Joomla 3.4 released
The Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team have announced the release of Joomla! 3.4.
Joomla! 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.4 the fifth standard-term support release in this series. Please note that going from 3.3 to 3.4 is a one-click upgrade and is NOT a migration. The same is true is for any subsequent versions in the 3 series of the CMS.
What’s new in Joomla! CMS 3.4
The PLT is on its way on creating a lighter core. This is accomplished in the first step by removing com_weblinks from the core distribution. These extensions are maintained on GitHub. A new category has been created within the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED). This new category is for extensions marked as core-supported. For websites using weblinks your website will continue to function as normal. This means weblinks will not be removed from your Joomla installation, maintaining backwards compatibility. Weblinks will install like a normal extension.
In the 3.3 release, the PLT introduced code from the Joomla! Framework into the CMS, however, the method in which it is installed into the filesystem does not align with how Composer installs code. For the 3.4 release, they are integrating Composer into the CMS for managing external dependencies such as the Joomla! Framework and PHPMailer.
No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA
Google introduced a no CAPTCHA CAPTCHA API in December 2014. The PLT updated the reCAPTCHA plugin to protect your login and registration forms against spam. While still supporting the old reCAPTCHA 1.0, you can now also use it for the new reCAPTCHA version 2.0. A significant number of your users can now attest they are human without having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead with just a single click they’ll confirm they are not a robot.
Which bugs have been fixed in Joomla! 3.4?
A full list of issues resolved can be found on GitHub.