What’s going on with Joomla 1.6?

  • Student: “What’s going on with Joomla 1.6?”
  • Steve: “User management is going to get more sophisticated, you won’t be restricted to sections and categories for articles any more.”
  • Student: “OK, but these guys are volunteers, right? How much have they got done? When can I see what it’ll look like?”
  • Steve: “Errrrrr ….. ummmm …… when I get back I’ll take some screenshots of the current Alpha version and write a blog about it.”

New Article Manager

  • No more sections and categories. You can have as many levels of categories as you wish.
  • “Frontpage” has been replaced with “Featured” and removed from its own “Frontpage Manager”.
  • Articles is currently under the “Components” menu link. Technically it is com_content, so that makes sense.

Joomla 1.6 Content Categories

New User Groups

  • No more public / registered / special limitations
  • You can create groups and then assign them to different levels
  • The levels will control what users can and cannot do.

Joomla 1.6 User Levels

New User Manager

  • Almost the same as before, plus the ability to assign the user to custom groups.

Joomla 1.6 User

New Menu Manager

  • All of the menu items are in one long list.

Joomla 1.6 Menus

New Extension Installer

  • All of the extensions are listed together under “Manage” regardless of whether they’re components or plugins.
  • “Update” will allow the installation of extension improvements without needing to uninstall and re-install

Joomla 1.6 Extension Installer

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