We hope you’re sitting comfortably, because this new release packs in more than 250 improvements for the Joomla CMS – central to which is a full privacy tool suite, which will make site compliance faster and simpler (not to mention the lives of developers a whole lot easier)!
With so much ground to cover, we’d better get to it. So …
What’s new in Joomla 3.9?
The Privacy Tool Suite by Joomla
- User Consents - Make light work of data privacy requirements
You can also set up a time-based privacy consent expiration. The system will let you know if and when you need to contact your users to renew consent.
Track user consents, manage site policy changes and much more besides, all with a glance at your dashboard.
- User information requests? Easy-peasy
Track and manage information access or removal requests from your users, seamlessly. Once a request is made, just log in, export their data and/or remove them.
User data removal requests are all handled automatically, with all personal data anonymized without you needing to lift a finger.
Never forget a request again. Just set Joomla 3.9 to remind you.
- Extension Capabilities - Put your users in the picture when it comes to privacy...
Extension developer – give your potential users a helping hand, by making it clear what data your extension collects. When you want to report functionality in your extensions that may need privacy consideration, simply use the new Plugin Event (onPrivacyCollectAdminCapabilities).
- User Actions Log - Know who’s done what, and when
Want to know what administrative actions have been performed on your site? Thanks to Joomla 3.9, Super Users can easily see which user did what, and when. And it also works with supported extensions! Review the action log, export it and purge the entries. You’ll never miss a trick, thanks to the latest actions module that can be added to your control panel.
Need more? Then enable the new log rotation plugin – this will allow you to rotate and remove your log files.
- Content management made fast and easy – little features, that make a big difference
Add notes to your articles in the backend, and filter them #19134
A new search feature in the backend: search for a specific article content #20083
Load a module by ID into your article #19362
- More flexibility for custom fields with two new options
A repeatable custom field is now available #20243
Create alternative layouts to fit your needs #18571
- Most recent frontend changes
Display the intro or full image in your newsflash module #20169
Show only the articles from a specific author in your latest articles module (#20687), and more options!
- New features for multilingual sites
A new toolbar button to edit associations #21022
Propagate existing associations #21321
Display your tags per language #19509
- Use Google Invisible reCAPTCHA on your websites #18146
- Argon2id Password is now supported #20855
You’re ready for Joomla 3.9 – But is your website?
Updating your website to Joomla 3.9 takes just a single click (like each of the past 3.x versions).
But before upgrading, make sure you update all third-party extensions, followed by fully backing-up (and then testing your backup).
While you’re at it, this is a great time for a little hosting housekeeping – why not connect with your hosting company to check your PHP and database versions? We recommend upgrading to PHP 7.1.x to get the most out of the latest PHP improvements. Further system requirements and suggestions can be found over on the technical requirements page.
Full announcement + download links: https://www.joomla.org/announcements/re ... -here.html
Discussion Forum: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=966751