Joomla! 1.7.5 Released

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 1.7.5. This is a security release.

Note that most users should update their sites to version 2.5.1 instead, which is now released. Version 1.7.5 is only intended for those users who for some reason are unable to update to version 2.5.1. Version 1.7 will reach end of life on 24 February 2012.

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

If you are upgrading your existing 1.7 site, you should be aware that the method of upgrading has changed since Joomla 1.5 so we recommend you look at the instructions.


Click here to download Joomla 1.7.5 (Full package) »

Click here to download Joomla 1.7.5 (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.


The February issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here!

Our stories:


Open Minds, by Alice Grevet


JAB is not Just Another Beer!, by Dianne Henning

5 Great SEO Resources: Be Your Very Own SEO Expert for Free, by Milena Mitova

The Roadmap For a Great Joomla! 3.0 UX, by Paul Orwig


Leadership Highlights from January 2012, by Alice Grevet


Joomla ACL: Access Levels, by Jen Kramer


Post your haikus for February, by Paul Orwig


Website Case Study: FTSE Global Markets, by Dianne Henning


The Joomla! Project Wants You - February 2012, by Paul Orwig


Help! With 1.7 Out and 2.5 Just In, What Should I Do? Upgrade or Wait?, by Milena Mitova


JoomlaDay events: From Bangkok to Guatemala City, by Jacques Rentzke


Developing a Smart Search Plugin, by Michael Babker

Customizing an Extension's Edit Screen, by Randy Carey


Microformats – a way to display more content in the search engines, by Grigor Mihov


Joomla! in the Press/Media - February 2012, by Mark W. Bender


Download the Free Joomla! 2.5 - Beginner's Guide, by Hagen Graf


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!

Joomla 2.5

Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to Intranets, today announces the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5. 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.

“Multi-database support is a huge step forward for Joomla, which is already powering more than 1.6 million websites worldwide. It ensures companies and organization, both large and small, will save even more money and time by adopting Joomla,” said Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. “No longer will Joomla developers be tied down to a particular database or have to spend more money and time integrating other software to get Joomla to communicate with their database. This enhances Joomla’s scalability immensely.”

Other key features in Joomla 2.5 includes:

  • Automatic notification when a Joomla or extension update is available. When logged into the control panel, site administrators will instantly have access to new notification buttons that allows them to see and act on the latest updates. In addition to updates for the Joomla CMS, a second button offers third party extension notification updates.
  • A better natural language search engine to the Joomla core. Complete with auto-completion and stemming (for example if you type “running” in a search field you also see run), it is faster and more versatile than the standard search.

“We literally received thousands of pieces of input at into what functionality should be added to Joomla 2.5, and overwhelmingly enhanced notifications and more elegant search topped the list,” said Mark Dexter of the Joomla Production Leadership Team. “In fact, the automatic notification for core and extension updates received the most votes for a feature that people wanted in 2.5. But we didn’t stop with just those two. Joomla 2.5 is a major overhaul with more than 24 new features that we have highlighted at”

Joomla 2.5 adheres to Joomla’s newly-adopted six-month release cycle that began with the previous  Joomla CMS release of Joomla 1.7 in July, 2011. Downloading the latest version of Joomla is the best way to ensure organizational and personal security needs are being met since it will have the most recent updates to protect against the latest security threats.

Joomla 2.5 is truly a collaborative community-driven software project developed with the feedback gathered from more than 2.5 million Joomla forum posts, 540,000 Joomla forum members and data from more than 8,800 Joomla extensions.  To download Joomla 2.5, go to


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