Joomla 4.4 Beta 1: What You Need to Know
The Joomla Project has recently unveiled Joomla 4.4 Beta 1, marking a significant milestone in the development
of Joomla 4.x series. This article aims to provide an in-depth look at what this release brings to the table, its objectives, and how you can get involved.
What is Joomla 4.4 Beta 1 For?
The release serves two primary purposes:
- Developer Testing: It gives developers the opportunity to test their extensions and report any issues well before the general availability release.
- User Experience: It allows users to explore the new features integrated into Joomla 4.4.
What it is NOT For?
Joomla 4.4 Beta 1 is not intended for production environments. It's a testing release, and using it for live sites can be risky.
Where to Download
You can Download Joomla 4.4.0 Beta 1 here. For those interested in the most recent updates, nightly build packages are available.
- Alpha Releases: Feature additions and major changes (Done)
- Beta Releases: Feature freeze but allows minor adjustments. Next Beta is due on 19th September 2023.
- Release Candidates: Final testing phase, leading to the final release on 17th October 2023.
- Bootstrap 5.3 Integration: The UI has been updated to Bootstrap 5.3.
- EOS Plugin: A new End-of-Series plugin will display a banner showing when the Joomla 4.x series will end.
- Architectural Upgrades: All plugins have been migrated to the new Joomla 4 architecture.
- Automated Testing: Improved automated testing coverage.
- Conversion of modules to the new Joomla 4 architecture.
- Expansion of automated unit and system tests.
How to Help
To contribute, you can test the releases and report any bugs at issues.joomla.org. Extension developers are particularly encouraged to participate.
Comprehensive tutorials and documentation for Joomla 4 are available on the official Joomla documentation site.
Should You Plan to Upgrade?
If you are still using an older version, now is the time to plan your migration to the latest Joomla 4.x version.