Thanks to the thousands of developer community members and contributors, the new stable version of the extremely popular open source CMS Joomla has arrived with its all the brand new features and updates. Here comes Joomla 3.7, the latest release in Joomla 3.x series with it’s more than 700 new features, improvements, and updates. Today we are going to point out and dig more inside some of the exciting core features of Joomla 3.7.
Joomla 3.7 comes with a long waited Custom Fields feature. Administrate your articles, users, contacts and so on with this amazing feature. The another amazing feature in Joomla 3.7 is the Multilingual Association component. This component allows you to translate your content in one single interface. Also, there are lots of other significant features in Joomla 3.7 like more improved workflow, backend menu manager, extended TinyMCE editor and enhanced user experience.
Now let's have a detailed view on some of the main features of Joomla 3.7.
We always want to show new attributes and features in articles, users, and contacts to attract more visitors to your site. Integrate new features and attribute your articles in now more easiest of ways in the front end with the newly added Custom Fields feature of Joomla 3.7. Undoubtedly this is one of the biggest features that come along with this new release. Custom Fields has 15 different types of fields like calendar, text fields, date. In Joomla 3.7, custom fields come along in different tabs while editing your article. You can also group the custom fields using the fields group option according to your needs. Extension developers can easily blend custom fields to their components. Adding data and contents is now more standard and displaying it in more consistent basis now quite smooth with these custom fields.
Developing multilingual sites is now easier and controlled with the introduction of Multilingual Association component in Joomla 3.7. This component allows you to translate your contents via a unified platform. The mega bonus of this management tool is that content languages are created automatically at the time of the installation of new language package. For publishing them, just a simple click is required. You can edit your translated content by clicking the language icon. Third party extension developers can also integrate this feature while developing their extensions.
Backend Menu Manager
The backend menu manager is another well-developed feature of Joomla 3.7 that allows to manage the access of multiple user privileges while accessing your website backend. It's well effective for the sites where multiple users access the admin side, now you have all the functionalities to manage the admin menu with this backend menu manager. The cool thing is, you can now create a custom menu for the backend same as the custom menu for the frontend. That gives you total control to restrict which user can access what admin menu options. If you are not comfortable with this, you can still use the default preset menu without the customization.
The famous TinyMCE Joomla editor is now more enhanced and updated in Joomla 3.7. A much easier workflow has been introduced in the editor. New buttons are given to add quick menu links and contacts. Add the menu links, contacts, newsfeed to your articles and modules with the editor that give the editor an utter perfection. Also, the best part is that you can assign multiple sets of settings according to the user groups.
In any content management system, contents should get extra priority. Focusing on that, Joomla has introduced new improved workflow features. If you are in need of creating a new article that requires a new menu item, we will find that quite easy to do these with this newly added improved workflow features. Joomla 3.7 makes this process quite fast and glitch free.
This is a cool feature that saves a site administrator from accidentally uninstall an important extension package element. It gives you the necessary functionalities to block the administrators from uninstalling the components, modules, and plugins by accident.
Other features and improvements
The UX is improved to a give better user experience. Lots of security issues get fixed in Joomla 3.7. You can upgrade to 3.7 in one click. It's not a migration this time, just update to the latest version.
Joomla 3.7 brings new commitments and new leap forward to introduce its community to the most effective CMS in the world. Hope the rise up will continue and we will do greater things with Joomla and with the community.