Celebrating Joomla 5: Your Guide to a Smoother Transition by Square Balloon

Hey Joomla enthusiasts! We’ve got some fantastic news—Joomla 5 has just been released! 🎉 If you’re as excited as we are, then you’re in for a real treat. Today, we’re delving deep into what Joomla 5 has to offer and how it’s setting new standards for content management systems (CMS). But that’s not all! We’re also going to guide you through a seamless upgrade from your previous Joomla versions. Grab your cuppa, and let’s dive in!

Who Are We?

First off, we’re Square Balloon, your friendly neighbourhood experts in all things Joomla. With a whopping 15 years of experience under our belt, we’ve been playing around with Joomla since it was just a little code baby. Based in the charming county of Essex and covering London and its surrounding areas, we’ve navigated through Joomla 2.5, 3, and 4 to bring our clients the best digital solutions possible. So, when it comes to upgrades and new versions, you could say we’re sort of like Joomla wizards! 🧙‍♂️

Joomla 5: What’s the Buzz?

Joomla 5 is not just another update; it’s a game-changer. Built with an enriched user interface, enhanced security measures, and impressive SEO functionalities, Joomla 5 offers a comprehensive platform for any business, big or small. It’s sleek, it’s powerful, and it’s built to make your life easier!  The codebase has been rewritten for speed ensuring faster Joomla websites all round, which as we know is better for user experience and of course, something Google asks for.  With the old class system being dropped we now have a modern architecture setting Joomla in good stead for the future.

Improved UX/UI

One of the stand-out features is the revamped user interface. Think more intuitive, more user-friendly, and just a whole lot prettier! Managing content has never been this effortless.

Advanced SEO Capabilities

SEO is the bread and butter of online visibility. Joomla 5 packs a punch with its advanced SEO functionalities. From easy metadata editing to automatic redirects, it’s built to propel you up those search engine rankings.  With the new schema.org plugin, you now have JSON-LD data at the tip of your fingers.  There is no need to install any 3rd party plugins and this will be maintained by the Joomla! project.  A fantastic new add-on that will take it above the other CMS currently on the market.  No only that but it’s built for plugins, so it can be improved and further schemas can be added in the future.

Robust Security

We all want to keep our websites safe and sound. Joomla 5 ups the ante with reinforced security measures, ensuring that your data stays exactly where it should—secure and inaccessible to cyber threats.  Joomla! has always been at the forefront of security ensuring they take action prior to other CMS and this release is no different prioritising security.


Following on from the good work of Joomla 4, Joomla 5 has accessibility in mind.  With the administration and front end templates both being AA tested.  Of course it’s down to the end user whether they keep those templates or change them, so you need to be aware that any such changes could change this rating.  And of course, your end users could also take actions that would change this rating.

Why Upgrade?

If you’re on Joomla 2.5, 3, or even 4, you might be wondering if an upgrade is worth the fuss. The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Staying updated means better security, more features, and a sleeker user experience. Plus, upgrades often fix bugs and issues that might have been plaguing older versions. So, upgrading isn’t just about keeping up with the Joneses; it’s about optimising your online presence.

Upgrading: The Square Balloon Way

Alright, we know that upgrading can sometimes feel like trekking up a mountain. But with us, it’s more like a gentle stroll in the park. Here’s how we make it smooth sailing:

Step 1: Backup, Backup, Backup

The first rule of any upgrade is to backup all your data. We can’t stress this enough! We take full backups so that in the unlikely event something goes awry, your data is safe.

Step 2: Compatibility Checks

Next up, we check for compatibility issues. This means making sure your plugins, templates, and modules will play nicely with Joomla 5. If they don’t, we find alternatives that do.

Step 3: Test Run

Before going live, we do a test run on a staging site. It’s like a dress rehearsal but for your website. It allows us to iron out any kinks and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Step 4: Go Live

Once we’re confident, we hit the “Go Live” button. Your upgraded site is now up and running, and you can start enjoying all the fabulous features Joomla 5 has to offer!

Wrap Up

Joomla 5 is here, and it’s fabulous! And the good news is that upgrading doesn’t have to be a hassle. With 15 years of Joomla experience, we at Square Balloon are experts at making transitions as smooth as a cup of Yorkshire tea. So, why wait? Let’s embark on this exciting Joomla journey together!

Need help with your upgrade? Feel free to get in touch. We’re just around the corner, always ready to assist.

Cheerio for now, Joomla champs! 🎈

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