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egemenerd says

When a new version arrives, most of the Wordpress users update Wordpress version on the same day. Why the situation is different in Joomla world? Joomla 3 is much better than Joomla 2.5. I really don’t understand, why people still want to use Joomla 2.5 and looking for Joomla 2.5 templates…

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Jthemes says

As I understand and also googled and found that site are currently on Joomla 2.5 are encouraged to stay on 2.5, until Joomla 3.5’s release.

Please check the below link and check where it explain “Should I update from Joomla! 2.5 to 3.x?”

http://docs.joomla.org/Joomla_3_FAQ http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5505-joomla-3-1-5-stable-released.html
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erwin_schro says

As I understand and also googled and found that site are currently on Joomla 2.5 are encouraged to stay on 2.5, until Joomla 3.5’s release.

+1 Yeap that’s the reason i believe

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94themes says

Hi there!

Joomla 2.5 is a so called ‘Long Term Release’. The next Long Term Release (LTR) of Joomla! will be Joomla! 3.5, scheduled for release in Spring 2014.

Joomla 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 are so called ‘Short Term Releases’ (STR).

The difference is that LTR’s are being updated as long as new STR’s are made. So when you use are LTR version of Joomla for your new website, like 2.5, you won’t have to update as much or worry about unstable plug-ins and templates. So, Long Term Release support periods will not only be longer but also cut across the period of support offered to STRs.

Hope that helps!

Cheers! Robbert, 94themes

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joomfx says

Yep, Robbert said almost everything :)

Usually, we call the releases LTR (Long Term Release) and STR (Short Term Releases) but they are actually LTS (Long Term Support) and STS (Short Term Support):

http://docs.joomla.org/Release_and_support_cycle

This model is used by Ubuntu as well:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS

There is a big misunderstanding between the Joomla Users. They think that the STS releases are unstable and they are just for test/development purpose. No, this is wrong.
Joomla 3.x is a stable (very stable) release which is ready for Production Environments (the same for Joomla 3.1.x). If you are starting a new project/website it is strongly recommended to use the latest Joomla release, in this case Joomla 3.2.1.
The problem is that some Joomla users think they should only use LTS. No, no, no! If you are starting a new website simply install the latest Joomla version. And then it will be a One-Click Upgrade to the next LTS (It will be a One-Click Upgrade Process in order to upgrade a Joomla 3.2.1 website to the next LTS which will be Joomla 3.5 and as Robbert said it should be released in April).

These are the major Joomla releases so far:

1.0 : I’m not sure how to identify this one :D
1.5 : LTS
1.6 : STS
1.7 : STS
2.5 : LTS
3.0 : STS
3.1 : STS
3.2 : STS
3.5 : LTS (will be released in April)

So fell free to advise your customers to use the latest Joomla version (3.2.1). It will actually be much better for them. Here is why:

1. If they build their website on Joomla 2.5 it will be much more difficult to migrate to Joomla 3.5. It will be a MIGRATION process.

2. If they build their website on Joomla 3.2 it will be an absolutely painless task to upgrade to Joomla 3.5. It will be an UPGRADE process.

I hope the above explains everything :)

P.S. Few days ago I participated in a discussion with several guys from the Joomla Project Development Team and they said they are actually considering replacing the LTS/STS release model. So we’ll see what will happen in the future ;)

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egemenerd says

There is a big misunderstanding between the Joomla Users. They think that the STS releases are unstable and they are just for test/development purpose. No, this is wrong.

Hey guys.

I understand people who are using Joomla 2.5 on their website and waiting for Joomla 3.5 . This make sense. I don’t understand the people who don’t want to use latest joomla version on a new website… As joomfx said this is wrong. Joomla 3.2 is a stable version and much better than 2.5.

Anyway thank you guys, there is really a valuable information here :)

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joomfx says

P.S. Few days ago I participated in a discussion with several guys from the Joomla Project Development Team and they said they are actually considering replacing the LTS/STS release model. So we’ll see what will happen in the future ;)

Finally !! The STS/LTS Release Model has been modified and the Joomla! CMS will not longer suffer from the downsites of this model. X.5 LTS strategy will be discontinued. Have a look at this announcement :)

This is a huge step forward for the Joomla Project ;)

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egemenerd says


P.S. Few days ago I participated in a discussion with several guys from the Joomla Project Development Team and they said they are actually considering replacing the LTS/STS release model. So we’ll see what will happen in the future ;)

Finally !! The STS/LTS Release Model has been modified and the Joomla! CMS will not longer suffer from the downsites of this model. X.5 LTS strategy will be discontinued. Have a look at this announcement :)

This is a huge step forward for the Joomla Project ;)

Good news! Thanks for the information :)

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dnp_theme says

Another BIG thing is VIRTUEMART. It’s not yet ready for Joomla 3 framework. As most of major extensions they tend to stick to LTS versions of Joomla and not follow the STS versions, witch would make development much more smooth in my opinion.

But I understand it’s a matter of time to do all this hustle, and Virtuemart team always had problems finding the time to do ALL the work.

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