What we can expect in Joomla 4 stable version?
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Will more features and improvements be added to Joomla 4 stable version?

On December 19th, 2017, Joomla 4 version Alpha 2 has been released, which means the stable version is really nearby. As we have known, Joomla 4 will be a long-term support version and the main release with many new updates and features, however, we can expect more than that in the stable version with all the latest usability and technologies. In today article, let’s discuss more about what new features and improvements we will have in Joomla 4 stable version.

More features in the New Media Manager

As we have mentioned in the previous post of New Media Manager of Joomla 4, it is really awesome with more improved features than Joomla 3, and also more user-friendly. Besides the features which have been introduced from the Alpha version, let’s see if these improvements will be added to the stable version or not:

  • Restyle media form field
  • Move and copy files
  • File download

New backend template with more improvements

Joomla 4 brings a whole new backend template which developed on Bootstrap 4, which has workflow improvements and major UI, besides, this new backend template is also able to work better with responsive layouts.

Joomla 4 new backend template has been developed to compliant with Level AA of WCAG 2.0. More improvements for this new template are expected in the stable version, read more about Joomla 4 back-end prototype preview here.

New features for SEO

SEO plays an important role in website development, therefore, it is one of the main focus to improve in Joomla 4. There were SEO features that have been supported in Joomla 3 such as Schema markup integration from most of the page types, metadata, heading structure, redirection, and more. Those features are going to be kept improving and updating in the new version. More SEO features for a greater SEO website are hopefully expected.

Improvement in performance and page loading

To improve performance and page loading, Joomla 4 concentrates on cleaning up the codebase, improving quality of coding, using latest technologies, deleting deprecated functionality, requiring to use PHP 7, re-written plugin system, Joomla framework 2.x.

Completely support accessibility in Joomla 4

Accessibility support is really necessary for latest web technologies and web design. There is an amazing news for Joomla users, which is Joomla 4 is going to be compliant with Level AA of WCAG 2.0. Many improvements have implemented and been recognized from the Alpha version. More changes are expected to be implemented:

  • Admin user interface
  • Color: dashboard color in Joomla 4 is taken based on accessibility support in the UI contrast 4.8:1, higher than the contrast requirement of accessibility support 4.5:1
  • Navigation more friendly
  • Control panel easy to configure.

Clean codebase

Well optimized and clean codebase will have in Joomla 4, by using new coding standard, deleting previously deprecated functionality.

Installation process

In Joomla 4 alpha version, installation process includes 6 simple steps with more friendly UI. Stable version will have the same style but more upcoming features:

  • Able to install extensions (at minimum core supported extensions)
  • Rework sample data installation

Upgrade process

Upgrade process in Joomla 4 will be more simple with just one click to keep the site up to date with latest version of Joomla.

Joomla development team will release Joomla 3.9 to upgrade from Joomla 3.x to Joomla 4, the workflow will be like this:

  • Update your site to Joomla 3.9
  • Migrate your site to Joomla 4 (make sure the template and extensions are fully compatible with Joomla 4)

Conclusion

That’s all of our article today! The release date of Joomla 4 is coming, please make sure that you have a full preparation for a smooth upgrade.

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any relating question, please feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below, we will reply as soon as possible!

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