The Joomla Project needs your help in testing our next release—Joomla 1.5.12 RC. This release has 22 bug fixes and two updates are significant enough to warrant community testing. This includes an upgrade to TinyMCE and changes to the framework PHPMailer class.

To Help with Testing

Download and install Joomla 1.5.12 RC in a testing environment. This is a Release Candidate and should not be used in a live production environment.

To test TinyMCE: Simply use the TinyMCE editor as you normally would and confirm it continues to work as expected. Note that this upgrade will not impact the JCE editor.

To test PHPMailer: To help with PHPMailer testing, first verify e-mail services are working with normal Global Configuration settings.

Changes were made to the framework PHPMailer class in order to allow secure connections (SSL/TLS) to SMTP servers. Given these changes, Joomla is now able to use services such as Gmail to handle e-mail from the application. If you have access to a Gmail account, consider testing this new functionality.

In the Administrator Panel, navigate to Global Configuration > Server and set the following options:

  • Mailer: SMTP Server
  • SMTP Security: SSL
  • SMTP Port: 465
  • SMTP Authentication: Yes
  • SMTP Username: Your Gmail username
  • SMTP Password: Your Gmail password
  • SMTP Host:

Then retest to ensure e-mail services continue to work.

When you have finished testing, please give us your feedback in the comments below. We would appreciate knowing if problems were identified and if your testing shows the updates work properly.


Click here to download Joomla 1.5.12 RC