Joomla! 2.5 - Things you need to know

The release of Joomla 2.5 is a step which marks a big and long-term change in the Joomla Community. No matter whether you have used Joomla before or are just learning about it now, you will find it necessary to know more about the latest version: Joomla 2.5. All of the basic questions you wonder about will be fully answered in this article.

What does Joomla 2.5 allow the user to do?

If you thought that only developers can build and run a website, it’s time to forget that. With Joomla 2.5, you are provided with a foundation framework to build your own website. If you’ve dreamed of having your own website, nothing can prevent you from trying to build a good one with Joomla. Joomla gives you all the things you need, and now you just need to learn how to master Joomla.

Joomla 2.5 is the latest version of Joomla; it was released in January, 2012. This is a long-term version in comparison with Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7. Basically, there are no big changes in this current version compared to the previous version. The interface as well as the basic structure of Joomla 2.5 is similar to Joomla 1.7, but there are some new features added in. These improvements give you a new experience to perfect your website with every passing day. The latest version of Joomla 2.5 is Joomla 2.5.4 (at the time of writing this article).

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Joomla! 2.5 - details of new features

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I/ Joomla! 2.5

Joomla! have just released version 2.5.3. The functionality of Joomla! 2.5 made me feel very interested, and today I'm writing a blog post about the new features. My blog might not mention all of the new features, but I'll try to write this blog within my knowledge.

II/ New features in Joomla! 2.5

There are many articles written about the new features in Joomla! 2.5. I will go straight to the important functions which I think are very useful for users in Joomla! 2.5. This blog post includes two parts: one for Beginners and one for Advanced Joomla! Users.

A. For beginners

1. Smart Search

Besides the regular Search module, Joomla! 2.5 now supports Smart Search functionality. For content to be displayed in search results it must first be indexed by one of the Smart Search plug-ins. After the indexing of the content is completed, you can set configuration to display Smart Search via Module Manager with a module named "Smart Search Module".

Smart Search

Figure 1: Smart Search component

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Joomla 2.5 - new features and version system

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I/ The Joomla! 2.5 is coming!

As you know, we've just welcomed the release of Joomla! Version 2.5, And I know when you read my first line, many questions related to this problem will come to mind, such as

  • Why a Joomla! Version upgrade so quickly?
  • What happens if we don't upgrade to the latest version?
  • Should we consider upgrading to Joomla! 2.5?
  • What new features have been added to Joomla! 2.5?
  • For a technician, how to persuade customers to spend money to upgrade to version 2.5 while their website is working properly and with no errors?
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