Open source Web CMS provider Joomla is releasing version 3.0 of its namesake platform. New features include optimization for display of content on mobile devices.
With the latest version of Joomla, users get a new front end template for a new user experience.
Twitter Bootstrap Integration Responds to Mobile Content Needs
Joomla 3.0 includes 15 new features, some of which have been gradually added to the previous 2.5 iteration during the course of the year. One of the most noteworthy is the inclusion of the Twitter Bootstrap front-end development framework, which uses responsive design elements to automatically optimize content for mobile devices.
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Download of Joomla 3.0 is available at http://www.joomla.org/download.html.
Declaring Database Independence
Other new features include a driver for the PostgreSQL open source relational database management system (ORDBMS). Joomla says this makes the platform “database-independent” as it already offered integrations with the MySQL and SQLServer databases.
In addition, users can now copy templates, disable the ability to change the username in profile and install language packages directly from the extension manager, among other offerings.
Enticing the Enterprise
Joomla 3.0 is a collaborative community-driven software project developed with the feedback gathered from more than 2.6 million Joomla forum posts, nearly 580,000 Joomla forum members and data from more than 9,900 Joomla extensions. Starting with the release of Joomla 2.5 in January 2012, the vendor has seemed to be on a mission to draw more enterprises into its community. Unlike many open source projects targeting the enterprise, Joomla! still operates using a collaborative, community-driven model.
One of the most significant enterprise-friendly features of Joomla 2.5 was the inclusion of support for databases beyond MySQL. Although MySQL is extremely popular in the open source community, it is not frequently considered as a viable option for enterprise-class software. Before version 2.5, users that wanted to use a database other than MySQL had to modify Joomla, which was not only time consuming, it made software updates challenging.
Joomla is continuing the effort to support databases favored by enterprise users with the PostgreSQL driver in version 3.0. And of course given the popularity of mobile connectivity among both corporate and consumer users, the integration with Twitter Bootstrap should make Joomla more appealing to everybody. EWeek credited the Joomla 3.0 developer community with pushing for what should be a critical feature.
“The community decided to focus on the Twitter Bootstrap toolkit because of its popularity as a framework that many other developers and designers already know and work with on a regular basis,” stated an EWeek review of the Joomla 3.0 release. “Mobile support was key because over time, a native mobile optimization option becomes increasingly important for a Web presence, as IDC predicts that by 2015 mobile Internet will overtake desktop usage.”
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