Posts Tagged ‘Joomla’

Hackers vs. Your Website <br><small><span style="color:#a0a0a0;">Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid</span></small>

Lock Your WebsiteI’ve already written about the importance of updating your website software because hackers take advantage of sites running older, out of date software often containing well known bugs and vulnerabilities.

If you’re a website owner running WordPress, Joomla or other popular CMS, this is a serious issue that shouldn’t be ignored. We’re not just talking about Joe Schmo, amateur hacker here. We’re talking about large-scale, sophisticated attacks using sophisticated software on sophisticated networks. Did I mention they’re a sophisticated lot? And don’t be fooled into thinking hackers wouldn’t be interested in your small or obscure site. Hackers will attack any website regardless of size or purpose.

Joomla Security Releases Available – 2.5.25 & 3.3.4

Joomla Security ReleasesThe Joomla Project has made available two security releases (i.e. they address security issues in the Joomla core software).  If you have a Joomla website, then you should keep the Joomla core software up to date – particularly if it addresses security issues.  This helps protect your website against security issues like malware, viruses and hackers.

You should plan on updating to Joomla 3 by the end of 2014

JoomlaAccording to the Joomla Roadmap, version 3.5, the next long term support (LTS) release, will be available in November, 2014. Support for version 2.5 is scheduled to stop at the end of 2014. So, ideally you will want to be on Joomla 3 by the end of 2014 to avoid the unnecessary risks of being on an unsupported version. What risks you ask? Hackers and malware causing problems on your website due to security holes that will never be fixed. Keeping your Joomla software and extensions current is the best defense against this.

Website Forms – Why You Need Them

Do you need a form on your website? Well, I would say the answer is almost always “Yes”. At least some type of form is appropriate for most sites simply because there are so many uses and gathering and analyzing potential customer data is so important to just about any business. Let’s go through some examples of common uses of forms. Later, I’ll discuss some useful tips I’ve learned from creating forms over the years. This discussion will focus on using forms with a content management system, or CMS, like WordPress or Joomla. This is accomplished by using a forms plugin.

Common Uses of Website Forms

Joomla Security Releases Available – 2.5.19 & 3.2.3

Joomla Security ReleasesThe Joomla Project has made available two security releases (i.e. they address security issues in the Joomla core software).  If you have a Joomla website, then you should keep the Joomla core software up to date – particularly if it addresses security issues.  This helps protect your website against security issues like malware, viruses and hackers.

Importance of keeping your website software up to date

Hacked!Ok, so you have a Joomla or WordPress website, and you can now make minor, or maybe even major, content updates yourself… Great! Don’t have to worry about website maintenance anymore, right?… But wait, have you thought about the “health” of your website? How long has it been since the content management system (CMS) software was last updated? Did you even realize that it should be updated?

Joomla 2.5.16 – Security release

Joomla.orgThe Joomla Project has made available a security release (i.e. it addresses security issues in the Joomla core software).  If you have a Joomla website, then you should keep the Joomla core software up to date – particularly if a release addresses security.  This helps protect your website against security issues like malware, viruses and hackers.

See this link for details on the release and how to apply the update: http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5518-joomla-2-5-16-released.html

Joomla 2.5.14 released – Security release

Joomla.orgThe Joomla Project has made available a security release (i.e. it addresses security issues in the Joomla core software).  If you have a Joomla website, then you should keep the Joomla core software up to date – particularly if it addresses security issues.  This helps protect your website against security issues like malware, viruses and hackers.  See this link for details on the release:

http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5506-joomla-2-5-14-released.html