Joomla Updates and Migrations

Protect Your Joomla Website from Hackers

Joomla SecurityIn Australia we have an expression "Tall Poppy Syndrome" to describe the tendency for people to attack anyone who stands out from the crowd by being more successful.  In the world of websites Joomla and Wordpress are the tall poppies that have succeeded far beyond their competition because of their innovation, flexibility and ease of use . Unfortunately this also makes them a target for hackers which is why it is essential to apply any Joomla Update

In my 10 years of building Joomla websites, the number of sites I have built that have been hacked can be counted on one hand.  That is because Joomla is a very secure platform and you can easily protect your Joomla website from most attacks by making sure it is up to date.  I have however been called in to rescue numerous sites that have been poorly built or not maintained and that can be an expensive exercise.

If you are running the latest (Joomla 3#) version of Joomla keeping up to date is an easy three step process from the administration control panel.  Whenever you see a message "Joomla Update Available" all you have to do is:

  1. Make a Backup (we recommend Akeeba backup extension)
  2. Check and update any extensions in the Joomla extension updates list
  3. Run the Update Joomla component

If you have a Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 2.5 site it is a little more complicated because these old versions are no longer officialy supported with updates, however a security patch was made available for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 2.5 sites in December 2015 because of a high risk exploit that was discovered.  If this patch has not been applied to your site you need to contact us immediately as your site is at risk.

Why Migrate An Old Joomla Site

Joomla UpgradeIf you are running a Joomla 1.5 or joomla 2.5 site you need to migrate your site to the current version as soon as possible because these versions are no longer officially supported.  Migrating a Joomla 1.5 site can be a major upgrade as some popular extensions for this old version don't have an easy migration path although many sites can be migrated in a few hours.  Any migration from a Joomla 1.5 site, and most Joomla 2.5 sites will require a new template so it is a good opportunity to create a fresh new look for your site.

Benefits of migrating or upgrading go well beyond security though.  Joomla 3# is much faster and easier to use.  It is natively mobile friendly and new extensions are being developed all the time allowing you to add new functionality as needed.  It is also far superior from an SEO perspective which means better rankings with search engines.

The bottom line is, if you are not running the latest version of Joomla you run the risk of losing your site to hackers at any moment so make sure you have a current backup and contact us to start planning your Joomla update or migration.

If your website is not up to date contact us for advice here or call 0414 909 759.


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