Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.

Should I Upgrade to Joomla 3.7?

Should I Upgrade to Joomla 3.7?

Short Answer: Yes.

Read on to find out why...

Joomla 3.7 was just released with a bevy of cool improvements. The core team and Joomla volunteers have done a great job of advancing the platform forward with additions like custom fields and UX improvements. (You can see the full list of enhancements on the Joomla site here: https://www.joomla.org/3/)

We have a client on a Joomla 2.5 site that we've been harassing (politely) for years to update and are finally in the process of finishing a redesign and relaunching with an upgraded version of Joomla. I was talking with her about her concerns with site stability and she told me, "I don't want to be on the bleeding edge. I don't need to have the latest software. I'd rather have something six months out of date."  You see this perspective often with people from the corporate world and who know how buggy innovation can be. It's one of the reasons many retailers have ancient computing infrastructure: upgrading is risky when they know that what they have works.

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5 Joomla Security Issues that Get Sites Hacked

5 Joomla Security Issues that Get Sites Hacked

As Joomla site recovery specialists, we're regularly approached for help and see the same Joomla vulnerabilities come up time and again. What's sad is that they are incredibly easy to correct, but once a Joomla site is hacked it comes at considerable cost to get it fixed and secure again.

In this blog post, will look at the five most common security issues and how to correct them.

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19 Simple Steps to Protect Joomla From Hackers

19 Simple Steps to Protect Joomla From Hackers

"Castle" by Raúl A. Used under Creative Commons

The security environment of the Internet seems to get riskier and riskier every year. Hackers and security professionals are locked in ever escalating battles and websites are subject to continual probing for vulnerabilities.

Wondering how to protect your Joomla website against hackers can keep you awake at night— and for good reason because dealing with a hacked Joomla site is a sure way to ruin your week (and sometimes month.)

But figuring out how to secure Joomla can be daunting and it's easy to dream up a silly story like, "My site is not that important, no hacker will target me," and then try to ignore your anxiety whenever you think about it.

Instead of laying awake at night, what if instead you could sleep like a baby because you knew you had methodically protected your Joomla site against hacking? Instead of ignoring that pit in your stomach, what if you were serenely confident in your website's security because you knew and had implemented Joomla security best practices?

Peace of mind is a wonderful thing and this Joomla security checklist will provide you with exactly that. We will go step-by-step down the list of best practices in order to remove vulnerabilities, secure your defenses, and make your Joomla site an extremely tough nut to crack.

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