Joomla 1.6 shows quite a lot of prominent changes as compared to its previous version 1.5. And even with the advance of the 1.6th version of joomla, the joomla developers are still continuously working quickly to release joomla version 1.7, probably on 19 July 2011. Joomla version 1.7 alpha release is available for download and meant for only testing purpose.
Personally I found a few of the changes quite interesting and good while few of them annoying and maybe even unnecessary. Below I have mentioned some of its changes according to my experience and perspective.
I would surely like your feedbacks and views. And please don’t forget to add something regarding any points I have mentioned here or if you would like your’s as well.
1] In joomla 1.6 codes are nearly less than 35% from that in joomla 1.5. The codes written in joomla 1.6 are more efficient and handle more features also commented in better way.
2] The PHP version supported in joomla 1.6 is greater than PHP 5.2 which make it more reliable and faster.
3] In joomla 1.5 to show module position by adding ?tp=1 at the end of the URL is on by default but in joomla 1.6 this feature is off by default. You can enable it by going to template manager >> Options>>Templates.
4] Section manager has been removed from back-end. Now there is only Category Manager which has much better flexibility. Now you can manage category inside another category up to 10 levels deep. Off course this ended the need of Section manager which is present in joomla 1.5.
5] Joomla 1.5 has a section which deals with front page in FrontPage manager. This option in joomla 1.6 has come with the name of Featured articles.
6] In joomla 1.6 we have plenty of options to set user access levels. We can set access levels for each individual user as well as whole group.
7] The template assignment can be done through menu items also.
8] In Joomla 1.5 there is no language file for the templates but in joomla 1.6 templates support language files.
9] Templates style and layout override is supported in joomla 1.6 while it is not possible in its previous version.
There are many others changes and difference in joomla 1.6. I would like to hear from you if you can suggest.Any comments or suggestions are most welcome.