!, the open-source content-management system has reached a major milestone today with the release of Joomla! 1.5
. Like similar projects WordPress
can be used to drive a blog or full website. Joomla!, which formed in 2005 as a fork of Mambo
has a strong developer community and focuses on being simple, elegant and flexible.
The API has received significant updates in Joomla! 1.5, for both the interface and the structural framework. The administrative interface is now more streamlined and easier to use. It is now easy to add and manage media items directly into posts. There are also improved pagination controls and search-engine friendly URLs.
Designers now have greater control over how their layouts, and can automatically override a custom solution over the table-heavy output from Joomla! of old. This model is being adopted into third-party extensions. Additionally designers can now create custom modules to have greater control over how their sites look.
For developers, significant changes to the API are aimed to make Joomla! easily workable with future enhancements. The Joomla! 1.5 API is object oriented and pattern based, while also offering compatibility with both PHP 4.3 and PHP 5.
All in all, the enhancements look pretty impressive and we cannot wait to try out the new Joomla!. Stay tuned to DownloadSquad as we compare other content-management systems later this week.