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November 06, 2013 10:00 ET

New Joomla! 3.2 Adds Record Number of New Features and Improvements to Popular CMS

Extensions Overhauled Resulting in Most Simple and Straightforward Joomla CMS Yet

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 6, 2013) - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets, today announced the immediate availability of Joomla 3.2. The newest CMS offers a revamped extension development and installation process, and contains a record number of new features and improvements. The new enhancements -- including version control, Rapid Application Development (RAD), an extension finder, bcrypt and two-factor authentication -- are designed to make this the most simple and secure Joomla CMS yet.

"Joomla is growing at a furious pace, with more than 45 million downloads to date -- and a broader audience means it's more important than ever that the latest version be as simple, stable and straightforward as possible," said Paul Orwig, president of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organizational, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. "So with 3.2 we worked hard to make sure you don't have to be an expert to quickly tap the sheer power of Joomla!"

More details about the key features in Joomla 3.2 include:

  • Version Control - Enables a Joomla administrator to revert to an older version of content on a website and compare side-by-side to see what changes have been made.
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD) - RAD simplifies the process for a developer to write their own Joomla extensions; apps that enhance a Joomla site like calendars, videos or polls
  • Extension Finder - This simplifies the process of searching for and installing Joomla extensions by allowing users to do all that directly from within their admin view with just a few clicks. The previous processes included separate steps to first search for and download extensions to a desktop, and then log in to the Joomla admin view and install those extensions.
  • Bcrypt - A strong encryption method that scrambles passwords stored in a Joomla website's database.
  • Two-factor Authentication - In order for a change to be made to a Joomla website, there can be an optional requirement for a user to fill out another form of authentication (other than a username/password). Two-factor authentication can be anything like entering an auto-generated code that is texted to a person's mobile phone.
  • User Interface Improvements - The new Joomla 3.2 administration interface is more streamlined and task-focused.

Other important new Joomla 3.2 features include but are not limited to an improved template manager, multi-lingual site installer, improved WYSIWYG editor, AJAX interface, micro-data semantics library, and HTML form fields and attributes.

"The beauty of Joomla is that the more people get involved, the more amazing ideas we can get implemented," said Nick Savov of the Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT). "With 3.2, there was definitely no shortage of enhancements with more than 600 combined new features and de-bugs."

Joomla 3.2 is truly a collaborative community-driven software project developed with the feedback gathered from more than 2.8 million Joomla forum posts, 620,000 Joomla forum members and data from more than 7,100 Joomla extensions. To demo Joomla 3.2 go to www.demo.joomla.org, download it go to www.joomla.org/download.html and access a complete list of new features go to www.joomla.org/3-2.

About Joomla!
Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 45 million times.

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