Since its inception, developers of the software Joomla have taken it upon themselves to constantly revise and keep up with the changing needs of their audience. With a slew of updates since 2005, Joomla has managed to generate a huge fan base the world over. Considering its user-friendly nature and the vast array of features available on it, it’s no wonder that it has developers and companies of all levels hooked on to it.
For those who are still in the dark about the service in itself, Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that allows one to post and maintain content on websites and other online applications. It doesn’t require extensive technical know-how to be operated upon. It is simple and efficient software that makes it easy for everyone to engage in its remarkable attributes.
With the increasing popularity of consumers turning to the Internet for information these days, it has now become highly necessary for businesses to create an impressive stand for themselves on the World Wide Web.
Earlier, businesses could easily get away with a stagnant website for a long period of time. Now, with the prevailing fickle audience, one needs to ensure to constantly tweak the content displayed. For this purpose, companies tend to hire developers to constantly maintain their company website, or simply choose to do it themselves. That’s where Joomla comes in.
Joomla was established to create an easier means for individuals to manage websites by adding or modifying the content displayed on it. Content doesn’t simply adhere to text. It involves practically every other piece of data that imparts information or helps to enhance the appearance of the website. In other words, it helps maintain every aspect of the website except for the basic design. So whether you need to make changes in the photos, videos, music and so on, on a website, Joomla is the one for you.
Recently, Joomla announced the creation of their latest version Joomla 3.1 that promised to provide a slew of additional, unique features for a more interesting content management experience. However before releasing the final version to the public, the developers have launched a series of trial or Beta versions as a test-run to determine the reactions of the users.
By installing the Beta version of Joomla 3.1, one is encouraged to post suggestions on the latest features so as to help the developers make changes in accordance, to help perfect the software.
First there was Joomla 3.1 Beta 1, which was pretty much the raw plan that the developers had in mind for the software.
Users of the Joomla 3 series were already privy to an array of efficient features like,
- New updates in the language feature inclusive of the ability to install new ones directly
- Twitter Bootstrap was integrated into the templates and media features
- A brand new responsive interface and template
- The Joomla 3 series switched from the previous JFeed, to the SimplePie
- Blank articles can now be saved at ease unlike the previous versions
- With the new and improved SmartSearch feature, one can now locate stuff at ease.
Now with the introduction of Joomla 3.1, users will be entitled to engage in a host of additional features once the final software is released for public usage. Their Beta 1 had the following features incorporated in the software,
- Tags may be one of the features that are bound to be part of the final version. The Tags feature is especially useful for SEO purposes as it helps to enhance a websites standing on a Search Engine Result Page (SERP). These Tags basically allow one to provide details about the content present on the website in an attempt to filter data, by providing keywords for the same.
- Incorporation of a pagination system
- The debugging console will now allow you to view the list of logged messages.
- Tweaks in the existing source codes to incorporate new and improved ones, without hindering its general performance
- The earlier versions of Joomla’s com_config factor, was short of triggers when saving the same. The latest 3 series has incorporated this feature.
After a slew of suggestions were received by the developers from the users of Beta 1, they then introduced Beta 2. Beta 2 introduced additional features like,
- In an attempt to enhance the feature, Joomla has now incorporated a database management system, or a SQL Server into its FinderIndexer
- Now, a Joomla plugin will automatically load the language files available on it upon initiating the software.
The Joomla 3.1 version is now all set to release a Beta 3 to run further tests on its software, in order to provide us with one that’s hard to beat.