The Joomla Project has announced the release of the beta of version 1.6 of the open-source Joomla content management system.
The Joomla Project has announced the release of the beta version 1.6 of the open-source Joomla content management system.
Joomla 1.6 brings a variety of new tools to improve Website
management and access, including new features such as a new access
control system and simplified extension updates, among other changes.
Joomla is a free, PHP-based content management system that enables
users to build Websites and online applications.
"The release of Joomla 1.6 will raise the bar of success for our
community's users, and enable our developer community to build even
more exciting and compelling solutions," said Ryan Ozimek, president of
Open Source Matters, the not-for-profit organization that supports The
Joomla Project, in a statement. "New features and capabilities - such
as the hierarchical design of the access control system, semantic XHTML
layouts and one-click extension updates - usher in a new set of tools
that open doors for more effective online engagements. Whether building
a personal Website or a next-generation Web application for an
enterprise environment, Joomla 1.6 offers the most compelling solution
for easily building and managing powerful online solutions."
Key features in Joomla 1.6 include: A new access control system; an
unlimited depth organizational model; one-click extension updates; and
semantic XHTML layouts to provide a better baseline for content
Open Source Matters officials said Joomla's ease-of-use and
extensibility have made it the most popular and downloaded open source
Website software in the industry today. It has been downloaded more
than 16 million times. It is used for everything from small, personal
Websites to the backend management for some of the largest enterprises
and highest traffic sites on the Web, including sites operated by
Citibank, IHOP, Harvard University, the Baltimore Police Department,
Linux.com, Smart Car of America, The Guggenheim Museum, and many more.
In addition, developers and implementers will enjoy the new ability
Joomla 1.6 provides in allowing extensions to be built with granular
control and permissions, Joomla Project representatives said. This will
make it easier to create more advanced, enterprise-focused applications
and extensions for Joomla. Furthermore, there are numerous improvements
in areas like code reuse, and considerable success in ensuring the
stability of application programming interfaces via unit testing.
"With the release of 1.6, The Joomla Project is transitioning the
development process to a more iterative, time-based release cycle,"
said Louis Landry, a lead developer and community member of The Joomla
Project, in a statement. "This new approach will help streamline the
production of new code and better ensure timely releases around product
updates. I'm very excited about the beta release and look forward to
working with the entire community as we continue to refine the system."
In April, Microsoft announced that it had contributed to the Joomla Project. Indeed, Microsoft code found its way into the Joomla 1.6 trunk.
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