Joomla! has just announced the release of Joomla 3.0 ( see http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5464-joomla-3-0-0-released.html)
Joomla 2.5 is still the long term release version and the version we recommend to anyone planning to start building a new Joomla website.
We are currently reviewing Joomla 3.0 and will publish a Joomla 3.0 edition by the end of October.
According to the Joomla website:
What are the new features of Joomla! 3?
This release also includes the current version (12.2) of the Joomla! Platform, which includes a large number of new and improved packages.
Here is a summary of the changes which have been introduced by Joomla 2.5 (some of which were included in the earlier releases 1.6 & 1.7), in the areas of functionality, administrative interface, and templates design compared with Joomla 1.5 the previous long term stable release. Readers who require detailed information about the changes to the underlying programming structure should refer to the Joomla website for more information.
Learn Joomla!, one of the most popular Joomla books, has just released a fully revised and rewritten edition of the book, available now for download. Every single step-by-step instruction has been tested with the new stable Joomla 2.5 release. New sections are included on 1-click updating, Access Control (ACL), Categories, Template Manager and Migration. The list of recommended 3rd party extensions has been reviewed and completely updated. New extension instructions included are Hikashop, Akeeba Backup, and a range of Social Networking modules. The book comes with 3 free general purpose Joomla 2.5 templates.
The Joomla development team has delivered the easiest to use and most feature packed Joomla ever on 24th January. With guaranteed support for 3 years, the new stable version of Joomla looks set to be suitable for more website applications than ever before.
Joomla 1.7 officially reaches end of life on 24th February, and Joomla 1.5 follows on 30th March. Mike Lloyd investigates the implications and what you should do.