Joomla 2.5.0 was released on schedule on January 24th and since then has been updated to Joomla 2.5.1. Initial teething issues have been addressed and the new version is very appealing with several new features and time savers.
Akeeba Admin Tools to the Rescue
Updates from Joomla 1.7.4 to 2.5.0 that I tried using the built-in Joomla update utility failed but these issues were anticipated by Nicholas Dionysopoulos and addressed in his excellent Akeeba Admin Tools. Even the free version handles the upgrades flawlessly. Nicholas has offered to help incorporate his code into the core of the next Joomla 2.5 release so let's hope that his offer is accepted.
Update: As of Joomla 2.5.4, Nicholas's code has now been incorporated into the Joomla core update feature.
It's Safe to Migrate or Upgrade to Joomla 2.5 Now
Assuming all your favourite extensions are Joomla 2.5 ready, now seems to be a good time to upgrade from Joomla 1.7 or migrate from Joomla 1.5.
I have been busy updating my personal and business websites to Joomla 2.5 and have completed my first client migration from Joomla 1.5. It was easier than I thought.
ChronoForms Even Better Now
The trickiest part has been relearning all the cool tricks I had learnt in ChronoForms v3 as ChronoForms v4 has been completely rewritten and is even better than before!
Joomla 1.5 Security Updates
Remember that Joomla 1.5 security updates will only continue to September 2012 so Joomla 1.5 website owners should be thinking about migrating at some point this year. Joomla 1.5 websites will, of course, still operate after September but may be more vulnerable to hackers.
Happy updating / migrating!