All the Joomla News for October 2023

All the Joomla News for October 2023

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Every month we post a round-up of news from around the Joomla community.

We've posted all of these updates, plus a lot more in the Joomlashack Facebook group, so join if you want daily Joomla updates. We have over 1,400 members now!

Joomlashack is Ready for Joomla 5

If you have been using Joomla 4, it's time to update to Joomla 5. This is a smooth, one-click update for Joomla 4 users. There are no major changes in this version. All Joomlashack extensions are fully compatible with Joomla 5.
More about Joomlashack and Joomla 5

Joomlashack Will Continue to Support Joomla 3

Joomla 3 support was officially retired by the Joomla team in August 2023. The Joomla community is moving forward with Joomla 5. But we still have a good number of Joomlashack customers using Joomla 3. So we will support those Joomla 3 users for at least one more year.
More on Joomlashack and Joomla 3

Video: How to Update from Joomla 4 to Joomla 5

Tim Davis has a new video showing how to update from Joomla 4 to Joomla 5. Tim reminds us that this is only an update, and not a migration. Tim shows how to move to Joomla 4.4 and then how to make the move to Joomla 5.
Watch Tim's video Joomla 5

Reviewing Panopticon, a New Joomla Maintenance Tool

Daniel from Web-Eau has a new blog post about Panopticon, a new tool release by Nicholas from Akeeba. Panopticon is not a SaaS service, but is self-hosted and free-of-charge. If you don't want to self-host, Watchful is a very good managed option.
Read Daniel's Panopticon Review

Video: Create a Safer Joomla Environment With Joomla

Dimitris Grammatikogiannis is one of the most talented developers in the Joomla community. He gave a talk at Joomla London, showing how to build a more secure Joomla environment. In that talk, Dimitris explained some new features in Joomla 5 and included a segment on how and why to use a separate directory for your site's public files.
Watch Dimitris' video on Joomla environments

Use Joomla 5's New Schema Features

Joomla 5 introduced new tools to help add compliant metadata to your articles. You can use Joomla 5's schema plugin to add metadata on blog posts, events, people, jobs, books, and more. Kevin Olson has a text and video guide to this new feature. There's another article on this in the Joomla Magazine.
More about Schema Metadata in Joomla 5

Interview with the Joomla 4.3 Release Managers

The Joomla Magazine has a really interesting interview with Joomla 4.3's Release Managers, Olivier Buisard and SD Williams. In particular, it's fascinating to hear from SD who admits to being very nervous and describes how she found the courage to take the role.
Read the Interview with Olivier and SD Migrates to Joomla 4 and PHP 8 recently made the leap to the latest Joomla and PHP 8. If you're thinking about making the move, or just curious about the new features and improvements, their latest blog post is a must-read.

More About the LinuxSecurity Migration

Comparing "Search" and "Smart Search" in Joomla

Michael Russell has a great article that answers some of the concerns that people have about using Joomla’s Smart Search component: "I can say from personal experience, however, that Smart Search feature is easy to set up and easy to use."
Read about Michael's intro to Smart Search

What Code Has Changed Between Joomla 4 and 5?

We've had some questions recently about the new Backwards Compatibility plugin in Joomla 5. There's one key file that explains what this plugin does. It's also an incredibly useful guide for developers. Our team have been using this file to slowly update our code for native Joomla 5 support.
See the Code Changes in Joomla 5

Updating a Complex Site to Joomla 5

Rolf Dautrich has an overview of his work updating a large, old Joomla site. He had 400 articles, 50 content categories, about 900 entries in an event calendar, dozens of site modules, and a bunch of extensions of all kind.
Read Rolf's Migration Story