Contrary to what the WordPress bashers say, Joomla is one of the top free open source CMS platforms in the world and has 2.5+ million websites registered.
The first beta version of Joomla 4 was launched in 2018 but now the new major version is finally here! This means that it’s packed with new features and has been thoroughly redesigned and rethought. Incidentally, the launch of this major release is alongside Joomla 3.10, known as “the bridge”.
Going from Joomla 3.10.x to 4.x is considered a mini-migration or a minor migration. This means that Joomla core extensions will upgrade with a “one-click update” but beware, third-party extensions need to be taken on a case by case basis. If you are already on 3.10 and ready to make the move, here’s the official step by step guide:
New features added to Joomla 4
• Quick installation
• A Brand new User Interface for backend as well as frontend, based on Bootstrap 5
• AA level WCAG 2.1 compliance on core templates
• An improved media manager with image editing capabilities
• A Brand New Workflow Manager to define custom approval workflows
• Web Services out of the box
• New security features for SQL statements
• Customisable HTML mail templates
• Enhanced Command Line Interface
• Powerful codebase
• Utilization of more Joomla Framework into CMS
• Improved Event dispatching system
• MooTools is no longer in the core system
• MVC layer improvements
Remember, for the Joomla 4 version to work, you will have to update your site with the latest version of PHP (7+), MySQL, and PostgreSQL or, otherwise, it will fail to establish a database connection.
The good news is that here at Webvision, we offer a very stable and reliable cloud hosting platform that supports J4!