The latest-and-greatest release of my favorite CMS, Joomla 3.7 was released a few days ago. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors of Joomla 3.7 for awesome work! It includes fantastic new features like custom fields, a multilingual association manager, an improved workflow, and much more. Joomla! 3.7 is clearly something to celebrate and it is easy to see why it has the Joomla! Let’s take a closer look!
One of the biggest new features of this release we want you to know is the ability for administrators to add Custom Fields to articles, users, and contacts, and extension developers to use this feature within their own custom Joomla! extensions. With 15 different field types such as lists, text fields, and dates, you can now easily structure more complex content entry forms allowing your content authors to easily enter their data in a standard manner whilst displaying it consistently to your site visitors. With custom fields, the process will be easier for developers and even more intuitive for users. Instead of manually inserting and editing shortcode content, now with Joomla 3.7 things such as review scores could be created as custom fields so that authors would only need to add a value for each scoring area. As many custom fields can be added as needed, which will by default be displayed in the well-known article info area along with the author, category, published date etc…
Now, It's time for you to take your content to the next level with custom fields!
Times are changing with the growing number of people using Joomla from all over the world, so that is a massive potential to attract them with their native languages. That's the reason why the multilingual site is one of the most important changes from Joomla 3.7. Managing multilingual sites is since Joomla! 3.7 far easier thanks to the Multilingual Associations feature. The Multilingual Associations Component allows you to translate your content from one interface. It enables editing associated items side-by-side without the need to go back and forth, for example, create the item in several languages and then associate them.
There’s a huge bonus in the language management tool, as the content language is now created automatically during the installation of a new language package. You just have to click on publish!
For those who need to create multilingual sites, the process of creating and managing multilingual websites has never been so easy!
This is the great Joomla time-saving feature. Before, If we want to create a new article, we used to have to generate categories and articles, then get through the menu to build the menu items. Then one can link menu items with categories and articles. But now, Joomla! 3.7 makes this far more rapid and significantly more intuitive. You can create a category, article, and menu item all in one step from within the menu manager. When creating a ‘single article’ menu item, click the ‘create button’, write your article, save it and then create a category ... Finished!
You can also create contact, newsfeed, and menu item alias on the fly. That's so amazing, right?
New Media Manager
This new media manager will significantly improve the usability of the manager for those users who want to have more fine control over their images directly in the backend. You are free to have different administration menus on group access level for your user groups.
It allows for images to be cropped, resized, rotated and for some basic filters to be added to the uploaded image directly on the server, so no tedious downloading, modifying and reuploading processes to work through. You can now create, edit and organize the backend menu links any way you like!
This feature allows you to customize the default editor. You can open the TinyMCE editor plugin and add, move or remove buttons. They make your workflow even easier. You can add menu links, contacts and news feed directly to your articles and modules. The process is self-explanatory as the editing is based on drag and drop.
Easier Extension Maintenance
Joomla 3.7 prevents administrators from accidentally uninstalling the component, modules, and plugins separately. It protects you from deleting by chance important parts of an extension, as you will have to uninstall the package to uninstall the extension.
Here are just some standing features of Joomla! 3.7. You can find out tons of additional features and improvements for developers, integrators, and designers when you have experience with this Joomla version. What do you like the most in the new Joomla! 3.7? Please feel free to share with me!