On June 28th, Joomla announced the availability of Joomla! 3.6. Release Candidate. This is just a test run for the stable release anticipated in early July 2016. The purpose of this release is for extension and template developers to prepare the product for the stable release of Joomla! 3.6. Although it is not readily available for web developers, we can give you a glimpse of what the release has in store for you. Bug Fixes
Developers can expect a lot of bug fixes from this new update. Supposedly some inconsistencies that developers were experiencing will be remedied. They are fixing login areas users were experiencing and much more. To get the full details follow the link here.
New Media Manager
With the new Joomla 3.6 users will gain a new manager, which will include a drag and drop uploader. This will make it much easier to customize themes and adding files and software.
For bloggers and ecommerce sites that relies heavy on images, this will be a much appreciated update. Users are now able to use editing tools including, but not limited to, cropping, resizing, rotating, and filtering images they are uploading onto the site. They are also able to create thumbnail images and more.
Articles and User Manager
Developers are given more management tools to organized articles and users using custom fields. This will be a great addition to blogs and social networking sites.
Integration of Web Services
This is the update that most of us have been anticipating. This integration will be done via REST API.
With the releases of the Joomla 3.6 Release Candidate, we can happily expect the release of the stable versions soon. However extension and template developers and other developers are currently testing the update to make sure it is ready. Joomla is still calling for test volunteers, since there is still much to do. The more volunteers they have, the closer we are to getting that update. So if you are interested, head over to the Joomla site for more information. T
Thoughts on the update
This update is well needed. Many of us were waiting for updates that gave us more than bug fixes and new templates. Editing tools, management tools, and the integration of web services are some of the tools Joomla needed to keep customers happy and coming back for more. With these tools, we can happily rid ourselves of the K2 extension, which is much of a relief. With the many developers that are working on this new update, I am hoping for an increase in plugins and extensions, more variety, and better quality.
This just a glimpse of what we can expect from the new Joomla update. When the new update has been released, and we are able to test run and use it, we will surely give you a review on the new features and how it measures up to WordPress and Drupal.
If all goes well with this update, the future of Joomla will seem brighter to the skeptics out there. As far as updates after Joomla 3.6 goes, I am hoping for more updates that will include new features and more improvements.
Stay tuned for an extensive review of Joomla 3.6.