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Joomla 4 stable version is already out! It’s a huge upgrade to the CMS bringing so many amazing new features and functionalities. The new major version will forever change the way you have been using Joomla as the platform is now more reliable, steady, secure, and fully equipped to empower innovations.
If you’re stressing about how to upgrade your site to Joomla 4, don’t worry. In this article, we will guide you through the entire process of upgrading your Joomla 3.x site to Joomla 4 without breaking your site. You’re encouraged to follow the entire article carefully so that you don’t end up making a mess.
Let's get started.
When Should You Update to Joomla 4
Joomla 4 is out. Does that mean you have to immediately upgrade your site to Joomla 4? No! As you can not update Joomla 3.x to 4 directly, you must first update your site to 3.10.
The Joomla 3.10 bridge will help you perform the mini migration to Joomla 4 and show a pre-update check of the extensions installed on your site. As per the official documentation, Joomla 3.10.x will be supported until 16 August 2023. So, there’s no rush. Wait till all the extensions in use are ready for Joomla 4.
Safeguarding customer privacy is more than a protective measure; it is crucial for your brand growth and online presence. Consumers are becoming more and more careful about what personal data they share online. Hence data protection and privacy can not only create a business advantage but also has become a necessity.
If your business has an online presence and you’re still in the dark about GDPR compliance, it’s time to wake up! Today, we will cover how to incorporate best practices to protect customer's information and make your Joomla site GDPR compliant. But before we do that, let’s find out what exactly is GDPR.
What is GDPR compliance?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a regulation in EU law that is written to protect citizens from privacy and data breaches.
In simple terms, the legislation specifies what personal data is and regulates what can be done with them. It answers the questions of what is considered consent and ensures cookies are considered personal data and you take consent before using them.
The seven key principles of GDPR are:
- Lawfulness, fairness, and transparency
- Purpose limitation
- Data minimization
- Storage limitation
- Integrity and confidentiality
An average user visits around 100 to 138 web pages per day. But only a few of them are able to make them stay. So, what exactly do these websites do which others don’t?
The key is the minimum page loading time.
Generally, websites are loaded with tons of content including images, videos, forms, and many more. All these decrease the overall speed of the website. So, when a user visits a website, and the page loading takes longer than it should, the user immediately leaves it and jumps onto another site.
So, how can you resolve this issue?
The answer to your questions is the GZip compression feature. The GZip compression helps you increase the overall speed of your website without any loss of information. In this blog post, we will show you how to enable GZip compression in Joomla 4.
What is GZip Compression & Why You need to Enable GZip Compressionon Joomla?
To maintain good communication between the user's browser and the server, the request time should be minimum. GZip compression lets the server compress the web files efficiently and reduces the request time of the user's browser, thereby seemingly increasing the overall experience on both sides.
For example: let’s say some random user visits your site and requests for the About Us page. This page may have a size of 400KB which can be as reduced as 200KB. With the help of GZip, your server compresses the about us page and sends it to the user’s browser in a decompressed form. You may think that it will take time, but it does not. The whole process is very fast and unnoticeable.
So, now you know why compressed files are called time saviors for websites.
How to Enable GZip Compression in Joomla 4?
Over the last couple of years, we've talked a lot about the upcoming Joomla 4. If you missed any of those updates, you can check out the ultimate guide to Joomla 4.
There is one important Joomla 4-related topic we need to talk about. The topic is Joomla 3.10, which will be the final release for Joomla 3. This will also be the version that you must move to before upgrading to Joomla 4.
Here are some key things to know about this final Joomla 3 release:
Why do we need Joomla 3.10?
Joomla 3.10 is the vital step between Joomla 3 and Joomla 4. The 3.10 release will help ease the transition to Joomla 4 by including backports of API changes from Joomla 4. It also provides a complete check of your current site to make sure you're ready for Joomla 4.
How to update to Joomla 3.10 now
If you want to test the Joomla 4 upgrade process, you can do that now.
One option is to install a new Joomla site using 3.10. To do that, you can download a nightly build of Joomla 3.10.
Alternatively, you can update an existing Joomla 3 site to Joomla 3.10. Please use a test site for this!
- In your Joomla 3 site, go to Components > Joomla Update > Options.
- Choose "Testing" for the "Update Channel".
- Choose "Development" for the "Minimum Stability".
We all know the importance of a good website to build credibility for a business. However, choosing between the options of having a unified one-page website versus multiple pages website can be tricky. Especially if you are new to the Joomla world and web development.
With mobile and social media users on the rise, single-page websites are gaining popularity. But is this the right choice for your business? If so, how can you achieve this in Joomla? To answer all these questions, today we will talk about one-page websites, what kind of businesses can benefit from them, and lastly how you can create a beautiful one in Joomla.
So, without further ado, let's dive right in.
What Is a One-Page Website?
A One-page website is exactly what the name suggests - a single-page website. This type of website aims to provide just the right amount of information for a user to make a decision and act on it. The overall long scrolling design makes it easy to get creative while crafting a story where you have full control over the order in which your content is seen.