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As of release 3.5 Joomla is collecting stats data, thanks to the stats plugin (only works if it’s enabled), and it found too many websites are not using the currently supported release of 3.9.2. This data is based on the Joomla, PHP, and database version. These are some pretty alarming statistics, and should not be ignored! We have provided some links at the bottom of this article for your reference, review, and to even get the latest release of Joomla....

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Joomla 3.9.2

Joomla 3.9.2 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains over 50 bug fixes and improvements....

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Road to Joomla! 3.7

Over the last weeks we have sent mixed messages about Joomla! 3.7 and what will be included in the final version. Without having an alpha/beta version published this is always complicated but with this post we are trying to clear the air.

Let us start with an organizational change, because of personal reasons we had to change the release lead for 3.7 and we have set Robert Deutz (CMS maintainer and former PLT member) as the 3.7 Release Lead. He will work closely with PLT and the other teams to get 3.7 out of the door.

We have also set up a schedule for the release, as always this depends on availability of volunteers and the support of the community but the plan is not so challenging so we believe it is achievable.

Alpha 1: 20th December 2016
Alpha 2: 10th January 2017
Beta 1: 24th January 2017
Beta 2: 7th February 2017
Release Candidate 1: 21st February 2017
Release Candidate 2: 7th March 2017
Release Candidate 3: 14th March 2017
Release Candidate 4: 21st March 2017
Stable Release: 28th March 2017

As you can see we are starting a bit slowly but increasing the speed over the process. If you are an extension/template developer you should reserve some time at the beginning of March 2017 to test your extensions/templates.

Last but not least, what are the new features we are planning to ship with 3.7? As it looks now there will be three big features beside a lot of minor improvements:

  1. Routing, finally we will have the possibility to use a new routing strategy. It will be an option and you can enable it per component, so you can mix the old and new strategy. If you are using an old extension that does not support the new routing then everything will still work as before.
  2. Custom fields, this is now merged into the staging branch (that’s the branch of Joomla! we are normally using for development) and we are working on bugs and the final integration. There are also some architectural problems to solve but it looks quite good and we are not facing any really big problems.
  3. Associations Manager, this is a Google Summer of Code project we are planning to merge soon. Here we have also an architectural problems to solve, but we know how and we only need some time to do the coding.

Beside these bigger changes we have visually updated the backend template, improved the usability and as already said a lot of minor enhancements.

Please follow the development on Github at https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms and if you have time to test a feature please do it. The more people testing the better will be the quality of 3.7.0 on release day....

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Joomla 3.9, The Privacy Tool Suite

It’s a good day for the Joomla Project, as today we proudly announce the release of Joomla 3.9 – ‘The Privacy Tool Suite’ - marking the tenth minor release in the 3.x series....

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joomla 3 6 3 teaser

Joomla! 3.6.3 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla. This release fixes a Backwards Compatibility Break we made in 3.6.2 with the article ordering. In addition there are a large number of minor improvements and bug fixes.

What's in 3.6.3

Joomla! 3.6.3 comes with more than 350 merged PR and small improvements in many areas. We have also updated the wysiwyg editors:

  • TinyMCE to 4.4.3
  • CodeMirror to 5.18.0

See the list of fixed GitHub issues for details of the tracker items fixed.

For known issues with the 3.6.3 release, see the Version 3.6.3 FAQ in the documentation site.

The Production Leadership Team's goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla! Community. Learn more about Joomla! development at the Joomla! Developer Network....

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