Latest version of open source content management system unveiled
BY PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus – Joomla, the open source CMS has just taken the wraps off Joomla 1.6 designed with enhanced site control and a more polished user interface.
Version 1.6 offers new tools include a more robust organisational structure for content control.
“With new features and capabilities such as the hierarchical design of the access control system, semantic XHTML layouts, one-click extension updates and multi-language functionality, Joomla 1.6 has evolved to become the most user-friendly and powerful tool yet to develop a web presence,” said Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, a not-for-profit created to provide organization, legal, and financial support to the Joomla project. “This has been accomplished through the tireless feedback and work on 1.6 by the thousands of members of the Joomla community over the past year.”
Joomla said it had been downloaded over 22 million times.
Joimla 1.6 features a w Access Control System which enables site administrators to control who can view and manage content. It also claims to offer unlimited so-called ‘Depth Organizational Model’, which apparently gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that enable the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organising content and other media types as are required.
V1.6 also has ‘One-Click Extension Updates’, which enable users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions.
1.6 also features ‘Semantic XHTML Layouts’, which provide a baseline for content presentation, as well as offering multi-language functionality.
“The current Joomla Platform provides developers with the tools they need to rapidly build the Web of the future” commented Ron Severdia, a member of the Joomla production leadership team. “Although 1.6 is being released today, the Joomla production team is not resting on its laurels. We’re hard at work developing even more powerful Joomla features for the future, such as new search capabilities and new ways to leverage website content.”