All the Joomla News for September 2021

All the Joomla News for September 2021

Thanks for using Joomla and Joomlashack.

Every month we post a round-up of news from around the Joomla community. Here's all the key Joomla news from September.

We've posted all of these updates, plus a lot more in the Joomlashack Facebook group, so join if you want daily Joomla updates.

Planning for Joomla 4.1 is Starting

Yes, Joomla 3 is very stable. But one reason for that is there have been no new features in the last couple of years. Now that Joomla 4 is available, the Joomla team can move forward with new features. Planning is already underway for Joomla 4.1.

Read about the Joomla 4.1 plans.

Please Test OSMap on Joomla 4

The new OSMap is getting close to an official release for Joomla 3 and 4. If you use OSMap, please test this Release Candidate:

  • Click the link below and install on either Joomla 3 or 4. Please don't install on a live site!
  • Report any issues. You can do this by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in our Facebook group.

Click here to download the Release Candidate for OSMap

Joomla! 4 The Book

The first Joomla 4 book is out. I haven't read it yet, but kudos to Simon Grange for being ready so soon after Joomla 4's release.

See Simon's new Joomla 4 book.

Joomla 4 Extension Development

If you're new to Joomla 4 extensions, I highly recommend this series from Astrid Guenther. Even if you only have time to read the "Preface" in the next five minutes, you'll learn a lot about what changes in Joomla 4:

Read Astrid's introduction to Joomla 4.

Make Joomla 4 Look Smaller

If you feel like the design elements in Joomla 4 are just a little "big", here's a solution for you. This is a CSS file where "some text and heading font sizes, grid column widths and menu styles have been subtly modified for a more compact layout".

Download the CSS file for the Joomal 4 admin.

Video: When Should You Plan on Using Joomla 4?

Rod Martin and Robbie Adair have a new video featuring Joomlashack. This video is about the state of Joomla 4 extensions one month after the official launch:

Watch Rod's video on using Joomla 4.

Check Out the Basic Joomla Channel on YouTube

Shout out to Tim Davis at Basic Joomla who continues to put on regular, useful, and entertaining Joomla videos. In this video, Tim looks at the PHP and Database Settings area of the Joomla 4 pre-check update area.

See Tim's video on the pre-update checks.

PHP Remains King of the Web

PHP is the past, current, and future king of the web. It's still a great time to be a PHP expert: "PHP held a 72.5 percent share in 2010 and holds a 78.9 percent share today".

Read the article on PHP's enormous lead.

What Joomla 3 Users Will See About Joomla 4

Joomla 3 will have a rolling approach to messages about Joomla 4:

  • Joomla 4 has arrived!
  • When is the time to migrate to Joomla 4?
  • Joomla 3.10 has entered security only mode.
  • Support ends soon for Joomla 3.

So there are different messages for different stages. You can also customize or hide the messages.

Joomla 3.10: End of Support Handling.

Understanding the New Joomla 4 Search

Here's a complete overview of the new Joomla 4 search. It really is far more advanced and fully-featured than the old Joomla 3 search:

Read about the new Joomla 4 search.

Bitnami's Local Environment Supports Joomla 4

Bitnami have updated their local environment for Joomla 4. This is a super-useful tool. Download the app, and you'll have Joomla 4 on your desktop.

Download Joomla 4 for your desktop.