Joomla! CMS 3.3 Beta Released
The Joomla! Project has announced the release of Joomla 3.3 Beta, before the forthcoming launch of Joomla 3.3 stable release which is scheduled on April 22, 2014. The beta version is intended ONLY for testing purposes, since there is no further upgrade path from it. The members of the Joomla! community have been encouraged to download and install the package for testing so that they could provide their feedback and quality assurance before the stable version Joomla 3.3 is released later this month.
Joomla.org said in the announcement that Joomla! 3.3 will be their “most stable release ever”. Currently they are at about 290 commits since version 3.2.3 was released and 39 people had contributed to those commits. This includes only coding activity; testing and other non-coding activities have not been included.
Joomla! 3.3 will be the fourth standard-term support release in the 3.x release series. Switching from 3.2 to 3.3 will be a one-click upgrade and not a migration. This procedure will also be followed in all the subsequent releases of the 3.x series. The community also discouraged production site owners from downloading the beta release, stating that there is no further upgrade path from Beta. It is meant for use only on test sites.
Extension developers have also been encouraged to work with this beta release in order to build extensions for the General Availability release of Joomla! CMS 3.3 and stated that there “shouldn’t be any backward compatibility issues. Users have been asked to test the release package for issues and report the issues in the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker.
What’s new in Joomla! CMS 3.3
The tagline of the release is ‘Do More’. The graphics used denotes more usage of jQuery, microdata, Joomla! security, cloud storage API and front end development. Amongst the missing features is front-end module editing. 3.3+ requires PHP 5.3.10 or above. The security includes BCrypt password hashing, two-factor authentication, improved ‘Remember Me’, and the ability to flag users to reset passwords. The release also includes lesser MooTools and more jQuery for which more than 25 script elements have been rewritten. The router performance includes better caching and OOP based router classes. The microdata include better search engine optimization and more accessible information. Included cloud storage applications are Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google and Rackspace. The Joomla! framework has been integrated using CLI application output processors.
Joomla! 3.3 is scheduled for release on April 22, 2014, after which the stable version will be free to download and use with General Availability.