Version history Joomla versions Version Release date Supported until 1.0 2005-09-22 2009-07-22 1.5 (LTS) 2008-01-22 2012-12-01 1.6 2011-01-10 2011-08-19 1.7 2011-07-19 2012-02-24 2.5 (LTS) 2012-01-24 2013-12 3.0 2012-09-27 2013-04 3.1 2013-03 2013-10 3.5 (LTS) 2013-09 2015-06 Release no longer supported Release still supported Future release Joomla 1.0 was released on September 22, 2005 as a re-branded release of Mambo 18.104.22.168 that combined other bug and moderate-level security fixes. Joomla 1.5 was released on January 22, 2008. The latest release of this version was 1.5.26 on March 27, 2012. This version was the first to attain long term support (LTS). LTS versions are released each three major or minor releases and are supported until three months after the next LTS version is released. Joomla 1.6 was released on January 10, 2011. This version adds a full access control list functionality plus, user-defined category hierarchy, and admin interface improvements. Joomla 1.7 was released on July 19, 2011, six months after 1.6.0. This version adds enhanced security and improved migration tools. Joomla 2.5 was released on January 24, 2012, six months after 1.7.0. This version is a long term support (LTS) release. Originally this release was to be 1.8.0, however the developers announced August 9 that they would rename it to fit into a new version number scheme in which every LTS release is an X.5 release. This version was the first to run on other databases besides MySQL. Joomla 3.0 was released on September 27, 2012. Originally, it was supposed to be released in July 2012; however, the January/July release schedule was uncomfortable for volunteers, and the schedule was changed to September/March releases. Deployment Like many other popular web applications, Joomla can be run on a LAMP stack. Many web hosts have control panels that allow for automatic installation of Joomla. On Windows, Joomla can be installed using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer, which automatically detects and installs any missing dependencies, such as PHP or MySQL. Joomla enjoys strong support on the web from hosts that specialize in or support it. Many web sites provide information on installing and maintaining Joomla sites. Joomla templates  A Joomla template is a multifaceted Joomla extension which is responsible for the layout, design and structure of a Joomla powered website. While the CMS itself manages the content, a template manages the look and feel of the content elements and the overall design of a Joomla driven website. The content and design of a Joomla template is separate and can be edited, changed and deleted separately. The template is where the design of the main layout for a Joomla site is set. This includes where users place different elements (components, modules, and plug- ins), which are responsible for the different types of content. If the template is designed to allow user customization, the user can change the content placement on the site i.e.: putting the main menu on the right or left side of the screen. Template Components Layout The template is the place where the design of the main layout is set for a Joomla site. This includes where users place different elements (components, modules, and plug-ins), which are responsible for different types of content. Color Scheme Using CSS within the template design, users can change the colors of the backgrounds, text, links or just about anything that they could using (X)HTML code. Images and Effects Users can also control the way images are displayed on the page and even create flash-like effects such as drop-down menus. Fonts The same applies to fonts. The designs for these are all set within the template's CSS file(s) to create a uniform look across the entire site, which makes it easy to change the whole look just by altering one or two files rather than every single page.
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