Finally, Joomla 4 is available for download and update. Already thinking about upgrading your sites to Joomla 4? And look for how to update to Joomla 4? This tip is exactly for you! We will show that the upgrade process with installed Balbooa Joomla Extensions is safe and easy. Enjoy the new features of Joomla 4 today!


Nearly nine long years in the making, Joomla 4 is finally here. This open source, community project has delivered a Content Management System that has been downloaded over 123,000,000 times in its 16 years. Translated into 77 languages and with over 2.5 million sites. At 3.1% Joomla is the third most popular CMS accounting for one in every 50 websites on the internet. With over 9% of all business websites, Joomla’s emphasis on accessibility, speed, security and SEO out of the box make it the CMS of choice for sites that want to expand and grow.

Joomla 4: the free to download and use, entirely volunteer built CMS with 16 years experience delivering products you can trust.


Whatever size your site is, accessibility is a must, and from the start, Joomla 4 delivers best in class accessibility. The layout, contrast and infrastructure all have accessibility built-in so all your visitors will benefit. We have aimed for W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (with AA compliance)


A redesigned administration area speeds content creation. Improved media manager and editor updates give you the power to design and build amazing websites. Article templates help you and your colleagues keep to the page design


Deliver customised emails that welcome and inform your website’s audience effectively! With the new email template system, it’s easier than ever to make the emails your site sends be on message and on brand. Now you can take your site to the next level when communicating with your customers.


Search is a boost to any site. It allows your visitors to hone in on the areas they are interested in, increasing engagement and improving your sites ranking. So when it comes to search look no further, Joomla 4 smart search has many improvements over previous Joomla search and is the best to date.


Get to the top of any search engine fast with Joomla 4. It takes care of SEO, so you can focus on getting your great content noticed. SEO built into the architecture of the page means you get the correct page structure without any additional extensions.


Running a site with state of the art well-written code helps you stay ahead when it comes to security. With many architecture changes designed to maximize security and keep hackers out, you can be assured that moving to Joomla 4 is a wise choice. The benefits are countless when it comes to ensuring you and your clients data are as well protected as they can be.


With Joomla 4 you benefit from the increased performance. Speed is one of the top factors in conversions whether your site is ecommerce or you need to grow your subscriptions. Joomla 4 gives your site the boost it needs.


Workflows help you to run your site efficiently, making sure that the jobs that need to get done are done and by the right people. Combined with the many improvements in the media manager, content writers will love the new workflow and media manager.

Before we start, we want to note that the latest versions of Balbooa Joomla Extensions are compatible with Joomla 4.

How to update to Joomla 4?


Before you start upgrading your site to Joomla 4 – make a backup of your site

Requirements for Joomla 4:

  • PHP – 7.4 +
  • MySQL – 5.6 +

1. Update your site to Joomla 3.10 (if you haven’t done it yet).

2. Update all Joomla extensions.

* Absolutely all 3rd-party extensions installed on your site must be compatible with Joomla 4. See information on developer sites. Uninstall extensions incompatible with Joomla 4.


If any of the 3rd-party extensions on your site are not compatible with Joomla 4, you will get Error 500. The site will need to be restored from a backup

3. Go to Components ➝ Joomla Update ➝ Options ➝ Update Channel ➝ set Joomla Next ➝ click the button Save & Close.

4. Switch to tab Live Update ➝ enable checkbox “Do you wish to ignore the warnings about potentially incompatible plugins and to proceed with the upgrade?”  click the button Install the Update.

5. Enjoy!

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