6 Highlight Features of Joomla 3.3
Using Joomla to deliver online content to better your business, community or organization is a smart choice. With each release, you can always “Do More with Joomla.” When combined with many fantastic features so far in the Joomla 3X series, Joomla 3.3 proves to be a true example of innovation and forward-thinking in the world of content management solutions. With this release, there are several new features that really let you do more with your Joomla! powered website. So what are all these awesome new features that are rock solid in Joomla 3.3? Let’s check them out now!
1. Taking Security to the next level
From now on, Joomla has taken center stage in being the market leader in pushing web application security to new levels. The Joomla CMS v3 series has been the most secure version in history.
With Joomla 3.3, the security standard of Joomla is even higher by requiring at least PHP version 5.3.10 to install it. This requirement will help strengthen security with better 2-Factor Authentication, which Joomla was the first CMS to introduce. Moreover, it provides a number of security benefits, including stronger password encryption with fewer PHP security holes by improving password hashing with Bcrypt as well as improved “Remember me” functionality.
With Joomla 3.3 you can build with the confidence that Joomla will always be a smart choice for protecting your web assets.
2. SEO Microdata
Joomla! 3.3 include new libraries, which allows microdata to be used and implemented in Joomla! Like never before. Microdata formats and structured data make it easier for your Joomla website’s content to be understood. This is very exciting and useful for your online marketing needs because it will allow you to identify authors in articles and append microdata information to breadcrumb links. While this is a relatively new technique it is the way the marketplace is turning.
As the content on the web grows in leaps and bounds, it is getting harder to provide context to data. Microdata & semantics aims at letting you create webpages having semantic data in a structured format, making it easy to provide context. The current Joomla implementation of microdata follows the syntax given by: http://schema.org/
With help from the library, search engines will be your friends, not enemies anymore. You can enhance web content with many useful data relating people, products, places, reviews, events, etc. This capability will significantly enhance your potential with useful marketing tools and allow you to take advantage of the latest changes by popular search engines.
Joomla 3.3 will be the smart choice for doing content marketing with SEO friendly data.
3. Welcome jQuery, goodbye MooTools
From Joomla 3.3 onward, a jQuery library is now included in the CMS core, and the Joomla core will use jQuery only. All Mootools code instances will be converted to use jQuery.
In the past there have been two libraries shipped as a way to leverage many of the groovy features in Joomla. Code instances that were using Mootools have now been converted to use JQuery. Since Joomla now comes with its own JQuery library this increases site performance and reduces conflicts when individual extensions call multiple copies of the same library with Mootools.
This means you can deploy sites with fewer technical issues, greater stability and reduce the time and cost of troubleshooting. With this implementation, different developers will use the same jQuery library, so the code conflicts between their extensions will be reduced. We expect that Joomla powered sites will be developed with fewer conflicts, and be faster and safer.
jQuery and MooTools have been the subject of a major debate on various Joomla forums. Joomla has been supporting Mootools in the core for a while. However, JQuery is much more popular with developers.
We can see the conflicts of Mootools and JQuery at various levels on Joomla sites. With Joomla natively supporting JQuery and likely to drop support for MooTools altogether, it might be a very good idea to figure out how to deploy using jQuery now.
4. Cloud Storage APIs can bring big data storage costs down
Joomla 3.3 comes with new APIs that will allow Joomla to access cloud storage services including Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Rackspace and Dropbox.
The new Cloud Storage APIs maximize the usage of your cloud data subscriptions by connecting them with the Joomla core. It kills two birds with one stone. You can now use these storage services as content distribution networks without the need for third party extensions. This means you can reduce costs on data storage and maximize your investment when using this feature in Joomla. It also means that Joomla is better poised for more enterprise level implementations.
However, the APIs will be available for developers to use in their own extensions. You can even create an extension that extends such cloud storage support by Joomla or less-known providers.
Hopefully future versions will see a native plugin in the CMS for this.
5. Improved Front-end Editing: Making the user experience easier and giving more power in the front-end
Until Joomla 3.2, you were redirected to the backend to edit modules. Joomla 3.3 brings it all to the front-end. It will be easy to edit stuff in the front-end, which saves a lot of time and makes it more intuitive.
In Joomla 3.3 users can be granted access to manage specific content based on user permissions right from the front-end of your Joomla site. You will have capabilities to configure options that were before only available from the back-end administrative area.
This new feature gives much more flexibility and control to site administrators while simplifying content management options for your subject matter experts. This means you have more control of your content while making it simple and easy for content contributors to accomplish more.
6. Faster Page Speed
Your page will be even faster with jRouter, which acts as the traffic director in Joomla 3.3. This is the first iteration of a complete rewrite, possibly boosting your page speed by up to 10% of load time performance overall. Not only are your customers going to be happy with the load time, but Google Search is too.
Yes it is time to upgrade!
With several awesome features for Joomla 3.3. We can’t say “NO” to upgrading from Joomla 3.X series or Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.3 with one-click upgrade and to experience it.
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