Joomla 3.0 is finally out! As usual, I'm testing it on our servers making sure that it works flawlessly for all SiteGround folks that use this great piece of open source software.
I started installing Joomla 3.0 and writing this post simultaneously. I've just written an intro paragraph on how easy and painless the installation process is, when a nasty Internal Server Error screen appeared - right after I unpacked the official installation package. That kind of reminded me how right was the saying that one should never assume...
However, now few hours later I can still say this: the installation of Joomla 3.0 on a SiteGround account is painless, but only if you use our single-click installer Softaculous. It takes literally two clicks, has zero problems and will save you precious time that you can spend on building your actual site. I was also amazed by the speed with which our partners from Softaculous have prepared the special installation package so that it is already available for you to use!
As to the others, who were as impatient as me to install the new version before it was available in Softaculous, or simply prefer the manual installation, here are my two cents on it. Until now, all Joomla installation packages came with correct permissions of their files and folders. Joomla 3.0 package, however, has all its content writable by the "others" group. Because it is considered as a security issue this triggers an Internal Server Error message when you try to start the installation. I am saving you the quick visit to the Error Log where you should generally look for reasons why this error appears - it's all about the permissions. You can use FileZilla or other FTP client software and simply remove the writing permissions for the "others" group with it. Remove them for all files and folders, FileZilla and other good FTP clients support recursive change that is really useful in this case.
After these initial glitches the manual installation finishes smoothly. I can't hide the fact that the new system and installation pages look much better than the previous oneс, but more on the looks to follow...
The Back End
Did I already say that the Bootstrap-powered new admin page looks fantastic? Well, it looks fantastic and what is even better it looks fantastic on all devices! The first noticeable thing is the new Quick Icons panel with links to the most commonly used tools. On the left of it there are blocks showing the most popular articles on your site, most recently added ones and information about the logged users. I must say that I like the new style a lot more than the old one with the huge square buttons!
The Front End
The scary question: should you upgrade now?
- NO, if you are currently using Joomla 2.5
- YES, but to Joomla 2.5 if you are currently using 1.5.