Jooma! 2.5, which shipped earlier this week, features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla core and extension updates, along with the multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server.
Previous versions of Joomla CMS were compatible exclusively with MySQL databases.
Also, you can now use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer to install Joomla! 2.5, Brian said. Just download the Web PI here. Once you've done that, launch the Web PI and search for "joomla" in the search box -- "Click Add…then Install…choose your database…accept the terms (and note that the Web PI is also installing all the dependencies for Joomla!)…and in a few minutes, you'll have Joomla! 2.5 installed!."
"Joomla 2.5 is truly a collaborative community-driven software project developed with the feedback gathered from more than 2.5 million Joomla forum posts, 540,000 Joomla forum members and data from more than 8,800 Joomla extensions," revealed the Joomla team.
"Multi-database support is a huge step forward for Joomla, which is already powering more than 1.6 million websites worldwide. It ensures companies and organization, both large and small, will save even more money and time by adopting Joomla…No longer will Joomla developers be tied down to a particular database or have to spend more money and time integrating other software to get Joomla to communicate with their database. This enhances Joomla's scalability immensely," Ryan Ozimek, President of Open Source Matters stated.
Other key features in Joomla 2.5 includes:
- Automatic notification when a Joomla or extension update is available. When logged into the control panel, site administrators will instantly have access to new notification buttons that allows them to see and act on the latest updates. In addition to updates for the Joomla CMS, a second button offers third party extension notification updates.
- A better natural language search engine to the Joomla core. Complete with auto-completion and stemming (for example if you type "running" in a search field you also see run), it is faster and more versatile than the standard search.
To download Joomla 2.5, go to website.