On September 27, 2012 the Joomla project released the much-anticipated 3.0 version of the CMS.

Although many additions and improvements have been made, the most significant change in this build is the adoption of the Bootstrap framework from Twitter.

Twitter Bootstrap instantly adds mobile responsiveness to Joomla — the ability to adjust the layout of the web site based on the size of the screen — making it one of the first open-source content management systems to become mobile-ready.

While Bootstrap adds enormous and clear benefits for site builders, add-on developers can also build their extensions using the Bootstrap elements baked into Joomla. This reduces development time and improves standards and usability for consumers.

Given the rise and popularity of mobile and responsive web site design, you might be tempted to upgrade a previous Joomla version to Joomla 3.0.

However, you must consider a number of factors to decide if Joomla 3.0 is right for you.

Joomla 2.5.7 has been released.

Notable items in this build include 2 security patches for cross-site scripting attacks as well as a new feature allowing languages to be installed directly from the Joomla backend interface without having to download a language pack first.

42 items from the bug tracker were also addressed.

Full details can be found in the official 2.5.7 release announcement at joomla.org

Since this release improves security, we recommend that all users perform an Joomla upgrade immediately.

A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.

As the owner or maintainer of a Joomla web site, you have likely been in the position of hearing about security vulnerability and having to scramble anxiously to manually check each and every site to see if it was safe and perhaps even upgrade all your sites.

Or perhaps you maintain a spreadsheet with all your clients where you track the version of Joomla and any extensions you have installed and each week or month you accept the tedious task of updating your list.

If you are a new Joomla user, perhaps you have not yet considered the best ways to backup and protect your web sites.

Regardless of the situation, a development agency with hundreds of clients or a hobbyist with a handful of sites each know how difficult it can be to keep two or more Joomla sites current and safe.

The primary problem facing Joomla web site developers and maintainers is that there is no centralized way to be notified of required updates or perform maintenance.

As Joomla users ourselves, we have also long-struggled with this very problem and last week we quietly announced a new service — Watchful.li — that will change how you manage your sites.

In the last 2 weeks two important Joomla upgrades have been released.

Together, version 2.5.5 and 2.5.6 address 125 issues from the bug tracker, adds 11 new features and patches two security issues.

The security issues consist of a medium priority privilege escalation and a low priority information disclosure.

Yesterday saw the release of Joomla 2.5.4. As always, we recommend that you upgrade your site to the latest version of without delay.

You can upgrade to this version easily using the built-in upgrade system found in the Joomla administrative control panel.

In addition to 157 bug fixes, this version patches 2 low level security issues and introduces three new features.

Full details on Joomla 2.5.4 can be found on the official press release at Joomla.org.

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