"The open source Joomla content management platform (CMS) Joomla 1.5.X is near and dear to us here @struto_central. In fact it’s been our weapon of choice for delivering dynamic, content driven websites since 2008."
There are many great CMS platforms out there and choosing the right one can be a minefield. We knew when we set out to choose a platform that it had to be open source, something we feel pretty strongly about. For us open source is tantamount to enablement. Whilst open source isn't necessarily synonymous with free it does enable us to bring our SMB clients dynamic websites that deliver value timeously and at realistic price points by leveraging the open source community and wider commercial Joomla community.
Naturally with large community based projects (Joomla has over 200 000 community users and contributors) development paths can at times appear like organised chaos to the uninitiated and so to with Joomla.
Up until now we have been proponents of sticking to version 1.5.X due to short lifecycles of interim versions that have been released of late. Lets see... there was version 1.6 released in January 2011 but went end-of-life in August 2011 followed by version 1.7 which was released in July 2011 and goes end-of-life next month!
Things have however settled down and the folks involved have set out their plans for a Long Term Support (LTS) release. Joomla 2.5 released this month will be an LTS release with support until October 2013.
So what does that mean for good old Joomla 1.5? Well, we think its probably getting near time to consider migration to Joomla 2.5. Good old version 1.5 is finally set to hang up its boots in April 2012. There'll be the usual few months where extensions and plugins are updated for the new version and then it'll be time to rock 'n roll!