6 Reasons Why the Latest Version
of one of the Most Known CMS’s is the Greatest Yet
Since its introduction in the year 2005, Joomla has become one of the most broadly adopted open source Content Management Systems (CMS) on the web, providing web publishers with a series of features at zero cost from the very beginning. Now, six years later, Joomla 1.6 has arrived and it is a vast improvement on its predecessor, which had already been around for almost 3 years.
Here is an overview of the core differences that Joomla 1.6 brings along over its predecessor and why they take the usability of this CMS platform to a whole new level.
1. Better Menu Manager: With Joomla 1.5, many users were left disappointed with the lack of depth of the Menu Manager, which at the time just showed four boxed-shaped options at the moment of creating a menu. However, now with Joomla 1.6, users are presented with a much more flexible and integrated Menu Manager that blends in a far more transparent way with the display of menu links.
2. An Overhauled Interface: The new interface of Joomla has received a much welcome improvement as well, with a far more elegant design, better buttons, much better (and more logical) menu organization and many other time-saving details (like the new different SAVE buttons) that make the user experience much smoother overall.
3. Access Levels and Group Organization: With Joomla 1.6, users can choose from many access levels and can also group other users and can assign those groups to any of the existing access level they want.
4. Add Metadata: Joomla 1.6 brings in the possibility of adding meta descriptions and even keywords for categories. Also, articles can change the page title and names can be added to page titles as well.
5. Access Control List: One of the best features that Joomla 1.6 brings over its 1.5 counterpart, is that almost any element of the system can now be controlled using the new ACL system. Also, each element of the ACL System can be accessed in an easier way and can also be set either individually or in groups. And when set individually, items are now able to inherit the settings from items on higher levels, like a single article automatically inheriting the settings from the category to which it belongs.
5. Better Template Styles/Control: The new version of Joomla allows users to apply a series of different setting and looks to any given template and provides also support for layout overrides. And what makes this new feature even more interesting, is that it applies to front end templates and to administrator templates as well.
In summary, the new version of Joomla is by far a vast improvement over its predecessor in ways that will appeal to both advanced users and novices alike. With these changes this CMS platform instantly becomes far more interesting, which will help it acquire users in greater numbers.
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