The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla 2.5 Beta 2 for download. Version 2.5 is the second 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 1.7 to 2.5.0.

What is this release NOT for?

This beta version of Joomla 2.5 Beta2 is not suitable for production sites. It should be used for testing only.

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce that the first Joomla World Conference will occur in November 2012.  We are very happy that eBay has graciously offered significant support for this event, inviting us to use their facilities in San Jose, California.

Here are the preliminary details for the Joomla! World Conference:

Date: 16th-18th November 2012

Location:
eBay Town Hall
2161 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95131
USA

Tickets: Price for a 3-day Ticket is $199 USD

More details will follow next year.

Joomla! World Conference website has been launched

38 Percent Year-Over-Year Download Increase Driven by Large Developer Community Support.

Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to Intranets, today announced that downloads have risen 38 percent from December 2010 to December 2011. To date, Joomla has been downloaded more than 27 million times*, making it one of the most downloaded content management systems in the world.

In addition to download growth, Joomla also experienced double-digit growth in many other areas, including:

  • Joomla extensions developed by outside vendors increased by 41 percent annually to 8,475 as of October 31, 201.
  • The number of forum users jumped 23 percent annually as of October 31, 2011, meaning more and more people are interacting to help shape Joomla.