Joomla Pulls 1.x Versions Off the Market
Well kids, after four years as one of the most popular content management systems on the ‘net, Joomla! 1.0.x is throwing in the towel.

Joomla! (news, site) recently announced the end of all development tasks, security upgrades and community support for the first version of the 1.0.x series. All energy will reportedly be refocused on the new 1.6 family.

Farewell, Old Friend

Initially gracing the CMS world in September 2005, Joomla 1.0.X was conceived via a split in the Mambo project. Success was moderate, but after high demand for a system that wasn’t a close mirror of Mambo, Joomla! 1.1 was released under the Joomla 1.5 name. At that moment in January of ‘08, Joomla! life as we knew it was changed forever.

Joomla! 1.5 introduced new framework for building extensions and applications while maintaining a backwards compatibility mode with Joomla! 1.0 to aide in migration. With an estimated 10 million+ downloads, over 3000 1.5 compatible GPL extensions and the rumored 0.7% of the Internet depending on the system, we think it’s fair to say that Joomla! 1.5 has broken serious ground.

Unfortunately for the 1.0.X family, the success of the Joomla 1.5 series has lead to the deprecation of the old. For instance, the number of free extensions for Joomla 1.0 has gone down significantly, reaching a current 27% percentage from the total number of extensions on Joomla's official website.

The Aftermath

Of course, Joomla! isn’t stopping at 1.5 and if you’ve been following them you know how close they are to version 1.6. The upcoming release is set to add new features and upgrades such as: 

  • An improved menu manager
  • Much more granular control for user management
  • Improved content hierarchies
  • Code clean-ups, dropping the package size by about 30%
  • A new JForm library package
  • A simple method of providing translation using JavaScript
  • New controller dispatchers for more robust request routing
  • Create and standardize several new event triggers
  • Create a JContent class that can be used by content plug-ins and views
  • Complete the new extension updater

Joomla 1.6 requires PHP 5.2 or above, MySQL 5.0.4 or above, and you can try it out by downloading the alpha here.

If you are set in your ways and want the old 1.0 packages, they are still available on JoomlaCode even though there is no support or maintenance offered, and you can get the last and latest version, Joomla! 1.0.15 here.