Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKDate: 18 April 2023.

The Joomla! Project has announced the release of Joomla! 4.3.

It includes a brand new Dashboard feature called Guided Tours to help you when performing tasks in your website's Dashboard.

The Benefits of using a Guided Tour

It is so much easier to understand and follow a Guided Tour than to refer only to help pages.

Each Step in a Guided Tour identifies the relevant point of interest and focuses your attention on what needs to be done next as you follow a Tour through to completion of the task it relates to.

Experienced users of the Joomla! CMS may wish to disable the

Read more: Use the Joomla! CMS Guided Tours Feature.

Read more: Joomla! 4.3 is released by The Joomla! Project.


Heads Up

Security and Bug Fix support for Joomla! 3.10 by The Joomla! Project ends on 17 August 2023.

The Joomla! Project recently announced an Extended Long Term Support (ELTS) programme for users of Joomla! 3 who cannot switch to Joomla! 4 before the deadline; it will run for 18 months from the above date and be offered on a subscription basis.

Read more: What is the ELTS programme?

Need help migrating your website to Joomla! 4.3, just ask.

Joomla! Project support for the Joomla! 4 series is expected to end on 17 October 2025.

Source: Joomla! Roadmap.

Read more: The Joomla! Roadmap.

The Media Manager will not work in Joomla 4.3 (and later versions) unless a specific PHP extension called:

  • fileinfo

is enabled on the server hosting your website.

If you see an error message similar to the one shown below when using Media Manager then the above extension will need to be enabled if you want to use it (recommended):

  • Error Property 'mime_type' of argument 'item' of event onFetchMediaItems has a wrong item. Valid: string

You can enable the extension yourself via the Select PHP Version screen of the cPanel Hosting Control Panel.

If not sure what to do, ask your hosting provider's Technical Support to enable it for you.

Some users report other issues arising after updating their website to Joomla! 4.3.

The Notes of the Joomla! CMS Release Team meeting held the day after Joomla! 4.3 was released indicate that the issues identified will be addressed by Joomla! 4.3.1.

Joomla! 4.3.1 scheduled release date is 25 April 2023.

If you cannot wait until then, check out the links below

Read more: Notes of Joomla! Project CMS Release Team Meeting held on 19 April 2023.

Read more: Issues arising following the release of Joomla! 4.3.0.

The HTACCESS file included with the Joomla! 4.3 version of Joomla! CMS includes the following comment.

# If you are using an OpenLiteSpeed web server then any changes made to this file will
# not take effect until you have restarted the web server.

What is OpenLiteSpeed?

How should you respond?

Read more: What is OpenLiteSpeed referred to in the Joomla! 4.3 HTACCESS file?

Back up before updating the Joomla! CMS

Any update can break your website.

Perform a FULL backup of your website (database and files) before installing any update.

Read more: How to back up your website.


Protect your Joomla! website

We recommend that you protect your assets by installing a Web Application Firewall.

Need help, just ask.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.


Useful Links

Read more: Joomla! 4 - A New World of Possibilities.

Read more: Getting Started with Joomla! 4 (Official Documentation).

Read more: Joomla! 4 Tutorials Project (Official Documentation).


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