Joomla users and extension developers are asked to download and install the packages in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 and 3.10 releases.
Joomla! 4 is the latest major release of Joomla! CMS. Please note that going from 3.9 to 4.0 is a migration. You would need to upgrade your J3.9 to J3.10, which will be available the day J4.0 is stable. J3.10 has a compatibility checker to help guide you through the migration to J4.0. Please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the release candidate version!
What is this release for?
Joomla 4.0 RC6 is aimed at extension and template developers. To encourage them to work with this release in order to prepare extensions for the stable release of Joomla! CMS 4.0. Users are encouraged to test the package for issues and to report issues in the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker. Test sites based on this release candidate can be taken through to stable but never use this version on a production site. There will be an upgrade path between release candidates and the final release candidate to the stable of Joomla 4.0 should you wish to try a new site build.
Spotlight on Joomla4Workflows
Workflows are going to become a huge help to content creators using Joomla. Workflows will help you to run your site efficiently, making sure that the jobs that need to get done are done and by the right people.
Workflows consist of stages and transitions. With the new workflow plugins, an ecosystem should develop allowing many time consuming repetitive jobs to be accomplished with ease.
For medium and larger sites creating good workflows will be like having your own automated project manager keeping track of your processes and making sure everyone delivers in the order that makes sense and being unable to skip the checks and balances that make your site stand out.
Combined with the many improvements in the media manager, content writers will love the new ways they can use the workflows and the improved media manager.
How will Joomla 4 also benefit me?
Whatever size your site is, accessibility is a must, and from the start, Joomla 4 delivers best in class accessibility. The layout, contrast and infrastructure all have accessibility built-in so all your visitors will benefit. We have aimed for W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (with AA compliance)
A redesigned administration area speeds content creation. Improved media manager and editor updates give you the power to design and build amazing websites. Article templates help you and your colleagues keep to the page design
Deliver customised emails that welcome and inform your website's audience effectively! With the new email template system, it's easier than ever to make the emails your site sends be on message and on brand. Now you can take your site to the next level when communicating with your customers.
Search is a boost to any site. It allows your visitors to hone in on the areas they are interested in, increasing engagement and improving your sites ranking. So when it comes to search look no further, Joomla 4 smart search has many improvements over previous Joomla search and is the best to date.
Get to the top of any search engine fast with Joomla 4. It takes care of SEO, so you can focus on getting your great content noticed. SEO built into the architecture of the page means you get the correct page structure without any additional extensions.
Running a site with state of the art well-written code helps you stay ahead when it comes to security. With many architecture changes designed to maximize security and keep hackers out, you can be assured that moving to Joomla 4 is a wise choice. The benefits are countless when it comes to ensuring you and your clients data are as well protected as they can be.
With Joomla 4 you benefit from the increased performance. Speed is one of the top factors in conversions whether your site is ecommerce or you need to grow your subscriptions. Joomla 4 gives your site the boost it needs.