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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Apr
28

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 I'd rather have something six months out of date."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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May
12

Why You Should Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to 3

Why You Should Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to 3

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of the site, but it was only a matter of time before it would be hacked again because the version of Joomla in use was out of date and vulnerable.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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