New Features and Improvements in Joomla! 3.7
Stable Joomla 3.7 is now available for download and update, This new release features over 700 improvements to the popular CMS, including many features which make administration of Joomla! Web sites easier and more feature-rich, as well as many UX (user experience) improvements.
Here list of main new features and improvements:
1 - Custom Fields
Ever wanted your visitors to see additional attributes in articles, users, and contacts? Through custom fields, you have a seamlessly integrated way to show them on the front end.
Custom fields offer up to 15 different type such as lists, text fields, and dates ... The site administrator will be able to create them for articles, users, and contacts. When editing an article, the fields show up in a separate tab and can be filled with data. Through field groups, it is possible to group the custom fields into their own tabs. ACL, multilanguage, layouts, and various other options are available to tailor them to your needs.
Through some plugin events, 3rd party extension developers are able to easily integrate the custom fields feature into their components. They will appear as if part of their extension, similar to categories, tags or history.
A new plugin group, “Fields”, allows you to define new custom field types. For example, a Twitter plugin can show Tweets on the article page for a given hashtag.
Here full documentation of Custom Fields in Joomla! 3.7
2 - Multilingual Associations
Making multilingual sites is easier and better managed thanks to the multilingual associations feature.
The all new Multilingual Associations Component allows you to translate your content from one interface. Third-party extension developers can also prepare their extensions for integrating with this new feature.
There’s a huge bonus in the language management tool, as the content language is now created automatically during the installation of a new language package. You just have to click on publish!
And that’s not all: Edit your translated content by just clicking on the language icon. Select, edit and clear your associated item in the associations tab of your menu item ...
Here full documentation of Multilingual Associations in Joomla! 3.7
3 - Build your menu item and your content type in one step
‘Content First’ is at the heart of our Content Management System.
This enforces the workflow through several steps, generating categories and articles, and then building the menu. Then one can link menu items with categories and articles. Joomla! 3.7 makes this far more rapid and significantly more intuitive.
You can now create “the trinity”: menu item, article and category - all in one step, without jumping between content, category and menu manager.
When creating a ‘single article’ menu item, click the ‘create button’, write your article, save it and then create a category ... Finished!
You can also create contact, newsfeed, and menu item alias on the fly.
4 - You can now create, edit and organise the backend menu links any way you like
You are free to have different administration menus on group access level for your user groups.
If you prefer, you can still use the default "preset menu" shipped with Joomla! without any customisation at all.
5 - Create categories from inside articles easily
You can create new Joomla categories from inside articles, just as you can currently create new tags
6 - Sort articles by rating and hits in articles list
In the Article overview screen, you can now see the Votes and Ratings for each article. Click the column headings, and you can sort by those criteria:
7 - Flat redesign for the administrator area
In Joomla 3.7, the admin interface has been tweaked using flat design principles.
8 - Login to the Frontend and Admin area together
Inside Global Configuration, there's an option that allows users to log in to the frontend and administrator area at the same time. This "Shared Sessions" feature should make life easier for your site's administrators.
9 - Customize your TinyMCE features
This feature allows you to customize the default editor. You can open the TinyMCE editor plugin and add, move or remove buttons.
10 - Easier Extension Maintenance
It allows you to block administrators from uninstalling the component, modules, and plugins separately.
It protects you from deleting by chance important parts of an extension, as you will have to uninstall the package to uninstall the extension.