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on Sunday, 08 July 2012. Posted in Joomla 2.5

New Features

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Synopsis of the New Features in Joomla 2.5

Joomla development is constant and already Joomla 2.5. has been released and if you are  using 1.7 you will be able to do a one click upgrade to 2.5.

Joomla 2.5  includes a new platform with changes that are simply improvements to current features and others that are new features.  The changes are quite wide-ranging,  the most notable to me are the ability to use different databases,  the inclusion of CAPTCHA,  a new search feature,  Manager for language overrides,  new image features and an off-line image option. To be quite honest if you are a new user most of the changes will blend pleasantly into the core and you will think they have always been there.

Moving from 1.7 to 2.5 can be done with the one-click upgrade within Joomla and most extensions that run on 1.7 should also run on 2.5. tip: you will need to check this out before you upgrade

I will be upgrading a site shortly so will post a blog of that experience when I do upgrade.

If you follow the links  at the bottom of the page you will be taken to the official Joomla pages and see a full description and illustrations of the updates/improvements that are in this latest release.

All the following notes are taken directly from the descriptions in the Joomla pages linked below This list is a synopsis of those pages.

New Search Function
This new search is faster and more versatile that the standard search. The data is indexed to get this flexibility and speed. New plugins are required to use this search. Joomla ships with the new core extension plugins, but other extension developers will need to create their own plugins to work with this new search.
Credit to: Rob Schley, Michael Babker, Elin Waring, Chris Davenport, Omar Ramos, Viet Hoang Vu, Jean Marie Simonet, Rouven Weßling, Louis Landry, Gabriele Pongelli

Ability to Support Other Databases
Joomla has traditionally run on the MySQL database. If your company has a different type of SQL database, such as MS SQL, then you’d have to make changes to the Joomla software to make it work, which makes updating difficult. Joomla has been rewritten so that different drivers can be written for different versions of SQL databases. Current drivers exist for the MySQL and MS SQL databases, with PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite and PDO drivers close to being ready.
Credit to: Sudhi Seshachala and the team at Hooduku (Microsoft databases), Gabriele Pongelli (Postgres), and Omar Ramos (Oracle, SQLite and PDO) and Elin Waring

Joomla Update Notification
Site administrators will now be able to see as soon as they log in if Joomla is out of date. They can then click the button and be taken to the one-click update to Joomla.
Credit to: Nicholas Dionysopoulos

Database Version Fix Button
A new feature was added that will check to see that your database is up-to-date with any database schema changes added during upgrades.
Credit to: Mark Dexter

CAPTCHA uses scrambled text to prevent robotic spammers from submitting forms. Joomla 2.5 gains an API that lets you use CAPTCHAs in your forms.
Credit to: Jonnathan S. Lima, Rouven Weßling

Linking New Menus with a Module
You then have the choice of saving this standard menu module or cancelling out and using a different menu module.
Credit to: Andrew Eddie, Jacques Rentzke

Use the Images and URL Fields to Create Simple Standardized Layouts
In 2.5 you can choose to use the existing image and URL fields in the articles to set up a simple standardized layout for blogs, news reports, etc.
Credit to: Elin Waring

Choose whether Administrator to Get Email When New Users Register
You can now choose whether the administrator get a new message when a user creates an account.
Credit to: Kenny Wickstrom

Menu Item Note
In 1.7 you had the ability to add a note to modules to remind you what the module was for. This feature adds that ability to menu items.
Credit to: Marcell van Geest

Custom Text Filters
The Text filtering done automatically by Joomla when a user enters text has moved from its hiding place in the Articles Options to Global Configuration. This is appropriate since it covers all the components, not just articles.
Credit to: Tore B. Krudtaa, Denise McLaurin

Greater Flexibility Filtering by Category in Article Manager
In 2.5, selecting a category in the articles manager will include its subcategories, down to the depth you select.
Credit to: Ofer Cohen

Manager for Language Overrides
With this new feature you can make these changes in the familiar back end of Joomla instead of putting on a programmer’s hat.
Credit to: Patrick Alt

User Notes
Now you can attach notes to users as well as assign dates to the users.
Credit to: Andrew Eddie

Flexible Newsfeed Order
This feature makes it possible to reverse the order of the feed items. You can choose to display either the most recent first or the oldest first.
Credit to: Mathieu Cattin

Image Option for the Offline Page
With this feature, no image is displayed by default and you can upload/select any image you want to be displayed went your system is offline.
Credit to: Jean-Marie Simonet

Option to Have a Site Come Up Offline After Installation
With this feature you have the option of having it come up offline so no unauthorized people can see it before you want them to.
Credit to: fade2grey

Better Performance in Menu Item Edit page
The extensive options in “Select a Menu Item Type” are not loaded unless you need them.
Credit to: Dennis Hermatski

Status Display in Backend Enhanced
The footprint of the status displays has been reduced to prevent overcrowding (in English).
Credit to: Kyle Ledbetter

Filter the Frontend Who’s Online by User Group
You can, optionally, limit the display of online users on your website to those in the same user groups as the user.
Credit to: Christophe Demko

Check for Native ZIP Support During the Installation
This feature adds a check during install to let you know if you have native ZIP enabled on your host.
Credit to: Rouven Weßling

Syndicate Text Label More Flexible
In 2.5 you can also choose not to display text or to use the default language pack text value.
Credit to: Jean-Marie Simonet

Alternate meta tags for multi-lingual sites
This feature adds the ability for search engines to see the meta tags and links for corresponding menu pages in other languages in the associated menu items.
Credit to: Dennis Hermatski, Jean-Marie Simonet

Menu Items for different languages can have same alias in Multi-lingual
(Available shortly) With this new feature you will be able to have the same alias for menu items in different languages.
Credit to: Dennis Hermatski

Improving SEO: New system plugin: languagecode
This feature allows search engines to see the language and country code they expect in cases where the Joomla language pack uses a different code.
Credit to: Jean-Marie Simonet

Debug Plugin Gets Formatting
This feature formats the different groups of data into sliders and color highlights the database queries.
Credit to: Nikolai Plath

A True Autoloader for the CMS
With this autoloader, developers don’t need to worry whether the class they need is in the platform files (libraries/Joomla) or in the cms files (libraries/cms).
Credit to: Rouven Weßling


Full list of features
Read more about Joomla® 2.5 – Extra Features! Easy Updates!


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