The new Joomla versions roadmap
If you use Joomla you are no doubt confused about the direction that the Joomla versions are taking. I admit, I work with Joomla daily and it has been confusing for even me to follow. If you Google “Joomla roadmap” the first result is from 2007, and the rest of the results are just as topical.
You won’t find much helpful info until you look for “Joomla versions“, and even then it’s not official info, it’s blog posts from other Joomla companies. No matter, I’m happy to see Joomla is progressing in the right direction finally.
The official Joomla channel posted this video showing the detailed Joomla roadmap and explains the new Joomla versions in detail.
If you cannot watch the video, in a nutshell, Ron Severdia of the Production Leadership Team explains the versions and Sandy Ordonez asks various questions.
Joomla will go from 1.7 -> 1.8 -> 2.0. Minor releases will be 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and long term releases will end in .5. So a long term release will be 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 for example. These long term releases will be supported for 18 months. Minor releases will not have new features, just bug and security fixes. Long term releases will have bug and security fixes, as well as potentially new toys and changes.
The most important takeaway from this is to make sure you upgrade to Joomla 1.7 as soon as possible. This will be the first version with one click updating from inside your administrator control panel. In a previous blog post I covered why you would want to upgrade soon. All in all, it will make your life easier and upgrades a snap.
Are the new Joomla versions confusing to you? Did this post help?