|An end of an era|
|Written by Sam Moffatt|
|Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:31|
Joomla! 1.0 has served us well, but after nearly 4 years of service it has reached retirement. Things are moving forward with Joomla! 1.6 and there is no better time to start migrating to the Joomla! 1.5 release!
As Wilco announced in October last year, July 22nd 2009 was the date that we were going to wave good bye to an old friend. That day has passed and its time for Joomla! 1.0 to take its place in history with over 1.6 million downloads on JoomlaCode alone! (Unfortunately we don't have statistics from the time it was on the old Joomla! Forge). But as we end one era of Joomla! 1.0, we're entering a new era lead by our latest and greatest releases.
The first of which, Joomla! 1.5, wasn't just another release of the Joomla! CMS but it was almost an entire rewrite from scratch. Joomla! 1.5 has introduced a new framework for building powerful extensions and applications whilst maintaining a backwards compatibility mode with Joomla! 1.0 to aide in migration. So far Joomla! 1.5 has had a phenomenal time with over 3000 1.5 compatible GPL extensions listed in the Joomla! Extensions Directory. Joomla! 1.5 powers an increasing amount of the internet with some statistics indicating nearly 0.7% of the internet is running Joomla!. That's a big number and it keeps growing.
But the Joomla! team hasn't let 1.5's success stop them, the next version of Joomla!, version 1.6, is set to add new and interesting features such as the much anticipated ACL system for Joomla!. Stay tuned to hear more about the upcoming release of 1.6!
However, if you are still after the old 1.0 packages, don't worry that it is still available on JoomlaCode even though it isn't supported or maintained. Check out the links below to grab a copy. I'm putting these links up here so that if you need a fresh copy of 1.0 to help fix a site or similar, they're somewhere that can be easily found. I'd strongly encourage everything to migrate to Joomla! 1.5 and keep up with a supported release. I look forward to seeing everyone on a copy of Joomla! 1.5 or in the future, Joomla! 1.6!