Content management system software Joomla helps you develop websites and online apps free of cost. Joomla can be distinguished from others due to its ease of use. After a long wait, the latest version of Joomla, 1.6 is finally here! With it’s all new features, it is sure to be in spotlight.
Access Control List
Joomla 1.5 reportedly had issues over controlling a multitude of access levels and membership. But its successor allows you to be in charge of both the front-end and the back-end of the website, where you will be able to manage what your webpage users can view and access. This is possible with the new Access Control List (ACL) which will permit administrators to modify the creation of user groups and setting permissions for users in order to access the site’s different features. With this, you no longer need to count on third-party extensions. This is of great assistance as Joomla is a preferred name in various intranet environments.
Auto-update of core and extensions
With Joomla 1.6, updating the core and extensions can be performed at the blink of an eye. The extensions can be updated with the help of an auto-update tool and an in-built plugin manager. For new updates and security releases, you will be provided with a choice to automatically update the core. This is a boon for administrators who need to manage numerous websites and manifold extensions.
New Template Styles
With this feature, variant of an existing template can be comfortably created with the modifications wished by the designer. These newly created templates can then be added to different webpages. Also a series of new templates bestow the admin interface a new look.
Upload multiple files together
Joomla 1.6 comes with a new media uploader allows the admin to upload numerous files at the same time. Mass uploading of these files decreases the time required and prevents repeating a task over and over again.
Install Multiple Extensions with the New Package Installation Facility
The new feature for package installation allows installing multiple extensions simultaneously. Extensions come as a package consisting of the necessary files, plugins and modules which can be installed together just by installing the package.
4 Alternative Layouts
With Joomla 1.5 you could override the core layouts with the help of the template overriding feature. Things are more convenient with 1.6, where the admin can have a better control over demonstrating articles, web links, news feeds, contacts, etc. The four layout choices are Component, Module, Menu Item and category.
No more spams
Spamming by new users and guests can be stopped altogether in Joomla 1.6. Registrations as new users await approval from the administrator who can simply reject the fake accounts.
Enhanced SEO Functions
Designers and admins can now assign meta-descriptions and meta-keywords to various categories, articles and items from the menu. Also, the title of an HTML page can be changed as per requirements and can even be provided with a site name. This enables the admin to gain enhanced control over the way content is displayed in his site.
No more 404
Good news for all you admins out there! You can now move an old page to a new address without being worried. Your site visitors will no longer have to read the four undesirable words ‘404 Page Not Found’. Instead, they will be automatically redirected to the site’s new address.
Configure Module to hide it from Selected Page
Joomla 1.6 lets you configure the modules in a way as to publish them on the pages that you have NOT selected. No, you did not read it wrong. I said, module content can be published on the pages that have not been selected by you and hidden from the chosen page. This can be done by publishing the modules on ‘All Pages Except Selected’.
These are some of the most expedient features offered by the Joomla 1.6 for designers and admins. Joomla users worldwide have started upgrading to this much awaited and coveted version. What are you waiting for?
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