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PHP 7.1 is now available: use it
PHP 7.1 was released in Decemebr 2016.
And will continue to receive security support from the developer until December 2019.
Joomla! 3.8.0 was the first release in the Joomla! Development Cycle to be compatible with PHP 7.1.
Why switch to using PHP 7.1?
PHP 7.1 provides a significant performance boost for Joomla! 3.8 websites when compared with using previous versions of PHP.
If your hosting company offers PHP 7.1 then you should use it.
Reasons to upgrade
- Improved performance, including page load speed.
- Significant reduction in memory usage, meaning more users can be served at any one time.
Security harden your website post Joomla! 3.8.8
As usual. the Joomla! Project recommended that Joomlers update their website with immediate effect.
Unusually this time however, they also recommended a little extra housekeeping.
Purpose: to harden website security.
With effect from Joomla! 3.8.8 the default Global Configuration settings of fresh installations of Joomla! CMS websites will have tighter security settings.
The Joomla! Project recommend that existing users of Joomla! review and change their website's Global Configuration settings.
Recommended changes to Global Configuration settings
The Joomla! Project recommend that you check and change the following Global Configuration settings:
Add a Telephone Field to your Contact Form
Now that the core Joomla! CMS supports creation of fields you can create snazzy customised Contact Forms without having to install yet another 3rd party extension.
As someone who believes in using as few 3rd party extensions as possible, this is great news!
In this article we show how easy it is to add a TELEPHONE field, like the one shown below, to your website's Contact Form.
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