On September 27 last year (2012), Joomla released its version 3.0. Following that release there were lots of updates and developments in the Joomla community.
This new Joomla version has become famous among its users due to the introduction of the responsive front and backends of the system.
Why though should one update to this version? We’ve come up with ten reasons why, and we think you should check them out!
10 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Joomla 3.0
1. It’s responsive.
At long last, Joomla is finally responsive! It has finally caught up with the other sites that are flashy and sleek! Responsive means it’s easily viewed through mobile and multi platform devices. Thanks to Bootstrap, this has been made possible. The front-end has this responsiveness, but the same is also true with the back-end. That makes it official! You can edit your site anywhere anytime!
2. It uses LESS.
With Joomla 3.0, LESS is indeed more! Designed by the talented Alexis Sellier, LESS is a style sheet language known for its dynamic flexibility that’s recently been incorporated with Joomla 3.0. All website backends and templates now include less directories and .less files. As a result, template designers can define which files can be applied to the template and which ones should just be imported to the folder LESS JUI.
3. For extension developers, it has JUI.
JUI stands for Joomla User Interface. The JUI library gives you tools that makes it possible for developers to have a common ground. Coding time is reduced, while the library is kept clean and with a nice and decent looking system. Loading time also decreases by a significant amount, especially for users who are just surfing from one Joomla site to another.
4. Its Article Manager is easier to use and clean.
In the back-end, you’ll find a completely refreshed look and feel starting with the Article Manager which now includes a better organized filtering system with more options available, and better defined icons for usability.
The rethought Article Manager for Joomla 3.0 definitely deserves plenty of praise. The Article edit screen has been even redesigned, and it now contains options for publishing, article and metadata at the up-front center, rather than the traditional right top.
5. It has a responsive front-end-template.
Yet another one of the things version 3.0 is popular for is its front-end template that’s responsive and very minimal. It’s called Protostar, and it’s run by Bootstrap. Bootstrap’s so interestingly versatile, and it’s just so easy to customize through the color picker, even fonts from Google are allowed. You can decide whether or not you want Google fonts for your website.
6. It has such beautiful design.
Version 3.0 of Joomla has its newest administrator template named after the goddess Isis. Isis, unlike the old Bluestork from 2.5, has a unique design that’s well-built for the grid layout of Bootstrap. The interface is responsive, and the overall look is simple and sleek.
7. It uses platform version 12x.
Unlike the old 11x platforms, version 12x has gotten rid of unnecessary methods and classes. For extension developers however, not a lot of changes can be noticed. Extension installation changes have been noted, and this has been significant.
8. It uses JQuery.
Part of the version 3.0 package is JQuery which is great. The Mootools option wasn’t completely removed from the back-end. It will stay available for backward compatibility purposes, but it will no longer be the primary interface of Joomla 3.0.
9. It has higher PHP and MySQL requirements.
While the older version of Joomla requires PHP 5.2.4, Joomla 3.0 runs on PHP 5.3.1. As for MySQL, the older version of Joomla runs on 5.0.1, while version 3.0 uses the more recent version 5.1.
10. It can be run using PostgreSQL.
Unlike the older versions of Joomla, this new version can be run using PostgreSQL, thus making the platform rather “database independent” for the first time ever since its integration with SQL. That counts for a lot.
Indeed, with all these advantages, there’s pretty much no reason to stay behind. Although version 2.5 will still be usable up to 2014, all the perks lead to the newer version of Joomla – 3.0.