Yes, it's summer and you're probably thinking more about sun, surf and sand than systems administration. Who can blame you?
But then, the world moves on, now doesn't it? Today we have the pleasure of reminding you Joomla procrastinators that it's the end of the road for Joomla 1.0. Yep, it's time to upgrade.
The Joomla team gave the world a heads-up back in November 2008 and now the official end-of-life is upon us. Here's a quick recap of how we got to this point and some important considerations for Joomla site managers.
From Mambo to Joomla
Joomla 1.0 was released on September 16th, 2005. The Joomla Project itself sprung out of a fork of the Mambo Project in August the same year. The first version of Joomla was simply an improved version of Mambo 4.5.3, but soon took on it's own life.
A few years later, in 2007, the Alpha version of Joomla 1.1 was announced and subsequently renamed to what we today know as Joomla 1.5.
Since the release of Joomla 1.5, as many as 12 versions of Joomla 1.5 have been released. Joomla continues to grow as a hugely successful open source project. In fact, the significant milestone of 10 million downloads of Joomla was just reached.
[Editor's Note: For an in-depth look at the Joomla project, see our State of the Project Report: Joomla! Web CMS from March of this year.]
Dropping Joomla 1.0 Support Boosts the 1.6 Team
As of July 22, 2009, the Joomla 1.0.x series will no longer be supported. What this means is that there will be no more security or functionality patches for Joomla 1.0. The focus of the development team is now on the current Joomla 1.5 and the upcoming Joomla 1.6.
As with Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5, the new version 1.6 will be launched alongside Joomla 1.5. The latter will be available and supported for at least 3 years, according to Andrew Eddie (@AndewEddie) of the Joomla Core team.
Joomla 1.6 will be taking even further steps away from the original codebase and will be more modern in it's architecture.
Should I Upgrade?
Even though you can still run Joomla 1.0 on your sites, I personally believe you should do your best to upgrade to a more current version of the software.
You might decide to wait until Joomla 1.6 is released, which most likely will happen at the end of 2009, but generally the very first release is only for the brave. And let's face it, if you're still running 1.0, you might not fit in this category.
The current version, Joomla 1.0.15 is said to be quite secure and stable. Even though there won't be any more patches for Joomla 1.0, third-party developers might, and probably will, come forward and solve any issues with the code base in the future.
Therefore, you are most likely OK sticking with Joomla 1.0.15 for a while longer. The functionality you're missing out on is a different story.
Templates and Extensions
Another issue with using Joomla 1.0 is the lack of new development for the platform. The majority of template and extension providers develop their products for Joomla 1.5 native only. This means it will be harder and harder to stay in the Joomla 1.0 world -- especially if you're a web designer creating client sites.
As the Joomla community says goodbye to an old friend -- we all look forward to meeting the promising offspring, Joomla 1.6. Catch a Joomla 1.6 preview here and stay tuned to CMSWire as the official release makes it's way public during2009 and 2010.