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A business recently approached us to perform a site upgrade. In January, their site was hacked and the hackers were using it to send spam email (one of the many uses of a hacked website.) In response, their web host took their site down and refused to put it back up until they fixed the issue. Eventually, they were able to restore to a pre-hacked backup of the site, but it was only a matter of time before it would be hacked again because the version of Joomla in use was out of date and vulnerable. This scenario happens all the time. In fact, the first question we ask businesses who want a quote for an upgrade is if they have been hacked. They almost always say, "yes," because typically this is the only time that someone has told them they need to upgrade the site.

In this blog post, I'll explain the link between hacked sites and Joomla 2.5 reaching "end-of-life", why else upgrading is important, how to upgrade, and how to keep your site up-to-date and running smooth.

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In 2011, Monotype Imaging approached us to build an extension to deliver fonts from their font service, Fonts.com, and Google Web Fonts. The idea was that a web designer could easily integrate fonts from a variety of sources seamlessly into their website design using an interface that accepted CSS selectors. We built it and they were so happy with the result, that they hired us to rewrite the PHP service class that connects to their API. Since then, over 30,000 people have downloaded and used the extension we built.

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One of our partners approached us recently about re-creating a client's site in Joomla. The original site was working fine, but they wanted to make it responsive. The problem was that the marketing agency who originally created the site wanted an arm and leg to make it responsive. On top of this, they were busy for several months and it could be a year before the work was completed. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot the client could do. They had already paid an arm and leg to have the site developed and the platform that it was developed on was proprietary to the marketing agency. This is a form of vendor lock-in. In this post, we'll discuss why lock-in is terrible for your business and 3 common techniques that I've seen used to create it in web development.

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