Good news, our dear Joomloids! The latest version of Joomla CMS has been demonstrated to the world (even though in beta so far) and now we can savour all its new features and improvements. We all know that Joomla has one of the greatest communities in the world and many of the new features were implemented due to the work of devoted community members.
Soon you'll be able to download the stable version of Joomla 2.5 by yourself - official Joomla blog informs that the Joomla 2.5.0 GA (general availability) is due to be released on 24 January 2012. Also there is a solution for the lazy Joomla fans that have no time or just don't want to do that manually - there is an one-click upgrade message that you will be able to find in the administrator page.
Below you'll find a list of the most significant features of Joomla 2.5 release. Some of these will melt web developers' hearts because there is nothing more charming than finding out that Joomla has released the support for other types of databases or some useful core improvements. Anyway, one thing that is 100% clear concerning this release is that everybody will receive some "sweet" new features for sure.
Finally! Yes, you've read it right - from now on Joomla supports not only MySQL database but also MS SQL, PostgreSQL. Joomla drivers have been rewritten so they could work with different versions of databases. As it has been said before now Joomla drivers support MS SQL, PostgreSQL databases. Also Oracle, SQLite and PDO drivers are in its final stage and almost ready for release. We assume that they'll be added in the next release of Joomla version which is planned for Sept 2012.
Also there is a small but interesting feature concerning databases. Now you can use new shiny button "fix database version". This option will help you update your database during the upgrade process. This is very important for those who update Joomla releases by uploading release files via FTP. You may know that FTP doesn't apply any changes to databases so you have to do it manually and this little button will help you to do that.
More Advanced Search
According to Joomla developers, new Joomla search is based on Finder, an algorithm that was developed by jXtended. Finder makes pre-search through your content, adds auto-completion and stemming into your search. Search results are provided by analyzing the content and frequency of search terms. New Joomla search suggests alternative words or phrases (similar to Google search). This new search is much faster and allows installing special adapters that enhance search by supporting standard Joomla content and various types of documents.
Joomla 2.5 is armed with CAPTCHA plugin that has been built into the core. It means that all your website forms are protected with CAPTCHA. Basically this feature is mostly used for registration of the new users but you can enable it for other extensions that need it. Usually CAPTCHA has been available in non-core extensions, but this time this feature is enabled in core.
We've tried to highlight mostly new and interesting features and improvements but this is just a top of the iceberg. So once Joomla 2.5 is out we suggest you to update your Joomla CMS and check out by yourself all those goodies that are waiting for you inside 2.5 release. We hope that our post inflames your interest to this update. And you know what else? We've tested our Joomla 1.7 templates with the beta release of Joomla 2.5 and we assure you that all our Joomla 1.7 templates are 100% compatible with Joomla 2.5 version which means that you can enjoy the beauty of our designs spiced up with awesome functionality of Joomla 2.5.
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