't break it. 

 

View the front end at http://joomla-demo.ca

Access the back end at: http://joomla-demo.ca/administrator    User: demo | Password: admin

Here are the most notable new features in Joomla 3.x:

 Front End

  • Responsive Design (mobile devices)
 

 

We've looked at the Administrator Control Panel, which (at least visually) was revamped the most. Now, let's get to added functionality and what that'll do for your website. Number one on the list ought to be Bootstrap. Joomla! 3 is built on Bootstrap framework. I'm not going to bore you to death with technical specs; what this means is that your Joomla 3 website is responsive (mobile ready) out of the box. Except, there's no box Tongue out Personally, I detest the never ending chatter of people on cell phones (you know... at the grocery store, the doctor's office, at a restaurant, even the movie theatre) but if your business is trying to attract customers under the age of 75 - you better get 'mobile'. So, thanks to Bootstrap framework and grid layout templates, your website will expand and collapse according to the viewer's screen size. 

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I promised to share a more in-depth review of Joomla! 3.x and the migration process... so, here it is. Or, at least part one.

The initial migration from Joomla! 2.5 to 3.0 was... well, interesting. However, those issues seem to have been ironed out for the most part, so we won't dwell on it. We've actually just recently completed a migration (from Joomla! 1.5 to Joomla! 3.1) on a live client production site and it wasn't nearly as bad as expected. 

By the end of this year, eveyone will (or should) be migrating to Joomla 3.5 and I'm fairly confident at this point, that most of you can manage doing it yourself. The only issues I foresee are for sites with either an ungodly amount of, or very unusual extensions and where such extensions are no longer supported. And it won't be that such sites can't migrate... but whatever content was in the obsolete extensions will have to be redone.