Joomla! 3.6, which is expected to be released on July 12, 2016, will be a relatively small release with some important, often requested features: Better support for caching with Varnish and Nginx and the option to reinstall the Joomla! core with only a few clicks.
Reinstall/recover the Joomla! core
You can now easily reinstall your Joomla! version without losing your content and settings. This can be useful if problems arise after you have modified the core files.
This feature will also help you if your website is hacked, allowing you to resume working with a clean installation and your most recent content and settings.
- Improved reverse caching with Varnish and Nginx: In the past, it was difficult to use web accelerators (caching) such as Varnish or Nginx with Joomla! With version 3.6, that is no longer the case.
What is Reverse caching with Varnish or Nginx?
HTML pages are automatically saved in a cache the first time they are opened and can be retrieved when needed without having to recompile the pages. This reduces the load on the web server and speeds up most websites, which is particularly useful for websites with high traffic. Joomla! 3.6 solves several rather frustrating conflicts that often arose when Varnish or Nginx were used.
- Joomla! log directory now under /administrator: Joomla! saves important information in a log. This log directory used to be located in the Joomla! root directory, which frequently caused problems when users installed Joomla! in the root of their webspace because the web host’s log directory was often also located there. To resolve this conflict, the log directory has been moved to /administrator/logs.
A recommended upgrade
You can upgrade with confidence. Joomla! 3.6 is a simple, one-click upgrade with no migration required. It has been extensively tested over the past several weeks with multiple betas and release candidates. The likelihood of problems arising is minimal. For those who need absolute security, however, you can always back up your database and webspace before the upgrade.