Glad to hear!
You bring up some very good points too.
If we have to "migrate" again, we can just as easily migrate to wordpress.
It really depends on the site whether or not you can easily migrate to Wordpress. I would venture to say that 98% of sites currently running on Joomla 1.5 wouldn't be just as easy to migrate to Wordpress as it would to Joomla 1.6. I do see your point though!
However, that is not the big issue. The issue is that there are many things that Wordpress just can't do that Joomla can. Wordpress is very, very well suited for smaller, simple sites, while Joomla can better handle medium to the lower end of large sites.
Most have invested alot of time into learning Joomla, so that would not be a good option, but i'm sure some will. Wordpress ain't all that bad (I happen to like mac&cheese!)
I totally agree with you here! In fact I really like what Wordpress has to offer and Wordpress is currently, in my opinion, the best choice out of the big 3 CMSs (Joomla, Wordpress, and Drupal) for smaller, simple sites. As to the mac and cheese, so do I
We actually had it several times this last week
Maybe that's why it came to mind
I find it amazing that there are so many major changes between 1.5 and 1.6
Yes, 1.5 and 1.6 is a bit misleading. It might be better to think of 1.6 as really being of a "2.0" standing.
- so I guess going to 2.0 will be huge also and require yet another migration.
The fact that there are so many major changes between 1.5 and 1.6 also scares me a little. Consistency is very important and having to migrate and re-write components/modules every time seems very tedious and inefficient.
Here is the really exciting part
We are now at 1.6 (which took 3 years by the way), according to Joomla, 1.7 will be released sometime in June/July. After reading that you may be wondering why so soon? Well the way I understand it, Joomla has switched their development strategies and they are now on a cyclic 6 month release schedule. e.g. 1.7 in June/July, 1.8 six months later, 1.9 six months later, etc.
Because of that schedule, upcoming releases will be a lot smaller and a lot more focused. e.g. For one release, they might mostly focus on SEO. The next release they might mostly focus on making the administrative backend more intuitive and easier to use. That doesn't mean they will only work on one specific area, but the general idea is smaller, more manageable and more frequent releases. In fact, they are taking the community's suggestions via http://ideas.joomla.org/forums/84261-joomla-idea-pool
Guess what's number 1 on the list? Automatic core updates
This introduces another exciting aspect. The 6 month, smaller, more manageable releases makes it a lot easier to have an upgrade path. Here is the really good news, there will be a core upgrade path from 1.6 to 1.7 and respectively for future versions (for quite some time)
Here is the part I am not sure about, but I thought I read somewhere. There may be plans to have a core automatic update for 3rd party extensions. Perhaps someone can shed some light on this...