Joomla 2.5.6 was released today. This release is a mix of bug fixes, low-level security releases and new features.
You can update your sites in just three steps:
After updating, here's an introduction to the new features you'll see:
Feature 1. Multiple Image Uploads
It's now possible to select and upload multiple images when you're using Joomla's Media Manager.
This works whether you have the Flash Uploader turned on or not.
Feature 2. Duplicate a Template
It's now possible to create a copy of a Joomla template. This used to be a cumbersome process but can now be done from the Joomla administrator area.
Why would you want to copy a template, rather than use the template styles features? You'd copy a template if you wanted to make actual changes to the template code. By doing this, you are literally copying all of the template's files into a new folder.
Feature 3. Terms of Service for New Users
You now have the ability to ask your users to agree to Terms of Service when they join your site.
Feature 4. Security
One of the reasons that we recommend the Admin Tools extension in our Joomla Security course, is that it allows you to change the ID number of the administrator. By default, this was set to 42 and that made it easier for hackers to try a range of attacks.
That ability to change 42 is now part of the Joomla core for new sites. When you install Joomla your main user account will be assigned an idea number anywhere between 1 and 1000.
This Admin Tools feature is still recommeded for existing sites.
Feature 5. Easier Module Management
This is just a small additional feature, but it makes life easier for people with large websites.
Feature 6. Redirect Component Now Record Hits
To be honest, this component was not very useful before. Without the ability to see which broken URLs were visited most frequently, it was hard to make use out of the data stored here.
Go to Components > Redirects and you'll see a list of all the URLs and how many times they've been used.
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