If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to update your old Joomla website, or add a content management system on to an old HTML website, the new Joomla 3.0 may have the bells and whistles you’ve been waiting for.
While Joomla 3.0 has many new features and improvements over version 2.5, the most exciting change is the integration of the Bootstrap framework. Bootstrap is a CSS-based 12-column responsive grid framework that enables websites to look and behave great in desktop browsers, as well as tablets and Smartphone’s, via responsive CSS.
With Joomla Website 3.0, the CMS has completely overhauled both the front-end design and administrator user interface, and has become the first major CMS to become mobile ready in both the front-end and admin areas.
Why is ‘Responsive’ Important?
Each day, traffic from mobile devices grows exponentially as does the number of devices, operating systems and browsers used. Factors such as screen size, pixel resolution, Flash support or lack of, click versus touch etc have become crucial considerations when developing websites.
Responsive web design is a development approach of lying out and coding a website so that it provides an optimal viewing experience no matter what type of device is used to visit the website.
Since it is the user experience that enables your site’s visitors to learn about you and your products, make purchases and interact with you, a responsive design ensures that the users get the best experience no matter what device is used.
To learn more about mobile and responsive design, read our blog post Are You Ready for Mobile.
Increased Ease of Use
In addition to making the front-end and admin user areas responsive, Joomla CMS 3.0 has also updated the look and feel of the admin user area, and has overhauled the article manager by adding a better organized filtering system and drag-and-drop feature for sorting articles.
The article edit screen has been redesigned to roll up the publishing options, article options and metadata into a new article details section. The text editor is now front and center, making the article edit page cleaner and easier to work with.
Additional updates are aimed at making the developer’s job easier. jQuery and LESS CSS integration mean spending less time coding, and the integration of the IcoMoon icon library gives the developer some nice options for ‘retina’ optimized icons.
Additional Updates Include:
- A new fully responsive admin UI
- A new fully responsive front-end template
- New user-friendly admin interface
- PostgreSQL Driver for using the PostgreSQL database
- jQuery integration
- jFeed replaces SimplePie for feed management
- Easier installation of language packages for multilingual sites
- Guest user group present by default
- Saving blank articles is now allowed
- New administrator statistics module
- Improvements to Smart Search
Free to Everyone
Joomla is an award-winning, open source content management solution that is freely available to everyone. Its ease of use and extensibility has made Joomla one of the most popular content management solutions available.