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Joomla 1.7 is being phased out, Joomla 2.5 is Available Now for Download

For those who just started using Joomla 1.7 it is being phased out Feb 24, 2012.   Joomla 2.5 is already here and available for download at Joomla.org and here is a message from their site regarding the update:

 Along with New Features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla core and extension updates, the Joomla CMS for the first time includes multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server. Previous versions of Joomla were compatible exclusively with MySQL databases.

It will be fun trying to search for all the new Joomla 2.5 features.  I will let you know what I find.  From initial glance at the new version it looks like a big overhaul and lots of great features.  If you are using Joomla 1.7, there is an update package available to upgrade to Joomla 2.5.



  1. Theresa

    Hi Elaine,

    Quick question, comparing wordpress and joomla, which one will be easier to use and easier to support for long run for an user without much experience in programming who wish to have an electronic commerce website in near future?

    Thank you very much. Your website is very informative and easy to follow.

    1. Elaine

      Hi Theresa,
      The last time I used Virtuemart in Joomla I wasn’t all that impressed with it. It took some time to understand how to configure it and would require lots of time to pretty it up. With WordPress, although there is setup required but at least the backbone and frontend are all ready for you to start configuring your product category, store layout, payment options, etc. Joomla you will need to research different Virtuemart components you might want to add to enhance the functionality. For a longer term solution, I would definitely pick WordPress ecommerce solutions. I’ve written some posts about some ecommerce WordPress Themes, here is a link to one.
      WordPress Argentum.

      But it’s up to your personal preference. These are just my suggestions.

      Thanks for your comments and visit. Let me know if you have any questions.

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