Open source CMS provider Joomla! has released version 3.1 of its popular system. The minor update includes an integrated tagging system for identifying a variety of components in different ways.
Tag Across Content types
For those who like to organize content via tags, this will obviously be a nice addition. Depending on the type of website they're used for, it's often handy to have a list of tags running down the side for a quick skim. But the real power of Joomla's tagging in v3.1 is the ability to tag other kinds of content like contacts or feeds. With dynamic tagging enabled, blogs, lists or other layouts can be built out and combined with other content types in basically any configuration. Furthermore, the tags can be created from the content, so there's no need to actually visit the Tags component. One other way dynamic tags are useful is Joomla! has built an API for developers so they can integrate tags with their apps. Additionally, tags are able to be nested so there can be a parent tag and multiple children tags.
It had been possible in the past to do tagging in Joomla!, but it had to be done via third party software. Now it is baked into the Joomla! core. That means in future releases, Joomla! content will be able to be displayed in even more flexible ways", Peter Orwig, president of Open Source Matters, a non profit support organization for Joomla! said in a statement.
Joomla! 3.1 Tags component
Joomla! 3.1 Highlights
Joomla! 3.0 debuted in September 2012, and nearly 3% of websites worldwide now run on its open source core. It features a responsive mobile design, quick install, one click upgrades with backward compatibility and a Joomla! User Interface library for developers.
Joomla! 3.1 also contains a few small bug fixes, an added note form field, a Media wiki package, an OpenStreetMap package and more. Adding tags was a smart move by the Joomla! team given the feature was already available in WordPress and Drupal, two of its main competitors. It really feels like these groups are pushing each other with each release, and that is a good thing for the open source CMS movement.
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