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Joomla 3.x

For question regarding Joomla 3.x of the Content Management System. This includes versions 3.0 up to 3.8.

Joomla 3.x is a STS (Short Term Support) version. Support ends one month after the next release of Joomla is released. One click upgrades to the next STS or LTS version is possible.

Both STS and LTS releases, once they have reached the GA (General Availability) status, are fully functional and ready to be used in production environment. The disadvantage of using STS releases is that you will need to update your installation of Joomla more often, while the advantage is that you will have access to new features and extensions earlier.

Should you still be using any version lower than 3.4 that is still part of the 3.x series, then it is recommended you upgrade to 3.4 for a more stable API and enhanced security features.

History

Joomla 3.0 was released on September 27, 2012. Originally, it was supposed to be released in July 2012; however, the January/July release schedule was uncomfortable for volunteers, and the schedule was changed to September/March releases (1).

Important changes

  • Responsive by default. The default templates (Front-end: Protostar, Back-end: Isis) are fully responsive, and Joomla was the first major CMS to achieve this. Twitter Bootstrap integration
  • jQuery. As of Joomla 3, jQuery is the default javascript framework. Mootools is still available, but deprecated, and might be removed in future versions.
  • New admin interface. Big overhaul of admin interface to improve usability PostgreSQL support

Getting Joomla

The latest version of Joomla can be downloaded from http://www.joomla.org/download.html.

Installation

Joomla can be installed on any host with the minimum system requirements, or on a local computer using a web server like XAMPP, WAMP, LAMP, MAMP etc.

Instructions on how to install Joomla can be found at Joomla! Docs

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