It's not so long now to wait for Joomla 4 to enter the market. Presumably, Joomla 4 will be released in the 1st quarter of 2020. At the same time, Joomla 3.9 will be supported for 2 years and this is quite a sufficient period for reflection and transition to a new platform. It is important to understand that Joomla 4 will only work on PHP 7.
Although Joomla has improved over time, it has been developed using technologies from a decade ago. To date, Joomla is no longer in line with modern technology.
For this reason, Joomla is simply obligated to change in order to catch up with modern technologies and meet the needs of users.
Key changes in Joomla 4
Joomla 4 is a completely new platform that resembles Joomla 3 only in some visual features.
Joomla 4 is a new step in the evolution of Joomla. It will become more powerful, but at the same time, easier to use. Significantly improve and expand the unique characteristics that distinguish Joomla from other CMS.
The priority areas for the development of Joomla 4 are the creation of the ability to upgrade the kernel with just one button, as well as minimal backward compatibility for existing extensions.
The Joomla 4 framework is a combination of vertical components, such as content or users, and horizontal components, such as workflow, tagging, and versions. This means that while development is going on in the core of Joomla, at the same time all new features of the functional, such as publishing, tagging, etc., will be automatically added and will be available for configuration in Joomla.
Modern CSS framework
Joomla 4 and its newer versions will use Bootstrap 4.
Joomla 4 limits the responsibilities of a component. A component is only required to implement its own basic functionality. Everything else is embedded in the system. Thanks to this, the amount of code during development will be significantly reduced. Components will use the Command Line Interface (CLI) to simplify and expand the functionality where another multitask controller is located. The way Joomla uses MVC to determine the orthogonal structure of components and their operation.
Why should users, and especially developers, pay attention to Joomla 4?
Joomla 4 is a giant step forward and a huge gap from the previous version of Joomla. Developers will have to change the code in their extensions to make them compatible with Joomla 4.
However, the good news is that Joomla 4 simplifies the work of developers to create extensions with free tags, versions, etc. The new version supports many improvements to cancel unnecessary standard tasks that will greatly facilitate the solution of developer tasks in this CMS.
For end users, Joomla 4 will be a real breakthrough, simplified installation, a more understandable and comprehensive configuration of the admin panel, simple configuration of modules, an improved media manager and much more are planned. Since the system is largely user-oriented, Joomla 4 will become a real favorite among CMS for end users.
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