Joomla Announcements

Joomla! launches improved demo in partnership with SiteGround

New York, NY, - September 30, 2014 - Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites and blogs to custom apps and Intranets, today launched a new and improved Joomla Demo service in partnership with SiteGround web hosting company.

The Joomla demo became first available in 2010 and for the last 4 years it has been provided with the help of CloudAccess.net. The change in the official Joomla Demo partner comes after a public RFP by Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM). Several hosting companies have submitted their proposals in response to the request and the SiteGround offer was chosen as the best fit for the objectives set by OSM for the future of the demo service.

The main objective of Joomla Demo is to allow anyone to test freely and easily the full capabilities of Joomla CMS. Through the demo service the user receives access to a free hosting account with a pre-installed Joomla. This saves not only any initial hosting costs, but also all the setup time and effort otherwise needed. Since its launch in 2010 the demo has been very successful and more than 450.000 accounts have been created.

With the new version of the demo launched, Joomla aims to further improve these results by increasing the number of new initial signups and at the same time increasing the percentage of demo accounts that remain active once the demo period is over.

The key improvements in the new Joomla Demo are:

  • The sign up process is faster and easier with fewer fields required and less confusion over versions available.
  • The demo.joomla.com page is responsive, so users on any devices will easily sign up and get started.
  • The duration of the demo is increased from 30 to 90 days, which will allow people more time to play freely with Joomla and will increase the number of sites built during the demo period.
  • The immediate options to continue with a hosted site with the new hosting partner is more affordable than what was previously available, which should also result in less abandonment once the demo is over.

The President of Open Source Matters Inc. Sarah Watz says: “First, I would like to thank our long-term partner CloudAccess.net for being with us through these years and helping us launch the demo initially. And today we are super excited to be able to develop this service further together with SiteGround. Offering the extended demo is great, because with all the neat features in Joomla it takes some time to discover them all and try them out. My hope is that more and more people will fall in love with Joomla when they experience the ease of use and the power of the extendability Joomla offers with the large number of extensions available today.“

Lilyana Yakimova, who is the Marketing Director of SiteGround, says: “The ease of use on each step has been the main guiding principle for us when designing the new demo process. It starts with an easy sign up and immediate access to the Joomla admin. We provide ongoing help with a detailed Joomla video guide and 24/7 support. At the end, we offer the user an affordable and seamless option to keep and further develop the Joomla website built during the demo period. We are looking forward to welcoming the first Joomla Demo users to be hosted by SiteGround!”

About SiteGround

SiteGround is a leading web hosting company with a special focus on Joomla CMS. Its hosting platform is optimized for additional Joomla security with the help of specific account isolation and in-house developed Joomla security plugin and proactive Joomla security monitoring. The performance of Joomla CMS and its loading speed is also enhanced on SiteGround servers with the help of a special caching solution, developed by the company. SiteGround has also been an active sponsor of multiple Joomla events, including the Joomla! World Conference 2012, 2013, and 2014, JAB 2012, 2013 and 2014 and more than 40 other local Joomla! Days for the last 3 years.

About Joomla!

Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 60 million times.

About Open Source Matters, Inc.

Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) is the not for profit organization, created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project.

Editorial Contact:

Sarah Watz for Joomla
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Joomla! 3.3.4 Released

Joomla! 3.3 - Do More

Security ReleaseThe Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.3.4. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla! and addresses two security issues. A 3.2.5 release is also available for users who are still using Joomla! 3.2 which addresses these security issues.

If you are currently running a Joomla! release on a server with PHP 5.3.10 or later, we encourage you to update immediately to Joomla! 3.3.4 via either the one-click update or the update downloads available at http://www.joomla.org/download.html.

Note that in order to update directly to 3.3.4 via the core update component, you must be running 3.2.2 or later due to the raised minimum supported PHP version and the update system not supporting checking the server’s PHP version in older releases. Older 3.x releases will be prompted to update to 3.2.5 before being presented the 3.3.4 update.

Read more: Joomla! 3.3.4 Released

Joomla! 2.5.25 Released

Security ReleaseThe Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.25. This is a security release for the 2.5 series of Joomla! and addresses one moderate level security issue.

The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available here. Note that there are easier and better ways of updating than copying the files with FTP.

2.5 End of Life Update

As previously noted, the 2.5 series will reach end of life at the end of 2014, which will mark the end of support for this series. At this time, we project that 2.5.26 will be the last scheduled maintenance release, due in approximately six to eight weeks, the typical timeframe between Joomla! releases.

Download

New Installations: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.25 (Full package) »

Update Package: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.25 (Update packages) »

Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.

Instructions

*Please clear your browser's cache after upgrading

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

Release Notes

Check the Joomla 2.5.25 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

Statistics for the 2.5.25 release period

Due to the shift from JoomlaCode to the Joomla! Issue Tracker as our issue tracking platform, a consolidated list of tracker issues is not available for this release unfortunately. The consolidated code diff can be found at https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/compare/2.5.24...2.5.25 which includes links to most of the tracker items fixed during this release cycle.

Security Issues Fixed

How can you help Joomla! development?

There are a variety of ways in which you can get actively involved with Joomla! It doesn't matter if you are a coder, an integrator, or merely a user of Joomla!. You can contact the Joomla! Community Development Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get more information, or if you are ready you can jump right into the Joomla! Bug Squad.

The Joomla! Bug Squad is one of the most active teams in the Joomla! development process and is always looking for people (not just developers) that can help with sorting bug reports, coding patches and testing solutions. It’s a great way for increasing your working knowledge of Joomla!, and also a great way to meet new people from all around the world.

If you are interested, please read about us on the Joomla! Documentation Wiki and, if you wish to join, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Bug Squad coordinator.

You can also help Joomla! development by thanking those involved in the many areas of the process. In the past year, for example, over 1,000 bugs have been fixed by the Bug Squad.

Contributors

Thank you to the code contributors and active Bug Squad members that created and tested this release:

Achal Aggarwal, Alex B., Alexander Meier, Andrea Tosti, Arlen Walker, Artur Stępień, Axel Rank, Beat, Ben Griffin, Benjamin Trenkle, Bernard Saulme, Brian Teeman, Chris Davenport, Christopher Valmas, Damien Barrere, David Hurley, Demis Palma, Dennis Hermatski, Dmitry Rekun, Elijah Madden, Eric Fernance, Fedik Zinchuk, George Wilson, Gunjan Patel, Hannes Papenberg, Hayden Young, Hervé Boinnard, Jan Pavelka, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jefersson Nathan, Johannes S-F, Jonny Roger, Julien Vonthron, Lao Neo, Leo Lammerink, Mark Seymour, Marko Đedović, Massimiliano Valentini, Matt Thomas, Michael Babker, Michael Dunkle, Miguel Angel, Nadeeshaan Gunasinghe, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Nick Savov, Niels van der Veer, Oskar Signell, Peter Lose, Peter van Westen, Piotr Moćko, Rafael Berlanda, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Roland Dalmulder, Sander Potjer, Sergey Litvinov, Steve Bink, Tanase ButcaruThomas Hunziker, Tino Brackebusch, Tobias Zulauf, Valentin Despa, Viktor Vogel, Volkmar Schlothauer, Webmaster LPO, Xavier Pallicer.

Joomla! Bug Squad

Thank you 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! Issue Tracker.

Active members of the Joomla! Bug Squad during past 3 months include: A. Booij, Achal Aggarwal, Anja Hage, Beat , Benjamin Trenkle, Bernard Saulme, Brian Teeman, Christiane Maier-Stadtherr, Constantin Romankiewicz, David Jardin, Dennis Hermacki, Elijah Madden, George Wilson, Hans Kuijpers, Hilary Cheyne, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jelle Kok, Jisse Reitsma, Joe Steele, Josien Verreijt, Leo Lammerink, Marcel van Beelen, Marco Richter, Matt Thomas, Max Sarte, Michael Babker, Mikhail M, Nick Savov, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Niels van der Veer, Peter Lose, Peter Wiseman, Piotr Mocko, Robert Dam, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Roland Dalmulder, Sander Potjer, Sergio Manzi, Stefania Gaianigo, Thomas Hunziker, Thomas Jackson, Tobias Zulauf, Todor Iliev, Valentin Despa, Viktor Vogel.

Bug Squad Leadership: Nick Savov, Coordinator.

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, Beat, Bill Richardson, Claire Mandville, David Hurley, Don Gilbert, Gary Brooks, Jason Kendall, Javier Gomez, Jean-Marie Simonet, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Boos, Mark Dexter, Matias Griese, Michael Babker, Nick Savov, Pushapraj Sharma, Roberto Segura, Rouven Weßling, Thomas Hunziker.

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