Joomla! has geared up for its next version to be released soon, the much awaited version will see many significant changes and mark the introduction of various new features since its last release in July, 2016 hosting the features like subform field, show all menu items, improved UX, improved Joomla! updates, Menu type ACL, categories on the fly.
Considering the up-gradation brought up with the release of Joomla 3.5, v3.7 is foreseen to be a minor upgrade, yet Joomla clearing the air announced shipping of some main new features to be included by Joomla 3.7 , Beta version of which is set to be released around 24th of January 2017.
Joomla! announced Robert Deutz (CMS maintainer and former PLT member) as the 3.7 Release Lead, with its news publish about its Version 3.7 and what to expect.
Talking in details, we have put together some of the expected features coming up with the version.
Router is the relevant code to create and process SEF URLs. Search engine friendly (SEF), human-readable URLs that make sense to both humans and search engines because they explain the path to the particular page they point to. Joomla will now have the scope of using a new routing strategy, The feature is placed as an option and you can enable it per component, easing to mix the old and new strategy if required. Joomla! also made it clear that If you are using an old extension that does not support the new routing then everything will still work as before. This will ensure many issues fixes faced with the current version of Joomla!. The update is announced by Joomla! In its Road to 3.7 news publish and will make its way in the new upcoming version.
Talking about custom fields, You will be able to add custom fields to articles, user profiles and contact forms. It will now be possible to attach a field to a field group, disable custom field feature to every component, 3rd party extension developers will be allowed to adapt the output to their extensions and the site integrator to customize them to their needs and much more.
The new version of Joomla! Will see some significant update about custom fields, We are counting that with the release of this Joomla! 3.7, The coding of the same is pretty much done, and is available to be tested by anyone anyone just by downloading the version of Joomla! available in GitHub repository.
Visual update of back-end template:
As per release news published by Joomla in November, Apart from some big changes the back-end template will be visually improved involving some minor enhancements and refining usability. Changes are expected to be made only to ISIS template. Mostly only affecting UI elements, background gradients envisioned to be removed.
Joomla! 3.7 will bring many other notable changes, parallel Facebook login will be enabled, Adding a Facebook authentication plugin to render own fields in login modules and the login views of com_users. The feature is already been approved by the PLT.
Drag and drop toolbar editing with TinyMCE, As we quote, With this version, you will now be allowed to customize and edit the default editor, You can open the TinyMCE editor plugin and add move or remove buttons.
Improvements in article modals, Joomla 3.7 will mark a lot of time saving by enabling to create a menu directly while creating an article.
New date and time Picker, this relatively minor proposed change would update Joomla’s date and time picker, everything will be controllable through the calendar field definition and the new time picker code would be based on select elements (24h or 12h based)
You can also direct at Github, https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms for more detailed changes and test the features yourself.