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Joomla 4 – Our plans for the future

Many of our customers have lately asked about our templates being compatible with the future big release of Joomla. We answered everybody with an absolutely yes, we are planning to make all of our templates available for Joomla 4.

As Joomla developers we have over 100 Joomla templates available, that are made with products from Joomshaper (SP Page Builder, Sp Simple Portfolio components, built on Helix Ultimate, Helix 3 template frameworks) or J2 Store, Creative Slider. Updating so many templates in a short period of time is never an easy task.

We tested Joomla 4 up to its latest release and here is the information we can give you so far:

  1. 1. Along with the stable release of Joomla 4, Helix Ultimate 2 will be released which is fully compatible from the start. I can confirm that the current Helix Ultimate, 1.1.4 does not work with the latest Joomla 4 release but will soon be made compatible with it. I do not have any information if a transition from Helix Ultimate 1.1.4 to 2 will be necessary. Helix 3 will receive Joomla 4 support within this year.

  2. 2. Sp Page Builder and Sp Simple Portfolio are already compatible with Joomla 4.

  3. 3. J2 Store, Creative Slider are not yet ready for the new Joomla.

A more enhanced explanation of how the migration from Joomla 3 to Joomla 4 can be found here.

What we ask of you is patience. We are aware that you want your website to be up to date as soon as possible, and be sure that we will do everything we can to have all our templates ready for this, but we also want to make sure this migration will run as smooth as possible.

It’s not up to us when all the template frameworks and components will be available for the latest Joomla, but once every tool is properly optimized, we will update immediately. Please keep in mind that no update will be made for a template until all extensions are available for Joomla 4. We expect by the end of the year to have all our templates up to date.

Later Edit: We are sorry we could not fulfill what we said in the summer, we did not expect that the components to take so long to be compatible. This is the answer we got from the J2Store team:

“Thank you for reaching out to us. This is Chanchal from J2Store Team.
We are working on hard to bring in J2Store4 as soon as possible. Since there are a number of breaking changes and J2Store having over 200+ plugins (payment, shipping, apps), it is taking us quite sometime…Any change we make will require checking compatibility between Joomla 3 and Joomla 4, and 200+ extensions…  Hope you can imagine… While we have completed migrating the J2Store core, the extension migration is taking time.. . We do not have a definite ETA… but we are looking to roll out by February or March 2022.”

Update December 2022: Despite the initial promise, J2Store still did not receive Joomla 4 compatibility. In latest templates we switched to alternatives like Hikashop. We are sorry for our clients which use J2Store because they will be forced to stay with Joomla 3 for now. We hope J2Store will get compatibility before Joomla 3’s end of life next summer.

Despite this, we have updated our old templates which used J2Store to Joomla 4 and removed this component, meaning they will no longer have the ecommerce option by default (you can install other shop components though). We hope to have all our templates Joomla 4 compatible in the first months of next year.

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