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Joomla! 2.5 - Things you need to know

Joomla is suitable for all kinds of website, whether your website is for business, photography, entertainment, News, education or non - profit organization. Don’t believe me? See the Joomla Showcase now. There are many remarkable Joomla websites that belong to various different fields which you can find here. Some might inspire you to create your own future website.Which kind of website can a user build with Joomla 2.5?
The features I mentioned above are just some examples of popular new features of Joomla 2.5. You can read a full article about these new features here.
User Notes
User notes is a new feature which helps the user makes notes, events, memos. You can create a certain category and then add notes into it.User Notes
Captcha-ReCaptcha

Captcha is newly-added plug-in in Joomla 2.5. It helps you to prevent spammers from logging in to your site. To use this plug-in, you need to go to http://www.google.com/recaptcha, and then follow the instructions to get a private key and public key. After that, you need go to User Manager >> Options and then in the tab Component, choose Captcha-Recaptcha for the drop-down Captcha.Captcha
In the previous Joomla versions such as Joomla 1.5, 1.6 or 1.7, the Search Component is built-in. You will place this component on your site so that visitors can search for the information they need. In Joomla 2.5, we have Smart Search; this is a good new feature although it hasn’t been made default instead of Search yet. Smart Search provides you with smart features for searching such as advanced search which allows you to search based on categories, authors, type and so on.Smart Search Component
Click Update

Now you will be redirected to Extension Manager; in the tab “Update”, check the box next to “Joomla” and then click “Update” on the toolbar.
Click on the icon to update to the latest Joomla version

In the Joomla 2.5 Administration interface, you are able to check whether your current Joomla version is updated to the latest version or not. If it is not the latest version, it looks like the figure below. To update, simple click on the iconAutomatic updateWhat are the new features in Joomla 2.5?allows you to manage various kinds of users intelligently with User Manager. You can assign users to various user groups as well as give them certain permission to the different kinds of content on your siteallows you to create menus, sub-menus and nested menu links to be shown on your site in Menu Managerallows you to create content using Article Manager, Category Manager and Media ManagerExtension Manager helps you to manage, install or uninstall a new extensionallows you to build a multi-language website with the Language extensionmodules help you to render your web pages with different kinds of contentplug-ins help you to perform some functions automaticallybrings you a lot of useful components, such as search, contact, banner, messaging, etc.allows you to install Joomla templates as well providing you with the basic tools to customize it
Joomla...Here are some things you can do with Joomla:
Joomla 2.5 is the latest version of Joomla; it was released in January, 2012. This is a long-term version in comparison with Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7. Basically, there are no big changes in this current version compared to the previous version. The interface as well as the basic structure of Joomla 2.5 is similar to Joomla 1.7, but there are some new features added in. These improvements give you a new experience to perfect your website with every passing day. The latest version of Joomla 2.5 is Joomla 2.5.4 (at the time of writing this article).
If you thought that only developers can build and run a website, it’s time to forget that. With Joomla 2.5, you are provided with a foundation framework to build your own website. If you’ve dreamed of having your own website, nothing can prevent you from trying to build a good one with Joomla. Joomla gives you all the things you need, and now you just need to learn how to master Joomla.What does Joomla 2.5 allow the user to do?