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Joomla 3.0 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Improvements in Joomla 3.0

clock December 18, 2012 07:45 by author Jervis

Before we start, here's a reminder of the three key things you needs to know about Joomla 3:

- What is great about Joomla 3? Mobile. Joomla will be the first major, mobile CMS.
- Who is Joomla 3 for? Early adopters. You will be able to build sites with Joomla 3 as soon as it is launched. However, as with the first release of most software, there's no need to rush in and use the first version.

1. Sample Data Choices At Installation

Instead of a choice for sample data or no sample data, you can now choose different subsets of sample data. In addition to the actual data, there are some layout and module choices included in the samples.

The Blog sample data sets up the site automatically with a category called Blog and all the sample posts on the home page. If all you want to do is create a very simple blog, this is a great shortcut. It's easy to see how this could be expanded to allow template companies, extension developers and others to easily create great sample installs.

2. Common design features for the user interface

The Save button is now highlighted and the whole set of action buttons has moved to the top-left rather than the top-right.
Many settings have now been placed inside tabs.
Yes / No buttons are color-coded with green and red.
There's a left-hand side navigation on many screens.

3. Bulk Image Uploads

In Joomla 2.5 bulk uploads were possible via a Flash Uploader, but it didn't work for a lot of people. And besides, Flash is on it's way out.

Joomla 3 has a bulk image upload feature that works great and works by default:

4. The Disappearance of Pop-up Windows

OK, it's hard to take a screenshot of something that isn't there, but the Options button is a good example. There are many fewer pop-up windows in Joomla 3 than in previous versions. 

Many options have been moved to tabs or can now be accessed via the left-hand side menus.

The disappearance of pop-up windows undoubtedly helps with making Joomla more mobile-friendly.

5. Unified Component Options

We mentioned that pop-up window for options had disappeared. What happens instead?

You now get sent to one single, unified options area for all your components. This makes setting up your site, and particularly permissions, much easier.

6. Drag and Drop

Re-ordering lists in Joomla has always been cumbersome. Now you can re-order items with drag and drop.

- Click the Order icon at the top of pages such as the Article Manager.

- You'll now see icons at the beginning of each row.
- Mouse over the icons to get the drag symbol.
- You can drag the item to any position on the line that you want.

7. Article Editing

Using tabs for additional options allows more room for the article editor.
No more cramped edit window.
Image options are easier to read and more convenient.

8. Context Menus

Context menus have been added to lists for quick editing and configuration. You can modify items in lists via options that are directly next to them. No more wandering off to other parts of the screen to find a button.




Joomla 3.0 Hosting - ASPHostPortal:: 10 Reasons to Choose Joomla 3

clock October 29, 2012 08:12 by author Jervis

The Key Points

If you know nothing about Joomla 3 yet, here are the 3 key points:

What is great about Joomla 3? Mobile. Joomla will be the first major, mobile CMS.

Who is Joomla 3 for? Early adopters. You will be able to build sites with Joomla 3 as soon as it is launched. However, as with the first release of most software, there's no need to rush in and use the first version.

I am on Joomla 2.5. What do I do? You can stay right where you are for now. Joomla 2.5 is a wonderful version of Joomla and will be supported until 2014.

1) The First, Major Mobile CMS

This is the version that will bring Joomla up-to-speed with the mobile revolution that is taking over the web.

It's predicted that, as soon next year, more people will be online via their phone than a desktop. The mobile version of your site may soon be more important than the desktop version.

Joomla 3 is using Bootstrap to make sure that the visitor and administrator areas are mobile-friendly.

Joomla will become the first major content management system to be 100% mobile-friendly by default.

2) 10 Second Installations

The installation process for Joomla 3 is much quicker and better designed. There are now only three steps in the process. Some people report being able to finish the installation screens in less then 10 seconds.

Here are how the installation screens look:

3) Improved Administration Area

When you go to login to your new Joomla site, you'll notice the new dark-blue color scheme for the first time:

Login and you'll see that the main admin screen has been overhauled.

The dashboard is entirely made up of modules so you can customize it to your needs.

Here are the six main areas of the Joomla 3 dashboard:

1. Menu bar: This is largely unchanged from Joomla 2.5
2. Extra links: These have been radically simplified. Many were moved to area #6 in the footer.
3. Sub menu: These provide important sub-menu links for the current page that you're on.
4. Dashboard modules: These are modules and can easily be replaced, depending on your sites needs.
5. Quick icons: In Joomla 2.5 these took up the entire central area of the dashboard. They're now neatly organized on the right-hand side.
6. Footer links: Many of the links from area #2 are now down here.

4) Mobile-Friendly Admin Area

The Joomla 3 administrator area is now fully mobile-friendly. Here's what the main dashboard area looks like on an iPhone

Here's the Artlcle Manager in the mobile view:

Here's the toolbar that you'll see when editing something:

5) Revamped Article Screen

One of the most common complaints were heard with Joomla 2.5 was that the article writing screen was far too small.

There were too many options on the page and the actual editor area was tiny. In Joomla 3, the article screen is given almost the full width of the page:

The article screen also allows us to see several other usability improvement in Joomla 3

First, tabs. In Joomla 2.5 the extra options were scatted all over the screen. Now almost all of the extra options are now organized into tabs across the top the screen:

Second, the right-hand column. No longer cluttered with 1001 options, only the most important are placed in the right-hand column:

6) Drag-and-Drop

You can enable drag-and-drop sorting in almost any screen. First, choose to sort by Ordering:

Then you'll be able to drag-and-drop all of the items on the page:

7) Unified Configuration

With Joomla 2.5, it was hard to update the site's configuration options. You needed to visit each part of the site individually to configure it.

This should make it much faster to complete tasks such as setting up permissions. You can click through the permissions screens far more quickly on Joomla 3 than you ever could with Joomla 2.5:

8) Quicker Choices

Work is still going on with this improvement, but the plan is to allow people to search and select much more quickly. The example below is assigning a module to certain pages. If you type in the name of the menu link, Joomla will automatically show you the choices that match.

Here's an example of searching for a position to place a module in:

9) Mobile-Friendly Front-end Template

There is a new front-end template for Joomla called Protostar. The design is fully reponsive:

One nice extra touch is that all the module positions are logically labeled. In Joomla 2.5, the naming conventions were a mess and users struggled to work out the differences between position-10, position-11 and more. Now you'll see labels like these:

Navigation [position-1]
Top center [position-3]
Right [position-7]

10) Your Choice of Updates

Joomla 3 will be a available as a one-click update option from Joomla 2.5, but it won't be offered by default yet. As with the first release of most software, there's no need to rush in and update immediately.

Joomla 3 will not be offered as an update option until next year when Joomla 3.5 is released. Even then, people will have the choice of whether to update or not. Here's the Joomla 2.5 update options screen:

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