Joomla Announcements

Joomla 1.7 RC1 Released

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla 1.7 RC1 for download. This is the first release made within the new six-month release cycle that started with the delivery of Joomla 1.6 in January 2011.

What is this release for?

There are several goals for this release:

  1. To allow advance testing of sites and custom extensions so that site administrators and developers can report any problems before the final release.
  2. To raise awareness that the end of the current development cycle is fast approaching.
  3. To allow testing of the upgrade from version 1.6.5 to 1.7.0.

Click here to download.

What is this release NOT for?

This beta version of Joomla 1.7 is not suitable for production sites. It should be used for testing only.

Read more: Joomla 1.7 RC1 Released

Joomla 1.6.5 Released

The Joomla Project announces the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6.5. This is not a security release. This release corrects an issue in the Extension Manager Update program that, in rare instances, can cause files to be deleted during a Joomla version update. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you update to version 1.6.5 prior to updating to version 1.7.0, which will be released on July 19.

If you have experienced problems using the Extension Manager Update with prior versions of 1.6, we recommend that you install the 1.6.5 update package by unpacking the archive file. At that point, you will have the fix installed and you can then use the Extension Manager Update for future updates, including 1.7.0. As always, we recommend that you have a current backup of your site before doing any update.

Please note that, starting with this release, we are providing two update packages only. One is for the most recent release (in this case, 1.6.4 to 1.6.5). The other is for the oldest release (in this case, 1.6.0 to 1.6.5). If you are running version 1.6.4, use the 1.6.4 to 1.6.5 update. If you are running any older 1.6 version (1.6.1, 1.6.2, or 1.6.3), simply use the 1.6.0 to 1.6.5 update package. This will work for any of these versions. It may copy some files that don't need to be copied, but this doesn't hurt anything and ensures that all of your Joomla files are current. We hope this will simplify the update process.

The Production Leadership Team's goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla community. Learn more about Joomla! developement at the Developer Site.


Click here to download Joomla 1.6.5 (Full package) »

Click here to download Joomla 1.6.5 (Upgrade packages) »



Want to test drive Joomla? Try the online demo or the Joomla JumpBox. Documentation is available for beginners.

Please note that you should always backup your site before upgrading.

Release Notes

Check the Joomla 1.6.5 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.


  • No security issues were corrected in this release.

Issues Fixed

Category Summary Link
Installation Automatic db update during upgrades 26284

Statistics for the 1.6.5 release period:

  • Joomla 1.6.5 contains:
    • 1 tracker issue fixed in SVN
    • 0 securities issues fixed

Joomla! Bug Squad

Thanks to the Joomla Bug Squad for their dedicated efforts investigating reports, fixing problems, and applying patches to Joomla. If you find a bug in Joomla, please report it on the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker.

Active members of the Joomla Bug Squad during this last release cycle include: A Firoozmandan, Akarawuth Tamrareang, Amy Stephen, Andrea Tarr, Andrew Eddie, Bill Richardson, Brian Teeman, Christophe Demko, Cristina Solana, Dennis Hermacki, Elin Waring, Ian Galpin, Jacob Waisner, Jean-Marie Simonet, Marius van Rijnsoever, Mark Dexter, Matt Thomas, Michael Babker, Miha Trtnik, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Nikolai Plath, Ole Bang Ottosen, Ronald Pijpers, Rouven Weßling, Rune Sjøen, Samuel Moffatt, Tim Plummer, Tom Fuller, Viet Hoang Vu.

Bug Squad Leadership: Andrew Eddie and Mark Dexter Coordinators; Bill Richardson, Elin Waring, Marijke Stuivenberg, Matt Thomas, and Omar Ramos, Team Leaders.

Joomla! Security Strike Team

A big thanks to the Joomla! Security Strike Team for their ongoing work to keep Joomla secure. Members include: Airton Torres, Alan Langford, Andrew Eddie, Bill Richardson, Elin Waring, Jason Kendall, Louis Landry, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Dexter, Omar Ramos, Rouven Weßling, Samuel Moffatt.


Joomla Community Magazine | July 2011


The July installment of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Here are the stories in this issue:

Editor's Introduction

Happy first birthday, Joomla! Community Magazine!, by Paul Orwig

Feature Stories

Joomla! 1.7 - Division or Fission?, by Hagen Graf
Outsider's View of Joomla!, by Chad Windnagle

Website Case Studies

Website Case Study: Shark Zone, by Hilary Cheyne

Did you know...?

Joomla! 1.7 Highlight - Batch Processing, by Michael Babker

Leadership Connections

Open Source Matters: June 2011 Report, by Paul Orwig

Designers Studio

Free Joomla! 1.6 Templates for Joomla! Community, by Anh Tuan Bui
IE6 and IE7 can see ghosts or validate before your cross browser test, by Anthony Olsen

Joomla! Events and User Groups

JUG Highlight: Joomla! Cape Town, by Jon Neubauer
A Summer of Joomla!, by Jon Neubauer

Developers Workbench

Navigating the code development process (part 2 of 2), by Paul Orwig

The Joomla! Haikus

Post your haikus for July, by Paul Orwig

Joomla! Books

Book Review: "Joomla! Explained" by Steve Burge, by Milena Mitova

Joomla! in the Press/Media

Joomla! in the Press/Media - July 2011, by Mark W. Bender

Help Wanted

The Joomla! project wants you - July 2011, by Paul Orwig

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!