Joomla 3 FAQ

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What are the major differences between Joomla! 2.5 and 3.0?

<translate> The most noticeable difference is the totally revamped administrator, which is updated to a modern design with many simpler and more friendly user-interfaces. Also, starting with Joomla! 3.0, Joomla! is now device responsive. Simply, Joomla! is mobile friendly and can be used with any modern device. </translate>

<translate> In addition, there are dozens of improvements to the details of all of the Joomla core. Some highlights are: </translate>

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A new installer which you will notice when creating a new Joomla! 3.x install.</translate>

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Joomla! 3 is packed with goodies for extension developers, such as Bootstrap support and jQuery support.</translate>

Joomla! 3.1

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Joomla! 3.2


  • Content version control
  • Many user interface improvements
  • Easy multi-lingual setup for 64 officially supported languages
  • Built-in Joomla! Extensions Finder as an onsite interface to the Joomla! Extensions Directory (that currently lists over 6,000 extensions) providing one-click extensions installation
  • Increased security with strong passwords and two step authentication
  • New rapid development framework for new extension coding


Joomla! 3.3

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Joomla! 3.4


  • Front-end Module Editing,
  • Decoupling com_weblinks,
  • Composer Integration,
  • Core en-GB standardisation...



Joomla! 3.5

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  • PHP 7 Support
  • Update Notifications via Email
  • System Information Export
  • Drag & Drop Images
  • Anonymised System Data
  • Easily Insert Modules in Articles
  • Item counter (+ click through filter) in Category Manager
  • Random category blog and list order view.</translate>

How long is each Joomla! version supported?

How long is each Joomla! version supported?

I'm building a brand new site. Should I launch a Joomla! 2.5 site or a 3.0 site?

<translate> Joomla! 2.5 reached EOS (end of support) the 31 Dec 2014. That means that since that day it will recieve no further attention or support from the Joomla! Project. No more maintenance or security releases. So you should not start a new site with Joomla! 2.5, but always Joomla! 3.3 or greater. </translate>

<translate> Sites that are currently on Joomla! 2.5 are encouraged to start planning now for a migration to 3.3 or greater now. We’ve provided a one-click upgrade from Joomla! 2.5 to any Joomla! 3 version and you just have to make sure that all your extensions and template are compatible with Joomla! 3.x before upgrading. See Planning for Mini-Migration - Joomla 2.5 to 3.x (See the “How do I find Joomla 3.x compatible extensions?” FAQ below for more information) </translate>

<translate> See also: Why Migrate and all the related pages.</translate>

If I launch a Joomla! 3.0 site, will I be able to install extensions?

<translate> Yes, you will be able to install extensions compatible with Joomla! 3.x. The Joomla! Extensions Directory™ (JED) will have a Joomla 3.x compatible icon to know which extensions are Joomla 3.x compatible; however, the best place to check is the developer’s site. </translate>

How do I get a Joomla! 3.0 template?

<translate> Template companies are offering Joomla! 3 templates at present, taking advantage of Joomla! 3's responsive design. Also, please note that some Joomla! 2.5 templates will work in Joomla! 3 without any issues or any changes needed, but some will not. It's best to consult with the template's developer on this. </translate>

How do I find Joomla! 3.0 compatible extensions?

<translate> Visit Joomla! Extensions Directory™ (JED), which will have Joomla 3.0 compatible icons to let you know which extensions are Joomla 3.x compatible; however, the best place to check is your extension developer’s site. </translate>

Will my Joomla! 2.5 extensions work with Joomla! 3.0?

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<translate> Extensions that are native to Joomla! 2.5 should work on Joomla! 3.0 with very little change, if any. Components and templates will need the most work, while modules and plugins should work without issue (assuming they do not use deprecated methods). Extensions that support Joomla! 2.5 and 1.5 in the same package will likely not work right away, until the developers update them for Joomla! 3 compatibility. </translate>

<translate> In short, it depends on the extension. The Joomla! Project has made the process relatively easy for most extensions, however for some extensions it’s going to take some work. To be certain, let the developers of the extensions know that you want to use their extension on Joomla 3 and consult with their documentation. </translate>

What happens if I launch a Joomla! 3.0 site, but the extension I want is for a 2.5 site?

<translate> You need to speak with the extension developer to see if they have plans to release that extension for Joomla! 3 in the immediate future. Developers do have to make some changes but how extensive they are depends on the extension.


Should I update from Joomla! 2.5 to 3.0?

<translate> In most cases, you will need to start planning on an upgrade to Joomla! 3.x ASAP. Joomla! 2.5 has reached EOS (end of support) as of December 31st of 2014. Joomla 3 is stable and should be the choice for production sites. </translate>

<translate> You will need to verify your template and components will work with Joomla! 3.x before upgrading. All core components are upgrade ready right now. </translate>

<translate> Please see Why Migrate for more details on migration from 2.5 to 3.x. </translate>

I have a 2.5 site and I see a that the Joomla! update manager lets me upgrade to 3.0; should I do it since it’s letting me?

<translate> Not unless you’re 1000% sure. By default, Joomla will not let you update to 3.x unless you activate the option within the Joomla! Update component (administrator >> Component >> Joomla! Update >> Options >> Update server >> Short Term Support). If for some reason you’ve changed this, and you’d like the updater to stop letting you upgrade, change the setting to Long Term Support. After making this change, you’ll only receive updates for Joomla! 2.5. </translate>

<translate> Notice: You should not upgrade from Joomla! 2.5 to Joomla! 3.x unless you are certain that all of your additionally installed extensions (from third party developers), especially templates, are Joomla! 3.x ready or have a Joomla! 3.x version that you can upgrade to. You should only upgrade from 2.5 to 3.x on a development site not on your live site. See Why Migrate and follow the pages for more information on upgrading from 2.5 to 3.x. </translate>

What’s next after Joomla 3.0?

<translate> Joomla! 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and more. Joomla's new development strategy is announced here, please read the full text of the development strategy for more information. </translate>

<translate> A quick summary, if you are using any version of Joomla! except Joomla 3.5.1, you should consider updating or migrating ASAP! There will no longer be a Long Term Support Version with a .5 designation. The latest version of Joomla is the Long Term Support Version. See Joomla! CMS versions for a listing of current and future releases. </translate>

<translate> Joomla! 1.5 has not been supported for since the end of 2012 and Joomla! 2.5 is EOS (end of support) since 31 Dec 2014. Simply, you should be using Joomla! 3.5.1. </translate>

Okay, I’m ready and want to upgrade. How do I do the upgrade?


  • First, review the system requirements for Joomla! 3.x and make sure that your server environment meets those requirements.
  • Second, make sure that all your extensions (especially, your templates) are Joomla 3.x compatible.
  • Third, create a test site and test the upgrade on the test site first.
  • Fourth, consult a trusted developer if you’re not 100% certain about anything.
  • Fifth, make a full backup of your site (files and database).


<translate> Once ready, go to the Joomla! Update component. Click on options and change the setting to Short Term Support. Save. You should be notified of the availability of Joomla! 3.x. Click the button to install. Clear your browser’s cache to make sure you see the latest changes. That’s it!

Finally, double check and make sure that everything is working properly. </translate>

<translate> See Planning for Mini-Migration - Joomla! 2.5 to 3.x and Joomla! 2.5 to 3.x Step by Step Migration for detailed instructions.

Note: On some hosts you may need to use alternative update methods such as using the extensions installer. </translate>

But what if I’m on Joomla 1.5. Will my site break? Do I migrate to 2.5 or 3.0?

  1. REDIRECT Joomla 1.5 to 3.x Step by Step Migration

OK, final question. Where can I get more information about Joomla 3?

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We hope you enjoy Joomla 3 as much as we do! Thanks for reading this FAQ.

FAQ Contributors:

Gary Jay Brooks, Nick Savov, Elin Waring, Jon Neubauer, Guillermo Bravo

FAQ Reviewers:

Sully Sullivan, Michael Babker, Andrea Tarr, Mark Dexter, Brian Teeman