Joomla! Release Joomla 3.3 With Enhanced Security, Searchability & Speed

Joomla today announced the immediate availability of the newest version of the world-renewed content management system, Joomla 3.3.

Powering just over 3% of the entire Internet, Joomla is used for all kinds of online projects, from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets.

The newest Joomla CMS overhauls its approach to security, enables microdata for the first time, and replaces MooTools-based JavaScript with jQuery equivalents. These new features make Joomla 3.3 the most secure, searchable, and fastest-loading Joomla CMS yet, ensuring the most efficient developer experience for Joomla out of the box.

To get an idea of what Joomla 3.3 can do, check out this introductory video:

Sarah Watz, the newly elected president of Open Source Matters — a nonprofit that provides organizational, legal and financial support to the Joomla project — had this to say upon the new release:

“Joomla has experienced unprecedented growth recently, blowing through 50 million downloads at the end of February to more than 52 million today. Despite this massive surge, we are continuing to make improvements to ensure Joomla is cutting-edge for our user community of millions of people around the globe.”

Joomla 3.3 brings about three key features:

  • Minimum PHP version is 5.3.10:   This substantially enhances the level of cryptography that can be used for securing passwords.
  • jQuery JavaScript:   By moving from MooTools to jQuery JavaScript, the size of Joomla websites will be reduced, ultimately enabling sites to load faster.
  • Microdata implementation:   This allows many aspects of the content rendered by the Joomla CMS to be explained to search engines using semantic information. Ultimately, this enables Joomla websites to be more searchable.

Chad Windnagle, Google Summer of Code Co-Admin for Joomla, also commented on Joomla's latest release:

“Some of the enhancements in Joomla 3.3 came from Joomla student developers from last summer’s Google Summer of Code, and we expect more cutting-edge developments from those contributors in upcoming releases. Although the Joomla community has come up with amazing enhancements, it is important that we stay as current as possible by tapping contributions from the next generation of Internet pioneers like the Google Summer of Code students.”

To demo Joomla 3.3 go to, to download it go to To read through all the new features of Joomla 3.3, check out the Joomla Blog.

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