Software Update: Bolt 5.0

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Version 5.0 of Bolt released. Bolt is an open source content management system and is in some ways comparable to programs such as WordPress and Drupal. Bolt is easy to use, for both installation and management, has several good looking templates that work with Twig are customizable, and is optimized for both desktop and mobile environments. Version 5.0 of Bolt adds support for PHP version 8, Symfony Roles and permissions, among other things. The release notes for this release can be found below.

What’s new in Bolt 5?

If you followed our Twitter account @BoltCMSyou’ll already know the major features that Bolt 5 comes with:

  • Symphony Roles and Permissions
  • Localization of the Bolt Editor in a total of 15 languages
  • Enhanced web accessibility and a slightly different color scheme
  • Support for PHP 8.0

In addition to that, version 5 comes with many smaller enhancements to make building websites with Bolt as easy as it has ever been!

What about Bolt 3 & 4?

Bolt 3 and 4 will continue to work and be fully operational. Please refer to the full version support announcement for the official support timelines.

How to upgrade Bolt 3 to Bolt 5?

To our community: we’ve heard you. To facilitate smoother upgrades for you and your clients, the Core team will release a blueprint for upgrading a Bolt 3 website to Bolt 5 by the end of September 2021. This will answer your questions about upgrading major Bolt versions.

How to upgrade Bolt 4 to Bolt 5?

The upgrade path from a Bolt 4 site to Bolt 5 takes at most 15 minutes. The two versions use the same foundation, making a transition both the easy and convenient thing to do in order to benefit from the new features.

You can check the full upgrade instructions on this public GitHub link.

Version number 5.0
Release status Final
Website Bolt
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)

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