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Joomla! 3.7.0 Released

Postby ChiefGoFor » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:29 pm

The Joomla! Project is proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.7, the latest in the 'Joomla! 3' series. This new release features over 700 improvements to the popular CMS, including many features which make administration of Joomla! Web sites easier and more feature-rich, as well as several security updates.

One of the biggest new features of this release is the ability for administrators to add Custom Fields to your articles, users, and contacts, and the ability of extension developers to use this feature within their own custom Joomla! Extensions. With 15 different field types you can now easily structure more complex content entry systems to allow your content authors to easily enter their data in a standard manner and display it consistently to your site visitors. Thanks to our great documentation crew, you can find out all about the options and process for using this new feature when you read the Custom Fields tutorial on the Joomla! Documentation site.

For those who need to create multilingual sites, the process to translate your content just got significantly easier. The Multilingual Associations Component allows you to easily translate your content from one single, unified interface. You can find out more when you read the Multilingual Associations Component tutorial on the Joomla! Documentation site.

Anyone creating new content articles that require a new menu item can now save time with the new Improved Workflow features. You can now create a category, article, and menu item all in one step from within the menu manager.

One other added menu-related benefit, for those sites where multiple people are accessing the Backend/Admin-side of the site is the ability to easily manage the admin menu with the new Backend Menu Manager. Now you can create custom menus for the Backend just like you can for the Frontend - allowing you to control what users can see which admin menu options.

This release also brings a number of new and enhanced features specifically for developers. Joomla! 3.7 brings improvements within the update system, cache systems and package/extension management, as well as a host of other under the hood advances.

Joomla! 3.7 is the eighth and latest release in the 3.x series. Please note that going from 3.6.x to 3.7 is a one-click update and is not a migration. The same is true for any subsequent versions in the 3 series of the CMS.

In addition to the features mentioned above, other significant highlights of the 3.7 release include:
  • Do more with TinyMCE - Including new buttons to easily add menu links and contacts and many other improvements
  • Easier Extension Maintenance - Prevent administrators from accidentally uninstalling needed extension package elements
  • User Experience - Your User Experience is improved thanks to the display of your global settings, a flatter backend template, the possibility to share your session between frontend and backend and a number of other minor UX improvements.

To view a full list of the features please visit our 3.7 site (now available in over 25 languages).

Security Issues Fixed
  • Low Priority - Core - Information Disclosure (affecting Joomla! 1.5.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla! 3.2.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla! 1.5.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla! 1.5.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla! 3.2.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - ACL Violations (affecting Joomla! 1.6.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - ACL Violations (affecting Joomla! 3.2.0 through 3.6.5)
  • Low Priority - Core - Information Disclosure (affecting Joomla! 3.4.0 through 3.6.5)
Link to information about these security issues can be be found in the Full Announcement.

Is your website ready for Joomla! 3.7?
Joomla! 3.7 is a one-click update just like previous 3.x versions. If your site is not already running 3.6.5, we strongly urge you to update immediately. Joomla! 3.6.5 was a security release and your site is at risk if you are running a previous version. If you presently have a 3.6.4 (or earlier) version of Joomla, please review the update category on the Joomla! Documentation.

As always, before upgrading it is important to update all of your third party extensions and also to take and test a full backup of your site.

This is also a great time to connect with your hosting company and check your PHP and database versions. We recommend upgrading to PHP 7 or 7.1 as it will bring a considerable speed boost to your site. Further system requirements can be found on the technical requirements page.

Also, if you are using the Hathor backend template you should switch to the Isis template as your administrative template. The Hathor template is being deprecated and may not provide you with the ability to use all the latest features in Joomla! 3.7.

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New Installations
Download Joomla! 3.7.0 English (UK), 3.7.0 Full Package
New installation instructions and technical requirements

Upgrade Packages
Joomla! 3 upgrade packages
Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.
Please remember to clear your browser's cache after upgrading.
If you find a bug in Joomla! please report it on the Joomla! Issue Tracker.


Full announcement: https://www.joomla.org/announcements/re ... -here.html

Discuss the release: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=949597
Kenneth Crowder - Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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