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11 January 2011, 12:15

Joomla 1.6 brings with full-scale user and rights management

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Almost three years after the previous major version became available, a new release of the Joomla Content Management System has now arrived. The new version 1.6 of the CMS is based on PHP 5 or, to be more precise, on 5.2.x; support for PHP 4 was discontinued with the release of the new version. The developers also removed the legacy code introduced in Joomla 1.5, which has improved code clarity and has also reduced the amount of code by about 30%.

Although the developers speak of hundreds of new features, the new version's visual appearance is still very similar to that of the previous one, and it shouldn't take experienced Joomla users long to find their way around. One of the highlights is the new "Access Control List" (ACL) feature, which replaces the previous user manager. The old manager was only partially suitable for professional use. The new access control feature allows administrators to configure custom groups and assign arbitrary groups to user accounts. Separate viewing levels and access levels can be configured for the groups. In addition to the factory-set access levels, Admins can define further custom levels.

Joomla, which means "all together" in Swahili, now offers expanded language features to provide improved multi-lingual support. The most prominent of them is the Language Switcher module, which displays a selection box with all available languages in the front end. However, it doesn't replace the JoomFish translation manager. The developers also considerably improved the integrated help section. Changes in terms of extension development mainly affect the system's Component View and Module Cache. Another new addition is the update section, which is designed to allow users to update their extensions automatically.

In addition to a starter package, users who want to familiarise themselves with the new Joomla can access a YouTube channel, set up to coincide with the release, where numerous videos discussing the new features and demonstrating, for instance, the best way of updating a system to the new version.


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