As promised, we are making an announcement today about the future of Fabrik. We thought we would have a solid plan to let everyone know about today, but we are still waiting on a couple of items to make a definitive announcement.
Obviously, we would love to see Fabrik live on into Joomla 4, but we simply do not have a large enough team to take on the Fabrik 4 rebuild. We only have one developer that can work on Fabrik, and quite honestly, after over a decade of working on Fabrik, he is burned out and simply not interested in working on Fabrik any more, prefering to focus on new technology stacks. We did engage another developer part time during the J4 alpha stages, but after 6 months of J4 moving goal posts rendering that work useless, we decided to wait until things got more stable. Then the pandemic hit, what little revenue Fabrik was generating dried up entirely, and we didn’t have time or money to put into the Fabrik 4 branch. Our best estimation is that it would take a dedicated developer a year of full time effort.
Fabrik is and always has been open source. So, anyone is free to fork the project, and we have always encouraged people to do so, and they have over 400 times. We don’t have a large community, since Fabrik is rather niche, but we do have a great community and we do hope that we can find a team to move Fabrik to J4 for them. And, regardless, we will keep the project supported for J3 until it is end of life in August 2023.