The Joomlashack Approach to Joomla 4

The Joomlashack Approach to Joomla 4

Joomla 4 has arrived! This is awesome news for the Joomla community.

We've been writing about Joomla 4 since August 2017, so it's great to see that the launch has finally happened.

I want to say a huge "Thank You" to the Joomla team members who helped reach this milestone. They are volunteers and are under no obligation to do this work. Open source projects are big projects with large communities and many loud voices. The developers have persevered despite many obstacles, and they deserve to enjoy this release. Thank you all!

In this blog post, I'll explain Joomlashack's approach to dealing with Joomla 4 updates.

Joomlashack's goal with Joomla 4

Our goal is to provide you with the smoothest possible upgrade path to Joomla 4.

Because of this, we are not using Joomla 4 as an opportunity to make big changes. In fact, it's the exact opposite. We want you to update your sites to Joomla 4 and see minimal changes.

The Joomla 4 admin area looks substantially different from Joomla 3, and you will need to make some mental adjustments. We don't need to make the more difficult, so Joomlashack extensions will have the minimum possible changes.

Our Joomla 4 update recommendation

I mentioned our goal a few sentences ago: we want to provide you with the smoothest possible upgrade path.

For that reason, we do not recommend moving to Joomla 4 immediately.

Our advice is to wait before migrating to Joomla 4. The first release of any software platform always has more bugs than an average release. Another part of our company does WordPress work, and we have the same recommendation there: let other people find the release-day bugs.

If you have an existing Joomla 3 site, you can safely wait before updating your site. There's no urgency. Move to Joomla 3.10 and plan your upgrade for later. Both Joomlashack and the Joomla team will be supporting Joomla 3 for a long time to come.

Our approach for Joomlashack releases

Each extension will have a single package that works on both Joomla 3 and Joomla 4. So you won't need to look around and try to find a special download for Joomla 4.

The documentation pages for Joomla 4 will not change. We're going to add tabs to the existing URLs, so you will be able to tab back-and-forth between Joomla 3 and Joomla 4 instructions.

We are primarily an extension company these days, so updates for extensions are our priority. We're working on plans for template users, but they will come after extensions. There's no need to rush in moving to Joomla 4. Let's focus on getting it right.

What extensions are ready for Joomla 4?

These extensions are in progress and will be next to release for Joomla 4:

We also plan to update these extensions for Joomla 4, hopefully by the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Extensions not on this list will be updated for Joomla 4 if there is significant customer interest. If you are a Joomlashack support customer and want another extension to be upgraded, open a support ticket and let us know.

Joomla 4 questions

We're here if you have any questions at all about your site and Joomla 4. Please feel free to ask in the comments below, or open a support ticket.

About the author

Steve is the CEO of Joomlashack. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve has been involved with Joomla since 2006.