Last week Joomla! announced the release of version 3.8.3, which includes  over 60 bug fixes and feature improvements.  While the new updates don’t include any critical security changes, there are changes that prepare for Joomla! 4.x which is in the works for 2018 such as encryption support and support for PHP version 7.2.   These changes will help to make future core releases of Joomla! more secure.

The update report also boasts updates to the core code base to make it cleaner and faster as well as improved search engine friendly URL functionality. The new functionality will give website owners additional control over their search engine friendly URLs and meta tags, making it easier to optimize websites for popular search engines.  Categories, tags, and menus for posts also got a facelift allowing users to make posts easier to find on their websites. The biggest change in the new Joomla! version is multilingual site support, which allows content translation in a single interface within the Joomla! administration panel.  For more information all of the bugs fixed in the Joomla! 3.8.3, you can review the full list on the Joomla! Github.

You can download the new version from Joomla.org right now, and if you’re not ready to complete the full feature upgrade our new  SMART PLUS security solution includes full Joomla! support to ensure your sites are secure and free of malware.