Joomla 2.5 Released 24th January

Januarysparked the new beginning of Joomla with the immeadiate release of the Joomla! 2.5 CMS.

With the release of Joomla! 2.5 brings plenty of new features and fixes that have been implemented throughout the development process.

In total:

  • 26 new features added
  • 4 security issues fixed
  • 356 tracker issues fixed

For the pre-release list of features click here!

For a full list of features and fixes click here!

What about my Joomla 1.7 website?

Good news, the Joomla developers have implemented a nice little feature that will update Joomla with minimal effert. All you need to do is go to 'Extention Manager' -> 'Update', click the 'Find Updates' button and then select the 'Joomla CMS' update (2.5.X) and finally click the 'Update' button. All done, simple1.

How about my Joomla 1.5 site?

If you are running Joomla 1.5 this will take a lot more time. Because of the large amount of changes within Joomla! versions 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5 there is no easy way of transfering your site to Joomla 2.5. For this members of the community have developed a component that *may* help the process of migrating to Joomla! 2.5.

This component is called jUpgrade and can be found by clicking here!2

Because of the nature of a Joomla! 1.5 to Joomla! 2.5 migration we have created a seperate article regarding the migration. [*]Click here to read the migration article.

1: Please note that some components, modules and plugins may cause the update process to fail half way through so it is advised to backup your site first. A well known backup component is Akeeba Backup.

2: Please note that we have used jUpgrade to migrate a number of sites and it only worked around 50% of the time.