The much-loved content management system has evolved again with Joomla 5, which offers a ton of intriguing new features. The main objective of the new edition is to further enhance your online experience by building on the advantages of Joomla 4.x. To put it briefly, Joomla 5 focuses on making Joomla Secure, Quick, Easy to Use, Customizable, and Yours.
Core Updates in Joomla 5
- Performance: Faster load times to keep your visitors engaged.
- Accessibility: Inclusive design for all users, regardless of abilities.
- Security: Enhanced protection against online threats.
- Extensibility: A vibrant ecosystem of extensions and templates.
- Customization: Tailor your website to your unique vision.
In this blog post, we'll dive into the key features of Joomla 5, grouped into categories for easy understanding.
Performance and Technology Upgrades
PHP 8.2 and MySQL 8.0.11+
Joomla 5 ensures compatibility with MySQL 8.0.11+ and adds support for PHP 8.2, embracing the latest technology. These updates improve performance and strengthen the security and long-term viability of your Joomla 5 website.
Codebase Cleanup and Optimization
We are devoting time on codebase optimization and cleanliness as part of our dedication to providing top-notch goods and guaranteeing a seamless launch of Joomla 5. Through this approach, we hope to improve our products' security, performance, and maintainability while maintaining compatibility with the most recent version of Joomla.
Here's what you can expect from our codebase cleanup and optimization initiative:
- Improved Performance
- Enhanced Security
- Maintainability and Compatibility
Backward Compatibility - Behavioral Plugin
We are aware that platform changes can occasionally make the upgrade to Joomla 5, the most recent version, difficult. In order to facilitate this shift for you, we have implemented a Behavioral Plugin.
What does this mean for you?
- For Upgrades: If you are upgrading from a previous Joomla version (prior to 5.0), the Behavioral Plugin will be automatically activated. This ensures that your existing extensions and configurations continue to work seamlessly with Joomla 5.
- For New Joomla! 5 Installations: If you are starting fresh with Joomla 5, the Behavioral Plugin may be disabled by default. You can choose to enable it if you have extensions that require backward compatibility support.
- Version Compatibility: Depending on the extensions you use, you may need to specify the required backward compatibility version (for example, 4.0). This indicates that your extensions rely on the backward-compatible polyfills based on Joomla 4.0 version and need the Behavioral Plugin in Joomla 5.
This functionality makes sure that your extensions and configurations continue to work while the upgrade is happening, so you can enjoy the smoothest possible Joomla 5 experience.
Passwordless Authentication with Passkeys
Joomla 5 features a sophisticated authentication mechanism called "Passkey." This feature improves security and convenience by enabling passwordless authentication for your Joomla website.
Here's what you need to know:
- HTTPS Requirement: To access the Passkey features, your site must be accessed over HTTPS. This ensures a secure connection between your browser and the website.
- Certificate Authority: To register and use passkeys for login, your website must have a valid SSL certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority. This ensures the highest level of security and trustworthiness for your users' credentials.
With Passkey, you can enjoy a passwordless and secure authentication experience on your Joomla website, offering a more convenient and reliable way to access your site.
User Experience Enhancements
Dark Mode for Administrator
Your Joomla administrative experience is much more flexible with Joomla 5. Now, the administrator template will adjust to your preference automatically if your device is in dark mode.
This feature allows the Joomla 5 administrator template to recognize when your device is in dark mode and automatically change to a dark mode appearance. This offers users who like darker interfaces a more cozy and aesthetically pleasant experience.
Expanded Font Selection in Cassiopeia
With Joomla 5, you have more font options when utilizing the Cassiopeia default design. You can now choose from a number of system fonts right in the template.
There is no need for third-party services like Google Fonts because these fonts are integrated into the system. You are able to be adaptable.
Fontawesome 6 Integration
Stay up-to-date with the latest icons and symbols. Joomla 5 integrates Fontawesome 6, giving you access to a fresh set of icons to enhance your website's visual appeal.
Installation Progress Bar
The procedure of installing Joomla should be clear-cut and uncomplicated. An installation progress indicator has been added to Joomla 5 to improve the installation experience. Put an end to your curiosity about what goes on behind the scenes!
During installation, the conventional spinning Joomla logo is replaced by an installation progress bar. Users may now see a clear visual indicator of the installation status, which increases confidence and clarity while setting up.
Content Management Improvements and SEO
Rich Snippets Enhancement
Joomla 5 has taken a significant step in optimizing your website's visibility in search engine results. Search engines like Google utilize structured data to generate rich snippets that enhance the display of your content in search results.
Joomla formerly featured a function for generating rich snippets, but it was difficult to modify from the backend because it was dependent on hard-coded inline microdata. Joomla 5 has now made this process simpler.
The new System plugin Schema.org allows you to add and configure structured data straight from the Joomla backend. Start by inputting the basic information about your business. Next, select an article type from a list of options on the Schema tab, including BlogPosting, Books, Events, Vacancies, Organizations, Persons, and Recipes.
Depending on your selection, specific schema.org fields will be available, allowing you to provide additional information like preparation time, ingredients, and more. This structured data is intended for search engines and helps improve the visibility of your content in search results, making it more informative and engaging for users.
300 Characters for Meta Description
Improve your website's SEO with longer meta descriptions of up to 300 characters. This allows you to provide more detailed and engaging information to potential visitors.
AVIF Support in Media Manager
Joomla 5 allows you to take advantage of the AVIF image format in the media manager. This modern image format provides better compression and image quality, improving your website's loading speed and user experience.
Code Mirror 6 and TinyMCE Editor 6.7
Joomla 5 upgrades its code and text editors to Code Mirror 6 and TinyMCE Editor 6.7, enhancing the editing experience and providing more features for content creators.
Align Images in TinyMCE
Editing content becomes more seamless with the ability to align images directly in the TinyMCE editor. No more manual adjustments required, saving you time and effort.
Password Requirements Checklist
Users can now change their passwords through the profile page of your website with ease thanks to Joomla 5. You will now get precise information about the minimum password requirements and if the password you have chosen satisfies them when you update it.
This function gives you peace of mind about the security of your account while preserving user-friendliness by making sure your password is both safe and adheres to the required criteria.
User action Logs Improvements
In Joomla 5, we've enhanced the Action Logs feature to provide more detailed insights into user activities on your website. Now, you'll find additional functions added to the action logs, including:
- Creation of New Custom Field by a User
- Edit of Custom Field by a User
- User Blocking
- User Unblocking
- User Not Found
Improved Smart search
- Search in Custom Fields
Easily search and filter content by custom fields, making it simpler to find specific information within your website.
- Photos of Contacts in Search Results
Enhance the user experience by displaying contact photos in search results, adding a personal touch to your website.
- Hide/Show Archived Articles in Search Results
Tailor search results by deciding whether archived articles should be displayed or hidden, offering more control over your website's content.
You now have access to a potent content management system (CMS) with Joomla 5, enhanced by some fascinating new features and improvements. Whatever your role in website management—content developer, administrator, or creator—Java 5 has something to offer to improve and personalize your experience. Get Joomla 5 now to take advantage of these amazing features!