Joomla is an open source content management system (CMS) that has become an extensible solution for those who plan to establish a website and expand the utilization of various online applications. Joomla provides easy management of web contents such as text documents, images, music, videos, links, without the need for the administrator to acquire extensive web technical skills.
A number of personal, corporate, government, business, online publications, and e-commerce web sites are currently using Joomla in their system. This attests to how popular and in-demand this system has become since its release in 2005. Therefore, since more and more web developers see great web management and development opportunities with Joomla, the project and leadership teams, together with their development sponsors, continue to develop the overall Joomla system by providing the public with newer versions that promise enhanced core features and applications.
At present, there are already five versions of Joomla. On September 16, 2005, the first version of Joomla 1.0 was released. On January 22, 2008, Joomla version 1.5 was released. On April 4, 2011, Joomla version 1.5.23 was released. On January 10, 2011, Joomla version 1.6.0 was released. And, last July 19, 2011, the newest Joomla version 1.7.0 was released.
Many have been asking and comparing these versions to find out what is the best version of Joomla. Well, it is inevitable that people would think that the newer version is always better than the previous ones. Some would even think that Joomla 1.0 is outdated because a newer version has come out. To determine which version is best, we have to look at specific details like which version is most convenient for your intended use, which version allows multiple uses of Joomla extensions, and so forth.
Remember that each version varies from one another. Consumers’ review cited that Joomla version 1.5 has legacy extension compatibility and allows more use of extensions and applications unlike Joomla version 1.6.0 that has limited compatibility. They suggested that there are projects that work best in one version but messes up when turned and used with another version.
So, what I am trying to say here is, plot the purpose and workflow of the website you want to create before you select any version of Joomla. For beginners, it’s always safe to start with the basic—Joomla version 1.0. If you have mastered the workings of the first version, you may level up to the next version until you find the one best version that will cater to all your web management needs. Remember, Joomla is a free CMS so it’s not like you have to pay to go from Joomla 1.0 to Joomla 1.5. to 1.6 and then to Joomla 1.7.