The Joomla 3.2 version has been out since November 2013. When this joom3 site was first created, Joomla 3.0 had just recently been released, so the articles all reference the Administrative menus that came with 3.0. 

If you want to know what release of Joomla you are running, log into your Administrative Interface. Pull down

System -> System Information.

On the list, you can see your version of Joomla and other information about your hosting environment.

Appearance changes with 3.2

I have two separate sites up, side by side. One site is still in Joomla 3.0 and then there is this site, which at this writing is version 3.2.2. The Administrative Interface does look different in many ways.

Control Panel

They went and shuffled the Control Panel sections to new locations. I am not sure that I like the new layout any better, but there it is.

  • The quick icons are over on the left, and are no longer titled Quick Icons.
  • The 3.0 site has Joomla! on the upper left, now there is just the Joomla icon on the left - which will take you to the control panel if clicked.
  • The Logged-In Users, Popular Articles and Recently Added Articles and still there, and appear similar.

Article Manager

  • In 3.0, the Filtering options were always visible on the left (I rather liked that). With 3.2 they have tucked them up under the Search Tools pull-down menu.
  • They removed the Sort By button, but you can sort by clicking on the title of the column
  • They added a little drop down on each article, in the Status column, that allows you to quicky trash or archive the article

 Extension Manager

  • When you want to install an Extension, you can click on the button that says "Add "Install from Web" tab. This creates an additional tab that allows you to install 3rd party extensions from their providers web site. This saves the steps of downloading and uploading the zipped file. This is similar to the way that WordPress works for intalling plugins.

Template Manager

  •  Joomla 3.2 has a feature for creating Template Overrides. You choose which file you wish to override and Joomla copies it to the proper html directory within your template files. You can use this overrides to change the default settings for things like articles. Click the following link for the joomarticle on Creating Template Overrides with Joomla 3.2
  • The Editor tab in Template Manager allows you to directly edit files on your server with a text editor. Lo and behold, the text editor has line numbers. This is a marvelous addition. I would never edit my CSS files from within Joomla because there were no line numbers and if you saved the file, you lost your place.

Editing Modules and Menus

  • In Joomla 3.2, you can edit modules and menus when logged into the Front End, if you have the required editing rights. This setting can be changes in Global Configuration Site Settings. There is a new option called Mouse-over edit icons for. You can choose None, Modules or Modules & Menus.

Other changes

The language used with the index.php under the Protostar template that comes with Joomla 3.2 has be rewritten with HTML5 tags. The layout is basically the same, but if you are upgrading, you could find that some of your customized styling isn't being applied. This could be that you targeted something like div.navigation {}. You may find that there is some tweaking to do in your stylesheets.

Things that didn't change, but I wish that they would

Media Manager

I do wish that Joomla would fix their Media Manager. I use the JCE File Browser for managing media because the default Joomla one harks back to the dawn of the internet. I just feel bad for the people that think that this is the only way to do it.