It's time to say goodbye to Joomla 2.5. Do you have an update plan?

  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014

On December 31st 2014, Joomla 2.5 will reach it's end of life and no longer be officially supported. This means Joomla 2.5 will no longer be actively developed or maintained but your website will continue to function as normal.

It's now time to update to Joomla 3. Joomla 3 will be supported and maintained for a long time to come. It's the most advanced, secure, feature rich and user freindly Joomla release yet.

For developers this means we now only have to support one version of Joomla. For my FocalPoint extension, I only ever supported Joomla 3 as the 2.5 EOL was looming. But, I've had to field a slew of questions about a 2.5 version.

Compared to the upgrade from 1.5 to 2.5, the update to Joomla 3 is relatively painless. If you want to do the update yourself, the Joomla Update Working Group has some resources to help. In my experience, the complexity of the update entirely depends on the number and quality of extensions installed on your site. In most cased the template will break and need some recoding. The actual CMS update will usually be trouble free and can be handled from within the Administrator. But each extension will need to be updated with the latest version and in most cases a certain amount of re-styling is involved. Everything should be extensively tested offline or in a sub domain before going live.

Q: How do I upgrade from Joomla 2.5 to 3?

A:The first step in any migration process is planning. Joomla 2.5 core will update with the “one-click update” via the admin but third-party extensions need to be reviewed and updated on an individual basis. If you want to give this a go yourself start with the official guide on Joomla.org.

If you would like help, contact me. I can assess your site and give you a quote to update your CMS, template and extensions.

Q: How long will Joomla 3 support last?

A: With the new release schedule in place, it is possible to continue development on the 3.x series without locking into a specific release as the “Long Term Support” release, which enables a longer support period for the 3.x series overall.

Joomla 3 will be supported for at least 2 years past the final 3.x release. This means that if the final Jooma 3 release is in a years time before work on the 4.x series starts then support will last for at least 2 years beyond that point.

Q. So, there's no more Long Term Support (LTS) releast, right?

A. Correct. The concept of there being an "LTS" releast is being deprecated in favor of supporting the last release in a series for 2 years.

Q: Which version will include an upgrade tool to go to 3.x from 2.5?

A: Core updates are able to be performed with ease via the update component (in 2.5.4 and later). Before updating, check to ensure your templates and extensions are compatible with Joomla! 3.

Q: What version of Joomla! 3 will be stable?

A: It is stable at this time.

Q: What does End of Support mean?

A: End of support refers to when Joomla no longer provides bug fixes, features, or security updates. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update of Joomla. Your website will continue to work as normal.