Interview with Joomla! 4 Release Lead by Joomla! Community News
You can read the full interview by Sandra Decoux at the link below.
Here is a summary.
Key Drivers for developing Joomla! 4
When Joomla 3.0 was launched in 2012 it was the first content management system (CMS) to be equipped with a fully responsive control panel, courtesy of Bootstrap 2.
Joomla! 4 will replace this with Bootstrap 4 to offer an even better more responsive control panel experience.
Already high standards of performance, accessibility and usability offered by Joomla! 3 will be surpassed when Joomla! 4 is released.
Development of cool new features that would otherwise not be possible in a 'backwards compatible' way will be as a result of the launch of a brand new Joomla! version.
The Joomla! 4 Roadmap
No detailed roadmap has yet been drawn up but the aim is to launch Joomla! 4 during 2018.
An Alpha version of Joomla! 4 is available for keen Joomlers to test.
Migrating from Joomla! 3 to Joomla! 4
Joomla! 4 is going to be an upgrade like any major release of Joomla! and should be as pain free as possible.
Joomla! 3.9 will be launched before the Joomla! 3 series ends, and it will include a new feature which will allow developers of 3rd party extensions to specify which Joomla! versions their extension is compatible with.
Joomlers should be able to see at a glance whether or not a 3rd party extension used by their website will work with Joomla! 4 before they decide to upgrade.
Upgrade from Joomla! 3.9 to Joomla! 4 should thereby be made less stressful.
Main benefits of Joomla! 4
Aside from the inclusion of lots of new features, the main benefits offered by Joomla! 4 will be the refreshed control panel interface and the inclusion of Bootstrap 4, providing as it will the opportunity for template developers to create some great new designs.
Website administrators will find the new control panel more intuitive to use and easier to learn.
Quote: "I honestly think with Wordpress releasing Gutenberg with a target on the blog market there's real potential to attract users back to a proper CMS with a strong extension ecosystem!"
The new base Joomla! 4 control panel template will enable Joomla! to become the first major CMS to meet the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards, meaning that Joomla! websites can be used by anyone anywhere in the world.
Continuing support for Joomla! 3 after launch of Joomla! 4 series
In accordance with the development strategy introduced following the release of Joomla 3.3 (in April 2014) Joomla 3 will be supported for 2 years after the date when the Joomla 4 series is launched.
Get ready for Joomla! 4
Get ready for Joomla! 4 by ensuring that your website is always using the latest available release of the Joomla! CMS in 2018.
Protect your assets when you do.
Perform a FULL backup of your website (database and files) BEFORE updating its Joomla! CMS and/or extensions.